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U.S. Dream Academy Recognized for Important Work in Education
12/8/2013 11:31:09 AM

Photo Rep. Fattah and Wintley Phipps with Science Leadership Academy Students.

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Dream Academy was excited to be recognized in new legislation recently introduced by Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA-02), who unveiled America's FOCUS (Fund for Future Opportunities and Outcomes in the United States) Act, that directs billions of dollars towards programs that will improve health, education and development, and public safety outcomes for all Americans. The U.S. Dream Academy was recognized in the bill along with 13 other nonprofits and national groups doing great work in the youth mentoring and STEM fields. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Fattah at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia during a press conference at which U.S. Dream Academy founder and President, Wintley Phipps, introduced Congressman Fattah.

Without using taxpayer money or increasing government spending, the bill will offer an opportunity to intentionally and significantly boost grant support to three areas that will increase the United States' economic competitiveness: youth mentoring and STEM education; medical research and innovation; and justice reinvestment.

The specific goals of the America's FOCUS (Fund for Future Opportunities and Outcomes in the United States) Act of 2013 legislation are to authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to deposit all fines, penalties, and settlements into a special fund called the America's FOCUS Fund, including; 
-Reserves 33% of revenue in the America's FOCUS Fund for investments in each of the following areas: STEM education and youth mentoring; justice reinvestment efforts; and innovations in medical research and development. 
-Uses the remaining revenue to reduce the national debt.

Through these investments, the United States will ensure that our young people receive the skills and development they need to compete on the international stage and succeed in American public life, that our citizens live longer, more productive lives, and that our communities are safer through cost-effective, evidence-based criminal justice reform efforts.

About the U.S. Dream Academy:

The mission of the U.S. Dream Academy is to empower children who are at risk of future incarceration to maximize their potential by providing them with academic, social and values enrichment through supportive mentoring and the use of technology. The vision is to create an army of young men and women with positive dreams for their lives, equipped with the tools to make those dreams a reality with the core values of Faith, Freedom, Inspiration and Integrity.

The U.S. Dream Academy focuses on impacting the lives of children with incarcerated parents and children falling behind in school. The program, founded by renowned gospel singer Wintley Phipps, is currently operating in 10 cities nationwide. Its research-based initiatives challenge over 600 young people daily and engage them in active learning through one-to-one mentoring, strong academics, and technology-driven activities and curricula.

In Washington, D.C., the Dream Academy Learning Center is co-located at the Turner Elementary School, where students have access to after-school academic support, character building and dream building activities along with weekly mentoring by positive adult volunteers.

Important Statistics:

-One in 40 children in the United States has an incarcerated parent.
-More than 10 million children in the U.S. have had a parent in prison.
-Each year about 400,000 mothers and fathers finish serving prison or jails sentences, and return home.

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