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mentorship program - positioning in the marketplacepositioning in the marketplace

Positioning of dream in the Marketplace of Youth Mentorship Programs:

Mentorship ProgramIn the marketplace of national and international mentorship programs for youth, dream is unique as:

A Comprehensive Program Integrating Post-Secondary Readiness.
While many mentorship programs focus on one issue--international travel, entrepreneurship, empowerment or leadership--dream is unique as a comprehensive program that covers a variety of topics and richly integrates curriculum on post-secondary readiness. See Four-Year Mentorship Program.

A Graduated Program.
Many other mentorship programs have a duration of a few weeks, a summer break, a semester, or, at best, a school year. The length of dream's curriculum, a four-year graduated program, not only conveys the commitment of students and mentors, but also strategically provides much-needed time for necessary self-reflection, self-awareness and post-secondary preparation.

An Alternative Learning Program.
dream distinguishes itself as an alternative program that integrates arts education, action-learning, and Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences Theory. Traditionally, IQ theory was based on the principals that human cognition was considered fixed, unitary, measured by numbers in isolation and used to predict a student's success. Gardner's theory suggests intelligence(s) can be developed, and that there are many varied ways students can achieve. dream’s curriculum integrates arts, action-learning and multiple intelligence theory, empowering students to explore various ways of learning and to discover their own intelligence(s). Conventional linguistic-based testing is often inequitable, privileging only one type of learning. dream’s art-based curriculum promotes creativity, critical thinking and encourages learners to “synthesize ideas, communicate, place things in context, and understand the relationship between things,”—skills deemed necessary by Canada’s top CEOs (Donald Tapscott, 2006). Action-learning, learning by doing in real-life situations, such as the Global Literacy Program in Ek Balam, Mexico is an example of dream’s alternative approach to learning.

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