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We are raising money to bounce back and grow in 2021-22, doubling the number of children we served pre-COVID. And with your help we will continue to to grow, connecting and supporting children around the world–because every child should have the opportunity to dream.

Enjoy this spectacular celebration, launching a global movement brought to life by the power of dreams.

We BEGIN… with the voice of J. Warren Mitchell and the words of “I Dream A World” by Langston Hughes.

Music by Rosephanye Powell.

I dream a world where man
No other man will scorn,
Where love will bless the earth
And peace its paths adorn
I dream a world where all
Will know sweet freedom’s way,
Where greed no longer saps the soul
Nor avarice blights our day.

A world I dream where black or white,
Whatever race you be,
Will share the bounties of the earth
And every man is free,
Where wretchedness will hang its head
And joy, like a pearl,
Attends the needs of all mankind-
Of such I dream, my world!

Hear Dreamline Founder Jeffrey Harlan’s Welcome and Introduction

Meet the Gala Hosts!

Serita Lewis, longtime Philadelphia community organizer and founder of UrnbSeek social action scavenger hunts.

Sophia Simon, tuning in from Brazil, brings her music industry experiences and lifelong passion for dreams .

Dr. Lourin Plant has been bringing out the best in people for decades at Rowan University in New Jersey.

Dr. Laura Jana

Dr. Laura Jana’s capacity to engage audiences of parents, pediatricians, researchers, investors, educators, Fortune 500 CEOs, policy makers, and everyone else have made her not only a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, but also a global spokesperson on human development sought out by The Today Show, CNN, NPR, Good Morning America, ABC News, Time, People and many others including the UK Parliament.

Learn from Dr. Laura about how to raise children to thrive in today’s world…

Ibiyinka Alao

Winner of the prestigious United Nations International Art Award, Ibi was appointed Nigeria’s Art Ambassador and UN Information Department Attaché. He has spoken to nearly half a million students across the United States about art, reconciliation, and life.


Let Ibi teach you how to make a calabache and fill the hole in your heart with a dream…

Howard Blumenthal

Emmy Award-winning television producer of “Where In the World is Carmen Sandiego” and Senior Scholar at Penn’s Positive Psychology Center, Howard
Blumenthal will talk to us about the power and importance of global understanding, empathy, and connection–especially now.

Hear Howard’s interview with Noor in Cairo and his comments on youth, activism, and Dreamline…

J. Warren Mitchell

Hailed by the Ruppiner Anzeiger as “ The New, Young Pavarotti,” American-born tenor J. Warren is an emerging star in the opera world with a distinct lyric voice.

Listen in on Jay’s talk with Dreamline student James and hear his powerful rendition of “To Sit and Dream.”

Listen in on why dreams matter in this conversation between Jay Mitchell and Dreamline student James…

Steffi Walthall

The New York Times, Netflix, and The New Yorker have all noticed that Steffi Walthall makes ideas, emotions, and truth jump off the page with her visionary talent. Hear Steffi’s story wth Dreamline Student Mei in the Gala interview. See her original art created for Hope Forward. We could not be more honored.

Steffi and Mei talk shop on art, dreams, and making a difference in the world…

TIME LAPSE VIDEO & THE BIG REVEAL of Steffi’s Dream Forward Art:

Gratitude and wrap up by Dreamline Founder Jeffrey Harlan.

About Dreamline

Dreamline is a nonprofit that works with children all over the world. 

The Dreamline experience involves creating a piece of art on a banner meant to capture a child’s dream. But that is a small part of what Dreamline provides. 

Dreamline engages empathy, deepens awareness, celebrates identity, builds courage, and develops purpose. It is a  global movement brought to life by the power of dreams.

Dreamline is an incredibly adaptable experience and is for every age. But all Dreamline experiences consist of four core components: LISTEN, REFLECT, CREATE, and SHARE, and always result in each student creating their very own Dream Banner.

We begin by creating a safe environment for young people to listen. Students explore the “heart space,” the things that matter most to themselves and others, in an open and non-judgmental way. 

Next, we reflect to identify and articulate our values such as honesty, respect, and love. We discuss our own stories and visions of positive change. We learn about the United Nations  Sustainable Development Goals, and how our dream fits in with this global vision of our world’s wellbeing. 

Dreamline encourages students to take a leap of faith when they create their own Dream Banner. We dig deep for the words and art to share our selves, and we find that everyone has a dream. 

In their physical form and connected to a line, Dream Banners inspire hope, rekindle intentions, and symbolize connection. Digital forms join a virtual Dreamline that spans the world  through Dreamline’s mobile app and online platforms.  Annual events and Dream Horizon programming help us stay connected and focused on what matters most going forward.

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