As founding partners of HERE to HERE with The James and Judith K. Dimon Foundation and Big Picture Learning, DreamYard is thrilled to share the incredible work of HERE to HERE and its network of 8 partner schools, community based organizations, and businesses in bolstering student engagement in internships this summer. With internships available in a wide range of industries—hospitality, healthcare, financial services, the arts and construction—young people will receive the hands-on career and life preparation that’s required to catapult their careers, strengthen their skills, and build their resumes.
Through our partnership with Mouse and a grant from the National Science Foundation, DreamYard was able to form Bronx Design League, the first adaption of Mouse's Manhattan Design League, a "design and technology program in which high school students create inventions to make a positive impact on the lives of others."
On Saturday, June 16th, DreamYard Art Center's Bronx Design League had the opportunity to showcase their human-centered innovations at the youth conference Emoti-Con at the New York Public Library. Our young people presented their original work to judges from a variety of technology-focused companies like Datadog, Artsy.net, and Google.
The Class of 2018 at DreamYard Prep High School and the DreamYard Art Center were accepted to over 100 colleges and universities across the country. We congratulate them on their commitment to their educational journey and are excited to watch as they continue to grow and serve as leaders in their communities!
Saturday, May 12, 2018
The A.C.T.I.O.N. Project is a unique four-year program for high school students to engage with the community through the arts, leadership and critical literacy skills. These young artivists explore social issues focusing on the root causes of oppression and developing powerful solutions for their community. This year closed out the final year for our ACTION Unity Cohort, where all of our students graduated from the program and high school to continue on to college and beyond. We celebrated all of our students with food, awards, and more.
We hosted our 18th Annual Benefit at Capitale in NYC, honoring Caroline Kennedy and Roy Ryu, with special guest Assembly Member Michael Blake. Program included special guests via livestream from Poongsan High School in Korea, as well as performances from Bronx poets, Bronx Youth Chorus and DreamYard Prep HS chorus students.
Last Friday, over 70 parents participated in our annual Parents Arts Fair – a day of healing and wellness-centered experiences, including aromatherapy, Johrei, yoga and meditation, visual arts, Zumba, and aromatherapy, as well as a cultural and community resource fair. Thank you to all who joined us for this wonderful event.
Last year, a group of ambitious students set out to form DreamYard Prep High School’s first ever Debate Team. Since then, the team has climbed the ranks of the NYC High School Division and been named as the second best team in the city. Their success has not gone unnoticed, and they were invited to compete at the 44th Annual Harvard Forensics Tournament against the top 300 boarding, private, and public school teams from around the U.S. and the world, including teams from China, Canada, England, and 39 states.