On June 8th, Dare 2 Dream Leaders Inc. participated in Councilman D. Williams 3rd Annual Not In My Hood March through East Flatbush, Brooklyn. We walked in protest against senseless violence. We were joined by a host of community leaders and youth advocates. We ended the day with a resource fair in Flatbush Gardens formally known as “Vandaveer”.
On Sunday, June 2nd Dare 2 Dream Leaders Inc. held its 2nd Annual Youth Summit at St. Francis College. I would like to thank each and every one that came out to the event. I hope you left more inspired than before you walked in. I was honored to be in a room with so many gifted and talented individuals. Our panelists Councilman Jumaane D. Williams, Shaduke McPhatter, Shatia Burk D-Rell/Darrell Williams were amazing. Dare 2 Dream Leaders Inc.’s Creative Arts students and Fyrezone youth performances were fantastic. Our parent and youth workshops were engaging and our keynote speaker inspired our youth to DREAM and set goals. To top it all off, D-Rell and Tazz Milano gave two thought provoking and high energy performances that left our audience wanting more. I’d say that we reached our goal of setting our audience up to be on or continue on the “Road 2 Success”! I want to send a big thank you to my Board of Directors Derron, Leah, Fran, Raina, Laurissa, Oriel and our Creative Arts Director for working tirelessly on planning this event and making it such a success. To our volunteers, thank you so much for all that you did at the summit to make the event run smoothly, stay organized and on time. If you missed out on this event we hope to see you next year!!!
Brooklyn, NY based nonprofit Dare 2 Dream Leaders held a creative writing contest among its students in support of Young & Creative: Youth Creativity Awareness Month. The contest was held over the course of 2 weeks and included any form of creative writing. Several students entered into the contest with beautiful writing pieces. The student chosen as winner of the contest is Aaliyah Nathaniel. Click here to read article…
In tribute of the Young & Creative Campaign presented by Krie8tive; Raina N. Whitfield, MSW recently sat down with Ijana Nathaniel, the president and founder of the nonprofit organization Dare 2 Dream Leaders. Review article…
Our 2nd Annual Teens 4 Jeans event was a great success. Students, parents, D2DL Board Members and community partners participated in this year’s clothing drive. We collected over 200 pairs of jeans that will be donated to youth in shelters. Guests at our event enjoyed activities such as free manicures, basketball games and cupcake decorating. Youth participated in our Teens 4 Jeans poster contest and they also won various prizes from our raffles. We look forward to this annual event that brings awareness of youth homelessness in our community.
Below are some photos from our event.
On December 9, 2012, Dare 2 Dream Leaders Inc.(D2DL) celebrated two years of providing free youth empowerment programs in to the Brooklyn community. This event was packed with individuals who share in our mission and vision of helping youth reach their highest potential. D2DL honored various community leaders and former D2DL students. Our honorees included 45th District Councilman Jumaane D. Williams “Civic Leadership Award”, Andries Hudde 240 Principal Elena O’Sullivan “Leadership Award” , Parent Coordinator Zoraida Clemente “Community Advocate Award” and the following Dare 2 Dream Leaders received an “Emerging Leaders Award”: Aiyana Adams, Seleste Degrannes and Deloran Neverson.
The event was filled with entertainment including a live band, poetry and performances by our very own Creative Arts students. Some of our special guests included staff from our most recent donor the “Rockefeller Brothers Fund”. It was great to have our supporters see first hand the amazing work that our students have produced and the impact that our organization has made thus far. Other supporters included TD Bank, Golden Krust, Cakes By Faith, Stacey Bobb anb Leah & Ira Wagner. Thank you to each and every person that made a contribution by purchasing tickets, serving on our committee and helping out in any way. Looking forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.
Dare 2 Dream Leaders Inc. participated in the Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk at Prospect Park on October 21, 2012. Our community service class partnered with J.H.S. Andries Hudde 240 to support this huge event. We walked with parents, Hudde Staff, students and friends. The event was a great bonding experience for our youth. Students were face to face with survivors of breast cancer. This experience helped them learn about the impact of this terrible disease and why we need to raise funds to find a cure.
On October 20, 2012, Dare 2 Dream Leaders from our Community Service class participated in a gardening project at the Brooklyn Bridge Park. Our youth showed great leadership and teamwork while doing a good deed for the community.
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