Welcome to the Youth Dreamers!
Providing youth opportunities for leadership, personal growth, and community development
Grand opening of the Dream House grand opening, May 2010
Since its beginning in 2001, the Youth Dreamers have worked to provide a safe haven for youth by creating, building, and running the Dream House, a youth-run after-school center that both employed and served youth. In 2013, facing funding challenges and changes in the educational climate, we were pleased to rent the Dream House to a sister organization, the Baltimore Teacher Network. We continue to provide opportunites for youth by publishing a book, I Am Not a Test Score: Lessons Learning from Dreaming, and by launching the Dream Big Scholarship Program.
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I Am Not a Test Score: Lessons Learned from Dreaming is a collaborative book written by Youth Dreamers themselves, young people who have grown up in Baltimore City schools and believe in alternatives to standardized testing. The book shares what Youth Dreamers and our adult allies learned from dreaming and building Baltimore’s only youth-run youth center—The Dream House. It includes best practices, lessons learned, and examples of project-based, community-building curriculum. We hope to nspire students, teachers, parents, and community members to challenge the problems in their schools, redirecting the emphasis on standardized testing toward programs promoting leadership, character, and youth voice. Read more >>
Dream Big Scholarship provides both financial and mentoring support to students from junior year in high school to junior year in college. “Dreamers” will receive $1000 for each of their two first years of college and two mentors---a college Youth Dreamer and an adult Youth Dreamer board member. Read more here >>