Dream Builders Article In Augusta Chronicle
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But before you get to the article; On behalf of the youth of the Dream Builders’ Board, we would like to thank our sponsors and you for coming. “Celebration of Thanks” was about letting you know that your past, present and future support are appreciated. With God’s help and grace, together we can make a difference in the lives our youth and the community
– Bill & Tanya Jeffords
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After more than 12 years of guiding children toward the careers of their dreams, Dream Builders of America’s Youth Inc. turned the spotlight on its supporters in a “Celebration of Thanks” on Sunday.
The event, held at Beulah Grove Baptist Church in Augusta, drew a crowd of more than a hundred, who were afforded the opportunity to learn more about the Dream Builders program.
The program, started by Tanya and Bill Jeffords in 2002, aims to motivate area youths to “dream, plan and achieve.”
“Our job is basically to help young people create a positive vision for themselves,” said Tanya Jeffords, the program’s president. “I think the real point is that kids need to be exposed to positive people, places and things. I think if you do that, you create a vision in them for where they want their life to go early. Then they make better choices as they go along.”
As guests filed into the church’s banquet hall, they stopped to peruse the “dream boards” that lined the walls. The cardboard tri-boards are made by students in the program and detail their goals, from their dream car to their dream job.
Jasmine Patterson, 21, said Dream Builders gave her the confidence to pursue her interest in acting. The Georgia Regents University student said she was able to meet workers in the theater and film industries, cementing her desire to become an actor.
Next month, Patterson will perform in the theater adaptation of the novel Excuse Me Miss, But I’m In Love With Your Husband.
“It definitely gave me hope being in (Dream Builders), so I’m really glad that she’s continuing this so that students after me can get that foundation and build their confidence and self-esteem,” she said.
The event’s keynote speaker was Georgia Supreme Court Justice Robert Benham, who shared his life story with the audience in hopes that the youth in attendance would leave inspired.
“It is possible for each of you, no matter your background or situation, to reach mile heights,” he said. “If you make the right decisions early on, you can have a bright future.”
The audience was introduced to the program’s Student Ambassador Board, comprised of students ages 13 to 19 who will seek to drum up support for their latest initiative, Teens Against Guns.
Several supporters were awarded tokens of appreciation for their dedication to the program, including program volunteer Alexia Davis and Superior Court Judge Carlisle Overstreet.
Posted by Dream Builders on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 @ 10:18AM
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