School Connectors are Dream Academy staff members trained in reading prescriptions and math improvement strategies and more.


School Connectors

School Connectors are Dream Academy activity coaches and mentors who are also responsible for overseeing youth academic and character development outcomes.

School connectors supervise and instruct youth at three (3) stations:

  • the Academic Center,
  • Spark Activities (Club Sports or Music & Performing Arts Activities), and
  • Meal Mentoring.


5th-6th Grade Boys' School Connector

Born and raised in Dubuque, Jayden Hoskins is a Hempstead High School graduate and a Dream Center alum. [He attended Dream Center programs from 2013-2019.]

Currently attending NICC studying for his business degree, Jayden enjoys football, basketball, and mentoring youth.

He is passionate about seeing youth grow academically and enjoys watching them find their passion for basketball.

He is currently our Grade 3-4 Boys' School Connector and Adult Men's League Coordinator.


1st-2nd Grade Boys' School Connector

Raised in Dubuque, Jamari played on traveling basketball teams from elementary school through high school. He also played football at Hempstead High School.

Jamari’s goal is to inspire the youth we serve and to show them that anything is possible with hard work and dedication.


Girls' Sports Program Coordinator

Born and raised in Dubuque, Nakiah graduated from Emmaus Bible College in May 2019, earning her B.A. in Biblical Studies and A.A. in K-12 Education.

She began playing basketball in first grade and continued to play at the collegiate level. She has been involved at the Dream Center since 2015 and looks forward to seeing the growth of this organization and watching the continuous impact the Dream Center will have in our community.


4th-7th Grade Girls' School Connector

Born in Davenport, Iowa, and raised in Dubuque, Kayla graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 2011.

She has played and enjoyed basketball since age 10 and is an Intensity Alumni.

Kayla has a passion for making a difference in the lives of the youth we serve. 


1st-3rd Grade Girls' School Connector

Raised in Atlantic, Iowa, Tiffany Williams graduated from Emmaus Bible College with a bachelor's degree in Intercultural Studies/Biblical studies and a minor in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) in 2021.

She began playing sports, including basketball, in 5th grade and carried on playing basketball throughout her collegiate years at Emmaus College.

During her college years, Tiffany volunteered at the Dubuque Dream Center (Academics) and was able to experience different coaching opportunities which increased her passion for working with youth and coaching.

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