dream to be.
We can all help build dreams and make a lasting impression on Chicago’s youth.

How you can help build a dream...

Enhance's "Dream to Be" program consists of an annual book drive benefiting the children of the Chicago Public Schools. The program was initiated to promote reading at an early age. Dream to Be encourages growth, critical thinking and inspires children to set goals. Enhance Educational Foundation believes passion and an active imagination are critical to the development and success of every child.

Enhance hosts an annual book drive to benefit the children of the Chicago Public Schools. We can all help build dreams and make a lasting impression on Chicago's youth.

Reading provides children the chance to explore foreign lands, conquer heroic quests and travel through time. Those involved in Dream to Be recognize the value of an active imagination, and believe in encouraging children to challenge themselves through reading. This fundamental skill provides the solid foundation for life-long education and growth.

Why reading is important
Reading provides children the chance to explore foreign lands, embark on heroic quests and travel through time. Those involved in Dream to Be recognize the value of an active imagination and believe reading encourages critical thinking.
This fundamental skill not only provides a solid foundation for life-long education and growth, but helps ensure a positive future for these children.

According to the National institute of Literacy,

  • One child in four grows up not knowing how to read.
  • The average child watches four hours of TV a day, while the Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than two.
  • Only 30% of fourth graders are proficient readers.
  • 60% of urban school children graduate from high school.
  • Low literacy is strongly related to crime. 70% of prisoners fall into the lowest two levels of reading proficiency.
  • 85% of all juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate.

To find out about volunteer opportunities, email jaci@enhancefoundation.org

I dream of being a computer programmer like Bill Gates.
- Larem, 6th grade

I dream of being a movie producer and making scary movies.
- Brianna, 4th grade

I dream of being a pilot so I can fly around the world.
- Kyle, 4th grade

I dream of being a doctor so I can make my grandma better.
- Maya, 2nd grade

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