“Growing leaders for our community.”
Our mission is summed up in our motto:
"Growing Leaders for our community."
Dream Garden is an after-school educational and enrichment program that serves children, youth, and their families, who primarily reside in the West End community of Birmingham. This inner-city community is commonly associated with low socioeconomic standing. We believe that all children possess the potential for growth that cultivates leaders for our community.
Since our establishment in 2003, we have helped foster dozens of children into leaders in our community. Many of our students are the first in their households and families to either finish high-school, as well as attend college. We encourage all of our students to either go to college, or do some kind of trade to better their chances in the job market. We also keep in contact with our students beyond high school, whether they go to college or get a job, by assisting them in areas of need to ensure a successful outcome as they transition into adulthood.
Educational and enrichment services include after-school tutoring, counseling, meals, and recreational activities.
Dream Garden operates under the "Safe Sanctuary" mandates of Restoration Mission and the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church. Click the "Download" button below to view our safety policy.
Dream Garden Safe Sanctuary Policy 2015 >
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Our staff consists of a variety of professionals and volunteers. Our professionals have over 45 years of teaching experience in the public school system, and over a decade of experience in counseling and behavioral/emotional therapy.
Our volunteers range from individuals who have developed through the Dream Garden program, to various individuals and churches nationwide.