All posts by Cara Ballinger

Joelishia Banfield, 2014 Kids’ Dreams Scholar

Joelishia Banfield, 2014 Kids’ Dreams Scholar

We would like to congratulate Joelishia Banfield on graduating summa cum laude from Florida Atlantic University this spring, 2017. Kids’ Dreams has been a part of Joelisha’s college journey since fall semester 2014. With impeccable determination and focus she graduated with a 3.9 G.P.A. The College of Science had a total of 541 graduates and Joelishia was one of twenty that received the honors of summa cum laude.

Boynton Beach City Council grants Kids’ Dreams funds for Boynton Beach Students

Boynton Beach City Council grants Kids’ Dreams funds for Boynton Beach Students

Mayor Stephen Grant contact Kids’ Dreams for information about Kids’ Dreams support of youth from Boynton Beach. In response to his request for additional information, Kids’ Dreams Officer, John Levey, made a presentation before the Boynton Beach City Council on December 6, 2016. Present in the packed audience with the Boynton Beach community was Boynton Beach Policy Chief Jeff Katz who also commended Kids’ Dreams on it efforts in helping Boynton Beach youth. Mr. Levey explained that Kids’ Dreams has provided thousands of dollars in funding to the Title 1 school children of Boynton Beach with college scholarships, camp experiences, academic experiences, support of the Thespians at Boynton Beach High School and financial awards to the winners of the Alan Lebow Awards for Excellence in Shakespearean Performance at the Kravis Center. He included information about the special student who received a check for $1000 to pursue her dream of becoming a marine biologist. This is another important step in linking Kids’ Dreams with elected officials in support of economically-underserved youth. Mr. Levey assured the audience that all funds from Boynton Beach would be directed specifically for the benefit of Boynton Beach residents.

Introducing Courtlyn Patrick, 2016 Kids’ Dreams Scholar

courtlyn-patrickIntroducing Courtlyn Patrick, 2016 Kids’ Dreams Scholar

Courtlyn is a first year Business Administration student at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. During this first semester Courtlyn has been very active. She was invited to participate in FAMU’s SGA Freshmen Leadership Institute, joined the Big Sisters/Little Sisters program, applied for the 2017 Orientation Leader Team and applied to be a Peer Mentor. Courtlyn also declared her candidacy for Freshman Senator and participated in a full campaign. She is approaching the end of her first semester and currently preparing for her final round of exams.

“Although challenging at times, my transition and experience thus far have been so rewarding.”

We look forward to continuing our mentorship and support of Courtlyn through her college years.

Musiq, 2016 Young Singer of the Palm Beaches Scholar


Musiq, 2016 Young Singer of the Palm Beaches Scholar

Kids’ Dreams proudly sponsors Musiq a Young Singer of the Palm Beaches scholarship to enable her to perfect her music talent. Musiq is a 3rd grader at a Palm Beach County Title 1 school. Music is a passion of hers. In addition to singing in the Treble Choir of Young Singers of the Palm Beaches, she also plays the violin, cello, and loves to dance.

November and December have been Very Busy months for this talented young lady. Musiq has performed in multiple performances with the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches at the Center for Creative Education, as well as performing as principle cellist with her schools Beethoven Orchestra.

Kids’ Dreams funds Summer Study Trip for BBCHS Student

Kids’ Dreams funds Summer Study Trip for BBCHS Student
West Palm Beach, FL (June 8, 2016) — Kids’ Dreams assisted Sarah Van Roekel of Boynton Beach High School to follow her academic pursuits. Ranked number one in her class, Van Roekel received a scholarship to study marine organisms this summer in Bonaire. Kids’ Dreams assisted Van Roekel with her tuition for the program, helping her fulfill her dreams... Read the article here.

Kids’ Dreams Hosts 2016 Scholars’ Luncheon

Kids’ Dreams Hosts 2016 Scholars’ Luncheon
West Palm Beach, FL (June 8, 2016) – Staying true to its name, Kids’ Dreams made college aspirations a reality for Title 1 high school students in Palm Beach County. A total of $25,000 in scholarships were awarded this year to cover the costs of college expenses for some of the best and brightest in the area. Kids’ Dreams invited this year’s scholarship winners and returning past scholars to join Kids’ Dreams volunteers at a luncheon hosted by Kids’ Dreams… Read the article here.

