Nonprofit Spotlight: Dream Center Academy

For the past couple months, we have been featuring the nonprofit organizations participating in the 2018 Endowment Challenge. Last month we featured the Gaston County Museum of Art and History and this month we would like to recognize the Dream Center Academy. The mission of the Dream Center Academy is to support low-income and underserved individuals and families by providing programs that enable them to move forward towards self-sufficiency.

The Dream Center Academy is located in one of the poorest areas in our community. The population of this area has a higher than average amount of single parents, those who worry about basic needs, those living below poverty level and a higher percentage of people without high school level education. The goal of the Dream Center academy is to be a catalyst of change in this community and our community as a whole.

They work to facilitate systematic change by providing programs that meet both the long term and short term needs of those in the community. The Dream Center Academy offers programs to children and youth as well as parents. Children and youth are provided the opportunity to participate in programs which support their educational goals, allowing them to develop positive attitudes in hopes of avoiding negative behavioral patterns. For parents, the Dream Center Academy offers programming which is aimed at helping them grow personally and professionally to help families build healthy lifestyles. Additionally, the Academy offers vocational training to adult men and women with the hopes of fostering community development.

This initiative was established by local government, law-enforcement and religious leaders in the community with the hope of helping neighborhoods struggling with crime, hunger and hopelessness. It is the hope of the Dream Center Academy to improve the overall quality of life in the area by addressing the problems at all levels, across all ages, in a variety of ways. We feel proud to support the great work they are doing in our community. To learn more about the Dream Center Academy visit their website by clicking here.

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 123 Gastonia, NC 28053

Street Address:
1201 E. Garrison Blvd, Gastonia, NC 28054




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