A Child with a Dream is a Child with a Future - Wintley Phipps, Founder

Dream Cities | Houston, TX

Foster Elementary School
3919 Ward Street
Houston, TX 77021
Phone: (713) 490-6432
Fax: (713) 490-6431
Learning Center Director
Walter Hull
whullatusdreamacademy [dot] org
Mentor Coordinator
Bernard Johnson
bjohnsonatusdreamacademy [dot] org

Feature Story

During the month of February, Dream Academy Houston students were given the opportunity to be creative for a great cause. The Fort Bend Links, Inc organization partnered with Dream Academy Houston, Urban Souls Dance Company, and Missouri City Middle School to launch their "Get Moving" project. The project goals focused on getting young people exercising in a creative way by using social media to promote wellness.

Dream Academy Houston students were asked to choreograph a "flash mob" dance to Pharrell William's "Happy" song. Students were challenged to collectively come up with 8 counts of movements. After learning the dance, the finished product was filmed and placed on YouTube for Missouri City Middle students to learn. Once Missouri City Middle students learned the dance, they were filmed as well and upload to YouTube.

The project was very inspiring and motivating for Dream Academy Houston students. All of the students felt very proud about creating something for a great cause. Since then, every Tuesday and Thursday, 2nd grade Dream Academy students ask to put the video on the SMART board so they can exercise. We teach our students’ everyday that creativity is at the forefront of one's basic education. This project proved just that!

You can view the completed project by clicking "Happy" on the side bar.

Our History in Houston

With the support and guidance of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and State Senator Rodney Ellis, we established the Houston Dream Center in October 2002.  The center relocated to Foster Elementary School in October 2007 to increase our capacity to serve more students in this low-income, high-crime community.  The center, which is now able to accomodate 60 students between the ages of 8-13 cultivates a particular excitement to engage in the arts, such as dance, music, and theater.

About Our Staff

Learning Center Director

Walter Hull brings his passion for youth development and artistic expression to his work at Center Director of the Houston Learning Center.  Mr. Hull has extensive experience in non-profit leadership having previously served with Helping Hands Inc. and having helped to found the Urban Souls Dance Company.  Mr. Hull, who is affectionately known to the kids as “Coach Hull” has been recognized for his leadership skills and ability to forge strong partnerships having earned the “Director of the Year” honor in 2006.  Mr. Hull will receive his Bachelor of Arts degree in Choreographic Design from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette fall 2010.  Mr. Hull currently works to affect change in the field of juvenile delinquency prevention by representing U.S. Dream Academy on the Harris County Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI.)

Mentor Coordinator

Bernard Johnson is a native Houstonian. He attended James Madison High School, Houston Community College System, and is currently a student at the University of Houston.  His field of study is in Business Administration and Sociology. Bernard served on the board of M.E.N. MEN is a complimentary auxiliary to Texas Women Empowerment organization that seeks to empower its participants through education and mentoring.  He has coordinated a customer service improvement training seminar for A-Rocket Relocation Services and Storage. He is an on-going student of the self-improvement discipline.

Our Houston Partners in the Dream

Lily Grove Baptist Church

State Farm - Chivon Jones

Texas Southern University NAACP TSU

Universal Elite Aerospace

University of Houston

University of Houston 100 Collegiate

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