SOURCE: US Dream Academy

US Dream Academy

November 15, 2011 15:21 ET

U.S. Dream Academy Announces "Give A Child A Dream" National Ad Campaign to Be Featured on New York Times Square CBS Billboard

Organization Teams Up With Amway to Launch 1st Phase of New National Holiday Giving Campaign for Children in Need

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - Nov 15, 2011) - Wintley Phipps, Founder and CEO of the U.S. Dream Academy today announced the organization's "Give A Child A Dream" new ad campaign. This is the launch of their holiday giving campaign that highlights the needs of children whose parents are incarcerated. The campaign kicked off in New York City and premiered on the CBS billboard jumbotron screen in Times Square. The Ad campaign was created, produced and sponsored by Amway, and will be featured during the month of November and is part of a three phase campaign that will roll out over the next month. The campaign is a call to action to increase awareness about the more than 2.7 million children who are suffering from having a parent incarcerated, and to get people involved, by mentoring, volunteering and donating to help continue the important work of the U.S. Dream Academy.

The ad highlights the mission of the U.S. Dream Academy to empower children who are at risk of future incarceration to maximize their potential by providing them with academic, social and values enrichment through supportive mentoring and the use of technology. The after-school mentoring and education program is in 10 cities throughout the country and has helped more than 6,500 students. The 15 second moving billboard ad will run 18 times per day for 5 weeks, throughout the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, the lighting of the Christmas tree and many other high profile events going on in New York City during the holiday season. U.S. Dream Academy students from the Salt Lake City program are featured in the ad.

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"This campaign is so critical to raise awareness to the more than 2.7 million children that have a parent or parents that are incarcerated. These children desperately need your support. We need more people to help, volunteer, mentor, donate and get engaged. Here at the U.S. Dream Academy, we are in 10 states around the country and work tirelessly with these children every day. There is an unbelievable need and we are in hopes this ad will make people stop... think... and take a minute to get involved and make a difference in these children's lives," states Wintley Phipps, Founder & CEO, U.S. Dream Academy.

About Amway
Amway ( is one of the world's largest direct selling businesses. Alticor Inc., parent company of Amway, reported global sales of $9.2 billion in 2010. Founded in 1959 and based in Ada, Michigan, USA, Amway offers consumer products and business opportunities in more than 80 countries and territories worldwide. The top-selling brands for Amway are NUTRILITE® vitamin, mineral and dietary supplements, ARTISTRY® skincare and colour cosmetics, and eSpring® water treatment systems. The company provides product development, manufacturing and logistics services through its Access Business Group and Alticor Corporate Enterprises divisions.

About the U.S. Dream Academy
The U.S. Dream Academy focuses on impacting the lives of children with incarcerated parents and children falling behind in school. The program founded by renowned gospel singer Wintley Phipps, is currently operating in 10 cities nationwide. Its research-based initiatives challenge over 600 young people daily and engage them in active learning through one-to-one mentoring, strong academics, and technology-driven activities and curricula. Visit our website at

Important Statistics

  • One in 40 children in the United States has an incarcerated parent.
  • More than 10 million children in the U.S. have had a parent in prison.
  • Each year about 400,000 mothers and fathers finish serving prison or jail sentences, and return home.

Contact Information

  • Media Contact:
    Priscilla Clarke & Associates
    Tel. (202)723-2200
    Email Contact

    To Sponsor, Donate or For More Information, please contact:
    Angela Hunt Bonitto
    Director of Development
    U.S. Dream Academy
    Tel. (410)772-7143
    Email Contact