Dream Corps

Closing prison doors and opening doors of opportunity.

Oakland, CA   |  www.TheDreamCorps.org

Mission

Dream Corps closes prison doors and opens doors of opportunity. We bring people together across racial, social, and partisan lines to create a future with freedom and dignity for all.

Ruling year info

2009

Chief Executive Officer

Nisha Anand

Chief Operations Officer

Somer Huntley

Main address

436 14th St Ste 920

Oakland, CA 94612 USA

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Formerly known as

Green For All

Rebuild the Dream

EIN

26-1140201

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

America is just beginning to reckon with our ugly founding reality: a society built on violence against Black people and communities of color. COVID-19 and the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others, is making it clearer than ever that they suffer first and worst from society’s many ills. Systemic racism left us with a dirty-fuel economy where the worst of pollution and health impacts land on communities of color. Those same communities disproportionately work in low-paying, low-skill jobs and make up the millions of Americans incarcerated or suffering under a cruel policing and criminal justice system. Despite growing awareness of these problems, we are a deeply divided nation. But at Dream Corps we know it is possible to deliver help to communities who need it. We amplify the voices of those who suffer from systemic racism and put them at the core of our work, crossing racial and partisan lines to advance tangible solutions and deliver results.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Dream Corps Green For All

Green For All develops and advocates for innovative policies that 1) promote a clean-energy economy to solve the urgent problems of both our economy and our environment, and 2) enable governments at the federal, state and local levels to expand access and opportunity in the clean-energy economy.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

#cut50 is a national bipartisan effort to safely and smartly reduce our incarcerated population by 50 percent over the next 10 years using proven, bipartisan solutions. We are catalyzing new and unlikely partnerships and elevating proven solutions. We are amplifying the voices of those impacted by the system and driving a national narrative of justice, redemption, and transformation.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people

Dream Corps TECH cultivates future leaders and entrepreneurs from underrepresented Black and Latinx communities. Our programs and narrative campaigns break down barriers for underrepresented communities, creating a pipeline of diverse talent that will join and shift the culture of the tech sector while ensuring that the most marginalized communities have access to jobs that pay family-sustaining salaries.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Additional revenue and wages generated attributable to the organization's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

Dream Corps TECH

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

TECH cohort graduates obtain tech industry positions with average starting salaries of 75,000-90,000

Number of placements defined as full-time

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

Dream Corps TECH

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

96% of TECH cohort graduates are hired into full time technology roles, which include benefits and pay family sustaining wages

Number of participants who gain employment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

Dream Corps TECH

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

96% of TECH cohort graduates are hired into full time technology roles, which include benefits and pay family sustaining wages

Number of employer partners offering jobs to clients

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

Dream Corps TECH

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Dream Corps TECH partners with employers to guarantee placement for cohort graduates

Number of grassroots organizations supported

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Dream Corps #cut50

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our Empathy Network consists of more than 3,500 individuals impacted by the criminal justice system, coming from at least 250 unique community groups

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Generations of systemic racism has taken a sledgehammer to the freedom, health, and wealth of Black and Brown Americans. Our three programs work in concert to undo this damage by closing prison doors and opening doors of opportunity:
Dream Corps #cut50 drove forward the one truly bipartisan win for Black and Brown communities in the Trump era. We are a bipartisan effort to cut crime and incarceration across all 50 states. We bring together system-impacted leaders with unlikely allies to push for policing and criminal justice solutions.
There is growing awareness that our criminal justice system inflicts violence on communities of color while costing too much and failing to reduce crime. We are currently working on bipartisan legislation to reform policing, while amplifying the voices of Black and Brown communities who note that policing reform is just the start. We continue to lift up solutions to scale back mass incarceration and free up resources for community investments, reducing crime and recidivism. We focus on solutions that appeal to conservatives who value liberty, as well as progressives who value justice.
Dream Corps Green For All began with the dream that millions of Black and Brown youth would land in green jobs, not jails. Today, we fight for a world that is green for all, not green for some. We work at the intersection of the racial justice, economic, and environmental movements to advance solutions to poverty and pollution.
Our society has over-invested in criminal justice and dirty fuels, and under-invested in communities of color. Environmental racism means these communities suffer the most from pollution and the climate crisis, while benefiting the least from the growing clean economy. We advocate for strong, resilient, and healthy neighborhoods through policy work that ensures as the clean economy grows, it brings good jobs, better health, and opportunity to impacted communities. We are currently advocating for state and local clean-transit solutions and for federal response measures that prioritize clean-energy investments in communities of color.
Dream Corps Tech was born in the wake of the murder of Trayvon Martin to undo the racist image that Black youth in hoodies are dangerous, while young white men in hoodies are potential tech leaders. We’re a national program cultivating future leaders and entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds and creating a pipeline of diverse talent that will shift the culture of the tech sector.
The systemic racism baked into our economy leaves Black and Brown Americans disproportionately trapped in low-wage jobs, despite their talent and creativity. Experts also warn of the potential new, high-tech manifestations of prejudice and algorithmic discrimination. We work to counter these trends in partnership with industry leaders who recognize the need to diversify their workforce. We empower and train untapped talent from underrepresented communities to enter the technology-fueled economy.

