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

Dream Cities | Orlando, FL

Memorial Middle School
2220 W. 29th Street.
Orlando, FL 32805
Phone: (407) 245-1810 x 2340
Fax: (407) 245-1820
Learning Center Director
Carvel Munroe
cmunroeatusdreamacademy [dot] org
Mentor Coordinator
Anthony Alonso
aalonsoatusdreamacademy [dot] org

Feature Story

DreamKids have embarked on a journey to meet and subsequently exceed the standards of literacy in this nation. The Goal: read 1 million minutes before the end of 2013. 

Armed with some of their favorite books, articles and e-readers, their mission is to read a minimum of 260 minutes a week. We encouraged students to find a good read of their liking, to read with motivation, with a positive attitude, and assimilate the same cool, calm and collective drama of great readers and powerful orators.

From reading adventure novels and fantasy, to delving into historical events and biographies, one can sense that each participant is engaged in a thoughtful challenge that will ultimately improve their reading, writing and comprehension skills.  The Read-A-Thon has also attracted the support of local business leaders from Chick-fil-A, STUPH Clothing, and LegacyRx who brought to life some of their own favorite books during small group reading sessions.

The quest to take on literacy is not isolated to our learning center. With reading skills significantly below grade level all across the nation, literacy is at the forefront of our learning community.

Naturally, the after-school program complements the work teachers are doing throughout the school day, as we strive to continually engage students into developing positive skill building habits that will enhance the very act of reading, by encouraging them with activities that produce additional reading opportunities. This partnership between the school and after-school program brings enrichment to our DreamKids, like a bridge that unites two pathways, from Students to Scholars.

Our History in Orlando

The Dream Academy Learning Center in Orlando opened their doors at Memorial Middle School in 2007.  The multiracial student body at Memorial Middle School comes from predominantly low socio-economic family backgrounds.   The Center serves 60 children with multiple risk factors in and around the Rio Grande Community.  The center also serves the 4th and 5th grade students of neighboring Catalina Elementary School. 

 The Dream Academy staff maintains a strong relationship with the school being viewed as a stellar academic enrichment program by the principal, guidance counselors, and many teachers.  One unique asset of the program is Kids Court, a peer mediation activity that empowers students to take control of their actions and consequences.

About Our Staff

Learning Center Director

Carvel Munroe is an emerging voice of hope, educating and empowering the now generation to live above the moral lows and emerge as candidates for lasting success. He is Founder of the High-Risk Prevention Network and Director of the U.S. Dream Academy Learning Center in Orlando. This advocate for youth ministers to break spiritual and social bondage.  Winner of the Mack Davis Award in 2000 for outstanding service and featured in the Harvard University Gazette, the dedicated husband and father of three sons resides in Central Florida where he continues to be an instrument of transformation for at-risk individuals and communities.

Mentor Coordinator

Anthony Alonso serves the Orlando center as Mentor Coordinator. In 2007, Mr. Alonso received his B.A. from the University of Florida with areas of specialization in Nonprofit Leadership and Family, Youth, and Community Development. Prior to joining the US Dream Academy, he served as a youth pastor, advocate for mentoring children at risk of incarceration, and recreation supervisor with the city of Cape Canaveral. These roles helped to cultivate a passion to see today’s youth dream big for their future and rise above the low expectations their circumstances create for them.

Anthony Alonso serves the Orlando center as Mentor Coordinator. In 2007, Mr. Alonso received his B.A. from the University of Florida with areas of specialization in Nonprofit Leadership and Family, Youth, and Community Development. Prior to joining the US Dream Academy, he served as a youth pastor, advocate for mentoring children at risk of incarceration, and recreation supervisor with the city of Cape Canaveral. These roles helped to cultivate a passion to see today’s youth dream big for their future and rise above the low expectations their circumstances create for them.

Our Orlando Partners in the Dream

Association of Pre-Physician Associates

Florida Hospital for Children - Mission FIT

Girl Scouts of Citrus Council

Kingdom Church

National Society of Black Engineers at University of Central Florida

Orange County Public Schools

University of Central Florida - Leads Scholar Program

Upcoming Events

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