Big Dreams, Inc. is an innovative, creative, and cutting edge 501(c)(3) organization that is committed to creating educational opportunities for children and youth in the United States and the Republic of Gambia to live a healthier lifestyle, thus contributing to an improved quality of life for youth and families.
The organization’s projects, implemented by a well-trained staff, emphasize the development of good habits and character from an early age, to empower children to reach their individual full-potential by eradicating poverty through education and supporting the development of self-confidence, healthful living, good judgment, and academic achievement. Big Dreams, Inc. provides many individuals with a thorough foundation for future success.
Addressing the critical issues of education, fitness, and personal responsibility through fun and exciting programs and services that exercise high standards of ethics, coupled with best practices in management and accountability. We are dedicated to helping each young person reach his or her individual potential by practicing wholesome habits such as eating healthy and staying active. These are skills they will carry into adulthood.
Recognizing the physical and emotional effects of a sedentary lifestyle, the organization’s fitness and nutrition program was established to teach personal excellence in fitness, nutrition, and life, while encouraging a belief in personal responsibility, instilling positive habits, and demonstrating passionate commitment to excellence.
Our goal is to become an aggressive resource in broadening the scope of recreational activities for all youth in the community, while at the same time incorporating the importance of good nutrition and academic success.
FAQ FOR BIG DREAMS, INC
WHAT DOES BIG DREAMS STAND FOR?
Big Dreams, Inc., is a registered 501©(3) nonprofit organization which was established in March of 2011 to help provide shoes and school supplies for children in the rural part of Gambia (West Africa)
WHY DID THE FOUNDERS CHOOSE BIG DREAMS AS THE ORGANIZATION’S NAME?
The children we serve in Gambia have Big Dreams,. They are mostly from very poor or low income families. Most of the parents struggle to buy books and basic school supplies for their children in elementary school. However, when the children are asked about what they would want to be when they grow up, they always responded with optimism: a doctor, an engineer, scientist or any other challenging profession. Despite not having electricity in most homes, these children do their homework: by candle light. We want to help them make their dreams come true.
HOW DID YOU START AND WHY NOW?
Big Dreams officially started in March of 2011, immediately after the founding members returned from a visit to Gambia. The school drop-out rate especially in young girls, was increasing only because their parents could not afford to pay between $25.00 to $45.00 for basic school supplies and uniform,. Although the founding members were helping many children at the time, the list kept growing and growing every year; until it became unaffordable, so they decided to bring awareness through a 501 ©(3) non-profit so those who are interested to help can have the opportunity to do so with a tax right.
THERE ARE POOR CHILDREN WITH BIG DREAMS IN AMERICA, TOO,. WHAT IS BiG DREAMS DOING ABOUT THEM?
The BDI Team is aware of the problems we’re facing in America, to start with young single mothers heads of households, obesity, rising crime rate just to name a few. We have a team of young adults, mostly college students from different racial and ethnic backgrounds, who are developing programs to help mentor these children and empower them to stay in school. We also have fitness, health and nutrition experts who are developing different programs to help educate our members and their young children grow strong, healthy and become productive citizens.
WHY SHOULD WE DONATE TO BIG DREAMS?
You should consider donating to Big Dreams because we are working for you (Our Tri-City Communities), and our friends in the Gambia. It is also important to mention that our staff and volunteers work for free; they want to give back to our community, and essentially 95% of your donated dollars goes to the kids; only 5% is used for overhead.