Dare to Dream (DTD) began in 1995 as a program to boost self-esteem and provide positive role models for children in elementary and middle schools. The program's foundation is Dr. Harris' credo - the ABCs, “I can Achieve, if I Believe and Conceive my dream.” DTD has been co-sponsored for 21 years by the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department and Communities in Schools. Since then, other partners including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have joined the DTD team.
Dare to Dream is an interactive curriculum comprised of three modules which focus on self-improvement (My Self), community service (My Community) and goal setting/career planning (My World).
The My Self lessons teach students about respect, responsibility and other important values. The second module, My Community, focuses on planning and executing community service projects. Finally, My World introduces students to various career fields and encourages field trips to college campuses.
Juvenile probation officers volunteer their time to regularly visit the schools, reinforcing Dr. Harris’ ABC credo, as well as underscoring the need for self-esteem, following the rules and getting along with others. Other special guests include astronauts, FBI agents and guidance counselors.
Each year, DTD ends with a celebration field trip. The program consists of a motivational speech from Dr. Harris as well as school presentations and skits and superstar awards for outstanding students.
After their participation, teachers report that DTD students have an increased desire to stay in school and have set goals for personal achievement.
2016-2017 participants are listed below. Those schools with a "CIS" listed next to the name are schools which are affiliated with Communities in Schools. Applications to participate in the Dare to Dream program are available each year in mid-May.
For more information on each school, click on the name to view school location, staff names, photos and more!
For more information, please contact Andrea Mosley.
Andrea Mosley, Program Director-Dare to Dream
Carole Allen, Director Emeritus