With so much going on in the world we sometimes overlook those around us and the amazing things they do to help us all. Last week we had the opportunity to meet a small group of high school students at Dominion Christian High School in Kennesaw, Georgia that represent a non-profit organization by the name of Dream Chasers. We originally heard from Lillian Gibson who reached out to us about getting Executive Photos taken for her daughter Nyomi Gibson. Lillian informed us of the organization and our team quickly realized this was a special group of youngsters worth meeting and lending our services.
We sat with Nyomi as well as the founder of Dream Chasers, Archie “AJ” Wilson, to discuss the organization as well as the impact they hope to make. AJ references his upbringing as a big area of support in his life. He went on to discuss an internship he had with the Atlanta Bar Association and how he used that experience to inspire as well as fund the beginning of Dream Chasers.
Dream Chasers consists of six different departments with three of those being available to High School students which are The Dream Club, Dreams Academy and The Dream Team .The remaining three departments are The Dream Club Jr, Dreams Academy Jr and The Dream Team Jr for Middle School students. The organization was created to “encourage the academic dreams of all students through education and training using various programs and a community of like-minded students” and so far it seems they’re on the right track. When asked about the structure of the organization AJ stated that although the program has only been around for two years they’ve made connections with the Kennesaw Teen Center and the City of Kennesaw which AJ currently has a seat on the board. He even mentioned a phone call he had with Nickelodeon and a discussion of future opportunities together.
Nyomi will be taking over as the President of Dream Chasers for AJ once he closes out his last semester at Dominion High School. He sounds excited for his new start at Wesleyan University and seems confident that Nyomi will be a great leader once he’s gone. Nyomi says she’s focused on expanding the Dream Chaser’s reach in the community and expanding farther outside the Kennesaw/Marietta area. Before we left I asked Nyomi if there was a quote she lives by. She gave me a bible verse that she says inspires her and gives her confidence.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11
Interested in donating time, services or money? Click here to discover more on the Dream Chaser’s organization and how you can get involved.