March 15, 1947 - February 5, 2012
The DREAM Program and all of its particpants mourn the passing of Lowell Richards, Dartmouth Alumnus and Friend of DREAM. Our sincerest regrets to the family of this wonderful man and big dreamer.
Every year DREAM mentors and mentees reach the point when they must say goodbye for the summer. Although most of the mentees stay involved through summer programming or coming to Camp DREAM, few of them will see their mentors until the following fall. In anticipation of this, most programs put in a lot of effort to plan something extra special for their “culminating event.” Yet again mentors did a great job of planning stellar end-of-the-year celebrations. Here are some highlights:
DREAM could not be prouder of the many volunteers who dedicate countless hours every year to developing positive relationships with DREAM youth and helping to guide them towards brighter futures. Mentors and other volunteers typically give their time because they know that mentoring increases positive outcomes for youth. Nevertheless, it is important that these volunteers doing crucial work in their communities be celebrated for their impact.
Over the weekend, the Poultney program came together for a day of adventure. The group traveled all the way to Waterbury to see legendary Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory after first stopping for pizza, of course. The group had a great time learning about the company's history and also trying free samples! The group enjoyed eating ice cream and exploring the Flavor Graveyard before ending the day with a scavenger hunt at the playground. All in all, the group had a great time and it was totally worth the long drive!
Camp DREAM APC
On April 2nd (April fools!, it was the first), Hickory street came together in celebration and recruitment. Our very own Program Empowerment Director Ariana Walk planned and put on a Spring Fling for all community members in the Hickory Street neighborhood. In addition to DREAM veterans, two new families came and had a blast. The group enjoyed an egg hunt with Halloween-themed goodies in spirit of April Fool's Day and also participated in activities like zombie-making, collaging and cards.
On the last weekend of March, 22 teens and one mentor plus staff all came together in South Burlington to hold the annual Teen Identities Retreat! The teens had a great time goofing off and hanging out with friends, meeting new people, and learning about themselves. The group even went to a nursing home where teens coached and tutored the elderly on technological skills! The group also learned about which leadership style they take on and what it means as well as personal identities and whether they are 'given' or 'chosen'.
It's that time again! Mentors are putting their heads together in thought of the most exciting culminating adventures that they can think of! In the runnings are trips to Ben and Jerry's in Waterbury, VT and a camping trip in southern Vermont! Youth don't yet know what they are in for and will surely be overjoyed when they find out! Do not hesitate to stay in the loop and show up at one of the program's events! Here is what we have in store: