The Dream Center Leadership School helps young leaders discover or strengthen their unique gifts, talents, dreams and potential while building a solid foundation of Godly character and servant leadership.
“Today we’re so concerned about being relevant. But we can’t just be relevant-we have to be revolutionary, out on the streets loving the unlovable.” Pastor Tommy Barnett
This program truly is a launching pad to your future. Being an Asian-American, you are expected to be a success in the world first, leaving service and “charity work” coming second to school and a career. For the longest time, I felt inadequate to be used by God. I always had the notion that because I didn’t feel gifted, God couldn’t use me. Through DCLS, I’ve learned simply; God is for people. My prayer coming into this program was anytime I would serve, I didn’t just see the people of LA, but that I would see Jesus through each person I come in contact with. Because of this, I have truly received God’s heart for people like never before. DCLS has given me a platform to live out my calling through my ministry track, Project Hope. Above all else, DCLS has shown me that there ishope. Hope for the broken, hope for the hopeless, and, no matter what your calling is, a hope and a way to dream and love bigger. This program has stretched me physically, spiritually, and professionally. I am pushed out of my comfort zone daily and have learned that when you step out of your comfort zone, you step into God’s comfort zone. It may not look like “success” in the world’s eyes, but if I can help feed just one more family, help get one more girl off the street, or encourage one more person who’s hurting, that’s all the success I need. God is for people, so I am for people.
My name is Cameron McDaniel and I am 23 years old. Prior to being accepted into the DCLS program I graduated with my Bachelors in Exercise Science from Eastern Washington University. I was a very dedicated student and my main goal was to get accepted into physical therapy school. I did everything I could to polish my application for various graduate programs. Midway through the application process I felt compelled to dedicate at least one year to Christ. My desire to serve Christ for one year continued to overwhelm me, to the point I did not even finish my applications for physical therapy school at the time. I never expected to live in Los Angeles, let alone be a part of such a fulfilling program.
I had the privilege to be a Young Life leader back home and through that it sparked a desire to grow more as a leader. From the beginning of this program you are submerged into an environment that has a lot of needs. I have been able to mentor kids, build lifelong friendships, bond with families, feed the hungry, perform on the DCLS stomp team and above all be an example of Jesus to people. I have no regrets making this decision and I know from this decision my life will never be the same.
My name is Venice Robinson and I am the Program Manger for the Foster Care Intervention program here at The Dream Center. We partner with the social workers of LA County to provide families who are in danger of having their children removed from the home because of poverty related issues, with all they need to keep the children in the home. Everyday we are able to provide families with essential items in the home such as beds, dressers, and couches. Getting to do this job everyday is an absolute honor and being apart of The Dream Center Leadership School is what propelled me into the future that God had for me all along.
As a first year student you get an opportunity to “Set your foundation” of Godly character and a servants heart. I can truly say I am a stronger & wiser women of God because I committed one year of my life to discovering what my unique gifts, talents and God given dreams were. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I would still be here in LA working for The Dream Center. Nothing could have prepared me for this season in my life like the time I spent learning and growing in DCLS. I’m sure that if you commit a season of your life to serving at the Dream Center in DCLS, your dreams, your perspective, and your life will be changed forever.
Growing up, I had always imagined that after high school, I would go straight into college. In grade 12 I decided that I wanted to take a year off and spend six months in the Dominican Republic. My plan was to work with people and serve the community in any way that I could. In July 2014, I spent a week in the Dominican building a second story onto the school and meeting the people that I would be living with in January. The entire week I was miserable. I was homesick and I had a negative attitude towards everything. At the time, I assumed that my negative attitude was the devil trying to steer me away from what God had for me for the upcoming year, but now I know that it was God telling me that his plans for me were so much greater than anything I could come up with on my own.
The first week of August I came across the Dream Center Leadership School and I was accepted into the program a week later. The kickoff date for the program was September 14th and I can honestly say that I am not the same person that I was when I first stepped onto the Dream Center campus. Five months ago I knew God and I believed in him, but I did not know what it meant to truly love him. Since being here, he has turned my world upside down. One morning in prayer I felt on my heart that I should write a letter to God to thank him for everything that he has done and to tell him all of the reasons why I love him. A page into the letter I started to shake and cry, I was completely overwhelmed. In that moment, I fell so in love with God and everything that he is. The healing and restoration that has taken place in my life is indescribable. He is constantly showing me how to find joy in everything and I am so extremely thankful. I am so thankful for a God that knows me better than I know myself.
My name is Donald Payne. I’m 24 years old from Mangham, LA. In the Summer of 2012 I heard about the Dream Center at a conference. Just hearing what it was excited me and I wanted to know more. I began to do research on what it was and BOOM; Now I’m going into my 2nd year of the Dream Center Leadership School. Coming here has changed everything in my life. Being here has taught me how to serve, lead, and most importantly, how to pursue God wholeheartedly.
I came into the program as a person confused in my identity and lost for direction in my life. Now I can boldly say my identity is found in Christ and I will always stay willing, teachable, and allow God to lead the direction of my life in everything I do.
I am a Life Coach for our Emancipating Minors House, a place for former youth in foster care to come and have a fresh start at life. I get to coach them into being independent with their choices and point them to God’s truth. Also each week I get to serve the people of Skid Row. Through serving them, I am able to let them know that there is something greater in life and that greater is Jesus Christ.
This journey of DCLS has been incredible, it’s mind blowing. It shows that when we surrender our life and simply trust God that He can do more than we could ever imagine. I am forever thankful for God choosing me for such a time as this! #ThisChangesEverything
“If your dream doesn’t make sense, there’s a good chance it might make history.” Pastor Matthew Barnett
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