Dibia DREAM – STEM in Sports Camps Summer 2017 The educational Slip and Slide is what you can call the weeks between school ending for the summer and starting back in the fall.  Many do not realize how big of a difference there is between a child who is engaged during the summer and a child who is left at home to their own devises. Teachers can tell the difference. According to a Huffington Post article teachers “spend three to four weeks re-teaching students course material at the beginning of the year”.  This can be combated with programs like Dibia’s STEM in Sports Camps.  We engage kids in education and physical activities.  This year Dibia DREAM worked with two of Miami’s summer...

Dibia DREAM partnered with Hyatt B.L.A.C.K. of Hyatt Regency New Orleans launch Carrying Dreams Home Initiative.  Think back to when you were in elementary and middle school was your last meal for the week Friday’s lunch at 11:00 a.m.?   At least 1 in 6 kids go home on weekends carrying this static on their back the United States.  That’s 13 million children according to NoKidHungry.org’s 2016 Fact Sheet. Dibia DREAM partnered with Hyatt B.L.A.C.K. of Hyatt Regency New Orleans in April of 2017 to launch Carrying Dreams Home serving kids attending our DREAM Academy at Kipp Central City Academy.  Children in the program were provided with a reusable “DREAMPak” at the end of each week to take home.  “DREAMPaks” included non-perishable foods...

DREAM BIG Clinic In February DREAM in partnership with the NBA Retired Players Association and STEM NOLA hosted a DREAM BIG Clinic igniting the fire in youth for an introduction into our STEM initiative. Over 100 youth were impacted at our ‘STEM in Sports Curriculum' during NBA All-Star Weekend in February 2017, hosted in the mighty city of New Orleans. “This curriculum is designed to be the perfect blend of sports, educational development, with an emphasis on life skills and physical fitness,” said Brandon Okpalobi, Founder of Dibia DREAM. The boys and girls ages 7-16 were able to work on physical conditioning and skills as well as learn and experience how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics can take them to new heights. According to...

The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust is recognizing four of South Florida’s very own who are carrying on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Staff Report MIAMI – BMe Community and The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust have partnered to celebrate and recognize black men in Miami who have demonstrated leadership and commitment to carry on the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Miami BMe Leaders Marlon Hill, Brandon Okpalobi, Derick Pearson and Jonathan Spikes will each receive $100,000 to support their transformative efforts in building more caring and prosperous communities. “BMe has been an amazing resource and thought partner in helping to identify and build networks for change,” said Dr. Dorian Burton, Assistant Executive Director of the Trust....

MIAMI – BMe Community wants to reward unsung Black Men’s genius in Miami. From now until February 21, black men who share their remarkable stories of creating opportunities for others will have a chance to become BMe Leaders. The BMe Leader Awards come with national recognition, a $10,000 grant and travel to Washington, DC for induction into a life- long fellowship of peers. Though the BMe Leader Award began in 2012 overall, this is the second year the award will be given to men in South Florida. Miami’s 2016 BMe Leader Award recipients included: Webber Charles, Kelvin Deleveaux, Marlon A. Hill, Brandon Okpalobi, Derick Pearson, Justin Pinn, Loubert Senatus, Jonathan Spikes, Marvin Wilmoth and Daniel Agnew. The group includes entrepreneurs, activists, educators,...