We started our recruiting efforts in December 2012 for youth who wanted to work hard, dream big and strive for a goal that would change their lives. We have already accepted applications from 55 teenagers in the Des Moines area with another 15 on our waiting list to participate in Dream Team for 2013.
The team will begin meeting in March and will meet with the adult mentors 2-3 times per week through July. Every year the program culminates with a week long adventure where the mentors camp and ride side by side with the youth on a bicycle across the great state of Iowa in the annual event called RAGBRAI. The relationships, memories and life lessons learned by these teens because of this adventure will definitely last them a lifetime. The mission of the DT is to use the power of a bicycle to assist youth in developing a positive approach to life’s challenges and we have been changing lives, one pedal at a time since 1996, we encourage you to read more about Our History, Who We Are and What We Do.
Over 40 volunteers have committed for 2013 to change the lives of young people in DSM and several of the volunteers took the stage at the 2013 RAGBRAI Announcement Party in Des Moines, Iowa, on January 26th. The event sponsored by the Iowa Bicycle Coalition and RAGBRAI also helped raise money for the Dream Team. We thank them for their support!
The Dream Team is a non profit program of the YMCA and our goals would not be possible without the support of our sponsors and donors. Please visit Donate to Dream Team and we hope we have your support in 2013.