OK, Inc.’s DREAM CHASERS™ summer camps incorporate fun, sports, relationship skill-building, and job-readiness training. Similar to the programming OK, Inc. offers in schools, the youth are challenged to avoid risk behaviors—alcohol, drugs, sex, and violence. Youth identify their dreams and the obstacles that may get in the way of achieving those dreams. They are urged to pursue positive life sequencing—education, college or technical school, marriage, and then children. Youth learn that to succeed in life, they must be T-E-N-A-C-I-O-U-S about their future!
The camps focus on building the students’ resilience and are designed to heighten their awareness of the necessity of establishing boundaries: releasing pain, disappointments, and grief; and saying no when they mean no and yes when they mean yes. They learn—the Bigger the Dreams, the Bigger the Boundaries. How big are your dreams?
OK, Inc. partners with community-based programs such the Boys & Girls Club of Youngstown; Mahoning County Juvenile Justice Center; Warriors, Inc.; OCCHA; Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority; Laura’s Home, Shelter Care, and more.
OK, Inc.’s DREAM CHASERS™ program is an eye-opener for the young teens at our facility. In the last three years, this program has shown many ways teens can improve their way of life. OK, Inc.’s staff helps our youth overcome any stop signs in their lives.
Mr. Kennedy (Boys & Girls Club of Youngstown—athletic director)
OK, Inc. has given our teens the tools they need to carry them to another level. The program has taught them how to cope with pressures like sex, drugs, alcohol, and violence. I have seen firsthand how our teens now encourage one another to make healthy decisions for their future.
Ms. Peoples (Boys & Girls Club of Youngstown—program director)