Our Culture

Play, Learn, Grow


Staff at DREAM meet high expectations, but we don’t forget about having fun. We place importance on giving our all to our youth but we also believe in building a sustainable culture for our staff.

From summer-time barbecues on our inspiring Field of Dreams to weekly shout-outs, we take time to recognize and celebrate success with one another. Check out our unique benefits below to learn more.


We’re always learning through feedback. We give, seek and act on feedback so that we can reach our goals. Feedback moves in every direction—up, down and across—because we know this is what makes us excellent. We ask for help when we need it.

For example, at the charter school, we practice our practice – our delivery, management techniques, attention moves, everything we do is better when we model in front of colleagues. We believe that becoming experts in our field and in our content dramatically impacts our program and our scholars.

    What this looks like at our programs:

  • Cultural Competency Committee
  • Manager’s Meetings
  • Internal professional development opportunities
  • Organization and role-specific onboarding

    What this looks like at the charter school:

  • Common planning time for co-teachers and grade teams
  • Weekly structured professional development
  • Data days
  • Summer Institute
  • Home visits
  • School visits

All staff at DREAM set yearly professional goals. We work with our supervisors to set benchmarks and receive structured support to push ourselves toward success. We believe in a set of core and leadership competencies and use them to identify and develop our growth areas. Every week, staff check in with supervisors to address successes and potential challenges at DREAM. At DREAM, all teachers have weekly Professional Development and individual feedback sessions based on personalized goals with Academic Deans and Principals.

Highlights of our workspaces
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We love baseball! Hold meetings in the “Dugout” and print on "Slugger". Even if you don’t know the game, baseball lingo is scattered throughout - from the name of meeting rooms to our printers.

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Find us for lunch out on the Field of Dreams, take a break to play catch or cheer on a REAL Kids baseball game during the summer months.

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We work in collaborative workspaces so that you can do your best work with your grade team, department and external guests.

Our expanding team

Founded in 1991, DREAM (formerly known as Harlem RBI) currently serves over 2,000 East Harlem and South Bronx youth by providing free, high-quality summer and after-school programs to youth, ages 5-22.


Using a unique blend of youth development principles and sports, we provide youth with opportunities to Play, Learn and Grow. Staff use the power of teams to coach, teach and inspire youth to recognize their potential and realize their dreams.

Our programs are designed to ensure that all youth graduate high school and matriculate to college. DREAM graduates are:

  • Physically and mentally healthy, able to avoid risky behaviors
  • High school graduates
  • College graduates
  • Work-ready, with the basic knowledge and skills to find and maintain a job
  • Good teammates, friends and family members, cultivating
  • positive relationships with peers and adults
  • Confident, competent and caring members of their communities
  • Active citizens, who participate in their community’s social and political life.


We use the power of teams to challenge staff and volunteers to meet high standards of performance, to seek meaningful results from our work and to constantly improve the services we provide.

As a team, we are committed to personal and organizational growth. We work together to reach a high standard of professionalism, fulfill our commitment to youth and make our organization a model learning community.

Collaborative relationships are at the core of our work and we are dedicated to seeking out diverse voices to inform our decisions. We are committed to communicating openly and optimistically.

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Our Benefits

We are committed to providing top-notch benefits for our employees. Our Human Resources team continuously studies benefit trends and implements the most competitive benefits program in the non-profit and charter school sector.

Our employees are offered multiple medical options covering 95% of employees’ health expenses. With health and family as priorities, we take pride in offering great benefits, tools and the resources needed to manage health and well-being.

Health & Wellness Benefits
  • Three Health Plan and Two Dental Plan Options
  • Vision Insurance
  • 403(b) Retirement Savings (with 3% matching after one year of full-time service)
  • Flex Spending
  • Dependent Care
  • Long Term Disability
  • Life Insurance
  • Transit Check
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Travel Assistance Program
  • Corporate Gym Membership
  • Aflac Plans – Optional
    • Cancer
    • Short Term Disability
    • Pregnancy
Other unique benefits to DREAM:
  • Summer Fridays
  • A welcome package of DREAM gear
  • Staff recreational sports teams (softball and kickball)
  • Staff and family events
  • Surprise staff lunches
  • Summer Staff Outing
  • Thanksgiving Potluck
  • Festivus Fun
  • Holiday Event