Based on the core values of Create, Connect, Nurture, and Activate and aligned with the NYC Department of Education’s Blueprint for the Arts and the NY State Learning Standards, DreamYard’s programs encourage young people to pursue educational pathways toward higher learning, creative careers, and social action.

DreamYard recognizes the importance of striving for an increasingly comprehensive approach to our work within community. We actively listen to our students and the community at large to understand their concerns and ideas for how we can improve our work as a Community Based Organization. This feedback informs DreamYard programs.

Each year, DreamYard’s Professional Development Department creates an imperative for our year that informs all programs and classes. Our 2022-23 school year imperative is based on our Core Value of Create. To learn more about how we use our imperative to inform our work, please visit our Teaching Tools page.