Tina Rhoden-Lewellyn brings over 17 years experience to her position as Center Director for the Indianapolis Learning Center. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Rhoden-Lewellyn served as the Executive Director of a social service organization overseeing residential treatment, home-based services and alternative education programs. Ms. Rhoden-Lewellyn studied social sciences at Indiana University and continually enhances her knowledge by attending conferences and training workshops such as, therapeutic crisis intervention, Servant Leadership and non-profit management. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Indiana Youth Services Association.
Our DreamKids received a special treat when our partners at Magnovo Training Group surprised our students with their very own bikes, built by Midwest Mole, Inc. Midwest Mole, Inc. is a trenchless technology company that undertook a bike-a-thon team-building exercise offered by Magnovo Training Group. Magnovo helps companies develop team building through building new bikes, and then they give the bikes to deserving children.
Our DreamKids were the recipients of this particular exercise, and were delighted by the surprise treat (provided at the Renaissance Indianapolis North Hotel). DreamKids received bikes, and helmets, from their new friends, who themselves enjoyed the process of working together to create something special for great kids. Thanks Magnovo Training Group and Midwest Mole, Inc.!
On April 28, our Learning Center hosted our year-end DreamKid Showcase, in which our DreamKids perform routines they learned through their work with the Movement Exchange of Butler University. The Movement Exchange is a nationwide organization with local chapters that promotes dance, movement, and discussion of social change through dance.
Dance diplomats from the Butler University chapter have been teaching a wide variety of dances and activities to encourage movement, cultural exchange, social awareness and critical thinking to our DreamKids for each of the past two years. Each year, DreamKids showcase what they have learned to highly-appreciative audience. Special thanks to Traveling Tutus Inc. for their donation of fun costumes for the Showcase. Thanks again, Movement Exchange at Butler for another great year!
The Indianapolis Learning Center opened its doors in January of 2008 with the unwavering support of USA Funds, the Office of Faith Based and Community Programs, One America and other committee partners listed below who make up the Indy Dream Team. The program, which continues to function with the help and support of the advisory "Dream Team," utilized John Marshall's year-round calendar to serve over 120 students since it’s inception, helping to build skills, character and develop dreams through innovative tutoring and mentoring initiatives. In planning for the 2010/2011 academic year, Dream Academy staff determined that an opportunity to partner with the Community Alliance for the Far Eastside (CAFE) would allow the team to serve a greater cross-section of the community. The program relocated to Charles H. Fairbanks Elementary School in 2012.
Magnovo Training Group
Old National Bank
Strada Education Network
Traveling TuTu Inc.
Crossroads Bible Church and Greater Works Church
Exchange Movement at Butler University
Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI)
Keystone Apple Store
Sigma Nu Fraternity at Butler University