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It’s Time for Free Family Fun Nights

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 28, 2015

PRESS RELEASE
IT’S TIME FOR FREE FAMILY FUN NIGHTS
Dream Big Community Center connects the community with free family fun nights in the coming months.

(VANCOUVER, Wash.) – Celebrate family and community connections thanks to Dream Big Community Center’s free Family Fun Nights. The events are fun-filled and designed to get youth and their families out for safe and free entertainment.

“These nights are dedicated to the youth and their families in our community,” says Rebekah Dull, executive administrative assistant at Dream Big Community Center. “We want them to participate in a fun activity in the community for free.”

The following Family Fun Nights events kick off in October and run through January. So mark your calendars and get ready to have fun!

October 31, 2015
Location: Microsoft
Tech Night fun for Halloween that is complete with candy for the kids
Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

November 19, 2015
Location: G6 Airpark
Jump Night
Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

December 15, 2015
Location: Ryonet Corporation
Enjoy Screen Printing and create your own T-shirt
Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

January 21, 2015
Location: G6 Airpark
Jump Night
Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Numerous community sponsors and partners help to make the free Family Fun Nights possible. Currently, Dream Big is seeking community food sponsors to provide food at the events.

“Our community sponsors and partners are so vital in providing safe activities and learning opportunities to our local youth,” says Dull.

Dream Big Community Center is a 501c3, private non-profit organization founded in 2004. Dream Big is a young non-profit focused on the development of young people, especially in their teen years. Dream Big is gaining awareness and excited about future opportunities to provide young people. For any more information, please visit www.dreambigcc.org.

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Building The Dream
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It’s Time to Build The Dream – Stay Tuned

PRESS RELEASE
August 7, 2015

IT’S TIME TO BUILD THE DREAM
The goals for Dream Big Community Center to build the community center
is becoming closer to a reality.

(VANCOUVER, Wash.) – The goal for Dream Big Community Center has always been to build a community center. For the last 10 years, the organization’s focus on programs has been successful to start the process of building the right community center for the community and future leaders.

The organization invites you to participate in their survey. Click here to participate. Founder Nathan Webster says, “We want the community to want it just as much as we do, but we want to know what they want too. I only know what I’m lacking as a father, entrepreneur, and community member within my town. I want others to tell me what they see wrong, need and want.”

Dream Big Community Center is a 501c3, private non-profit organization founded in 2004. Dream Big is a young non-profit focused on the development of young people, especially in their teen years. Dream Big is gaining awareness and excited about future opportunities to provide young people. 

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Dream Big Changes Organizationally and Restructures Programs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 26, 2015

Dream Big Changes Organizationally and Restructures Programs
Dream Big Community Center has made changes to the organizations’ structure.

(VANCOUVER, Wash.) – Youth serving organization Dream Big Community Center has restructured their personnel, and scheduled to relaunch their updated online programs in the fall. While Founder Nathan Webster is focused on building a multi-million dollar facility to serve the Clark County community; the organization is conducting their Family Fun Nights again to build their community following.

Starting July 1, 2015, Dream Big Community Center starts a new fiscal year. Coming from out of their worst financial years of the history books, the organization is changing the organizational structure and will be operated by volunteers only. Webster has attempted to find funding for his salary, programs, and a community center for the last eight years, and now he says they’re going a different route.

“To build a $20 million facility to serve all different demographics is a gigantic task. I understand the opposition, but that doesn’t mean it’s for me to give up. I need to take a different path. The past has been very educational, but the future is much brighter,” Webster explains. “My last 10 years has taught me a lot about the direction the organization needs to take, and I’m encouraged by it.”

Webster credits his new direction from a leadership transition, and how the organization almost closed their doors in 2014. After moving out of their downtown office and back into his house, he was reelected to the President of the board as he continues the duties as the Executive Director without pay.

“This is a sacrifice,” said Webster. “The amount of funding we need to raise is a lot, so we have to manage what we have and will produce wisely. We can’t afford to make any mistakes.” Webster isn’t the only one not being paid, his assistant Rebekah Dull also goes without pay. She has also volunteered to do the same, and focus on the growth of the programs.

