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
Dipen Bhakta
dbhaktaatusdreamacademy [dot] org
Mentor Coordinator
Walter Hull
whullatusdreamacademy [dot] org

Feature Story

If you are ever in Houston, Thursday’s are the days to spend it with ease! Every Thursday, the museum district opens up a warm welcome to all Houstonians free of charge. With this special opportunity, Dream Academy - Houston decided to spend every Thursday of our program out and about in Houston exploring and touring. 

Some of the museums visited were:

Museum of Fine Arts: The MFAH is one of the largest museums in Houston. Viewing sessions included Chinese Arts, various exhibitions that depicted color variations and forms of art.

Buffalo Soldiers Museum: Compromised of former slaves and, freeman Black Civil War soldiers, were the first to serve during the peacetime. DreamKids experienced a collection of videos and preserved artifacts depicting the journey of the Buffalo Soldiers.

The Ensemble Theatre: The Ensemble produces a Mainstage Season of six contemporary and classical works devoted to the portrayal of the African American experience by local and national playwrights and artists. Through its varied programs, The Ensemble reaches over 60,000 people annually. Dream Kids were able to take a tour of the different teaching sessions being conducted and also go backstage. This then was followed by a Q & A session with the personal tour guide. 

Houston Public Library: Houston’s own library with five floors of books and information, participants attended an activity session and read books around the library to promote literacy while in the heart of downtown.

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

Inspired by the outreach and program components at Dream Academy-Houston, Dipen Bhakta began his journey with the organization in 2009 as a volunteer & mentor. While pursuing a degree plan at the University of Houston, his consistency at Dream Academy sparked an interest in youth development and community engagement. His extensive experience in managing a family owned business, to starting an online company, helped shape future financial goals driven to benefit non-profit organizations. He is excited to have the opportunity to serve his community and take the many years of experience from having worked with former center director, Walter Hull.

Mentor Coordinator

We welcome Walter Hull back to the Houston Dream Academy Learning Center. Walter, who is known to the DreamKids as “Coach Hull” will be the new Mentor Coordinator.

Walter made quite an impact during his ten years as Center Director for the Houston Center, and among his many noted accomplishments, his passion for mentoring was luminous. In his new role as Mentor Coordinator, he will be able to continue the legacy he created during his tenure at the Houston Center which includes the development of the Village Responsibility Mentoring Model which has been successfully replicated at all learning centers.

Our Houston Partners in the Dream

Harris County Public Health

High School of Performance and Visual Arts

Project Row Houses


Universal Elite Aerospace

University of Houston 100 Collegiate

Women in Aviation: Houston Chapter

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events scheduled for this learning center at this time. Please check back later.