The DREAMS chapter in Bengaluru was introduced in February 2017 under the initiative taken by Ms. Mihika Rajesh, along with her friends Ms.Yashikaa Shekar, Ms Milonee Sanghavi, Mr. Saurab Dheer, Ms. Anusha Nag, Ms. Avina Dubey and a couple of other student volunteers from the Department of Psychology and School of Education, central campus, CHRIST (Deemed to be University). They were led under the visionary leadership, guidance, and training by Rev. Father Lijo Thomas to organize and implement the intervention program.
To lay a foundation, 25 students from Christ School were recruited with the help of the school counselor. With the consent of their parents and the school authorities, the first summer camp was hosted at the Bengaluru chapter from 16th to 20th April 2017, for five days. The quarterly follow-up sessions for those students were conducted on Saturdays, from 1.30 PM till 5 PM.
In 2018, the program was extended to Christ School (state syllabus), Carmel School, and Kristavidyalaya (kannada medium), Bengaluru. Dr. Anuradha Sathiyaseelan, along with the above-mentioned students have co-founded the chapters.
The student mentors have undergone leadership training in an outbound training program for a period of two days. They were provided training on mentoring and leadership development.
In 2019 under the leadership of Dr Sathyaseelan B Young Community Leadership Program (YCLP) course was introduced for the systematic training and development of the youth mentors. Later this course was approved by the academic council of Christ university as a four credit certificate program. This certificate course is offered to interested students without any fees. Monthly training programs under YCLP includes seminars, symposium, and practice sessions in the schools. These students have also undergone 2 days outbound leadership training program.
At present, the program is actively operating across three locations in Bengaluru under the leadership of Dr. Anuradha Sathiyaseelan, Dr. Amaresha S. Dr. Sathiyaseelan B, Ms.Sajina from Christ University and Prof. Roseline Gomas, Ms. Jasmine and Ms. Avanti from the community. The Chapter is planning to extend it further to various schools and colleges in the city.
The DREAMS Band strives towards making a positive difference in the community by utilizing their musical skills. The band was established in 2017 in Bengaluru under the leadership of Mr. Nikhil Sebastian and a few student volunteers. The first concert of the band was organized on 2nd February 2018 at Christ University Central Campus, for a specially invited audience including Dr. Fr. Thomas C Mathew, then Vice-Chancellor and a few other distinguished guests. The band has performed on different platforms at Bengaluru and Pune. The performances of the band have gained wide recognition in and out of the campus.
They have released a virtual music album and are currently working on a new album project and a global virtual band performance for harmony and holistic healing of the world. Those who are interested in being a part of the band may contact the leadership.
Nikhil Sebastian (Music Director)
Abhishikth George John (Virtual Project Head)
Adonis Moyo (Team Lead)
Anshul Dawar (Album Lead)
Sudha Bhujel (Band Manager)
The first DREAMS Pro Club was initiated in Bangalore under the leadership of Col. Ranjeev K Babu who believed in the need of a support/mutual mentoring group for the holistic development of young professionals. As the co-founder of this club he brought in a few of his friends to this exclusive – invitation based professional/leadership development club. On September 6th, 2019 along with Mr. Rajesh PI (Theater artist/trainer), Mr. Antony Raju (NGO consultant) and Dr. Deepthi (Community Medicine) under the leadership of Col Ranjeev K Babu (corporate trainer and founder/director of Leadership Tribe Pvt. Ltd.) started the first club meeting at Christ University Campus.
The monthly one hour club meetings of sharing and discussions are conducted on personal/professional topics, which are previously decided. More new members joined the team and it started its virtual meetings based on the needs of the situation.
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.
Col. Ranjeev K Babu (Project Head)
I’ve witnessed the program change lives in a way that I have never seen any program with similar goals could ever even imagine. Everyone should have a chance to see that they can do anything, and I will help in any way I can to make that happen.
Really innovative concept.. I was looking forward for such curated content and i got more than i was expecting. I am so far very thrilled with overall experience and improvement.
I was organizing my closet and came across my DREAMS tshirt. This reminded me of how much fun I had with your students and how your volunteer team made me feel extremely welcome. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of the DREAMS.