Since the move, Dream Big has launched the online component last September with their Every Child is At Risk campaign. Throughout 2014 to recent, they’ve added key board members to bolster their efforts in the local academia, such as:
Tim Cook from Clark College;
Rebekah Dull from NW & Associates, LLC;
Janelle Ephraim from Vancouver Public Schools;
Diana Avalos-Leos from Vancouver Public Schools;
Carol Parker Walsh from Evolve Your Image;
Rebecca Wooden from AL Insurance Group.

Still on the board with Webster is John Deeder from Evergreen Public Schools; and Steve Stuart from City of Ridgefield.

The organization does have a new program update to be released this September. Dream Big is also excited about their third year of Family Fun Nights. The first one is October 31 at Microsoft in Downtown Portland.

Dream Big Community Center is a 501c3, private non-profit organization founded in 2004. Dream Big is a young non-profit focused on the development of young people, especially in their teen years. Dream Big is gaining awareness and excited about future opportunities to provide young people. For any more information, please visit http://dreambigcc.org.

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Northwest’s Hit Machine To Benefit Dream Big Community Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 25, 2015

NORTHWEST’S HIT MACHINE TO BENEFIT DREAM BIG COMMUNITY CENTER
Northwest head lining band, Hit Machine will be the benefiting Dream Big Community Center at Concerts For a Cause in efforts to help dreams come true.

(VANCOUVER, Wash.) – The Northwest’s famous headlining band, Hit Machine will be benefiting Dream Big Community Center to raise funds in efforts to help youth in middle and high school pursue their dreams through Dream Big’s interactive online community. This concert is part of the summer series, Concerts For a Cause.

The concert will be on July 21st, 2015 at Camas Meadows Golf Club in Camas, Washington. The doors open at 5:30pm and the concert begins at 6:30pm. For general admission there is a suggested $5 donation at the door, along with the suggestion of bringing your own lawn chair. This event is family friendly with a kid’s activity area on the green. Concerts For a Cause believes this summer series is a way of “enhancing our community through the fusion of music and philanthropy.”

Dream Big VIP tickets are available for the night of July 21st, 2015. DBVIP tickets consist of special seating, appetizers and a chance at raffle items! You will also receive an exclusive meet and greet with Hit Machine! You can purchase your tickets here for $25. Here’s the calendar for all the concerts dates benefiting the local nonprofits.

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February Newsletter: Ready or Not, Here We Come!

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”
– Charles Dickens

DREAM BIG ONLINE IS UP & GOING!
The time has finally came. We are proud to announce that our online programs are accessible to the general public. Our programs are no longer bound to an institution, and can be done individually. Go to this link for more information: http://dreambigcc.org/programs/dream-big-online/

As we continue with the initial rollout, we’re happy to open it up to share with the supporters.  To learn more or if you have any questions, please contact us at info@dreambigcc.org.

GONE TO LATTE DA COFFEHOUSE  & WINE BAR YET? 

For the month of February, Scott Flury (the owner) has graciously hosted our February Family Fundraiser at his Latte Da Coffeehouse. There are two ways for you to participate:

1) Make a purchase and we’ll receive 5% on any purchase throughout the month.

2) This Saturday, Feb 28 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm we’ll host ourFebruary Family Fundraiser with a small program including student testimonials on our latest programs.

Also, please come and join us to learn about our new partnership with the Battle Ground Mentor Collaborative.

SPONSOR A DREAM

Our students need more opportunities now more than ever, and we as a community can make a difference and help. Help us BREAK DOWN BARRIERS and donate today to raise funds to help build a better community starting with our future generations. Make a DONATIONtoday.

Every Child is At Risk of Not Pursuing Their Dream!

Dream it, build it, live it!

Thank you,

Nathan Webster, MBA
Executive Director

Family February Fundraiser
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Latte Da Showcases Dream Big’s Programs

(VANCOUVER, Wash.) — Dream Big Community Center has partnered with Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar for the month of February. During the month, Dream Big will earn 5% of all sales of any purchase. On Saturday, February 28th there will be an evening fundraiser for the unveiling of the new online programs and reward student testers to go to the last regular season Portland Trail Blazer game on April 11th.

