The DREAMS chapter in Changanacherry was started in 2017 with Mr. James and Mr. Joshi Job as the co-founders. After in-depth discussions and meetings, Kristu Jyoti College of Management and Technology, Changanacherry had agreed to provide their students as volunteers for the program. Around 30 undergraduate students from the Department of Psychology were then given training through a couple of sessions and they had started working at the community level. The model was later introduced to the students of Assumption College, Changanacherry, and St Joseph College of Communication, Changanacherry, and received a wider volunteering network.
The first summer camp hosted by the Changanacherry chapter was conducted in 2018 at S.B School Changanacherry in collaboration with four other schools. Around 7 students studying in 6th grade (middle school) who required special assistance for enhancing their self-concept and identity formation were recruited for the camp. Ms. Tessy Thomas and Mr. Sebastian had later joined the program and is still continuing to ensure community participation in the program. Every year, two batches of volunteers consisting of around 35 members are joining from Kristu Jayanti College and Assumption College and they have been actively involved in extending the model to various schools and colleges in the locality.
The DREAMS Band strives towards making a positive difference in the community by utilizing their musical skills. DREAMS Band is not only an opportunity to sing and motivate the audience but also uses music as a platform to empower communities and make music of their own, which can empower children and youth holistically. It is a band with a meaning and greater goals for the benefit of the society.
Those who are interested to be a part of the band may contact the respective leaders in each locality.
DREAMS Pro-club is a support group for the personal and professional development of young professionals. Small groups of 10-12 working professionals meet once every month to discuss and implement strategies for their professional growth. The club helps in inculcating values of identity and community belonging among the members. The program aims at enhancing communication skills, generating positive attitudes about self and others, developing leadership, cooperation, and community engagement.
This platform is yet to be initiated. Those who are interested to take a partnership may contact the respective leaders in each locality.