DREAM's CEO Michael Loner writes about mentoring's effect on school attendance

Tue, 2016-10-04 14:47 -- mloner

"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.

Jessica Souke

Regional Director - Boston
After 15 years of working to strengthen the resources of schools and educational non-profits, Jess is excited to join DREAM as the Boston Regional Director.  Jess began her career as a high school English teacher in the Upper Valley of NH.  She travelled to the Pacific and built a teaching program that connects the talents of Dartmouth College graduates and students of the Republic of the Marshall Islands.  As the Director of Volunteers & Interns she also managed and doubled the volunteer resources for the Waikiki Aquarium in Honolulu.  Recently, Jess settled in the South Shore of Massachusetts where she spearheaded fundraising campaigns for The Arc of Massachusetts and The Newton Public Schools. 
 
Jess graduated from Dartmouth College in 2001 with a BA in English and Secondary Education and earned her MBA from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with concentrations in social business and non-profit management.  From 2010-11, Jess served on the Boston Board for DREAM.  For Jess DREAM is where her roles as mentor, teacher, manager and fundraiser culminate into one exciting job.  She has been a huge fan of the organization since its origins at Dartmouth.  In her spare time Jessica loves to spend time with her family, have "adventure days" with her daughter and quahog in Cape Cod.

Nikki Duran

Teen Futures Coordinator

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 Greiling

Program Empowerment Director
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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 AmeriCorps Teen Futures Coordinator

Wed, 2016-08-03 12:03 -- aek

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: 

Regional Director - Boston Office

Thu, 2016-06-02 15:14 -- mloner

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!

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