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Dare to Dream

The Dare to Dream program is proud to announce the winners of the 2015-2016 Module One Excellence Award. In Module One, My Self, students learned about the six pillars of character and their importance in future success. The students below were nominated by their teachers to receive an excellence award for exemplifying the six pillars and being true leaders.

Aaliyah Williams is an extraordinary fourth grade student and Dare to Dream President at Heflin Elementary School. She is an active member of the Heflin Hound morning announcement crew (HHTV crew), was just elected treasure of our student council and featured on the front cover of October 2015 issue of The Alief Communicator. She is very respectful and positive to her peers and teachers. Her teachers state that she is always willing to go not just the mile but the extra mile for success in and out of the classroom to achieve her goals. She attends all meetings and helps wherever she see the need and has offered to teach a lesson. Her winning attitude and personality is a gift that we all love about her.

Danelis is the DTD president at Chambers Elementary. She is also the lead anchor on the school's televised morning announcements and is active in the Kindness Club. Danelis is very busy all over our campus helping other students.


Dare to Dream (DTD) began in 1995 as a program to boost self-esteem and provide positive role models for children in elementary and middle schools. The program's foundation is Dr. Harris' credo - the ABCs, “I can Achieve, if  I Believe and Conceive my dream.” DTD has been co-sponsored for 20 years by the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department and Communities in Schools. Since then, other partners including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have joined the DTD team. 

Program Model

Dare to Dream is an interactive curriculum comprised of three modules which focus on self-improvement (My Self), community service (My Community) and goal setting/career planning (My World). 

The My Self lessons teach students about respect, responsibility and other important values. The second module, My Community, focuses on planning and executing community service projects.  Finally, My World introduces students to various career fields and encourages field trips to college campuses. 

Juvenile probation officers volunteer their time to regularly visit the schools, reinforcing Dr. Harris’ ABC credo, as well as underscoring the need for self-esteem, following the rules and getting along with others.  Other special guests include astronauts, FBI agents and guidance counselors. 

Each year, DTD ends with a celebration field trip. The program consists of a motivational speech from Dr. Harris as well as school presentations and skits and superstar awards for outstanding students.

After their participation, teachers report that DTD students have an increased desire to stay in school and have set goals for personal achievement.

2015-2016 Participants

2015-2016 participants are listed below. Those schools with a "CIS" listed next to the name are schools which are affiliated with Communities in Schools.  Applications to participate in the Dare to Dream program are available each year in mid-May.

For more information on each school, click on the name to view school location, staff names, photos and more!


Atherton (CIS, Houston ISD)

Budewig (CIS, Alief ISD)

Burrus (Houston ISD)                      

Chambers (CIS, Alief ISD

Cummings (CIS, Alief ISD)

Heflin (CIS, Alief ISD)

Kennedy (CIS, Houston ISD)

Klentzman (CIS, Alief ISD)

McNamara (CIS, Houston ISD)

Port Houston (CIS, Houston ISD)

For more information, please contact LaKenya Yancy or Carole Allen.


LaKenya Yancy, Program Director-Dare to Dream
Phone:   832.319.7359
Fax:        713.877.8669

Carole Allen, Director Emeritus
Phone:    713.877.1731
Fax:        713.877.8669 


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