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DREAM! dares to revitalize education through arts and mediation. We arm young people and their teachers with practical skills to dismantle the school to prison pipeline, support student engagement with learning and academic success, and encourage the creative confidence of young leaders.





DREAM! (Dare to Revitalize Education through Arts & Mediation) is a community based non profit organization whose mission is to develop interactive, experiential, culturally competent trainings that use the power of theater, media arts, music, and the imagination to communicate the skills of restorative practices, mediation, and nonviolent responses to conflict.


In 2014, the organization changed its name from CTM DREAMS to DREAM! and received its 501c3. The organization’s founder, Ms. Aisha Norris, has been a tireless advocate of non-violence among youth in multiple agencies, including Mass Transit Street Theater (a 45 year old, progressive political theater). Aisha’s leadership over 8.5 years of Mass Transit’s Safety with Dignity project led to a merger of the Safety With Dignity program and DREAM!


In the merger, Safety with Dignity has become the first full-fledged program of DREAM!, while maintaining its mission, programs, school relationships, staffing, administrative structure, and funding. The merger added to Safety with Dignity, DREAM!’s team of talented young Bronx and Harlem media artists (now trained as peer-mediation Assistant Trainers), as well as, the support of the DREAM! Board of Directors and Advisors.


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