Over the past 30 years, DREAM has grown from a scrappy little league on a vacant lot to a charter school network that serves thousands of PreK-12 students throughout East Harlem and the South Bronx. When you’ve been around that long, something special starts to happen. The neighborhood kids who once ran the bases on that lot become leaders out in the community and the world. They come back to DREAM as teachers, administrators, and board members. They send their own little ones to our schools.
That generational impact is one of the great gifts of this work. And it’s one of the things that sets DREAM apart. But it goes beyond the fields and the classrooms; it’s passing down something better to each new generation. That’s what DREAM is doing every day—growing, evolving, and investing deeply in the future of our communities.
2022 saw us embark on that next generation of impact—opening our newest school in Highbridge, launching our first-ever Alumni Council, and watching our students excel in the classroom during an era that has halted academic progress for so many students across the nation.
These are just some of the special moments, accomplishments, and memories we’ve made in 2022. Take a look at our Year in Review for much more!