WKYC Channel 3 Road to a Better Community commercial
WTAM 1100AM Cleveland’s News Radio 1.8.19
WMJI 105.7FM Morning Show with Nolan, Malone, Kullik & Tracey 12.28.18
Silver Lining Moments Podcast: A SLM Conversation with Eddie Cheyfitz & Katie Eichenauer of Believe in Dreams 12.1.18
WKYC Channel 3 We The People Show 12.29.17
WKYC Channel 3 Live on Lakeside 3.8.16
Effects of Poverty and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s)
How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime | Dr. Nadine Burke Harris | Video: https://youtu.be/95ovIJ3dsNk
CDC Kaiser-ACE’s study: https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/acestudy/about.html
- ACE’s resource sites: https://centerforyouthwellness.org/ https://acestoohigh.com/about/
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network: https://www.nctsn.org/what-is-child-trauma/trauma-types
Resilience & Protective Factors
- Essentials for Childhood Framework,CDC:https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/childmaltreatment/essentials.html
- Risk & Protective Factors, CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/childabuseandneglect/riskprotectivefactors.html
- What is Resilience? APA: http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/road-resilience.aspx
Local Community Resource Links
- Coming Soon!
December 2019 Newsletter
Message from Katie
WOW! What a year! Thanks to the help of this FABULOUS community, Believe in Dreams fulfilled 75 customized dream experiences for AMAZING, resilient youth this year! We have fulfilled 237 dreams since we began and increased nominating partnerships to over 30 child service organizations. We also hosted our 2nd Annual Dreamer Alumni event that gave us an opportunity to reconnect with past dreamers and their families as well as give the dreamers the opportunity to meet each other and develop life long friendships. But that’s not all! Thanks to our generous dream granter community, we established the Keep Dreaming initiative, connecting past dreamer families with short notice, local sporting & cultural event opportunities. Finally, we are very proud to share that we reached our Platinum seal of transparency on Guidestar this year, the highest level a non-profit can reach.
Believe in Dreams is starting to grow, getting our name out there and building our reputation, but there is still much work to be done. To remain a lean organization, fulfilling our mission with 5 full time staff, interns and volunteers, your support is crucial. If you have been moved by the work we’re doing, there are some quick, easy, no cost ways you can help us. Please like and follow our social media channels and help us spread the word. Also you can assign Believe in Dreams as your charity partner on smile.amazon.com and .5% of all your purchases will be donated to BID. If you would like to get involved by volunteering or fundraising opportunities, please go to believeindreams.org/give/ to learn more.
September 2019 Newsletter
Frequently Asked Questions:
“Why don’t you share more details about the dreamers and what they’ve been through?”
“Why don’t you post more pictures of dreamers on social media?”
Believe in Dreams works very hard to protect the privacy of our dreamers and their families. This may be due to multiple traumas experienced or ongoing safety risks related to a trauma that a dreamer has endured. We deeply respect the privacy of the families we work with and make sure that they maintain full ownership over their story and how it’s shared. Unfortunately, many children we work with have experienced domestic violence or foster care. When serving children in this situation, safety is always our number one priority. Thankfully, there are state laws that protect children in foster care from being exploited and their images are not permitted to be shared publicly when they are in custody of the state.
We enter the lives of our Dreamers and families often when they are overcoming some of the most difficult challenges humans experience. Permission to take photos or videos is not a requirement to receive a dream. We understand that this makes it more difficult to spread awareness about the work of our organization and we are up to this challenge. We share minimal hardship category information with direct-to-dream donors to ensure the donor has enough detail to understand who they are helping grant a dream for. The Dreamer families then maintain ownership over the details of their own story to share as they see fit. When photos and videos are able to be taken, our dream coordinators work with the families to ensure informed consent is given as to how we can share those images. Thank you for your understanding and for helping us maintain dreamer safety & privacy.