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.
DREAM is excited to announce that our annual mentor conference, DREAMstock, is just around the corner in Vermont!
"According to the Department of Education, “students who are chronically absent — meaning they miss at least 15 days of school in a year — are at serious risk of falling behind in school.”
Quality education has been called the great equalizer. It is a force that can overcome differences in privilege and background. Yet, many youth from low-income backgrounds face adversities such as living in poverty, health challenges, community violence and family turmoil that make going to school every day a challenge. Chronic absenteeism is crippling their educational progress.
Nikki is the Teen Futures Coordinator serving in the Vermont DREAM office through AmeriCorps. Nikki is part of the Vermont Youth Development Coordinator branch of Vermont State AmeriCorps. Nikki was a DREAM mentor during her four years at Champlain College. Nikki is originally from a suburb outside of Boston, Massachusetts. During her time at Champlain she developed a love for service and travel by participating in a service trip to Nepal doing construction and teaching. She also Co-Lead a service trip to the Malayaka House children’s home in Entebbe, Uganda. Nikki graduated Champlain College with a bachelors degree in psychology and she hopes to study Social Work for her masters within the next few years. DREAM was a huge part of her college experience and she is thrilled to be continuing her journey with DREAM. When Nikki is not working, she enjoys being outside, spending time with friends, watching football and cooking.
Megan is an AmeriCorps VISTA serving as the 2016-17 Program Empowerment Director for the DREAM Programs at The College of St. Joseph’s, Green Mountain College, and Bennington College. She grew up in a town north of Indianapolis, IN and graduated from Indiana University with a B.S. in Public Affairs. New to DREAM and new to Vermont, Megan is super pumped to learn all about her Programs and all about the Vermont communities each program serves. Outside of the office you can find Megan hiking, bouldering, horseback riding, or painting in her apartment.
Vermont is hiring a full-time AmeriCorps Teen Futures Coordinator. This person will be based at the South Burlington office and will be responsible for planning and executing Teen Retreats and other teen trips, working directly with teens from all over Vermont to help them apply to college and/or seek out plans for after high school, and much more.
The position description and instructions on how to apply are here:
Welcome to an organization that is awesome. We dream big, have a lot of fun, believe all youth can thrive, have a relentless focus on families in affordable housing, are ready to go the extra mile to make change, and like to be bold, fun, energetic, goofy, outrageous, thoughtful and optimistic. Maybe you’d like to join us? We are seeking a Boston Regional Director to help continue to grow and expand DREAM for youth in affordable housing in the Greater Boston Area!