Dream: Opportunity and ReflectionPeriodically, ACT for Youth spotlights the work of a STYA provider. Our thanks go to Caitlin Santostefano, who shared this story.
At DREAM, formerly Harlem RBI, our mission is to provide inner-city youth with opportunities to Play, Learn, and Grow. We use the power of teams to coach, teach, and inspire youth to recognize their potential and realize their dreams. DREAM offers programming and supports to kids from pre-K through college in the East Harlem, Bronx, and Newark communities.
Our STYA program takes place during our REAL Kids after-school and summer programs. REAL Kids serves elementary school-aged youth, providing them a safe out-of-school time environment to participate in activities centered on academic enrichment, social and emotional development, and baseball/softball. REAL Kids also provides a space for our youth to have new experiences such as karate, yoga, drama, and comic book making.
Youth in our STYA program participate in weekly, small, social/emotional groups called REAL Talk. During these groups, we spend our time discussing and learning about topics such as peer pressure, bullying, goal setting, healthy relationships, and preparing for middle school. In addition to our discussions, we work on various leadership projects such as learning to be a peer mentor, helping our younger students with homework, and creating cards to send to children's hospitals.
At DREAM, we also work to support our families through a variety of parent workshops and opportunities. One of our most successful parent activities is our Parenting Journey group. Parenting Journey is an evidenced-informed, 12-week curriculum that supports reflection on how our own childhood affects how we are raising our children. The nurturing environment allows parents to feel supported and create goals for their own parenting.
Previous SpotlightsThe following documents are in PDF format:
Spotlight 1 - Engaging Youth: Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center
Spotlight 2 - Involving Parents: Niagara Falls Housing Authority
Spotlight 3 - New Experiences: Orange County Youth Bureau
Spotlight 4 - Engaging Youth in STEM Workshops: Mount Vernon Youth Bureau
Spotlight 5 - Connecting Youth to Community: Committee for Hispanic Children and Families
Spotlight 6 - STEM Zombies and Mad Scientists: Boys & Girls Club of the Bellport Area
Spotlight 7 - Collaborating to Build Skills: Metro Council for Teen Potential
Spotlight 8 - Cultivating Civic Responsibility and Creativity: Central Queens YM & YWHA
Spotlight 9 - Exploring the Meaning of STYA: YWCA of Syracuse and Onondaga County
Spotlight 10 - Innovative Field Trips and Discussion Activities: New Alternatives for Children
Spotlight 11 - Creative Literacy Program: Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo
Spotlight 12 - Engaging Youth: Forestdale