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

Dream Cities | Philadelphia, PA

G.W. Childs Elementary School
1599 Wharton Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146-3196
Phone: (215) 339-1090
Fax: (215) 339-1091
Learning Center Director
Naaila Gray
ngrayatusdreamacademy [dot] org
Mentor Coordinator
Maurice Williams
mwilliamsatusdreamacademy [dot] org

Feature Story

“I’m going to win the tablet this year” said Aasim, a 6th grader at the Philadelphia Dream Academy Learning Center.  The tablet of which Aasim was speaking is a Samsung Galaxy Tablet, this year’s grand prize for the Read-a-thon’s top reader.  Why was Aasim so confident?  Because after reading 3,500 minutes over eight weeks, he took home last year’s grand prize, a brand new bike.  Both last year and this year’s Read-a-thon grand prizes were donated by Brooksource staffing company’s Philadelphia Office. 

In December 2013, Brooksource’s Philadelphia Director, Robert Bauscher contacted the Dream Academy to find out how he and his staff could get involved in supporting the program.  2014 marks the second year that the Brooksource team has helped the Philadelphia Learning Center kick-off the Read-to-Achieve Read-a-thon.  For this year’s kick-off, Robert and his team hosted a pizza party followed by a reading session where employees read with DreamKids.  The team also donated everything from basketballs, soccer balls and footballs to books, backpacks and jewelry making kits. 

In addition to supporting the Read-a-thon, Brooksource has hosted a Job Shadowing day at its office for DreamKids to learn about professionalism and careers in the field of Information Technology.   Brooksource’s support has been a great tool in motivating DreamKids and rewarding them for their hard work.  The Philadelphia Dream Academy Learning Center looks forward to a continued partnership with such a socially responsible company.   

Our History in Philadelphia

Recognized as “Center of the Year” in 2008, the Philadelphia Learning Center helps students at G.W. Childs Elementary School develop useful skills, positive characters, and attainable dreams, despite negative circumstances.  

Located in an economically and culturally diverse community in South Philadelphia, the Learning Center provides mentoring and tutoring to students who are falling behind academically or who have a parent or family member who is currently incarcerated.  

The Philadelphia Learning Center also provides a six-week summer program that offers golf lessons, photography, dance, and music programming in addition to Dream Academy program standards:  skill, character, and dream-building activities. 

About Our Staff

Learning Center Director

Recognized as the “Mentor Coordinator of the Year” in 2008, Naaila Gray has dedicated her career to enhancing the lives of youth and children for the past six years.  Her wealth of experience includes work in the areas of youth ministry, tutoring and mentoring.  While in college, she also launched the “Life After High School Project,” to assist high school students in developing a post-secondary plan.  Ms. Gray holds a degree in Communications from Old Dominion University and enjoys speaking at various youth program events.

Our Philadelphia Partners in the Dream

Foster Grandparent Program

Lindy Center for Civic Engagement - Drexel University

National Society of Black Engineers - Greater Philadelphia Alumni Chapter and Drexel University Chapter

Rock Reach Dance School

University of Pennsylvania - Wharton School of Business

Upcoming Events

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