Southern Winter Adventure Camp

Mon, 2015-03-02 11:54 -- awalk

It was a sunny day on Saturday, February 28th. At 1:00pm, nearly 40 staff, mentors, teens, and children came from near and far to meet up for Winter Adventure Camp at Emerald Lake State Park in East Dorset, VT. Youth from DREAM’s Hickory Street, Willowbrook, and Poultney programs joined together for a day of snowplay outside.

Abbe Sokol

Abbe Sokol is a member of the DREAM Growth Team in New York. A mentor with the Northwoods/Hollow Drive program during her time at Dartmouth College, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to continue serving with a great organization.


Abbe currently works on the global business development team at Starcom MediaVest Group where she supervises design and storytelling for new client pitches. In her free time she plays soccer, visits museums and volunteers with iMentor. 

A Letter from Mike Loner, CEO on his 10th Anniversary with DREAM

Thu, 2015-02-26 14:39 -- sattridge
Ten Years DREAMing

On the night of February 23, 2015, a group of crazy-eyed DREAMers stormed into a Board of Directors’ meeting and kidnapped me. I was blindfolded, led to a VERY cold car and then driven to an unknown destination. Still blindfolded, I was taken from the car and carefully guided up a ramp and into the back of a rental truck where DREAMers, friends and family were waiting for me to celebrate my ten year anniversary with this amazing organization.

Victoria Fener

Victoria joined DREAM as a mentor during her freshman fall in 2004, but truly became a DREAMer at Winter Adventure Camp in 2005 when Camp was only a handful of platform tents and the overnight temperature was a balmy -20F.  The kids didn't let the weather get in their way, and Victoria was immediately hooked on the power of DREAM to change kids' (and mentors') lives.  

Victoria joined the DREAM National Growth Team as a founding member in 2013.  She's been thrilled to see DREAM expand to Boston and Philly, and is looking forward to building on that momentum to carry DREAM to even more communities.  As part of the Growth Team, she is working with the DREAM staff on strategy and planning for national expansion.

Victoria is a co-founder and the CFO & Head of Product for, a goal-setting platform that leverages behavioral economics to help people achieve their goals.  She is also an adviser for early-stage startups and serves as a Steering Committee member and mentor for social entrepreneurs at PresenTense.  Victoria graduated with a degree in Economics from Dartmouth College and lives in New York.

Julia Budnick

Julia currently is the People and Organizational Development Manager at the financial technology company, OnDeck. She works tirelessly on enhancing performance management, creating dynamic training programs, and establishing a thick and sticky culture. Before taking on this role she was the Talent & Marketing Manager at the global innovation consultancy, ?What If! Innovation Partners. While at ?What If! she helped design and implement the first formal campus recruiting initiative. She also played an instrumental role in the organization’s B2B marketing efforts, and the executive leadership program, TopDog. 

When not in the office you can find Julia training for her third NYC Marathon, scoping out New York’s newest restaurants, and serving on various non-profit boards. Julia previously was a mentor for iMentor and the Associate Board President for Gilda’s Club NYC. A true millennial, Julia refers to herself as a serial connector and innovator, always on the hunt for the next big idea, start-up, or disruptive gadget!


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