Finding his own confidence through music, Father Reverend Lijo Thomas Pathickal wanted to help people do the same for children who are under confident and shy like himself and struggle to showcase their capabilities. The drive to share his insights with others like him and helping them realise their full potential led him to forming the DREAMS Program. The journey for developing and implementing the programme has been rocky and difficult but the will power and the conviction of Rev Fr Lijo Thomas to help the others has helped sail the project through for many years now. The Project gradually expanded but the turning point came in 2010, while he was pursuing his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, at the University of Louisiana, Monroe. His mentor at the time, Dr Pauline Leonard, a professor at Louisiana Tech University, suggested that DREAMS had the potential of being developed into a working, scientific model and that was the moment the project steered in the direction it is in today. A 3-year curriculum-based community mentoring project, for schools and colleges, each year focusing on development of skills and leadership, both personally and communally. The program is further designed to encourage children, especially those with lower self-confidence, to rise up to their maximum potential, while also motivating others to do the same around them. Through a 3-stage developmental model, DREAMS helps individuals to work through Desire, Readiness, Empowerment, and Action, to attain mastery for success.
A motivation and an inspiration, Father Reverend Lijo Thomas Pathickal has purposed his life to helping others grow.