Dreamroot Leadership Institute

Dreamroot Leadership Institute

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Social Impact Through our 2021 Brazil Camp:

Our Brazil training camps are more than just jiu jitsu and sightseeing. The social impact during these trips is one of hope, dignity, and meeting real, tangible needs in the communities where we train.

During last Fall's trip we had the privilege of meeting several Dreamroot local leaders who run three jiu jitsu social initiatives that serve some of the most impoverished populations in Brazil and visited the Arte Suave Training Center.

Check out this article to learn more about the social impact during this trip:
https://teampassos.com/social-impact-brazil-camp/

We are looking forward to our next Brazil Camp coming up this October.

#socialimpact #Brazilcamp #bjjtrainingcamp #itsnotaboutjiujitsu #permissiontodream #dreamrootleadership
We are very excited to announce that we have officially launched our Jiu Jitsu Leadership cohort at Team Passos HQ, in partnership with Dreamroot Leadership Institute !

Over the next 4-months, participants will receive tailored instruction and hands-on experience in how to facilitate classes as an Assistant Coach while developing their leadership skills.

Copy and paste this link to learn more about our Leadership cohort!

https://teampassos.com/jiu-jitsu-leadership-cohort-launch/

We are very excited for the next few months!!
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#teampassosbjj #dreamrootleadership #bealeader #itsnotaboutjiujitsu
With the Haiti Resource Center roof now complete, we are in the homestretch of this construction project lead by DreamRoot local leaders, David and Rose. Soon, students and families of the local community will have a dedicated and equipped space to access the internet and tablets to #learn and #grow.
Through the month of November, we are partnering with Dreamroot Leadership Institute to provide food for families in need. We are collecting non-perishable food items and toiletries for families throughout Northern Virginia. For those who are able to contribute, you can drop off donations at the academy now through Saturday, November 21st.

Suggested items include: canned veggies (ex. green beans/corn), boxed mac-n-cheese, instant oatmeal, granola breakfast bars, boxed spaghetti and sauce, and even toiletries.

Thank you to everyone who has already donated!! We are so grateful to have a community that positively impacts so many people!

#bjjcommunity #teampassosbjj #itsnotaboutjiujitsu
Here is a tour of the new Arte Suave academy!
Team Passos and our new non-profit Dreamroot Leadership Institute have partnered up with Arte Suave to renovate this space for students and residents to attend throughout the week.

It is now a functional training center serving over 120 students in an underserved community plagued by poverty, violence, and drug trafficking. This program offers Jiu Jitsu classes, mentorship, meals for hungry students, and monthly outreaches offering food to the homeless and those in need within the community.

This program and the Arte Suave leaders are literally savings lives and transforming the surrounding neighborhoods. The community has already seen a reduction in crime and violence since Arte Suave has moved in. And we've heard first-hand many testimonies of the students lives and families being changed and gaining hope through the program and its leaders.

We are raising funds through Dreamroot Leadership Institute for Phase II of the renovation, which will begin this Spring. Our goal is to renovate the second floor for classroom space where we will be able to expand the program offerings to include after-school tutoring, English and music classes and other extra-curricular activities. There will be a lounge area for students to hangout, a kitchen and eating area for community outreach, and an area for short-term visitors and volunteers to stay. This center will also be the main location where we will train and equip other local leaders, receive volunteers.

Currently, Arte Suave runs classes in a total of 6 impoverished locations throughout the city (5 of these locations in borrowed spaces), and trains over 400 students. Training centers like these are a safe place for youth to come and an invaluable resource to the surrounding neighborhoods.

#permissiontodream #communitytransformation #givinghope #impactinglives #teampassos #itsnotaboutjiujitsu #northeastbrazil #jiujitsu #socialprojecdt #bjjlifestyle
We want to thank each of you, our BJJ family, for embracing the vision to collectively do something greater than ourselves - in transforming lives and reversing the cycles of poverty through Jiu Jitsu.

We are incredibly grateful to all who have supported the Projeto Arte Suave Jiu Jitsu social project in Brazil, who have donated gis, and even helped financially. Through the monetary gifts received, we have been able to finish the bathrooms, locker rooms and put a roof on Arte Suave's own academy, which was once a dilapidated warehouse located in a slum in Northeast, Brazil. Arte Suave is daily transforming and even saving lives.

