About us

Impacting our community today by building relationships with tomorrow's leaders

Dreams Academy is a multi-layered organization that interacts with local youth to teach them the skills necessary for successful lives.  Dreams Academy is for young men, ages 10 to 15.  Queens Academy is for young ladies, ages 12 to 15.  Finally, The Change Experiment, formerly known as Bridges Academy, is a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion platform for high school juniors to use their voice to create change in our society.  To learn more about Dreams Academy, click below to Learn more.

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Brandon R. Scarborough M.Ed
Founder

A few of our focus areas

Etiquette is the customary code of polite behavior in society or among members of a particular profession or group. We help to develop this image using positive role models, real world training and hands on interactions.

We teach how to process  situations and view them as challenge. Team building builds connections and helps to understand that together we can accomplish more.

Money and the understanding of it is essential in the growth and development of a race. Most black men do not experience generational wealth so it is important to educate youth to build generational wealth.

Welcome to Dreams Academy

We hope that you get a detailed view into who we are and what we do for our youth. We realize that they need to be shown their value and worth, as well as being given as much education and information as necessary to achieve the highest levels of success that they can. We pledge to continue the work and impact as many of our young Kings and Queens as possible. We welcome your feedback and questions-even your ideas! Feel free to contact us to hear more about Dreams Academy. Join our email database to receive current information about events and sessions. We look forward to hearing from you and Thank You again for visiting our site!

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Dear White Teacher

Dear White Teacher is a podcast and platform that discusses building authentic and strategic relationships with our black and brown students. More often than not, …

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Reach other young men like Anthony!

Reach other young men like Anthony! Today, you have an opportunity to help young black men and women become strong and successful in all the …

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Reach other young women like Marley!

Reach other young women like Marley! Today, you have an opportunity to help young black men and women become strong and successful in all the …

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Empower our Youth by Midnight

Beat the Clock — Empower our Youth by Midnight 12/31! For the sake of young black men and women who need strong guidance, direction, and …

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Road Trip

Dreams Academy and Queens academy are going on a road trip. Our fall sessions are set to begin on October 25 and we are not …

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A Conversation Guide to Cultivate & Connect with Young Black men

Brandon R. Scarborough has worked with minority youth since 2006, providing them with information and resources for successful living. In 2016, Brandon founded Dreams Academy …

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Work in an interesting industry? Started your own business? Come and share with the youth of Dreams and Queens Academy! Email or text us your email address for details. We would love to have you! ...

You are invited!! Meet us at the Open House Thursday at the Well CDC then meet us at the City Of Joy Friday with @therealkwamekilpatrick as well as the organizations that have been funded by the city of Akron to reduce youth violence. Watch the video and learn how you can join us for these events!!! Hope to see you there! ...

Want to know more about @dreamsacademyusa? Come and hang out with us Thursday, April 28th! Stop in and meet our board, staff, AND special guest @therealkwamekilpatrick who will be here to speak to our youth the next day. You will be able to meet our team leaders from @queensacademyusa as well as the Change Experiment Program. Come and connect with us. Hope to see you there! ...

Former mayor of Detroit, @therealkwamekilpatrick , is coming to Akron to share his epic story of rising to the top, losing everything, incarceration, and being given another chance to do things right!

Keep your eyes and ears open for details coming soon!
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Brandon R. Scarborough @mrdreamsacademy is the Founder and Executive Director of Dreams Academy. He is an author, entrepreneur, educator, musician, and a lover of seafood!

What makes him smile:

"Helping and serving others makes me smile. To see our youth have hope and actually see themselves being successful in the future and seeing their dreams come true is an awesome feeling. Spending time with family and friends is priority for me. As I have gotten older, simple things like my Ninja Foodi make me smile. Crab Legs and lobster always make me smile. Being grateful about the life I get to live makes me smile!"

#Blackmensmile
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Dylan Haskins is a student at Emmanuel Christian Academy. For the Black History Month presentation, he researched and presented himself as our Executive Director, Brandon R. Scarborough @mrdreamsacademy. We learned that he did this just 2 days out of surgery. We honor this young man and he made us all proud. He made us all smile today! I can’t wait to meet this young man! #blackmensmile ...

John Morgan Jr. @johnmorganjr2 is a counselor, mental health advocate, and the host of the Live Your Purpose Podcast @liveyourpurposepodcast1 where he pushes people to do exactly that. Be sure to check it out on your favorite podcast platform.

