Our Dreamcatchers are little kids doing BIG things! Aged 5-12, Dreamcatchers learn about social issues from hunger and poverty to clean water and climate change through story-telling and arts-based service projects, cultivating their natural empathy for other children (and for the earth!) and empowering them to make a difference.
Immigration in America
Why do people emigrate to the United States? What makes them leave their home for an often difficult and dangerous journey? That’s what our Dreamcatchers learned about for their October service project. They heard the story of Alfredo, a young boy who journeyed primarily on foot with his father from Mexico to Texas, leaving his mother and siblings behind and entering a new world where he didn’t speak the language or have any friends.
How would they feel if they had to leave their family? And what would it be like if they had no one to talk to in their classroom? What would make them feel better? How could they help kids like Alfredo?
Our energetic Dreamcatchers decorated art books and bookmarks with positive messages, gathered their own toys and books and packed up 100 care packages for children just like Alfredo, living at the border in Texas. Check out more about this project HERE.
What makes you feel sad? Happy? Loved? Worried? Have you ever seen another person feel that way? How did that make you feel? What can you do with that feeling?
These were some of the questions our Dreamcatchers pondered as they learned about tolerance, respect, and compassion for themselves and for those around them.
Why? Because cultivating empathy in children leads them to profound acts of youth-led, youth-driven service.
Check out more about this project HERE.
Rocketship Rise Academy Afterschool Arts
Over the course of approximately 30 weeks (Mid-November to Mid-June), children aged 5-10 years old Rocketship Rise Academy will participate in our Afterschool Arts Club Program to gain exposure to, learn about and apply ART to the benefit of themselves and those around them. Launched in partnership with P.A.I.N.T.S Institute, the signature arts program is based on curricula that is designed to teach and foster civility, cognitive development, STEAM, problem solving, career aptitude planning through gaming, and communication.
In a Perfect World has provided over $95,000 to support high poverty schools. Through our Double Your Impact campaign with Donors Choose, we engaged another $95,000, providing materials and resources to 21,000+ students. Thank you for helping support teachers as they strive to give students meaningful and successful educational experiences.