The Dreams

Help “impact and inspire” the lives of these wonderful teens! We are looking for Dream Makers to fulfill the dreams below. Dream Makers can be an individual, neighborhoods, businesses, rotary clubs, church groups, families, Crossfit, or pledge your birthday instead of receiving gifts. To view more information about these dreams, or to purchase one, simply click the image.

Dream Merchandise

As another avenue for raising funds for these wonderful kids, Dream Makers has developed a line of merchandise. Merchandise purchases are not tax deductible, but 100% of these proceeds go directly to supporting the needs of our Dreamers. To view our merchandise, and to donate this manner, browse our inventory by clicking on the button below.

Introducing The Dream Makers

We have a continually growing list of people and organizations fulfilling dreams and becoming the latest Dream Makers. We want to recognize these people and organizations for there wonderful generosity in supporting the dreams of these kids, giving them hope now, and a vision for the future. Click the button below to view our Dream Makers and the Dreams they have fulfilled.

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Why We Do It

To explain why we do what we do, there is really no better way than to introduce you to a few of the kids whose lives are so wonderfully impacted by the caring and generosity of people like you. Please take a few minutes to watch the video below.

About Dream Makers

Dream Makers reaches our older teenagers who are aging out of the foster care system. Our goal is to inspire and empower these teens by giving them an opportunity to dream about their future. These dreams may be an internship that connects them with an opportunity for the future, a practical gift to launch them towards their next step, a gift to learn a new skill or an experience to gain confidence. In any case, it’s their dream, and we want to inspire these kids to dream big! There are 26,000 teens who age out of foster care each year in the United States. These are children who have been removed from their biological families due to abuse or neglect. They have typically been moving from foster family to foster family for a period of years and feel abandoned, unwanted and are left to face the real world without family support. When you become a Dream Maker, you have the opportunity to let one of these teenagers know that someone cares and they are not alone. Your support can give them the confidence they need to change their future.

Dream Makers Programs

All states offer different programs. Currently, the programs below are only offered in Colorado

Community Involvement – Engaging churches and businesses to come alongside youth who are aging out of foster care. When Dream Makers is contacted by the youth or caseworker with specific needs, we connect volunteer groups directly with the youth so that the group can provide support and meet their needs For example, supporting these youth can happen through collecting apartment supplies, filling a pantry with groceries and moving them into their first apartment. It could also include sending care packages to the youth at colleges, or supplying dorm kits filled with hygiene products, bathroom towels, caddy, and a gift card for bedding. It might happen by throwing a baby shower and gathering a crib, diapers, and baby clothes for a young woman who is pregnant and on her own. During the holidays, support happens through Thanksgiving meals, Christmas dinners, Valentine’s Day cookies, and birthday cakes. All of these are great ways for you to surround these youth and let them know they are not alone as they face the challenges of starting life on their own.

Many times the kids we work with are leaving the foster care system without a clear plan of where they will live. Our Dream Packs (backpacks) give them a place to put their belongings and provides basic needs. Our Dream Packs are filled with a sleeping bag & mat, flashlight set, toiletries, first aid kit and food. Our Dream Packs team is made up of a group of middle school girls who volunteer their time and efforts for this mission.

The Emergency Fund was created after several of our youth requested things like groceries, blankets, gas cards and other emergency needs as their dream. Some of these youth find themselves in urgent situations where their caseworker contacts Dream Makers asking for immediate support. All of these funds are given directly to the youth on a case by case basis.

Our Staff

Julie Mavis

National Director

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Lori Bruegman

Project Manager

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Jaalah Neerhof

Recruiter

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Laurie Bates

Operations Manager

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Mimi Salonen

Events/Marketing

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Shelby Mavis

Community Involvement/Social Media

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Simon Lovell

Creatives & Web

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Kyla Kinzle

Dream Packs

Joy Wineman

Community Involvement – Baylor U Intern

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 29:11

Contact

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Thank You To Our Sponsors

Wells Fargo

Flatirons Church

ViaSat

M3 Construction

Red Rocks Church

Escape Velocity Systems

CIADA

America's Kids Belong

Dream Makers is a program out of America's Kids Belong. America's Kids Belong is a 501(c)(3) non-profit

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