Alan Lebow Awards 2016

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Alan Lebow Awards 2016
(West Palm Beach, FL – January 30, 2016) For the seventh year in a row, talented Title I students were honored for their outstanding performances of Shakespearean scenes at the Alan Lebow Award for Excellence in Shakespearean Performance, hosted by Kids’ Dreams at the Kravis Center. The students competed at the Kravis Center in December 2015 for the honor of receiving an Alan Lebow Award. At the awards ceremony, each Top Winner and Honorable Mention participant was required to recite from memory and act out Read More…

Meet Danika Belizaire

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Danika Belizaire is a Haitian American 4th grade student at Belle Glade Elementary School.  She is a second year veteran of YSPB Choir in the Glades.  In addition to singing she is in the band at her church where she plays the clarinet.   She comes from a two parent family where the parents both work at minimum wages jobs in the agricultural field.  She is on the free lunch program here at school Her older high school brother picks her up after practice so she can walk safely to her house.


Meet Charliyah Vickers

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Charliyah Vickers is an African American 6th grade student at Lake Shore Middle School.  She is a second year veteran of the YSPB Choir in the Glades.  She is a very talented and self-driven young lady from a single parent family with one older sibling who is also a good singer.  The mother is very supportive of the educational process and cares for her daughters will great love and diligence.  The father is not able to assist in any way. She is on the free lunch program and despite many hardships this student is an amazing young girl who will undoubtedly be successful in the future.


Meet Brandon Bryant

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Brandon Bryant is an African American 5th grade student at Belle Glade Elementary School.  He is a second year veteran of YSPB Choir n the Glades.  He lives with his mother and younger sister.  He is a good student overcoming socioeconomic barriers while on the free lunch program.  His mother works part-time as a day care provider.


Meet Jeanya Miller

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Jeanya Miller is a 5th grade student at Belle Glade Elementary School.  She is a second year veteran of YSPB Choir in the Glades.  She comes from a two-parent family that has had some domestic issue in the past.  YSPB is a group that provides stability for her and provides an outlet for her talents.  She is on the free lunch program.  She has a younger brother at home.


Cebrina St. Pierre, 2016 Kids’ Dreams Scholar

Cebrina St. Pierre, 2016 Kids’ Dreams Scholar

Cebrina St. Pierre has been a Kids’ Dreams scholar since she began her spring semester in January 2016 at Palm Beach State College, majoring in Psychology and Nursing. Cebrina is a dedicated student who cares deeply about learning and has an exceptional sense of leadership and responsibility.

For many years, I have been interested in Reading and helping others. My interest has lead me to want to pursue a degree in Nursing and Psychology. Read More…

Jodley and Edluckens, 2015 Kids’ Dreams Campers

jodley-edukins-zoo-camp-150x150In 2015, Kids’ Dreams sponsored two Title I children to attend summer camp at the Palm Beach Zoo. Jodley and his little brother, Edluckens, attended the camp for two weeks, taking part in culturally enriching activities along with other young campers at the Zoo. Read More…

Martin Cass


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Mr. Cass is a CPA with over 30 years of public accounting experience in auditing, taxation, and consulting services. He has a B.S. in accounting from Syracuse University and a MBA from New York University. He received the Service award by New York University Graduate School- Business Administration. Mr. Cass is also the winner of the “Jeffrey R. Salins Report Writing Award” by the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA). Mr. Cass has an active interest in charitable and non-profit organizations. His professional affiliations include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He also served as president of Meyer Academy and he is currently serving as a Board member of the Palm Beach County Education Foundation and the Palm Beach County Business Development Board, where he is also on the Board of Advisors.

Maria Barrientos, 2015 Kids’ Dreams Scholar

Maria Barrientos, 2015 Kids’ Dreams Scholar

Maria Barrientos is a 2015 Kids’ Dreams Scholar who now attends Florida State University. She has since finished her first semester with a 3.58 overall GPA. Maria is currently majoring in Criminology and plans to later achieve a law degree.

I am a first generation. This year I will be the first to graduate high school in my family, as well as the first to pursue a college career. My parents are originally from Mexico, where their education does not exceed a middle school level. I am my family’s translator, speaker, and the one they all go to when they need help. Read More…

Lindjee Noziere, 2014 Kids’ Dreams Scholar

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Lindjee Noziere has been a Kids’ Dreams scholar since 2014, attending her freshman year at Florida Atlantic University. Lindjee moved from Haiti to the United States when she was 15 and developed rapidly in High School classes for non-native speakers. Lindjee is now pursuing her dream at FAU to become a physician.

I lived in my native country, Haiti for 15 years, and then the inevitable happened. I lost my mother due to horrible circumstances; I lost her through an earthquake that took place in Haiti in 2010. It was then I truly convinced myself that the medical field would be the right career path for me. Read More…