“I’m excited to partner with another great community respected agency,” said Dream Big’s Executive Director, Nathan A Webster. “As a community, I don’t believe we do enough to bridge gaps and help one another out. It may be cliché-ish, but it really does take a village to raise a child and there’s a lot of work to do.”

Latte Da is generously giving 5% back to Dream Big for the month of February. In addition, the Coffee House and Wine Bar will host a fundraiser on Saturday, February 28th from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. The event will be to showcase the online programs including student testimonials, and help fund the student rewards of attending a Portland Trail Blazer game and shooting free throws after the game on Saturday, April 11th. Dream Big has also reserved seats for supporters.

Webster says, “This [blazer game] is going to be a great reward for our students testing out our online programs. We’ve come a long way, and are excited about our progress. Now it’s time to hear what the students have to say and everyone can join in on the celebration on April 11th.”

To purchase tickets, go to Dream Big’s Events page at http://dreambigcc.org/events, and click on Make Every Dream Count – Family Fun Night @ Moda Center. To donate, Latte Da will be accepting cash and check donations. Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar is located at 205 East 39th Street, Vancouver, 98663.

Dream Big Community Center is a 501c3, private non-profit organization founded in 2004.  Dream Big is a young non-profit focused on the development of young people, especially in their teen years. Dream Big is gaining awareness and excited about future opportunities to provide young people.  For any more information, please visit www.dreambigcc.org.

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Scared To Be Me

(VANCOUVER, Wash.) – Dream Big Community Center’s Founder, Nathan A. Webster, authored his first book, Scared To Be Me. The book discusses Nathan’s fears as a kid growing up black in a predominantly white neighborhood. In addition, the book now serves as the new flagship program for the organization. The program debuted at Naselle Youth Camp, which is a medium risk youth prison in Washington.

Nathan finally decided it was time to share his life on paper. In this book, he explains his life as being black, rejected, and fat.

“It was hard being one of the only black kids in school. I wanted to be white,” said Nathan. “When I embraced the fact I was black, I began to accept who I was and life got easier,” as Nathan explains how he wants to relate with the younger generation by using his struggles. He adds, “Nowadays, teenagers are having an identity crises not just because the color of their skin, but because we don’t have a culture that teaches them to be accepting of themselves.”Scared To Be Me

Currently, the program is active at Naselle Youth Camp in Washington’s Wahkiakum County. The program serves approximately 17 students from all over the state. The program is eight weeks long and conducted every other week. The book is used as a tool for Nathan to get his message across to the students.

“We were all rejected at some point, but not all of us got over it as quickly as others,” Nathan describes why his book is a vital component to the program. He explains how it quickly establishes trust. He adds, “Rejection doesn’t end when you become an adult. It just adds to more problems.”

The book and program is available for any venue, audience and event. The book can be purchased at $20 per copy at http://dreambigcc.org/programs/scared. “Scared To Be Me has a little magic in it because it’s as humble and accessible as it is empowering,” by award-winning poet and film maker Shawn Sorenson.

Dream Big Community Center is a 501c3, private non-profit organization founded in 2004. Dream Big is a young non-profit focused on the development of young people, especially in their teen years. Dream Big is gaining awareness and excited about future opportunities to provide young people. For any more information, please visit www.dreambigcc.org.

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From left to right:
Greg McGreevey, Nathan Webster, Becky Downard, Mitch Anderson
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Breaking the Educational Norm

(VANCOUVER, Wash.) – Dream Big Community Center has transformed their traditional in-person programs to an online format using local technology firm, Moca Works premium platform Knowledge Vault to host their content and create an engaging online community. Using content created by its founder, Nathan Webster, in collaboration with the team from MyPlaceToLearn, Inc. in Welches, OR. Dream Big will launch the first edition of its online experience November 15, 2014.

“This is an exciting time for me. I no longer have to deny any parent or student the opportunity to find their dream.” Nathan adds, “Now, we aren’t bound to the classroom or within the confines of the school walls. Technology is an advanced tool that shouldn’t be ignored, and it’s the wave of the future. Not only that, almost all teenagers have a device to connect to the internet.”

