NYC VIBE with the DREAM Project for their

Annual Fundraising and Awards Presentation

April 2018 – It’s about dreams, it’s about education, and a better life for thousands of young Dominicans. NYC VIBE visited with the DREAM Project for their annual fundraising and awards presentation in Upper Manhattan.

DREAM was founded 23 years ago by Michel Zaleski to help improve the future for the children of the Dominican Republic. Today, DREAM touches the lives of more than 8,200 children through its 14 programs in 27 countries.

Supporters of the DREAM Project have deep connections to the Dominican Republic and to the city of New York. According to the 2010 Census, the Dominican American population is estimated to be 1.4 Million. Approximately 41% of Dominican Americans live in New York City – Primarily in the boroughs of The Bronx and Manhattan.

The organization advocates a culture of literacy. Fittingly, this year’s Honorees included Taye Diggs and Shane Evans who were given the Educators of the Year Award for their Author and Illustration work respectively. An inspiration to the next generation in her own right, ballet dancer Misty Copeland presented them with the Award. It was also an evening of firsts as the event held the first ever performance of the Bachata Academy Band  in the United States.

All the proceeds from this event go directly to the DREAM Project’s early childhood development ” At Risk Youth” and “Workforce Development” programs. This Year, New York City did its part to ensure that all children and youth in the Dominican Republic will have equal opportunities to learn and realize their full potential.