Holistic Youth Development

DREAM believes that holistic youth development is key to ensuring that youth have the opportunity to live safe, healthy, and productive lives, which ultimately strengthens the communities in which they live. Youth development programs protect the basic rights of vulnerable youth, encourage personal growth, promote positive behavior change, and develop future leaders. Our programs foster healthy decision-making at critical moments so that youth do not just survive - they thrive.

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HOW IT WORKS

DREAM’s holistic youth development programs address the needs of youth 12-25 years old in four key areas: sexual and reproductive health; job training, life skills and entrepreneurship; university scholarships; and music education.


BY THE NUMBERS

  • 18 groups of A Ganar students reaching more than 625 youth to date
  • 75% of A Ganar students find jobs or enroll in school after graduating from the program
  • 19 university scholarships
  • 400 HIV tests given to DREAM youth, DPV coaches, and community members
  • 1,700 participants in DPV and Unica sexual health programs in the past year
  • 15 community music concerts performed by students each year

 

SUCCESS STORIES

Yandel

"After participating in the DPV program for young men, I learned that not everything is resolved through violence. I learned to control myself and to respect my partner and others around me. I liked learning about machismo and I now understand that your gender does not make you better than anybody else. This program is important for my community because we can prevent adolescent pregnancy at a young age and learn to respect everyone regardless of their background." – Yandel Báez, High School Student

 

"A Ganar was a new and exciting experience for me because I used to be shy. In each phase of the program I learned about teamwork, which helped me overcome my shyness with others. Every day I got more and more excited to attend and do well in my classes. At first, I didn’t understand anything in English. Thanks to my teachers and the confidence they gave me, I easily take customers’ orders in English at my job at Waterfront Hotel (where I also did my internship). I am where I am today because of A Ganar!" – Saúl García Castillo, A Ganar graduate