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
Maurice Williams
mwilliamsatusdreamacademy [dot] org
Mentor Coordinator
Dominique Simons-Bennett
dsimonsbennettatusdreamacademy [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

Mr. Williams graduated from Morehouse College with a B.A. in Sociology. After graduating, he returned to Philadelphia with an unfaltering energy and determination to mentor, lead, guide, and love his city. His resilience is rooted in the power of God, knowing that with Him all things are possible. A husband and father of 1, Mr. Williams is committed to being the example of manhood the world and his family deserves to see. With various awards and accolades to mention, Mr. Williams insists that the reward that trumps any speaking engagement, plaque, or title is to see someone make a change for the good. 

Mentor Coordinator

Dominique's professional training as an Admissions Counselor and Assistant Director of Admissions for Multicultural Recruitment for Lock Haven University will serve her well as she tackles the mentor recruitment, training, and retention responsibilities in her new role at the Philadelphia Center.  More recently, Dominique oversaw training and recruiting processes as the Residence Hall Coordinator/Director at Lincoln University.  
Dominique is a graduate of Lock Haven University with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science and a Minor in Psychology.  She earned her Master of Arts in Adult and Community Education with a concentration in Higher Education from Indiana University of PA in August, 2015.  Dominique's other affiliations include the Pennsylvania Association for College Admissions Counselors (PACAC), Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education (PBCOHE), Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honor Society, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Our Philadelphia Partners in the Dream


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

University of the Arts

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