Dreaming Tree Foundation's mission is to transform the lives of young people through encouraging, fostering, and actively involving them in the field of creative arts. Dreaming Tree Foundation (DTF) provides teens with hands-on experience in the creative field of filmmaking. Through various programs geared towards teens, DTF gives youth the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the filmmaking industry, while gaining skills they will need in the workforce, such as decision making, time management, critical thinking, and teamwork.
Dreaming Tree has worked with teen Apprentices since 2002, when the first Apprentice filmmaking program was launched through After School Matters at Farragut Career Academy, a public high school on the Southwest side of Chicago.
Since that time, Dreaming Tree's Fresh Films initiative has taught the ins and outs of the filmmaking industry to more than 3,000 youth in 27 cities across America. Youth-made films have been viewed by youth over 5 millions times, both online and at local theatre and AFI screenings.
In April of 2010, the Dreaming Tree Foundation was formed in order to support the many youth programs under the Dreaming Tree umbrella.