Build pathways to equity, opportunity, and family-sustaining careers for Bronx youth, families, schools, and communities through arts and social justice education programs.
DreamYard collaborates with Bronx youth, families, schools, and communities to build pathways to equity and opportunity through the arts and social justice programs. DreamYard’s yearlong arts and social justice pedagogy-based programs help young people to develop their artistic voice, nurture their desire to make change, and help them cultivate the skills necessary to reach positive goals. By committing to sustained learning opportunities along an educational pathway, with 55 partnering K-12 public schools, and with its own DreamYard Prep High School and at the DreamYard Art Center in Morrisania, DreamYard supports young people as they work toward higher learning, meaningful careers, and social action. DreamYard is also the founding partner, with Big Picture Learning and the Dimon Foundation, of Here to Here, a Bronx-based career pathways organization dedicated to building employer, post-secondary, high school, and CBO partnerships. Here to Here aligns all key stakeholders along the shared goal of launching young people successfully into the labor market, demonstrates specific strategies and approaches that both prepare students for future careers and support employers in finding the talent they need, and translates proven strategies into policy and practice so that ALL students and employers benefit.
Tim Lord is the co-founder and co-executive director of the DreamYard Project, Inc., a Bronx-based arts and social justice pedagogy organization that works with young people, families, schools, and communities to build pathways to equity and opportunity. DreamYard works with over 10,000 young people annually in 55 public schools K–12th grade, including the DreamYard Prep High School, and at the DreamYard Art Center. DreamYard is a founding partner, with Big Picture Learning and the Dimon Foundation, in Here to Here, a Bronx-based nonprofit that links employers, educators, and diverse community stakeholders to enhance career pathways for young people in low-income neighborhoods. Tim is a Pahara-Aspen Institute Fellow (Winter 2019 Cohort) and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Tim is a 1993 <1994 according to the website>Echoing Green Fellow. Prior to founding DreamYard, he was an actor and director in New York City and was a company member at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, where he received a master of fine arts degree. He earned his undergraduate degree in political science, graduating summa cum laude, from Brown University.
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