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We empower young people from vulnerable backgrounds to overcome adversity and flourish in a fast changing world

Our Model

Child Centric

At the centre of Dream a Dream’s approach is the child 

The first is the young person itself who we believe has the potential to overcome adversity and develop the life skills. Next, their closest influencers, after parents, are teachers. And that might include school teachers, caring adults, mentors or facilitators. Beyond the teacher is the volunteer, someone who is a role model and creates positive learning experiences in the young person's life. The outer key influencer is community - this includes potential employers, administration, the government, and policy makers. Eventually, they make the universe that the young will inhabit, and hence need to be made aware of the challenges.

Our programmes are designed in a way that all these four sectors are impacted, to create the best possible world for the young person.

Our programs

After School

After School

The After School Life Skills Programme uses the medium of Sports and Arts to engage and develop critical life skills. The programme is an Innovation Lab where new approaches to Life Skills development are introduced, demonstrated, documented and fed back into the larger framework for Re-imagining Learning for young people in the country. 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.

  • 5528 young people year on year
  • 25 partner schools across Bangalore
  • 38 life skill facilitators
  • 1:1 gender ratio
  • 95.8% retention
  • 88.9% attendance
Career Connect

Career Connect

The program equips 14-19 year olds with information, skills and access to opportunities to make a healthy transition to adulthood. We conduct 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 program is delivered in two learning centres, based in Bangalore. 

  • 3417 accessing career workshops
  • 1610 accessing skill development modules
  • 750 accessing career services
  • 21 graduates provided job placements
  • 150 scholarships granted
Teacher Development

Teacher Development

The program engages adults to deepen impact on and unlock potential of young people. We use 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).

  • 980 teachers / educators trained
  • Impacting over 100,000 young people
  • Spread across 10 cities in India
  • 27 Partner Schools / Charities
Volunteer Engagement

Volunteer Engagement

The volunteer engagement program 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. 

  • 2500 volunteers engaged year on year
  • Over 30,000 hours of engagement
  • Dell, Microsoft, SSgA, Qualcomm, Northern Trust and LSI key CSR partners
  • Christ University, Oxford College, Montfort College key college partners