Dream a Dream uses a child-centered approach to help young people overcome adversity and develop life skills.
The program seeks to improve outcomes for students through a collaborative approach that targets parents, teachers, mentors, volunteers, and more to create positive learning experiences in young peoples' lives.
The After School Life Skills Programme uses the medium of Sports and Arts to engage and develop critical life skills. Learnings from the ground are documented and brought back to inform, impact and transform our work with Teachers and Educators in the Teacher Development Programme.
The Career Connect Programme equips 14-19 year olds with information, skills and access to opportunities to make a healthy transition to adulthood. The program conducts career awareness workshops, run short-term modules in English, communication skills, money management, career guidance and provide access to internships, scholarships, vocational training and jobs.
The Teacher Development Programme engages adults to deepen impact on and unlock potential of young people, using a life skills approach to nurture empathy, expand their creativity, develop listening and validation skills and the ability to share with authenticity while also learning facilitation skills. The model has been adapted from the Creative Community Model developed by Partners for Youth Empowerment (PYE).
And finally, the Volunteer Engagement component of Dream a Dream brings together community volunteers from corporates, colleges and larger society to engage and deepen impact on young people through their time, skills and role modeling. Volunteers can participate in one-off fun, experiential, life skills programs; participate in regular life skills programs; go for a 4-day outdoor experiential camp; become a mentor; run a fundraising campaign, make donations and offer pro-bono professional services. We also work with corporates on strategic CSR initiative involving employee engagement and pro-bono services.
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CEI approaches in action
The program works with NGO's low cost schools, orphanages, and children homes. These help the organization reach youth that are most in need.
2500 volunteers engaged year on year for over 30,000 hours of engagement activities.
2400 accessing career workshops.
1600 accessing skill development modules.
750 accessing career services.
35 graduates provided job placements.
160 scholarships granted.
The program wants to scale through partnerships, whereby non-profit organizations or multinational companies (as part of their employee engagement program) can run the training for their volunteers/employees and partner with centers that work with young adults from vulnerable backgrounds.
Monitoring & Evaluation
Life Skills development are introduced, demonstrated, documented and fed back into the larger framework for re-imagining learning for young people in the country.
Most beneficiaries of this programme are between 8-15 years of age based in Bangalore and the learning opportunities provided are broadly divided under two heads: Life skills through Arts and Life skills through Sports (football).
In the below sections, we would like to present the impact of the After School Life Skills Programme for the year 2014-2015.
To present this information
1. We compared the baseline and endline assessment scores across 3081 beneficiaries to understand the improvements in life-skills across the 5 life skills measured.
2. Moreover, we also performed further analysis on the dataset of assessment results to study the effect factors on the programme efficiency.
They found an impressive impact on young people most lacking in life skills at the start of the programme year: i.e. the participants with lower baselines showed greater improvement in their life skills scores as compared to participants with a higher baseline.