Our Academies

D.R.E.A.M.S. Academy

Dreams Academy is for young men ages 7-15. Our students experience activities and thought-provoking dialogue that holistically encourages and teaches soft skills, problem-solving, career guidance, and financial literacy, all through virtual platforms! These sessions are facilitated by predominantly African-American male professionals who presently work in a multitude of fields and vocations and partner organizations that assist us with curricula such as the Akron Police Department, Minority Behavioral Health Group, and Summit County Juvenile Court.

Queens Academy

Queens Academy is an extension of Dreams Academy serving African American young ladies, ages 12-15.  Led by a team of adult professional women, Queens Academy will take these young ladies through a journey of activities and dialogue, expose them to great female leadership from across the community, and enhance their confidence, mental wellness, and self-esteem using methods such as journaling and yoga. We will also cover topics such as etiquette, financial capability, hygiene, and more!

Leadership Academy

Dreams Leadership Academy is an academic year-long cohort for young men in the Eighth (8th) grade that will participate in exciting experiences that will enhance their growth and development as young men. They will meet monthly as a group, and each young man will have their own personal mentor that will be dedicated to spending at least an hour a week with them, checking in on their behavior, grades, and progress while building meaningful relationships with them. DLA participants will also take part in extracurricular and impactful activities, field trips, and lectures.

Bridges Academy

The Bridges Program is an initiative of Dreams Academy to build “Bridges” between high school students of different backgrounds and races. This idea stemmed from conversations held during the Akron Community Foundation’s “On The Table” event, where friends, acquaintances and other invited guests gather to discuss chosen topics, which in 2019, Dreams Academy hosted a conversation on Race.