What makes him smile:

"The breath in my body makes me smile, its a reminder that gratitude is always closer and easier than I think"

#Blackmensmile
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Dr. Darrick McDaniel @iamdadam2u is a corporate training manager, event, planner, radio personality, socialite, and brand influencer. You can find him everywhere, all the time!

What makes him smile:

"Life makes me smile! I realize we often take life for granted because in our minds we always have tomorrow. The pandemic caused me to realize tomorrow does not always come. With that, I find myself smiling because I got another chance at tomorrow, I smile knowing I have a new opportunity to reach someone, encourage someone, and most of all, another opportunity to make someone smile.
No matter how difficult your moment is right now, always remember laughter does the body good as a medicine so take time to smile and laugh and it will make things better"

Deacon Mcdaniel (lol)

#Blackmensmile
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Christopher Owens @brotherchris357 is a die hard Browns fan, musician, husband, father, bodybuilding competitor, and such a Browns fan, its worth repeating!

What makes him smile:
"Being a Son of the living God, a husband and father, protector (gun enthusiast) and Browns fan (win or tie) are the things that make me smile"

#Blackmensmile
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Cousin to our Executive Director, Darrington Colley popped up today in @mrdreamacademy memories repping his Dreams Academy shirt so we thought we would commemorate his memory. Darrington passed away on Valentine's day in 2020. He was always smiling while working at Sam's club and being a deacon at his church.

What made him smile:
God, his mom, his children, and his church

#Blackmensmile
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Mark T. Jackson @marthejac is a man of many gifts. Awesome musician, educator, entrepreneur, and pastor of @thelightchurchoh in both Akron and Youngstown, Ohio!

What makes him smile:

"I smile because I know that God loves me and He has blessed me to be a blessing to others!"

#Blackmensmile
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Joe Burgan II @jburg03 is a husband, father, and huge Boston Celtics fan. You can catch him through the week at the probation office working as the community service coordinator and on Sunday mornings, singing at the Burning Bush Church.

What makes me smile:

"There are a ton of reasons why I smile because I am truly blessed by God but the one reason that stands out amongst the rest are my 3 children and my beautiful wife of 17 years. My smile grows a little bit bigger when I think of them because of the joy they bring to my life."
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David Peake @davidpeakeofficial is a school counselor with a passion for youth and seeing them succeed. Peake is known for pouring into his students, even after they leave his school and celebrating their achievements and milestones. He also is a vocalist extraordinaire!

What makes him smile:

"I smile because the expression of joy is my right as a Black man!"

#Blackmensmile
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Dr. N.J. Akbar @akbarforakron, is the senior deputy to the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Kent State University as well President of the School Board for Akron Public Schools.

What makes him smile:

"I prefer to smile than frown. I'm always trying to find a reason to smile, laugh, and celebrate others. Seeing people flourish makes me smile. There's nothing better than a quick, random memory of the past especially ones that include my time spent with my late mother, Toyi C. Akbar. I'm also getting married soon, which is something that I never thought I'd do. So, yeah, I have a lot of reasons to smile these days! I'm an educator at heart so anytime I see a former student or someone in general accomplish an education goal or their goal in life after persevering through their education, I stand, I smile, and I cheer!"
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Antonio Goodwin is the owner of @a_better_cleaning carpet cleaning service in Akron, Ohio. He is also a husband, father, and coach. He stepped out on faith and started A Better Cleaning and has been rising ever since!

What makes him smile:

"Being able to put smiles on other people's faces. Being able to do things that others said I wouldn't be able to do. Being an example for my children and peers, receiving messages about how I inspired them to take the leap of faith into entrepreneurship. Finally, being able to look in the mirror, knowing I'm not perfect and that I've made mistakes, but everyday knowing that I can get better makes me smile"
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Angelo Anderson @lo72580 is a therapist and case manager that serves city schools and homeless veterans. He is also on his way to being Dr. Angelo Anderson, studying at Grand Canyon University. Continued success on that journey!

What makes him smile:
"I love helping people and placing a smile on their face. Whether it be by being kind, doing them a favor, or showing up when they need me, it always feels good seeing them smile!"

#Blackmensmile
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J'Suan Slayton is an artistic, intelligent, overcomer. He doesn't allow setbacks to get him down and finds strength to beat the odds.

What makes him smile:

"Engineering and building things and seeing the finished product, as well as sports and animation"

#Blackmensmile
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