WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - During this time of a down economy services, like those supported by the United Way, are needed more than ever.
Those supporting the United Way campaign are helping agencies and programs that are making lives better.
One program the campaign is helping is the Dreams Center for Arts Education in Wilmington.
It might not look like much from the outside, but inside a church at Sixth and Ann Streets is where dreams are born.
The Dreams Center for Arts Education, a United Way-supported program, gives disadvantaged young boys and girls the chance to delve into the arts, to express themselves through music, dance, and artistry.
It's more than an after-school program. It's an environment where negative behavior is unacceptable, where learning and expression go hand-in-hand through positive role-models and mentors.
Students learn about the real world, they are taught how to turn their talents into careers...
...like Daren Jackson, who was accepted to the prestigious North Carolina School of the Arts.
...like Charnita Allen, who turned an interest in film and song into a career direction at the School of Communication Arts.
...like Michael Sherrod, who is a choreographer and dancer performing with many local and community-based dance and theater groups.
These, and many other, students are succeeding because of United Way's focus on education through a variety of quality programs in the tri-county area.
"Dreams is what it is, it's earned it's title," said Sherrod. "When you come here, your dreams and determination are put to the test of how far you're willing to go."
"I have a lot of nieces and nephews, and I would do anything to get them to come to this program," said Allen. "No one should miss out on this opportunity."
To learn more about the United Way campaign, visit their website by clicking here.