AFRICAN DREAM ACADEMY FOUNDATION

Empowering African Children Through Education

aka African Dream Academy   |   New York, NY   |  africandreamacademy.org

Mission

The mission of ADAF is to support the African Dream Academy (ADA), a tuition-free, co-ed, private school located in Monrovia, Liberia. Both ADAF and ADA aim to reduce poverty and foster sustainable development in Liberia by empowering Liberian students through education, enabling them to become responsible, productive, and healthy citizens in their communities. Currently, the School provides an education, a daily, nutritious meal, uniforms, and transportation to school to 850 students from a Nursery class through Grade Nine.

Ruling year info

2007

Founder and Executive Director of African Dream Academy

Rev. Samuel R. Enders

Main address

1617 Third Ave #286102

New York, NY 10128 USA

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EIN

33-1162803

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The African Dream Academy Foundation (ADAF), as a New York State registered charity, supports the African Dream Academy (ADA), which is a Liberian, tuition-free school located in Monrovia, Liberia, the fifth poorest country in the world. Our mission is to provide a free quality education and healthcare services to Liberian children. In addition, there is a vocational school for women. The School allows the children and their mothers an active, healthy future and supports the economic sustainability of their community.

Our programs

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African Dream Academy

The African Dream Academy School, an independent, 501 (c)(3) charitable organization registered in the country of Liberia, West Africa, consists of an early childhood division (Nursery – Pre-kindergarten – Kindergarten) and an elementary school (Grades 1-6).

The early childhood program aims to facilitate cognitive, social, emotional and physical development through a wide variety of learning experiences. Class time is balanced to include teacher-initiated activities designed to assist with specific school readiness, skill development, and child-initiated exploration of materials and centers designed to stimulate, engage, and foster excitement and enthusiasm for learning. Children have both whole group and small group experiences with an emphasis on successful participation as a classroom community member. A wide variety of construction materials, puzzles, learning materials and books have been sent from the United States.

Primary/Elementary School (Grades 1-6)

The first grade is a self-contained class that begins its daily activities with morning assembly and character-education and proceeds with instruction in the core subjects of language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. The day also includes snack, lunch, recess and specials. These specials include music, physical education, French, art and cultural studies. A teacher and an assistant teacher work together as the grade team to help the students develop their fullest potential in preparation for meeting all the challenges of elementary school.

In Grades 2 - 6, there are core teachers in language arts, math, science, social studies and the special subjects (French, physical education, art, media education and cultural studies). Students change classes going from specialized teacher to teacher and each day is composed of eight periods lasting forty-five minutes each.

The national curriculum prescribed by the Liberian Ministry of Education is followed. It is supported by an additional curriculum from the Georgia State Standard's international learning platform. Materials and textbooks are selected from a wide range of nationally and internationally recognized companies and programs. This combined curriculum teaches skills that apply to real-world settings employing the collective wisdom of our cultures and upholding the values of disciplinary learning. It also develops our student's ability to reason, be creative and use critical thinking skills and collaborative learning. Our goal is for our students to use their time effectively to gain the knowledge, skills and abilities that will serve them well in the rest of their education and throughout their lives.

Population(s) Served

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Goals & Strategy

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Under the guidance of its founding Executive Director, Reverend Samuel R. Enders, ADA works to ensure the safety and wellbeing of its students. With generous donations and the support of its sister organization, the African Dream Academy Foundation, ADA's goal is to educate and care for its students in a country that is known for corruption and the Ebola epidemic.

At the heart of ADA is the Academy, which was founded in 2012 and accepts
students from Nursery to 9th grade. ADA's goal is to add a grade each year until it completes high school. The Academy currently has a population of 818 students, with a 25:1 child-to-teacher ratio. Typical Liberian schools have a 60-100:1 ratio. The Academy population has an equal number of male to female students, but places more emphasis on recruiting young girls. Students who are accepted to the Academy gain a free education; public schools are not free and many cannot afford them. Children attend ADA for a full day whereas public schools are usually in session for only half a day. Students at ADA are given transportation to school, a school uniform, a hot meal at lunch (often their only meal of the day), and access to free healthcare. In addition, ADA provides a vocational school for 900 women.

