U.S. Dream Academy, Inc.

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Basic Information

Address: 1155 S. Glendale Drive Salt Lake City, UT 84104
Phone Number: 801-973-9494
Fax Number: 801-973-9499
Director: Kristina Muck

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Additional Information

Causes Served: Tutoring and mentoring children of incarcerated parents
Background Check: Yes
Population Served: Grades 3rd-8th
Ages for Volunteer: 16+
Hours of Service: Monday - Thursday 3-6; Friday 1-6
Minimum Hours Required: 1 hour/week
Days of Service: Monday - Friday
Mission Statement:

To empower children who are at risk of incarceration to maximize their potential by providing them with academic, social and values enrichment through supportive mentoring and the use of technology.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

To create an army of young men and women with positive dreams for their lives, equipped with the tools to make those dreams a reality.

Program History:

U.S. Dream Academy is an after-school program that aims to break the cycle of incarceration by giving children the skills and vision necessary to lead productive and fulfilling lives.  It was founded in 1998 by Wintley Phipps, who had witnessed firsthand in his work with prison inmates the destructive influence of incarceration on children, families and communities.  Since its inception, U.S. Dream Academy has served over 1,500 students in neighborhoods where incarceration is a major problem.  The first Dream Academy Learning Center was opened in partnership with D.C. Child and Family Services at the Ferebee Hope Elementary School Complex in Southeast Washington, D.C., in 2000.  We were honored to have former President William Jefferson Clinton address a crowd of 300+ parents, students, community members, school and public officials in the auditorium of the Ferebee Hope School to help us officially open our first Center and publicly recognize the work of the U.S. Dream Academy.  Our organization currently operates 11 Learning Centers in low income neighborhoods with high incarceration rates in 10 communities: Southeast Washington, D.C., East Baltimore, South Philadelphia, East Orange, Third Ward in Houston, Watts-Los Angeles, Memphis, Indianapolis, Salt Lake City, and Orlando.  Local collaborations are key to the success of a Dream Academy Learning Center.  We are proud to partner with other committed community groups, churches and public schools to provide more comprehensive programming for our students

Additional Information:

  Volunteer Opportunties Available:

Mentor—be a friend to a child who needs one! Fun on-site mentoring activities for children between the ages of 7 and 11 who are enrolled in U.S. Dream Academy. Just one hour a week of your time can make a big difference in the life of child! (Adults 18 and over.)
Volunteer—help our kids as they learn about making healthy life choices and character skills that will help them in life. Daily activities and arts and crafts allow our children to have fun and learn at the same time. Come and join them! (High school seniors and college students ~ this is a great way to fulfill your community service requirement!)
Tutor—help a child who is having an exceptionally difficult time with reading, writing and arithmetic.