Critical Thinkers and Technologists of Tomorrow
About Dreams for Schools
Why We Help
Dreams for Schools was established to inspire, create and educate students to be STEM literate with hard and soft skills needed to become the critical thinkers, creative leaders and technologists of tomorrow.
How We Help
Dreams for Schools is a 501(c)(3) that oversees programs and initiatives that contribute to educating youth about Science, Technology, Engineering & Math fields. The main outreach program of the organization is the AppJam+ initiative.
AppJam+ was initially developed to address the need to close the Digital Divide by providing access to technology to local communities who otherwise would not have access to new technology teaching and learning. AppJam+ affords middle school students the opportunity to grow in technological skills, while in school, and inspire them to stay on track to high school graduation. With the proper technology tools and opportunities to engage with higher education and business, underserved students in Orange County can become the most competitive technical experts in the world. With mentoring from highly skilled university students, ongoing support from their own schools sites, engagement from community partners and industry partners we believe AppJam+ can provide life changing experiences for young people.
AppJam+ is a program that takes the concept of building software in a short period of time and uses it as a tool to excite and inform middle school students about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields while teaching them the creative and hands-on technical process of mobile application development. Middle school students receive mentorship from college undergraduates and learn to make Mobile apps, which will be utilized by early learners.
Our mission for the AppJam+ College Mentors we train: "AppJam+ creates service oriented STEM evangelists by providing technical trainings & STEM leadership opportunities to empower youth in becoming the next generation of STEM leaders in their local community."
Our mission for the AppJam+ Middle School Students we teach: "Through mentorship from qualified STEM evangelists, AppJam+ will help middle school students develop their strengths as part of a service-oriented team and raise awareness of career pathways within technology."
The AppJam+ program is delivered through 1 week, 3 week or 10-week interactive afterschool classes during Fall, Summer and Spring where students work collaboratively in teams of three to five with their college mentors to take their application through the creative process from brainstorming to task specialization to fully executing their design and presenting their final product. The class sizes for AppJam+ are usually capped at 24 students to have the best personalized learning experience.
To inspire, create and educate students to be STEM literate with hard and soft skills needed to become the critical thinkers, creative leaders and technologists of tomorrow.
AppJam+ is a program in which the concept of building software in a short period of time is used as a tool to excite and inform middle school students about STEM career fields while teaching them the creative and hands on technical process of mobile application development. Middle school students receive mentorship from college undergraduates and learn to make Mobile apps which will be utilized by early learners.