http://www.usdreamacademy.org/about/program .... the U.S. Dream Academy's founder and CEO, Wintley Phipps, ...... But while performing for inmates — often times young men and women in their early 20s spending the next 10, 15, or 20 years in prison — Phipps found the audience he still considers his most important: young people visiting their incarcerated parents. He saw the hope washed away from their eyes by tears. In its place, there seemed to be nothing – certainly nothing that would prevent them from making their parents' mistakes. Phipps began to work for the day when he could translate this transformative experience into the U.S. Dream Academy. ..... Like its distinctive mission, the U.S. Dream Academy's program sets it apart from other afterschool and mentoring organizations. The program starts with this principle: Beyond school, every young person we serve must spend 11 to 15 hours each week in a stimulating learning environment. One-on-one sessions with carefully matched mentors complement afterschool activities that combine academic fundamentals. The focus builds on three pillars – skill-building, character-building, and dream-building. The overall goal is to nurture the whole child while altering attitudes, enhancing self-esteem, supporting emotional and intellectual growth, and sparking dreams........ The Pillars of the Dream Academy Program The U.S. Dream Academy’s academic excellence is built on three thematic pillars: Skill-building, Character-building, and Dream-building. Academic failure has been shown to be the most important predictor of future incarceration. The core components for this pillar are assistance with homework and online learning. Students use SuccessMaker, a computer-based educational program that focuses on literacy and math instruction. Students utilize the Education in Human Values curriculum, a universal, values-based program that lays the foundation for students to understand and apply the five fundamental values of peace, love, truth, right action, and non-violence in their lives. Helps students to broaden their understanding of what their options and opportunities are, while eliminating the possibility of incarceration from their framework of reference. Mentoring plays a part here because mentors act as role models, showing students positive options for their lives.