Me to We: A Strategic Plan for Dreamline

Here is what we’ve been waiting to share with you–the just-completed Strategic Plan for Dreamline, our declaration of values, purpose, direction, and implementation.  It is our dream to share with the world, and how we will realize it.

This plan is ambitious and broad. It never could have taken shape without the tireless collaboration of our Planning Group, especially the direction and leadership of Bill Adair, former Program Director at the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, and Vivian Sun, Global Giving and Philanthropy Program Manager at Salesforce.

“The result of the six-month strategic planning process is a plan to create a transition from Dreamline’s current small scale operation and financial position to an organization that will serve thousands more young people and build a secure financial future for its operation. ” –p. 2

When I started my work with students and dreams as a classroom teacher, I could have dreamed of part of this, but certainly not all of it–and never how to make it happen. That takes a group effort. It’s a powerful example of how when we connect our dreams, greater things happen–what Dreamline is all about.  

Please take time enjoy the 9 pages of text, graphics, and photographs. We were fortunate to receive donated graphic design from GHI Design, one of Philadelphia’s top design firms, so it’s both informative and beautiful. Use the button below.

At this time of year, when gifts are the order of the day and when we are still struggling to create the moments of connection that make our holidays meaningful, it is with tremendous gratitude that I can offer this to you and that, collectively, we will offer it to the world. 

May the weeks ahead bring you increasing light, hope, and a growing conviction that we can and will move from me to we in the months and years to come.

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CLICK ABOVE TO MEET THE TEAM!

I am so excited to introduce this amazing group of youth leaders who are ready to roll with our next session of Hope Rising, our global online Dream Camp for kids age 9-14

Camille, our Summer Program Manager, and I just had a fantastic week of training with our Team Leaders. It was so inspiring to learn from and with this exceptional group of young people. Joining us from Morocco to LA, they truly exemplify the diversity, compassion, and deep devotion to making the world a better place that is central to Dreamline.Hope Rising is a fun, thoughtful, creative, and inspiring way to enrich the summer of all children ages 9-14.

Please share this with the families you know. Many parents are looking for but can’t find engaging activities available for their children this summer. With this team in place, we definitely can help and are excited to foster incredible cross country connections that can only grow over time. And of course, local friend groups can participate together too.Check it out, pass it on, and spread the word. Together, hope IS rising!

dreamline.org/SUMMER

Jeffrey Harlan
Dreamline Founder
jeffrey@dreamline.org

Black Lives Matter

We are proud to share in this post what we have already put on our social media and shared through direct email to our entire community.

Dreamline stands in solidarity with those in protest of the police brutality that ended the life of George Floyd. We stand in solidarity with all those in condemnation of systemic racism and all students we have had the privilege to serve in Philadelphia, including Laboratory Charter School, Parkway North West, and Harding Middle School.

We want to acknowledge our passive efforts to engage underserved communities, and commitment to do a better job using the Dreamline platform to celebrate and amplify the power of Black children’s voice, experience, and dreams.

We take very seriously our responsibility to create safe spaces for meaningful conversations, share the power of communities we have had the privilege to connect with, and unapologetically pursue the anti-racist change in our world.

In continued support of children’s empathy, compassion, and inspiration, we at Dreamline hold ourselves accountable to do all we can to help the healing of families impacted by systemic racism, and move beyond merely the hope for a better future.

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HOPE RISING
HOPE AND COMMUNITY THROUGH THE SUMMER

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Dreamline’s HOPE RISING is a fully developed online offering for organizers of summer student programs in 2020 – safe, interactive, hands-on, fun, and inspiring.

Many summer programs are on hold and we are here to meet the need, building hope and community. If you know someone involved in summer programs, you’ll want to pass this on. Learn more.


FIRST COVID DREAMS UPLOADED
DREAMS FOR THE WORLD FROM NEAR MUMBAI

click an image and its subtitle to see details and hear voice recordings

These dreams for the world from the City Pride school in Pune, near Mumbai, India, are some of the first results of our ABUNDANCE Covid response program. Learn more about our current Covid Response program with training for teachers and online sessions for students here.

In March and April, we gathered teachers from around the country in focus groups to figure out how to make the best ALL-online experience possible that is true to our mission. And it’s working!


#GIVING TUESDAY FUNDRAISER CLIMBING
GOFUNDME CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED MAY 5TH HITS 60%

We asked people to write something about the Dreamline Covid Response Program that we’re funding. Here’s what some of them said:

“Dreamline offers a simple yet profound way to connect the human family in a time of social distancing.” –Creator of We, the World’s Climate Collaboratory

“Dreamline’s online program gives kids an opportunity to dream big – beyond the frustrations and limitations of our current situation. Having meaningful goals to work towards will energize them and the online Dreamline will help them feel connected to other kids at a time when connections are harder to come by.” –Elementary School Teacher, Philadelphia, PA

“Now more than ever, the health and security of our planet depends on the realization that our local wellbeing is connected to global actions. Dreamline enables youth to connect online to achieve this realization and to start brainstorming ways to transform the world for the better, using others’ creative ideas as inspiration.” –Doctoral Student at Columbia Teachers College working at the college level in rural Mexico.

See what the buzz is about and make your contribution HERE.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR, CLICK THE YES
YOUR JUNE 7 INVITE IS COMING SOON

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DREAM BANNER FABRIC IN NEW FORM
ORIGINAL ART ON BANNER MATERIAL UNMASKING PASSION

This is longtime Dreamline supporter and staffer Grace Bridy modeling some of the masks she created from our repurposed sheets of Dream Banner woven fabric! Follow our social media and this blog for updates on availability and check out ABUNDANCE masks you can purchase to create your own art works. ABUNDANCE MASKSall3black

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UPLIFT THE LINE!
SAFE SOCIAL INSTALLATIONS OF DREAMLINES TO INSPIRE AND ENGAGE

This is one person waiting to get into Headhouse Market in Philadelphia where Dreamlines–with Banners spaced six feet apart–have been engaging customers while they wait to enter. They’ve been our pilot site for four weeks, and we’re now offering Uplift the Line to other interested businesses. Please pass it ON! More info.


FOCUS AND FEELING
DREAMLINE’S NEW PROGRAM ASSISTANT BRINGS MORE POWER TO CONNECTED DREAMERS

We are thrilled to have the skillful focus of Dreamline’s newest staff member Camille Baechler just when we need it most! Camille’s technical facilitation of our Zoom sessions AND her capacity to make everyone feel at home in the digital classroom–students and teachers alike–is a huge plus for our program.

Camille is a recent graduate of Bryn Mawr College. In her own words, she is “a student of life interested in self awareness, freedom, and compassion – and loves nature, writing, travel, and taking care of loved ones.”
What’s it like working with Dreamline?


VIRTUAL VOLUNTEER PROGRAM READY FOR LAUNCH
OUR PILOT WITH SALESFORCE CORPORATION IS SET TO LEAD

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Many corporations across the country encourage their employees to give back to their communities through paid volunteer time off and other programs. But virtual volunteer programs are not so easy to find. With the help of Vivian Sun at Salesforce, Dreamline has created a virtual volunteer experience that will help student groups with our program and provide a rewarding volunteer experience like none other. We’re starting to look into working with other groups as well, so please pass this on. Learn more.

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