The following programs offered recently at the Dream House help explain who we are and what we do!
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Homework Club: This program is on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. During this hour, middle school Youth Dreamers are hired to tutor the Abbottston Elementary School students who wish for help on their homework. Each Youth Dreamer “buddy” is paired with one elementary aged “buddy” for every session. The pairs stay the same throughout the whole program so that “buddies” really know each other well. Students work on homework, extra practice with basic skills, & enrichment. Snacks are provided. In addition, high school students are hired to mentor/tutor the middle school students from 4:30-5:00 (NEW!). *Average number of students served: 26 elementary school students, 17 middle school students, 19 high school students.
Ms. Jenn, an adult volunteer, teaches drama workshops for ten elementary school students that allow them to learn drama skills, dress up, act as different characters, and more. She is paired up with a high school program leader who is in charge of recruitment, assisting during the classes and evaluating at the end.
Community Art Workshops takes place each year, facilitated by a Maryland Institute College of Art graduate student and two high school students. Once a week, fifteen middle school students create art centered around identity—both individually and as a community. Students often plan and run public workshops and create art to beautify and unify the community.
Last year, graduate students in School Counseling at the University of Maryland ran group sessions with small groups of middle and high school students to give them an opportunity to share and discuss issues and concerns that are important to them. Two program leaders (one high school and one middle school) were in charge of recruitment, assisting during the sessions and evaluating at the end.
Leaders in Training
Who Am I? Poetry Workshops
Poetry Writing: Once a month, fifteen middle and high school students meet to write poetry about themselves and the world, facilitated by Ms. Kristina(Teacher Director) and Ms. Sarah (of Wide Angle Youth Media). This will culminate in a Poetry Slam held at the Dream House in the Spring in conjunction with the Wide Angle Youth Media Festival. Two program leaders (one high school and one middle school) are in charge of recruitment, assisting during the sessions and evaluating at the end.
Youth Dreamers Summer Art Program
Summer Arts Program: Each summer, fifteen to twenty middle school students from the neighborhood attend this five week summer art program. The morning features a class run by high school Youth Dreamers which has included in the past: cooking, video making, writing workshops, drama, and publishing. In the afternoon two MICA graduate students and two high school Youth Dreamers teach community art. Projects have included murals, painted screens, recyclable grocery bags made out of old tee shirts, and more. In 2010, participants published a book of poetry and photography called “Baltimore, I Love You!” This book is available through blurb.com in the Blurb for Good bookstore.
B-More to You(th)