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D.R.E.A.M. Project

Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) is an initiative designed to reduce teen pregnancy, STDs, HIV rates, underage drinking, and engagement in other risky behaviors among middle school youth. Our Rockland based program is known to students and the community as the D.R.E.A.M. Project. D.R.E.A.M. stands for Dare To Reach Your Expectations And More!

For more information contact Laura Achkar, Youth Services Manager 845-271-3875


Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the D.R.E.A.M Project for?

The D.R.E.A.M. Project is for African-American and Hispanic middle school youth (ages 11-14)  residing in the Haverstraw and Spring Valley communities of Rockland County. It inspires young people to chart new paths, to reach their full potential, and to AIM high!

What can the D.R.E.A.M. Project do for me?

The D.R.E.A.M. Project is designed to give you the knowledge and tools needed to make healthier decisions about the things that matter to you, as it relates to your body, education, relationships, and future.

The program teaches you how to:

  • Set goals to achieve your dreams
  • Identify your strengths and resources needed for future success
  • Improve your communication skills
  • Build healthy relationships
  • Avoid risky behaviors that don’t support your dreams
  • Manage money
  • Become a leader

How does it work

Services are voluntary and provided at no cost to youth or their families. Youth meet in schools and community-based settings in Rockland County, with parental consent. Funded by the New York State Department of Health, the D.R.E.A.M. Project utilizes an Evidence-Based Program (EBP) called Project AIM (Adult Identity Mentoring), which is designed to reduce at-risk behaviors among youth ages 11 to 14. The collaboration with schools and community-based organizations aims to offer youth alternative positive choices, and the motivation to make healthy choices towards defining themselves as successful adults.

Youth who participate in programs that use Project AIM show

  • Higher academic grades
  • Fewer disciplinary problems
  • Higher Standard Achievement Test (SAT) scores
  • Decreased intentions to engage in at-risk behaviors (including sexual activity)
  • Increased abstinence

Locations & Feeds

Rockland County

45 South Route 9W, Suite 208 West Haverstraw, NY 10993

Rockland County

1 Hillcrest Center Drive – Suite 214 Spring Valley, NY 10977

Our Team

Laura Achkar

Youth Services Manager

Ariana Polanco

Youth Educator

Oluwakemi Akinboyewa

Youth Educator


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Quisqueya Sports Club

Naomi’s Program of Excellence (NPE)

Rockland County Department of Health

People’s United Bank and Wells Fargo Bank


Department of Social Services (DSS)

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