The inaugural I Dream site, in partnership with Children’s Institute, Inc., engaged approximately 600 young people in the I Dream curriculum facilitated by Daniel Beaty, and a team of teaching artists and consultant therapists. Participants in the workshop were evaluated on their experiences throughout and after the workshop activities. The outcome data demonstrated that participants experienced significant transformation in how they view themselves and the world. The process at I Dream: Watts was documented in a short film.



There is a crisis in Los Angeles. For far too many children here, violence is a daily fact of life. 50,000 reports of child abuse/neglect are filed annually– more than 400 a day, 17 an hour. Police respond to 43,000 reports of domestic violence, many involving children.

When children are traumatized by violence, their chances of growing up to lead healthy, productive lives are threatened. They are more likely to fail in school, enter the criminal justice system, and repeat the cycle. With intervention, though, the harmful effects of violence can be mitigated and the cycle broken.

That’s why Children’s Institute, Inc. (CII) serves more than 28,000 children and their families in the city’s most challenged neighborhoods, and trains more than 9,000 professionals in the realm of child development, mental health and welfare.

CII provides healing so traumatized children can recover and lead healthy lives, while working to shape the field of children’s services through innovative research, demonstration projects, and professionally accredited training programs.



I Dream: Watts Documentary Short Film



Participants showed statistically significant improvement on specific questions on the Self-Reflection and Insight Scale, such as examination of feelings and understanding why certain feelings arise.

Participants indicated that an I Dream workshop changed their feelings, with 76% stating they felt “very much” or “extremely” empowered following the experience.

Participants acknowledged that the experience challenged their limiting beliefs, with 74% of participants saying they felt “very much” or “extremely” prompted to examine their beliefs.

Participants showed statistically significant improvement on specific questions on the Empowerment Scale, such as feeling that they are able to overcome barriers.

I Dream is made possible through the generous support of the Ford Foundation, Kellogg Foundation, The Barr Foundation & The Sherwood Foundation.

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