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 (Interim Center Director)
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Mentor Coordinator
Naaila Gray
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Feature Story

It’s often said that a picture is worth a thousand words.  If there is any truth to that statement then this summer Philadelphia’s DreamKids had a lot to say as they participated in the NYC SALT Photography club.  15 students were given professional digital cameras and used the camera lens to view the world around them.  NYC SALT, a nonprofit photography program that teaches young people to have a voice in their world, led a one-week intensive photography training session during the Philadelphia Learning Center’s 2013 Summer Program. 

DreamKids learned the basics of photography and were given an opportunity to put those skills to use on a field trip to Center City Philadelphia where they captured shots of everything from their peers frolicking in the fountain to historical landmarks.  To culminate the experience students put on a photography showcase where parents, staff, students, volunteers, and Dream Academy partners got to hear the club facilitators and participants share about their experience as well as see the photographic work of the students.  Not only did the Photography Club allow students to look at their world through a different lens but it allowed students to be exposed to a whole new world.

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.

Mentor Coordinator

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

Board of Pensions for the Presbyterian Church (USA)

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.