Visit our new non-profit Dreamroot Leadership Institute to see some student testimonies and to stay in the loop on the impact these initiatives are making.
To-date, through Dreamroot Leadership Institute, Team Passos students, affiliates and ONDA Brazilian Jiu Jitsu have donated over 200 gis to Jiu Jitsu social initiatives in under-resourced communities throughout the Northeast of Brazil. THANK YOU!!

When these uniforms are presented, we see something visibly take place in the students. They light up. It is as though an invisible weight has been lifted from them. One child shared that the gi he recently received was the first new piece of clothing he has ever received in his life.

To own their own clean and quality uniform instills a sense of dignity and confidence that facilitates the learning and personal growth process that takes place on the mat in this type of community. No longer needing to use either their street clothes or handed down uniforms that have seen better days, the students are free to explore higher aspirations than to be concerned about what to wear to class.

Through being gifted a gi with no strings attached, what is being communicated to these students is that they are seen and they are valued. When so many of these students are faced with extremely challenging circumstances at home and on the streets where they go unnoticed and beaten down, these gis are so much more than a material donation. These gis are a path to dream again and believe for more in life.

https://dreamrootinstitute.org/jiu-jitsu-uniform-donations/

#permissiontodream #giftofgiving #gidonation #jiujitsuforgood #opportunityforall #empowerothers #fightpoverty #reducingviolence #socialinclusion #socialimpact #socialimpactleader #instagood
We are super excited to be partnering with a new non-profit called Dreamroot Leadership Institute. DreamRoot serves to reverse the cycles of poverty by unleashing the potential of local leaders in under-resourced communities to solve local challenges and raise up others to do the same.

The objective of this partnership is to expand the impact of our Jiu Jitsu outreach efforts which we have been implementing here in the U.S. and abroad in Brazil.

https://teampassos.com/partnership-with-dreamroot-leadership-institute/

#socialresponsibility #nonprofitpartnership #giveback #bethechange #giveopportunity #permissiontodream #itsnotaboutjiujitsu #loudouncounty #brazil

Dreamroot is catalyzing dreams, unleashing potential, and accelerating transformation, one leader at a time.

*DreamRoot is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.z

DreamRoot exists to reverse cycles of poverty in underserved communities where people dream of a life that is free of hunger, despair and suffering. We do this by strengthening local leaders and providing training, resources and networks to help launch local initiatives that transform their communities and lead to sustainable social and economic growth.

Operating as usual

06/03/2022

Brazil Trip March 2022 Recap

Co-Founder and Programs Director Tony Passos and a team recently visited Brazil for two months and worked directly with local leaders running social initiatives in underserved communities.

This trip was one of capacity building, encouragement, and hope. Watch the full video to learn more about the details of this trip and the amazing impact being made!
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Photos from Dreamroot Leadership Institute's post 06/02/2022

It’s a joy to see a community of kids with opportunities for personal growth.

The Sertão DreamRoot Training Center has been housing programs to equip the students with life skills via engaging activities while being lead by positive role models. These life skills are being learn both on and off the Jiu Jitsu mats. The mat space and surrounding areas are consistency occupied and we are thrilled to see how involved everyone is!
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06/01/2022

Jiu Jitsu Leadership Cohort 2022 Highlights

A recap of the last 4 months during our Jiu Jitsu Leadership Cohort in partnership with Team Passos Jiu Jitsu Headquarters.

During this cohort, the participants expanded their jiu jitsu knowledge while developing their leadership skills. It was such a joy to see the growth of the participants and their dedication to serving others. Congratulations to everyone for finishing strong!!
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Photos from Dreamroot Leadership Institute's post 06/01/2022

On May 28th, in partnership with Team Passos Jiu Jitsu Headquarters , we concluded our first ever Jiu Jitsu Leadership Cohort for Assistant Coaches and celebrated with a fun Summit celebration event!

Over the past 4 months, participants have received tailored instruction and hands-on experience on how to facilitate classes as an Assistant Coach while developing their leadership skills.

This cohort has acted as a Beta with the intention to offer training to jiu jitsu social initiatives in low-income communities around the world, future coaches at Team Passos, and other jiu jitsu leaders.

We have been blown away by the commitment and engagement from all of the participants. Their impact at the academy and in the lives of students has been incredible and we're grateful to partner alongside each and every one of them.
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05/23/2022

Teacher's Appreciation Day in Haiti!

Local Leaders and school principals Rose and David celebrated Teacher's Appreciation Day last week!

This day was to honor the teachers of the elementary school where the Haiti Resource Center is located. All of the students participated in this fun day and contributed with singing, poetry reading, dancing, and so much more. What a joy!

