CHANGE A CHILD'S LIFE - BECOME A DREAM MENTOR

WE ARE U.S. DREAM ACADEMY

We’re not looking for superheroes — just everyday, awesome people like YOU, from the community, who want to help empower children to reach their full potential. We're in need of 300 men and women to become mentors at our 8 Dream Learning Centers across the country. – Become a Dream Mentor!

COLLEGE STUDENTS

College students, as individuals or members of a campus-based organization, find great reward as mentors. As academic tutors or enrichment activity teachers, they build friendships with youth mentees. Service-level credit is available.

CARING ADULTS

Caring adults volunteer as mentors to underserved youth & help them achieve their highest potential. Community residents & employees from local businesses offer guidance, career exploration, & academic support for the next generation..

WISE SENIOR CITIZENS

As mentors to youth, retirees build mutually-fulfilling friendships. Increased feelings of purpose for senior citizens and the transfer of their wisdom & character values to youth produces growth and great positive outcomes for mentees.

ABOUT US DREAM ACADEMY

OUR MISSION

To inspire and elevate the lives of children of incarcerated parents and vulnerable young people through high-performance relationships with caring adults. We seek to maximize their potential by building dreams, perseverance, academic skills and character.

THE NEED - MENTORING GAP

For over 20 years, U.S. Dream Academy has served over 10,000 children living in neighborhoods harmed by high rates of incarceration. While we’ve impacted many lives over the years, there is a still a huge mentoring gap in the U.S. — 1 in 3 children between ages 8 – 18 do not have a mentor.

Our goal is to ensure that every student in our after-school mentoring program is matched with a caring mentor.

We are currently looking for 300 men and women to invest 1 hour per week with a child. Evidence-based studies show that youth mentoring produces great, positive outcomes for youth versus youth who have no mentors. Be a part of the answer – Become A Mentor Today!

WHAT WE DO & LOCATIONS

Through our innovative after-school and mentoring program, currently operating in 8 cities nationwide, we are transforming children into dreamers who envision and realize their potential.

Our Dream Learning Centers, through partnerships with local Title I public schools, are located in:
Baltimore. MD
Houston. TX
Indianapolis, IN
Orlando, FL
Philadelphia, PA
Salt Lake City, UT
Washington, D.C.
San Bernardino, CA
*Chicago – coming soon

Our research-based programs challenge more than 700 young people and engage them in active learning through one-to-one mentoring, strong academics, and technology-driven activities and curricula.

IMPACT OF MENTORING YOUTH
IN HIGH-RISK COMMUNITIES

56%

MORE LIKELY TO
ENROLL IN COLLEGE

52%

LESS LIKELY TO
TO SKIP SCHOOL

78%

MORE LIKELY TO
VOLUNTEER REGULARLY

130%

MORE LIKELY TO
BE A TEAM LEADER

BENEFITS OF BEING A MENTOR

HAVE FUN WITH NEW FRIEND

Mentoring relationships are a shared opportunity for learning and growth for both the mentor and mentee, while having enjoyable time together.

GIVE BACK & FEEL GOOD

In your role as a mentor, you'll experience feelings of accomplishment and increased self-esteem as you help to make a difference in the life of a young person.

BECOME A BETTER LEADER

Learn more about yourself, develop stronger communication skills, and gain a better understanding of diverse cultures and the desire for youth to persevere.

EXPAND YOUR NETWORK

Volunteer as a mentor and expand your personal & professional network. Our Dream Mentors develop strong team relationships providing support to each other.

TELL US YOU’RE INTERESTED

Complete the form below and a Mentor Coordinator from our team will contact you within 24 – 48 hours.


TESTIMONIALS

See what some of our Dream Mentors have to say about their experience with being a mentor to a young person.