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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

@globaldreamline


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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unnamedThis Dream Keeper News explains what we are offering for our schools that are dealing with a whole new world and to our students who are at home. It has some of the details of what has come out of many hours of group Zoom calls, simulating student experiences with focus groups of both seasoned educators and community members relatively new to our program.

The result is something that will serve us well–now and in years to come. We are creating access for everyone–or as many people as we possibly can–and that has ALWAYS been the goal of Dreamline. Nothing new there. But the urgency of creating all phone-friendly materials that really work is right now, and we’ve got it.

Below is an outline of how our Dreamline Abundance Program works, followed by our schedule of required information calls for participation with a group, and the rollout timeframe.

Very Briefly in other news, our Home Depot Mexico fundraiser continues to break giving records week after week, our Abundance Mask Sales program (link at the bottom) is off and running with our first large order of 200 just in to serve a homeless shelter, and we are working weekly to stay on track of a June 7 ALL DIGITAL Dream Philly Festival.

Below is the real news, and it’s news I want you to share.

If you want to participate with students, you need to sign up for an information and training Zoom call. Max 25 participants per call.
Thursday April 16
1:00pm (13:00) & 8:00 pm (20:00) EDT (UTC-4)
Tuesday, April 21 1:00pm (13:00) & 8:00 pm (20:00) EDT (UTC-4)
Thursday April 23 1:00pm (13:00) & 8:00 pm (20:00) EDT (UTC-4)
 SIGN UP  bit.ly/abundancetrain

PROGRAM MATERIALS WILL BE SENT TO TRAINING CALL PARTICIPANTS BY MAY 1.
WE ASK THAT ALL PARTICIPANTS COMPLETE THE PROGRAM BY JUNE 1 TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR JUNE 7 ONLINE DREAM FESTIVAL.


Traditionally, students create cloth Dream Banners in school or other groups. Now they can have the same group experience with a smartphone, three pieces of paper, and something to write with.

The ABUNDANCE program has four segments. Each can be done with live Zoom or asynchronously with students doing activities and reporting back to their teacher.
LIVE ZOOM
Large group presentation to start, then discussIon and activities in breakout rooms. 40-minute lessons.
ASYNCHRONOUS
Watch phone formatted video that simulates live version, allowing students to pause video to follow activity directions and to email work to teacher.  Self-paced.

We begin with a Dreamline program introduction by me, explaining that Dreamline helps us focus on purpose for eduction and our lives–a perspective that helps us in this time of individual isolation AND global connection.

Students are then led through an exploration of a set of six Dream Banners in phone format. For live video sessions, this is in small group  discussion. All students do the YOU/NEW activity using one side of the first sheet of paper.

In the example below from Veracruz, Mexico, students will  also see a translation to English and the play button for a recording of the student speaking their dreams in Spanish.
Different Banner Collections are used for different age groups of students so they are age and language appropriate. 

In the “Inside-Selfie” lesson, students do the reflection and rough draft work to create a Dreamline Banner that’s

  1. grounded in personal values
  2. looks to the future, and
  3. is connected to others with hashtags.

Students see examples of values written by second graders in West Philadelphia and 9th graders in Haiti, then write their own. They use the other side of the first sheet of paper.

Next for the Inside Selfie is a look at dreams for the future, preceded by a quick introduction to US Poet Langston Hughes and followed by prompts for imagining a change to make your world a better place in 20 years from now.
For this activity they use one side of their second sheet of paper.

The last part of the “Inside-Selfie” is a connection of our dreams to others’ dreams through hashtags. Students brainstorm hashtags they know that fit their dream and also learn about and use the UN Global Goal (or SDG) hashtags for the Dreamline program. These make the dream topics searchable in our online Gallery of thousands.
For this activity, students use the other side of their second sheet of paper.

“Dream Keeper” is an OFFLINE activity which will take up to 90 minutes.
Students create their final Dream Banner on paper including Values, Dreams–in art and words–and Hashtags. It is done on the third sheet of paper, following prompts students receive after completing the activities above.

When their Dream Banner is complete, students use a phone or tablet to photograph their Dream Banner and then make an audio recording of themselves speaking the words on it. Then, according to our arrangements with the teachers, students upload the photo and audio file or email it directly to their teacher.

After teachers approve the content, it is uploaded to the Dreamline Gallery by the teacher or authorized adult using the Dreamline Mobile app for iPhone or Android.

In some settings, teachers or other authorized adults will receive the digital files and create offline fabric Dream Banners and Dreamlines using an Abundance Materials Kit.

In a final session, students with access to Zoom meet in breakouts to share individual work. Students who are participating asynchronously complete an activity to examine and respond to their classmates’ Dream Banners posted on the Dreamline Gallery.

Groups that have had fabric banners created from digital files can display them in food stores or other public places to inspire and connect. Each Banner is QR coded to connect to the online version with any phone so our dreams for a better tomorrow spread far, fast, and safely.

If you want to participate with students, you need to sign up for an information and training Zoom call. Max 25 participants per call.

Thursday April 16 1:00pm (13:00) & 8:00 pm (20:00) EDT (UTC-4)
Tuesday, April 21 1:00pm (13:00) & 8:00 pm (20:00) EDT (UTC-4)
Thursday April 23 1:00pm (13:00) & 8:00 pm (20:00) EDT (UTC-4)
SIGN UP  bit.ly/abundancetrain

PROGRAM MATERIALS WILL BE SEND TO TRAINING CALL PARTICIPANTS BY MAY 1.
WE ASK THAT ALL PARTICIPANTS COMPLETE THE PROGRAM BY JUNE 1 TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR JUNE 7 ONLINE DREAM FESTIVAL.

 

ABUNDANCE MASKS–Customizable, Water Resistant & Dream Building!

ABUNDANCE MASKS – Customizable, Water Resistant & Dream Building
$2.50

These are masks we make from repurposed Dream Banner material and ribbon and ship to you. You can write or draw on the nonwoven fabric to make your mask send positive messages to all you meet. Proceeds help fund our Abundance Program. 

 

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