Grand Rapids Dreams was selected to recieve funding to support our elementary aged summer camp, Beyond the Corners. The Douglass and Maria Devos Foundation will be providing BTC with $5,000 to help implement and support reading aspects and initiatives for our camp program.
Grand Rapids Dreams has been chosen to recieve funding to implement Real World Now summer program for the summer of 2011. The Douglass and Maria Devos Foundation will be providing up to $38,000 to pay for staff, software, and supplies to help enrich the summers of up to 30 GRPS middle school students.
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Grand Rapids Dreams has three new job openings for its School of Hope: Reading Club and Real World Now after-school programs. Job listing are online for immediate hiring. Visit our job manager for more information and submit a resume.
In partnership with Heart of West Michigan United Way, Grand Rapids will launch its latest dream initiative a financial literacy program in 2011. The program will provide financial education for participants based on the Money Smart curriculum developed by the FDIC.
Nine years ago, the FDIC rolled out the Money Smart program to help consumers learn how to manage money and form relationships with federally insured financial institutions. The Money Smart curriculum focuses on the importance of saving for the future, comparison shopping for financial services, and being on guard against fraud, and helping consumers to understand and be able to evaluate many new financial services choices and options.
More details program time, and duration and registration info will be coming soon.
Site coordinator training has been completed and plans are moving forward for Grand Rapids Dreams to host a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site for the 2010 tax season in partnership with the Kent County Tax Credit Coalition.
Volunteers are being sought to be certified and staff the site this tax season. Volunteers only need to commit to one 4-hour shift per week throughout the tax season (mid-January through mid-April). Training and certification for tax preparation is free.
Grand Rapids Dreams added two new members to the board. Mrs Pamela Benjamin and Mr. Kevyn Milton joined the board at the October meeting. Both Mrs. Benjamin and Mr. Milton are long time residents of Eastown. Both have been involved with the Eastown Neighborhood Association.
Pamela Benjamin helped initiate the Beyond the Corners summer program when she served as the chair of the Eastown Community Association. She has written grants adn raised money to fund that program in every year of its existence.
Kevyn Milton has been a long time community activist in the city of Grand Rapids having been more recently involved in the Michigan Prison Reentry Initiative. He has actively promoted and supported the work of Grand Rapids Dreams since its inception.
Beyond the Corners kids did yoga twice a week to stay fit and flexible. Through funding from the Grand Rapids Community Foundation each child received their own yoga mat .
As one of their projects Real World Now participants did their own “Art Prize” creation
Real World Now 2010 video