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DBCC Online

The Pew Research put out a report of Teens and Technology 2013 stating,  “One in four teens are ‘cell-mostly’ internet users, who say they mostly go online using their phone and not using some other device such as a desktop or laptop computer.”

With the addition of the on-line element, Dream Big Community Center is now able to offer access to their content and resources 24/7 in a format that teens are comfortable with. Students will be able to log in to learn, share and collaborate with fellow students, mentors and program managers at a time that is most convenient for them and from anywhere they have internet service. They will also be able to access a growing list of internet-based resources to enhance their learning, and to have on-going communications with their mentor and fellow students; creating a virtual network of like-minded people to help them stay focused on their dream.

According to Becky Downard, CEO of MyPlaceToLearn, Inc., “Virtual networking is the future, and today’s youth need to be educated on the proper use of these on-line tools as they will undoubtedly be using them when they enter the work force. Understanding how virtual communications differ from in-person communications can be vital to their professional success, and this platform gives them invaluable experience in the use of these tools.”

Technology has finally caught up to the way that we want to communicate, interact and find information online.  The critical piece was to find a platform that could support the proven process that Dream Big has developed.  Knowledge Vault was just that tool.  Businesses, non-profits, government and other organizations have been employing the platform since 2007.  It incorporates the best that technology has to offer in online learning, team based collaboration and storing and sharing knowledge.  Greg McGreevey, Director of Sales and Business Development for Moca Works said “This was just the perfect fit.  Nathan’s programs are both straight forward and incredibly impactful. Knowledge Vault will allow them to recreate the supportive environment they have in the class but online, available for many, many more kids.  We are very excited to be working with them as they develop this new phase of their program.”

From left to right: Greg McGreevey, Nathan Webster, Becky Downward, Mitch Anderson

From left to right:
Greg McGreevey, Nathan Webster, Becky Downward, Mitch Anderson

Having launched its programs in 2008, Dream Big has served more than 2,500 students nationwide, from Vancouver-Portland metro area to Clinton, New York. The Dream Big programs teach the students to focus their energy, understand their dreams and graduate with a purpose.  Nathan describes the process as not simply about encouraging students or making them feel good but “to help them discover that their dream is either: a fantasy, a hobby, or reality. It can only be one, not all three.”

To have the programs online is a huge milestone, which is why Dream Big has initiated their campaign, Every Child is At Risk. “C’mon, let’s be honest,” Nathan said. “The current job market is tough and not getting any easier. All students are at risk of not getting the career they want in this global economy.” The three goals of the campaign are to: 1) release the beta online program; 2) raise $100,000; and 3) reach 5,000 students online.

“The first goal is already done,” Nathan said. “The other two will happen by letting folks know who we are and what we do in the community. It’s not an overnight process, so it’s a gradual progression. It’s about breaking the educational norm of learning only in the classroom.”

Dream Big Community Center is a 501c3, private non-profit organization founded in 2004.  Dream Big is a young non-profit focused on the development of young people, especially in their teen years. Dream Big is gaining awareness and excited about future opportunities to provide young people.  For any more information, please visit www.dreambigcc.org.

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Family Fun Night is Back

(VANCOUVER, Wash.) — Dream Big Community Center (DBCC) has relaunched the Family Fun Nights for the next few months. Family Fun Nights are free events for all family members to have a good time. Dream Big has partnered with Portland Trail Blazers, G6 Airpark, and Mountain View Ice Arena.

The last Family Fun Night was Wednesday, October 29, 2014 for the Portland Trail Blazer opener. Tickets were offered via social media, and approximately 60 tickets were given out. Fans received t-shirt and fan wands.  “Thank you so much for the memorable night last night! Our family had a very fun evening,” says Erica Albright, one of the ticket holders.G6 Airpark

The next Family Fun Night will be at G6 Airpark, an indoor trampoline park housed in a 12,000 square foot building to offer free admission. From 6pm to 9pm on Thursday, November 20, 2014. G6 Airpark is located at 2200 Northeast Andresen Road in Vancouver.

More events will be released on the Dream Big Community Center’s website.

 

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