DREAM Philadelphia is gaining momentum! A dream team of 25 invested community members, including DREAM alumni as well as many new faces, have been working hard to raise funding for a DREAM office in the city. Their goal is to have Philadelphia kids in DREAM shirts in the fall.
Jordan Knapp, one of DREAM Philadelphia’s core organizers and a Director at eBay, was first introduced to DREAM through alumnus Jon Potter. Jordan describes his interest in DREAM coming from his love of the city and urge to give back:
“My wife and I have lived in Philadelphia for two and a half years. It didn't take long after moving here for us to feel at home. Philly has had a wonderful impact on the quality of our lives. Via DREAM Philadelphia we have found an opportunity to give back to a city that has had such an impact on us. DREAM brings together the vibrant positive energy of the college campus to the inner city housing community. Youth mentoring gives us the opportunity to shape lower income neighborhoods from the inside and builds a bridge to the community that is rewarding in both selfish and selfless ways. The city is teeming with young professionals looking to make a difference. DREAM is an excellent opportunity for us to help shape the future of Philadelphia. We look forward to being involved in DREAM for years to come.”
Maggie Potter, another leader in the DREAM Philadelphia effort, describes the need for DREAM in her city:
“Philadelphia is a fantastic city, with much to offer - great restaurants, some of the country's best public art, and dozens of colleges and universities that create a thriving intellectual and youthful culture. Philly also has high needs - it was recently given the unfortunate distinction of being the highest in the country in deep poverty; in other words we have the most people living below half the federal poverty line (link). Luckily for us, DREAM has a lot to offer both the college student population of Philadelphia and the low income housing communities that feature prominently in its landscape.”
The Philadelphia team has been making connections and growing grassroots support across the city with various local events such as "friend-raisers,” house parties and races. Please contact Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-578-5978 if you have ideas or connections for DREAM Philly!