2016 Activities

2016.05.28-CupcakesandConversationsflierEvent Name: 2nd Quarterly “Cupcakes & Conversations: Netflix and Chill Edition”

Date: Saturday, May 28, 2016

We had so much fun last time, that we decided to do it again! This quarter’s “Cupcakes & Conversations” was dedicated to dating in 2016. Girls between the ages of 11 – 18 came out, watched movie clips that focused on circumstances surrounding dating and ate popcorn, listened to speakers who provided advice related to dating and took photos at our fun photo booth.

Local organizations attended and provided support, such as Peaceful Paths and Aces in Motion. “Cupcakes & Conversations: Netflix and Chill edition” was sponsored by the City of Gainesville, Williams & Co. Events, LYFEhouse and Joshua Joel SMA Life, Inc.

Our speakers included: Dr. Tanya Anim with UF Health, Francesca Badoino with Dream on Purpose and Ty Livingston with Peaceful Paths. Wanna learn more about our speakers? Click here for speaker bios.


Outreach Name: Dream on Purpose Showing Some Love at the Boys and Girls’ Club

Date: Friday, April 29, 2016

Dream on Purpose donated chocolate hearts to the Boys and Girls’ Club, reminding them to love themselves.

Outreach Name: National Women’s and Girls’ HIV Awareness Day

Date: Monday, March 14, 2016 4-5P

Acting as an aggregator of resources and convener of qualified professionals to better support young girls, Dream on Purpose facilitated a connection between the Alachua County Health Department and Aces in Motion, the Gainesville Area Community Tennis Association’s youth program that uses tennis to promote character development, academic support and a healthy lifestyle to under-served youth. Celicia Boykin, MPH, our region’s Minority AIDS Coordinator, engaged the young females attendees in conversations and games that promoted safe sex and prevention methods related to sexual transmitted infections. This interactive session took place on March 14th; however, we coordinated this connection in accordance with National Women’s and Girls HIV Awareness Day.

Outreach Name: Understanding Racial Disparity in Alachua County

Date: Saturday, March 12, 2016

Dream on Purpose joined approximately 130 representatives from the local civic, educational, faith-based, law enforcement and nonprofit communities in attendance at the United Church of Gainesville’s “Understanding Racial Disparity in Alachua County” symposium, co-sponsored by the Alachua County branch NAACP.

In the Press:

Symposium delves into race

Gainesville Guardian, Cleveland Tinker

March 16, 2016

Changing the narrative about stereotypes associated with blacks in America, gaining a better understanding of what to do with research data relating to the black community and figuring out ways to improve the black community were major topics of discussion at symposium on racial disparity.

Sponsored by the United Church of Gainesville and co-sponsored by the Alachua County branch NAACP, the Understanding Racial Disparity in Alachua County Symposium was held Friday through Saturday at the United Church of Gainesville at 1624 NW Fifth Ave.

Approximately 130 representatives from the local civic, educational, faith-based, law enforcement and political communities joined United Church members and others to discuss the issue of racial disparity in Alachua County.

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Outreach Name: Treat Her Like A Lady

Date: Saturday, March 5, 2016

In support of like-minded initiatives, Dream on Purpose supported the Gainesville Zeta Phi Beta Sorority on March 5th by participating in their “Treat Her Like a Lady” workshop, geared to youth between the ages of 12 and 20. Their event addressed a variety of topics, such as Domestic Violence, Goal Setting, Beauty – Inside and Out and Sexual Health.

Activity Name: Mock Interviews

Date: March 2-3, 2016

DOP’s President and Cofounder conducted job readiness mock interviews over the span of two days with the students of YouthBuild, a program hosted under the Institute for Workforce Innovation. YouthBuild offers an intensive seven-month program to youth ages 16-24 who lack a high school diploma and meet income requirements and other eligibility criterias with an opportunity to study for their GED, build and rehabilitate low-income housing, earn nationally recognized construction certifications and develop leadership, life and employability skills.

Outreach Name: Hearts Unite

Date: Thursday, February 18, 2016

We’ve also supported the United Way of North Central Florida by attending its “Hearts Unite” luncheon, which took place on February 18th.


Event Name: Cupcakes and Conversations

Date: Saturday, February 13, 2016 2-4P

Dream on Purpose, Inc. hosted its very first, Cupcakes and Conversations, on Saturday, February 13th, 2016 from 2-4P at the A. Quinn Jones Student Center, located at 1108 N.W. 7th Ave. Gainesville, FL 32601. This event targeted girls between ages 11-18.

Held every quarter, Cupcakes and Conversations gives young girls a structured voice, a collective forum for positive dialogue and an opportunity to engage in a multi-tiered system of resources – just for them. We lined up a panel of successful women of all ages to speak about their stories and provide a roadmap to local resources. We provided light refreshments, beverages and of course, CUPCAKES!

Wanna learn more about the speakers? Click here for speaker bios.


Outreach Name: A Night in the Big Apple for Education

Date: Friday, January 29, 2016

On January 29th, we supported the Education Foundation of Alachua County by attending it’s “A Night in the Big Apple for Education”.

Activity Name: Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service – A Day On, Not A Day Off

Date: Monday, January 18, 2016

DOP volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida for Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Following, we attended the MLK Jr. march, which started at City Hall and ended at the MLK Jr. Multipurpose Center.

Outreach Name: FYCS Class Presentations

Date: Friday, January 15, 2016

We presented to two Family, Youth and Community Sciences classes on the University of Florida campus, along with other great community agencies such as the School Board of Alachua County’s Parent Emissary, Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) and Parent Academy.