Dream Achievers Foundation
The Dream Achiever Foundation (DAF) was established in 2006 as a nonprofit, tax-exempt, publically supported organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. The Dream Achievers Foundation (DAF) was founded to support the educational endeavors, youth mentoring, and community service activities of the Stockbridge-Jonesboro Alumni Chapter (SJAC) of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated in the Stockbridge-Jonesboro, GA community. The service area for SJAC consists of two counties comprising of a population over 465,000 of which approximately 30% are under the age of 18 and over 50% are African American according to the 2008 US Census Bureau official website www.quickfacts.census.gov.
DAF is driven to be a premier provider of service in our community sector’s interest. We seek to break ground in unchartered service area needs and to collaborate with the small number of organizations that share our common interests and concerns. DAF's primary areas of interest are mentorship and diverse participation and sponsoring of community service and social projects. Members at all levels of DAF are proactive at hunting for activities that can be supported by our members. In addition, we leverage our own internal unique skill sets and local external experts in order to sponsor DAF lead events.
Mentorship is a vital need in our services area, especially among our youth. According to the Governor’s Office of Academic Achievement at, www.reportcard2008.gausa.org, the average graduation rate for African Americans in our school districts is approximately 70%, but only 30% of total graduates are eligible for Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship. The HOPE Scholarship pays tuition, books, and fees and is awarded to high school graduates who have attained academic achievement by attaining at least a 3.0 GPA. As part of our mentorship program, a portion of our goal is to not only to increase graduation rates and leadership potential but also the number of graduates eligible for the HOPE Scholarship. Our goal is also to reach students early in order to develop consistent educational habits as we also focus on elementary school test preparation tutoring.
In addition to the need for a strong mentorship program for youth, our sector of service has needs in areas that need education and awareness programs that we tend to address; such as leadership and volunteer development, family development, diabetes, and men’s health and wellness to name a few. Our own organization and other individuals and organizations will benefit from leadership and volunteer development familiarization and training. Family development workshops will benefit our community as Georgia, according to www.datacenter.kidscount.org, as of 2008 was tied for 4th for having the most single-parent homes. To date, www.netwellness.org, reports that diabetes is the fourth leading cause of death for African Americans, and it is the 7th leading cause of death for African-Americans living in Georgia. Finally, our men’s health and wellness program has and will continue to focus on issues such as obesity, blood pressure, diet, and prostate cancer. Finally, there are multiple faith-based institutions that reach out to our DAF for assistance and we will continue our trend of meeting their needs.