The ADA Foundation financially supports African Dream Academy and provides professional development to the ADA staff to enrich their curriculum. Every year an ADAF Board member who is the Director of the Brick Church School visits ADA along with two teachers and other board members to facilitate this. In addition, a Board member who was Lower School Head at the Nightingale Bamford School provides curriculum support and supplies. African Dream Academy follows the Liberian National Curriculum, which includes the subjects: language arts, math, science, and social studies. The School also teaches French, computer, music, dance, art, physical education and karate. In addition, Zoo Phonics provides a unifying framework. Each week, a different letter is the focus and the Zoo Phonics animal that goes with the letter, the letter name, sound and signal are covered. This provides a multi-modal approach for the younger children. In addition, there are focus words for each age level for vocabulary building that begin with the letter, a character trait, a Bible verse, a country or city beginning with that letter, and a math concept. The purpose is to reinforce the letter. A sequential curriculum is also followed for the core subject areas.

The ADA Foundation's majority support comes from individual donors. However, it also receives grants from churches, charitable trusts, corporations, and other charitable organizations. Every other year, the ADA Foundation holds a major benefit to raise funds to support ADA, and every year, film screenings are held for children and adults to raise additional funds. The ADA Foundation also holds a yearly campaign to sponsor a child's education through the ADA website and makes a holiday appeal to its supporters. All Board members lend their expertise; the educators in the educational realm, business people in the financial realm, event planners for the benefits, and experts in the area of communication. The Foundation has no paid staff, other than a part-time accountant and webmaster.

The School has grown from 140 students in Grades Nursery through Fourth Grade in 2012 to 818 students in Grades Nursery through Ninth Grade in the 2017-18 academic year. Unlike public schools, ADA students attend school a full day, are served lunch, given uniforms and provided transportation to and from school. at no cost. The School has a computer lab, and Wifi access was added to the campus this academic year.

The Children's Health Clinic at ADA, located within walking distance of the school, began operation in April 2016 to serve the students of ADA and local children from infancy to age six. The Clinic operates under the auspices of The African Dream Academy Foundation. It is only the second children's health clinic, and the first free children's clinic in in all of Liberia. The importance of the Clinic cannot be overstated. In Liberia, where malnourishment is a common ailment and malaria often a cause of death, access to free healthcare saves the lives of many children and enables them to become healthy and strong students as they grow. Since September 2017, the clinic has been open six days a week and sees 60 to 100 patients a day. It has also become a center for dispensing vaccinations in the region.

A vocational school was created for mothers in 2017 to teach them skills so they can support their families. This is significant as Liberia is one of the poorest countries in the world with a per capita income of US$410, and about 60% of the population falls below the poverty line. The women are learning sewing, catering, beauty care, soap making, hair braiding, interior design, and computer skills.

The present campus is on land leased through the end of 2023. The School has purchased land and is in the process of building a high school at the new location. In 2018-19, the goal is for 7th through 10th Grade students to move to the new campus, and gradually, more grades will relocate to the new campus.

Financials

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AFRICAN DREAM ACADEMY FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 4/22/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Gracey Stoddard

African Dream Academy Foundation

Term: 2017 - 2020

Lydia Spinelli

African Dream Academy Foundation

Thomas Smith

African Dream Academy Foundation

Daryl Davis

African Dream Academy Foundation

Kathleen Kaasch

African Dream Academy Foundation

Natasha Bergreen

African Dream Academy Foundation

Heidi Leiser

African Dream Academy Foundation

Kathryn Smerling

African Dream Academy Foundation

Samuel Enders

African Dream Academy

Oliver Moses

African Dream Academy Foundation

Inzata Fofana

African Dream Academy Foundation

Christine Garrison

African Dream Academy Foundation

Blanche Mansfield

African Dream Academy Foundation

Karen Gaines

African Dream Academy Foundation

Kurt Roeloffs

African Dream Academy Foundation

Richard Stryker

African Dream Academy Foundation

Jacqueline Curiel

African Dream Academy Foundation

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No