To orient people to our work and bring them into our vision for the future, we focus on excellence in threecore ways–Communicate,Catalyze, Convene. The“three C’s” best utilize Dream Corps’s comparativeadvantage in the field.

Communicate: We tap into the genius that already exists in communities of color and low-income neighborhoods and use our platform to amplify these voices and normalize these ideas, needs, and solutions.

Catalyze: We create and seek out the brightest ideas and most innovative solutions and then cultivate and elevate them, creating movements to take the country from where we are to where we want to be.

Convene: We bring leaders from different backgrounds and issues to the table for strategic collaboration, idea sharing, innovation, and creative solutions.

We organize actions and mobilizations that generate media coverage, changing hearts and minds, and raising the necessary resources to take further action. This cycle of mobilization, media, and money drives the growth strategy behind our campaigns.

The Dream Corps brings people together—including very unlikely allies—to create a better future for all. We work to close prison doors and open doors of opportunity. While always acknowledging the “battle ground” issues that divide us, we focus on the “common ground’ solutions that unite us.

Dream Corps works for cultural change that can drive policy change. We focus on the people and communities most affected by social, environmental, and economic injustice. We lift up their voices and help them tell their stories. And we use our communications savvy to create new narratives that change the terms of public debate.

Our approach has already yielded results. We helped create the bipartisan coalition that delivered “the most significant changes to the criminal justice system in a generation” through passage of the FIRST STEP Act, even though it was widely expected that the Trump administration would instead double down on the regressive policies fueling mass incarceration.

What no one thought was possible, Dream Corps made happen through its strategy of building empathy to heal divides and uplifting the voice and experience of directly impacted communities to inform policy solutions. We believe our approach can be used to solve other critical problems that have been widely dismissed as unsolvable. For example, we see the potential to bring together people from across the political spectrum in support of building a green economy that lifts people out of poverty.

Through the breadth of our relationships, we are well-positioned as connectors between the grassroots and the grasstops. Our campaigns are led by those who have deep and personal ties to the issues we are working to address. Our National Directors come from communities living on the frontlines of pollution, the community of formerly incarcerated or directly impacted people, and other traditionally marginalized communities. Yet as an organization founded by Van Jones, we have a media savvy and a platform unparalleled by others in the social justice field. We have access to networks of influencers and supporters across the corporate, media, and political sectors, who play a critical role in amplifying our community-based messaging. This unique position allows us to bring leaders from different backgrounds and issues to the table for idea sharing, innovation, and creative solutions. As conveners, we ensure that this country’s reform efforts have a bottom-up and top-down approach and a bipartisan approach, which we believe is key to creating lasting change.

By developing community-based, bi-partisan movements that drive cultural and political change, we can help restore the fabric of civil society and strengthen democratic norms in the US.

Our approach has already yielded results. We helped create the bipartisan coalition that delivered “the most significant changes to the criminal justice system in a generation” through passage of the FIRST STEP Act, even though it was widely expected that the Trump administration would instead double down on the regressive policies fueling mass incarceration.

We believe our approach can be used to solve other critical problems that have been widely dismissed as unsolvable. For example, we see the potential to bring together people from across the political spectrum in support of building a green economy that lifts people out of poverty.

Helped build common ground between liberals and conservatives to pass the 2018 First Step Act, whose reforms have brought 14,000+ men and women home from federal prison

Empowered system impacted women to lead Dignity for Incarcerated Women reform campaigns, increasing protections for more than 30,000 thousand women in 12 states vulnerable to abuse while behind bars

Connected more than 3,500 formerly incarcerated or directly impacted leaders to training resources through our Empathy Network - giving them the skills they need to lead the reforms that matter most in their communities
Recruited, trained, and placed 24 men and women of color in full-time tech jobs following completion of our TECH job training cohort program- with $70k - $90k average starting salary

Secured millions of dollars in scholarship funding for technical training programs for underrepresented youth, to be disbursed over the next 3 years

Mobilized hundreds of environmental justice advocates to shape a regional transportation policy that prioritizes equity in the East Coast/Mid-Atlantic,

Launched a Climate Storytelling Academy to train leaders from communities on the frontlines of pollution on strategic communications and messaging

Uplifted the importance of expanding public transit to reduce our nation’s carbon emissions, and how to do it safely during a pandemic

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Many coming home after a period of incarceration are subject to extreme levels of debt due to fines and fees charged by criminal or juvenile courts. Low-income people of color are vastly overrepresented in the criminal justice system, and these exorbitant fines and fees are burdening people who are least able to afford them. We are launching a campaign to protect against unnecessary economic hardship due to fines/fees. To inform its design and implementation, we have conducted a survey of Empathy Network members to determine how they are being affected by fines and fees and what support they need in increasing financial stability. The results of this survey are being used to inform priority states for reform and craft a narrative that humanizes the issue and builds support for change.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Dream Corps

Board of directors
as of 11/17/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/17/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/17/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.