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Dream Cities | Baltimore, MD
Pimlico Elementary/Middle School
4849 Pimlico Road
Baltimore, MD 21215
4849 Pimlico Road
Baltimore, MD 21215
Learning Center DirectorTanya Callender
tcallenderusdreamacademy [dot] org
Mentor CoordinatorAlyssa Brumis
abrumisusdreamacademy [dot] org
Celebrating National Mentoring Month
January marks National Mentoring Month and the Baltimore Dream Academy Learning Center was delighted to celebrate the occasion by showing our mentors how much their dedication, encouragement, compassion, and commitment means to our Dream Kids, our staff, and our program.
On January 27, students and their families gathered at the Holiday Inn in Laurel, Maryland to enjoy a delicious dinner, mingle and give honor to their mentors.
Our Mentor Appreciation Celebration kicked-off with a lovely award ceremony, led by two of our Dream Kids, Marcus and Vanity. Nearly thirty mentors were in attendance and they were each presented with a certificate and a personalized picture frame made by his or her mentee.
After an inspiring message from our center director, Tanya Callender, our mentors shared some of their own stories. "My mom was the type to never talk to me about personal things, even growing up” shared Mentor Shari Williams. “The fact that I can be there for my mentee, Destiny, and to know when I was younger I didn't have that, means the world to me. I would never want anyone to go through the things I went through without someone to talk to about it."
The sentiment continued throughout the evening as one of our mentees, Marcus, gave a warm and thoughtful speech about his mentor. "My mentor took my behavior from low to high, and for that I would like to thank him."
Our History in Baltimore
The Dream Academy Learning Center in Baltimore was one of the organizations earliest centers. Opened in 2002, the Learning Center at Collington Square Elementary School served approximately 500 student in grades Pre-K – eight, most of whose families live below the poverty line. The Learning Center at Collington Square earned the “Center of the Year” honor in 2006. With support from the Mayor's Office and the Baltimore City Public School Office of Student Support and Safety, the Dream Academy made the decision to relocate the program to a school and community in great need of comprehensive after school programs such as ours. Pimlico Elementary/Middle School in South Park Heights was identified and the program opened there for the 2010/2011 academic year. The Dream Academy is a key partner working with the Center for Urban Families and others towards the redevelopment of the Park Heights community.
About Our Staff
Learning Center Director
Tanya Callender leads the U.S. Dream Academy’s Baltimore center in the role of Center Director. Providing ten years of experience in non-profit and public management, Ms. Callender combines direct experience developing youth programs with hands-on classroom expertise. Ms. Callender has experience working with a broad spectrum of nonprofit as well as government organizations including FEMA, The Friendship Edison Collegiate Academy, the Department of Housing and Community Development and the Baltimore Urban League. Ms. Callender possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree in Africana Studies from the University of Maryland and has done work in Language/Culture from University of Valladolid Valladolid, Spain and Urban Community Planning University from Maryland College Park
Alyssa Brumis serves the Pimlico Elementary/Middle School Learning Center as Mentor Coordinator. Ms. Brumis is a Maryland native who graduated from Washington College in Chestertown Maryland with a degree in Sociology. Ms. Brumis has a combination of experience in youth work and program management having managed the MWR Navy Recreation Center as well as served with Americorps Vista as an Advocate and Community Engagement Coordinator for REACH! Partnership School.
Our Baltimore Partners in the Dream
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Maryland and The Maryland Mentoring Partnership
Center for Urban Families
Morgan Mentors, Morgan State University
Park Heights Rennaissance
Urban Leadership Institute
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