THE PROGRAM

Only 22 high school seniors are accepted to participate in Dream Builders each year. Students selected to participate have demonstrated leadership, community involvement, and academic success. Dream Builder students are teamed with Ford Dimension students, corporate sponsors and advisors and charged with developing a community service project. The Goal of Dream Builders is to instill in students a sense of
“Service over self.”

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HISTORY

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.

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MONDAY MEETINGS

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.


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CORPORATE SPONSORS

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.

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Dream Builders Corporate Sponsors

Aera Energy LLC

Bank of the Sierra

Dignity Health, Mercy and Memorial Hospital

The Garlic Company

Dream Builders Corporate Sponsors

CREATING FUTURE LEADERS

TEAM PROJECTS

2004 TEAM PROJECTS

Boys & Girls Club Kid’s Fair: Health, education, community support groups represented

Esteem Team: Program for elementary school children focusing on self-esteem

Bakersfield Homeless Shelter: “Spring Fling” dinner, dancing, carnival for the clients

Sweets for seniors: Connecting young hearts with the forgotten elderly through valentines

2005 TEAM PROJECTS

Dreams Still Come True: 1940’s USO musical variety show for the “greatest generation”

Boys & Girls Club: Trash can painting contest turned into an environmental art mural

Jamison Center: “Extreme Makeover, Garden Edition” provided a new play courtyard

Get Up, Get Out, Get Movin, Get Fit: Elementary school program on obesity & fitness

Madera Children’s Hospital: “Children Reaching Kids” gave get well cards/signs to sick kids

2006 TEAM PROJECTS

Bright Futures Recycling: Educating elementary students about recycling & B.A.R.C.

Senior Fit Club-Fall Proof Project: Students designed & taught a senior fitness class

Family Free Day: A day at the Bakersfield Museum of Art dedicated to families and art

S.O.S.–Support Our Soldiers: Over 3,000 student cards were sent to soldiers overseas

2007 TEAM PROJECTS

F.R.I.E.N.D.S: Vignettes for students with autism

Anti-G’s: Anti Gang and Graffiti awareness and art

One Team, One Dream: Every Fifteen Minutes Drinking & Driving Project

Operation Home Front: Students provided videos & support for troops and families

2008 TEAM PROJECTS

Fit & Fun 4 Everyone: An after school program to combat obesity and improve health

Dear Hero: A school assembly highlighting Veterans and their junior high pen-pals

Coloring Our Community: Children at the homeless shelter cut, color and paint with artists

H.E.R.O.E.S.: An interactive puppet show teaches children to stand up to bullies

2009 TEAM PROJECTS

Share Your Sole:   Homeless shelter children received new shoes, mentoring and self esteem lessons

Music For the Ages:  A series of musical performances for the elderly at retirement homes

P.L.A.Y.:   A new outdoor play area for children with autism at the Lori Brock Learning Center

S.T.A.M.P.: Creating music from recycled for a school performance with a jungle theme

2010 TEAM PROJECTS

Healthy Choice Informants:  Children learned about healthy living and exercise by building a garden

Art for Special Kids:  Deaf students learned to express themselves through art and music

Junior Einstein Mad Scientists: Hands on science projects helped spark interests in science careers.

McDream Builders: Raised awareness for the Ronald McDonald House throughout local hospitals.

2011 TEAM PROJECTS

Gleaners Outreach Operatives: Students express gratitude for snacks donated by Gleaners

Becoming Active Mentors: Workshops encourage Garden Pathways students to follow their passions

Heart Beat Elite: “Healthy Super-Heroes” taught kids to be healthy with exercise and nutritional games

Students with Awesome Goals: Taught kids about science and healthy eating by building a garden

2012 TEAM PROJECTS

H.O.P. (Helping Others Play):  Refurbished the playground at the Lori Brock Children’s Center

Get Fit: Created a cookbook and cooking lessons with the Mercy Learning Center Students

Pedalpalooza: Raised bike awareness through a community bike parade with Bike Bakersfield

A Community Act: Exposed Garden Pathways students to the fine arts with professional workshops

2013 TEAM PROJECTS

Running for Ronald: Educated and inspired children to support the Ronald McDonald House

heART Therapy: Provided art workshop for Autistic students then displayed their finished artwork

Fuel the Future: Motivated children to stay in school to achieve their future dreams with presentations

Got the Dot?: Film festival where participants described the importance of organ and tissue donation

2014 TEAM PROJECTS

Memories in Flight: Partnered with Honor Flight Kern County and worked with WWII Veterans to preserve their stories for future generations

Fresh: Promoted an active healthy lifestyle for busy people at Haggin Oaks Farmer’s Market

Bright House Builders – Plaza Tower Edition: Improve quality of life for Plaza Towers Residents

Freshman Five: Helped over 1,000 junior high students prepare for the transition into high school

2015 TEAM PROJECTS

Water Warriors: They saved 1,000,000 gallons of water and created awareness for water conservation

Hearts for the Home: Created a Valentine’s Day celebration for the families at the Homeless Shelter

Smiles Across the Generations: Hosted a Valentine Social for the elderly at Glenwood Gardens.

Undercover Agents: Raised awareness for undergarment donations for foster and needy children

2016 TEAM PROJECTS

You’re Worth More: Created educational videos to raise awareness and provide solutions for cyberbullying

Kind is the New Cool: Created original videos and K-8 curriculum to promote kindness at schools and in the community

The Need to Read: Inspired students to read by allowing them to create their own stories and books. The team also created a mini lending library for Fremont Elementary

Block On!: Raised awareness of skin cancer and provided skin cancer screenings for the community

 

2017 TEAM PROJECTS

Undo Type 2: Educated families at the PAL center on how to prevent Type 2 Diabetes

YOUniversity: Motivated all youth that college is for everyone

Operation Thank You: Created a short film thanking veterans and their families for their service

Let’s Globe: Educated students at the Boys & Girls Club about diversity and understanding of other cultures

 
 

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