In 2003, Ford Dimension Alumni along with the Jim Burke Education Foundation created the Dream Builders leadership program for achieving high school seniors. This year-long program focuses on civic responsibility, life skills, and leadership development through the creation of significant community service projects. Since its inception Dream Builder student leaders have developed 57 civic projects.
Dream Builder and Ford Dimension students attend biweekly, Monday night meetings designed to develop leadership, character, communication and career building skills. Socktober (pictured above) is the kick-off meeting for their annual socks drive for the needy.
Community and business leaders are a key part of most meetings. This year guest speakers will be Monsignor Craig Harrison, Police Chief Lyle Martin, physical fitness trainer Diana Mestmaker, educator Dr. Lakesha Ray as well as alumni Renee Massey, Katie Werdel and George Hay.
Every year, four civic-minded corporate sponsors provide mentorship and guidance to a Dream Builders team. Past sponsors include Castle & Cooke, Rabobank, Wells Fargo Bank, Kern School Federal Credit Union, American General Media and Bright House Networks.
Dream Builders Corporate Sponsors