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You will find it in you…

“The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment, it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone.”

– Orison Swett Marden, was an American writer associated with the New Thought Movement. He also held a degree in medicine, and was a successful hotel owner.

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What is success to you?

“Success for me isn’t a destination it’s a journey. Everybody’s working to get to the top but where is the top? It’s all about working harder and getting better and moving up and up.”

– Rihanna, Grammy winning recording artist.

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Ijana Nathaniel, Founder of Dare 2 Dream Leaders, Inc. Honored By The Brooklyn Women of Distinction…

Congratulations to Ijana Nathaniel, Founder of Dare 2 Dream Leaders, Inc. for being one out of 25 women in Brooklyn being honored for their commitment to their community by the Brooklyn Women of Distinction.

About Brooklyn’s Women of Distinction:

The Brooklyn Women of Distinction will honor the service and dedication that a select few women have brought to our borough. We are looking to recognize the accomplishments, dedication, and goodwill that a select few women have brought to the borough of Brooklyn.

Through a series of in-depth profiles, Courier Life salutes 25 influential Brooklyn women. Each woman’s unique accomplishments will be highlighted in a keepsake publication on May 24th, 2012 (page 37).  View CNG’s YouTube video showcasing a few of the 2012 Brooklyn Women of Distinction.

To honor these women, there will be a gala hosted at the New York Aquarium on the Ocean Deck in Coney Island on June 20th, 2012

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Dare 2 Dream Leaders & IYC Empowerment Youth Summit 2012

Please use the donation button below to help support our very 1st Empowerment Youth Summit on March 31st! 



Dare 2 Dream Leaders, Inc. and the International Youth Council (IYC) are coming together on March 31, 2012 to host an “Empowerment Youth Summit” in East Flatbush at Andries Hudde 240 located at 2500 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11210.




























The Empowerment Youth Summit is geared towards both Middle School and High School students in the Brooklyn community. Our mission is to inspire and empower youth into action. Students will hear from special guest speakers on topics ranging from bullying, community building, entrepreneurship and so much more. The day will be filled with entertainment, mentoring, community building opportunities, networking, and fun!

Keynote speakers, panelists and special invited guests will be announced.

Registration is required for this FREE event.


Thank you for your interest in attending the 3rd Annual Youth Empowerment Summit “Road 2 Success” made possible by Dare 2 Dream Leaders Inc.

For Individual registration please use the form below, if you are a school/organization interested in registering a group please click here to register for summit as a group. Return form to or via fax at (888) 561-8941.

Participant Information:

*First Name *Last Name

I am a:

*Your Email

*Phone #

Street Address:




School Name:



**Photo/Video Release: I hereby grant permission, without reservation, to the conference organizers, and those authorized by the conference organizers, to take photographs and to make recordings of me, and to use them in original or modified form in all media now or hereafter known, with or without my name or information about me, for the promotion, public education, and/or fundraising activities of the conference organizers. I understand and agree that I am entitled to receive no compensation for the above. I release the conference organizers, and their licensees and assignees, from all claims that I now have or in the future may have, relating to the above. I agree any and all agencies mentioned above will be the sole owners of all tangible and intangible rights in the above mentioned photographs and recordings, with full power of disposition.
Approval of Photo/Video Release


Upon successful registration, you will receive confirmation via e-mail from Dare 2 Dream Leaders Inc. If you do not receive this confirmation, you are not successfully registered. Please allow 2-5 business days to complete registration. If you have any questions regarding the Youth Empowerment Summit, please contact: Ijana Nathaniel, Dare 2 Dream Leaders Inc. Direct Line: 347.586.9604


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D2D Youth Learn The Importance of Recycling @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy… Reduce! Reuse! Recycle

On November 12, 2011, Dare 2 Dream Leaders, Inc. youth participated in a Day of Service at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy.  Youth had the chance to learn about the process of going green by visiting areas of the park with green roofs, solar roofs, and learning about the park benches that have been recycled from pieces of an old building torn down to build the park.  As you can see below our youth had the chance to get real hands on experience on what it takes to care for the parks in NYC.

We would like to personally thank our tour guide Kara Gilmour, Director of Education at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy for the educational tour and enriched experience.  We had a great time and we hope to return in the spring.

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Prospect Park’s “It’s My Park” Day of Service

October 22, 2011 –

Dare 2 Dream Leaders, Inc. volunteered at Prospect Park’s “It’s My Park” Day of Service.  Our group included 12 youth participants from IS 240 Hudde and the East Flatbush community, two parents and D2D’s group of interns. On this day we geared up with rakes, shovels and brooms to clean Prospect Park so the park would be clean for all of the festivities that are taking place this week.  The students enjoyed helping their community and hanging with one another outside of school.  One of our participants had this to say about the day “I had so much fun helping the earth and feeding the swans”.

D2D encourages our youth to participate in community service activities in hopes to instill in them the importance of  giving back to their community. It is very important for our youth to learn how to get involved in their community as well as volunteer and serve at this young age.   The students are looking forward to the next community building activity!

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Photo Shoot Fundraiser

Dare 2 Dream Photo shoot Fundraiser

Dare 2 Dream Photo Shoot Fund Raiser
SEPTEMBER 29th 2011
Linger Cafe & Lounge
533 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217
5pm – 10pm

$40 per person
$30 per person for couples & groups.

Package includes :
(1) Enhanced Hi Rez Digital Photo

(1) 8” x 10” print or (2) 4” x 6” prints

Photographer: Derron Campbell

Check out his dynamic work at

All proceeds will be donated to support programing at Dare 2 Dream Leaders, Inc.

Dare 2 Dream Leaders, Inc. is a Youth Empowerment non-profit organization serving youth ages 11-18 in the Brooklyn community. We need your help to further our mission and vision which is to empower our youth by providing education, skills, and resources to help build them into future leaders who are socially and economically independent.

register today!

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Green Is Best Recycling & Arts Project

Dare 2 Dream Leaders, Inc. (D2D) partners with Crown Ministries International Inc. at their yearly community event “Crown Fest” in Brooklyn.   Youth at the event participated in our youth led recycling and arts project “Green Is Best recycling and Arts Project” that was funded through IOBY.  View our photo gallery of the youth and their art creations.

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STUDENTS: Enter the Lady Liberty Essay Contest
for a chance to win $5,000 in scholarship money!

For many Americans, the Statue of Liberty represents limitless opportunities and a chance to make dreams come true. In that same spirit, Turkey Hill Dairy has created the Lady Liberty Essay Contest, which asks middle school and high school students a simple question:

Deadline: October 21, 2011
To Apply Click Here

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Pre – Father’s Day Wellness/Boot Camp Event

Pre – Father’s Day Wellness/Boot Camp Event

Saturday June 11
11:00am- 2:00pm

30 3rd Ave
Brooklyn NY 11217

Activities will include a variety of wellness vendors, music, and of course our BOOT CAMP fitness and Zumba Session that you do not want to miss!

Donation $20

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