Dreams Academy

Dreams Academy

We promote social inclusion of people with disabilities helping them overcome barriers through our “art and artists beyond boundaries” approach.

 
  • An equal & active role in social life through a brand new life journey

    In 2008, Vodafone Turkey Foundation partnered with UNDP and Alternative Life Association to launch the Dreams Academy project aiming to support people with disabilities in overcoming social exclusion and becoming active and productive members of the society through arts.

    As part of the project, we provide a natural education environment supporting self-development of the young people which allows them to build their skills including sharing, recognizing & embracing diversity, problem-solving and creativity.  
 
 

Facilities

Dreams Academy Ataşehir

In Dreams Academy Ataşehir, we offer free arts and cultural classes for disabled and socially disadvantaged young people. We have a wide range of workshops from vocal training to rhythm and dance, from film and photography, to musical instruments, painting and design as well as workshops for promoting self-development and motivation.

Through classes in various fields of arts intended for individuals suffering social exclusion, people with disabilities are encouraged to express themselves through arts and integrate with the society.

Dreams Academy Kaş

Launched in June 2014 in Kaş district of Antalya as the largest accessible living center in Turkey, Dreams Academy Kaş features education, arts, sports and recreation facilities. The Center is located in a 70 year old building, which used to be Çukurbağ Primary school, within a land of 20 thousand square meters and was designed preserving the historical and natural characteristics of the area.

Dreams Academy Kaş is open all year round to support social integration and improve living standards of the people with disabilities through activities carried out in the company of the volunteers from all around Turkey.

Dreams Academy Kaş also stands out as a sustainable village as well as an accessible living space. People with disabilities can enjoy all sorts of nature activities available in the Mediterranean region. They can develop themselves through a wide range of activities from water sports to ecological agriculture in addition to social and artistic training courses.

Activities

Dreams Kitchen

Our culinary academy where delicious pastries are baked since 2012.

Dreams Academy is a social enterprise where training workshops are held and attendees with differing disabilities are given the opportunity to gain professional skills and provide catering services. Proceeds from sales are re-invested to reach out to and employ more disadvantaged young people.

Dreams Kitchen has a rich variety of pastries from sweet and salty cookies to cakes as well as fat-free, flourless and sugar-free products encouraging healthy living.

D-Film

Arts on camera.

D-Film group shoots videos, movie clips and photos and makes their services available to businesses.

Social Inclusion Band

Our music band comprised of talented graduates of the Dreams Academy music workshops and volunteering professional musicians.

Social Inclusion Band consisting of talented graduates of Dreams Academy music workshops and volunteering musicians joins professional musicians such as Cahit Berkay, Babazula, Baki Duyarlar, Bengü, Baran Say to perform on stage in well-known venues and festivals hosted by Vodafone.

Their limited-release debut album “From Dreams to Stars” (2011) is a major testimony to their high quality music.
Dreams Academy
The language of love is spoken in the Dreams Academy. One who violates this language cannot be happy in the land of dreams. Everyone loves you, smiles at you, and accompanies you, whether you know them or not. Dreamers only care about making each other happy. They share whatever they have; their food, their rooms, tents, toilets, their t-shirts, their knowledge, time, love... Labels of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, religion and economic class are left at the doorstep; everyone wears their ‘volunteer’ t-shirt, and sets to work cutting potatoes and onions. Everyone smiles and says “Good morning!” to the young girl who has come to the land of dreams for 6 days, perhaps for the first time in her life, whether they know her or not. Someone makes her breakfast, not in exchange of money; grows fruits and vegetables to be eaten together; cleans toilets and showers; teaches her whatever she knows with love and joy.
Sevda Baysal
Dreams Academy Volunteer
Kapat
 
Geri Kapat
 
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