DREAAM---founded in 2015 and became 501c3 nonprofit in 2017---is an opportunity pipeline, a pipeline of hope for boys and young men who face tough odds. We are a community-school-church partnership with collaborations from the University of Illinois. Our hope is to create a "school to college” pipeline to disrupt the “school to prison” pipeline, because of the following stats:
◻75% of all suspensions in Champaign District 4 schools (2012-2015) and 65.8% of all suspensions in Urbana District 116 schools (2011-2015) were Black students.
◻77.7% of all expulsions in Champaign District 4 (2012-2015) and 85.7% of all expulsions in Urbana District 116 (2011-2015) were Black students.
◻In 2011, 85% of all students who experienced disciplinary action in Champaign District 4 schools involving the police were Black.
◻Only 4.87% of incoming freshmen at UIUC are African American, a number that has steadily decreased over the last two years.
Will you help us continue to provide important and life-changing programming and mentorship for our DREAAMers, so together, we can put an end to crushing statistics like these?