Teaching is such an important leadership role that is at the front lines of students’ growth and development, equipping and preparing the next generation of leaders.

Thanks to all the teachers who make such an impact in their students’ lives.
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Photos from Dreamroot Leadership Institute's post 05/16/2022

Thank you to everyone at @armezzanijiujitsuacademy who was able to attend the seminar this past weekend and donate to DreamRoot’s cause. We’re constantly taken away by the support of the PA team and are endlessly grateful.
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Photos from Dreamroot Leadership Institute's post 05/12/2022

Local leader @erick.franklin09 running classes at the Sertão DreamRoot Training Center. It’s so awesome to see the growth of local leaders in these homegrown centers. This is how community impact expands!
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Photos from Dreamroot Leadership Institute's post 05/09/2022

Throwback to our 2019 Amazon trip! Having reflected on our recent 2022 visit, it’s amazing to see the relationships that have grown and the impact that’s been made since our previous trip.

As a leader, our words and actions can have a lasting impact. Remember this as you go about your days and always aim to positively impact and empower the people you come in contact with.
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05/07/2022

Thanks @rafabjj15 for the shoutout. We appreciate how you continually represent DreamRoot and beyond that how you are on mission with us to release the potential of leaders in underserved communities to reverse the cycles of poverty and promote the well-being of every member of society.
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Photos from Dreamroot Leadership Institute's post 05/05/2022

2022 Amazon Trip!

We helped to facilitate a 4-day conference in the Amazon where we worked with local leaders of social initiatives and pastors. While on this trip, we provided capacity building and encouragement for the leaders to help strengthen their causes.

While we went over practical tips to equip and train the local leaders and pastors, the simple act of showing up and acknowledging them was a huge source of encouragement and support. Many leaders paddled over an hour on canoe to take part in this conference!

This is part of an ongoing relationship and capacity building with leadership teams in the Amazon. We visited many of the same people on our previous trip in late 2019. We’re very excited and grateful to be partnering with local leaders from many different areas. Their stories and impact never ceases to amaze us.
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04/30/2022

Leadership Training for Elementary Teachers in Haiti

Local leaders Rose and David recently held a training for the elementary teachers at the DreamRoot Resource Center! The training focused on equipping the teachers with additional skills on how to manage and maintain their classes. They also covered how to prepare their weekly programs and work with students who may be falling behind.

Leadership requires a blend of tactical and people skills. These trainings are a great time for local leaders to bounce ideas off one another and progress their skills to effectively impact others.
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04/26/2022

Ambiguity stunts personal growth and leadership development.
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Photos from Dreamroot Leadership Institute's post 04/22/2022

We love seeing communities come together and celebrate special occasions! These fun get togethers are what further relationships and foster trust between community members. Pictured above are the kids and local leaders getting together at the Sertão DreamRoot Training Center to celebrate Easter. What a fun time and joyful time!
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Photos from Dreamroot Leadership Institute's post 04/19/2022

We are getting ready to set out by boat today on the Amazon river. We’ll be connecting with local indegneous leaders for a two-day conference. Can't wait to reconnect with old friends and meet new friends!

04/19/2022

Leadership is about impacting others. We can’t impact someone without first acknowledging and understanding their point-of-view, struggles, and goals.

Put yourself in their shoes.
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Photos from Dreamroot Leadership Institute's post 04/18/2022

This week we are in the city of Manaus, which is located in the North of Brazil right on the Amazon river.
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Over the weekend, we taught a seminar at a jiu jitsu social initiative. Thank you to Professor Romulo and Abner for the warm welcome.
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This week, we will travel one day by boat up the Amazon river to help facilitate and speak at a two-day conference for local indegenous leaders. We had the honor to visit the beautiful people in these communities in 2020. We are looking forward to reconnecting with these amazing people and meeting new friends.
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Stay tuned for an update!

Photos from Dreamroot Leadership Institute's post 04/12/2022

Over the weekend members of the DreamRoot management team visited @molotovteamkids - a jiu jitsu social initiative in an underserved community in Fortaleza, Brazil. It was a special time to attend their program and see first-hand the amazing impact they are having and to connect with the coaches. This program was launched by a local community leader who wanted to serve his community with the skills he had, jiu jitsu. It started out with a small group informally meeting to train and has since grown to serve around 30 kids and youth and has multiplied its leadership team to include 5 coaches.

During the trip, we met and learned about many of the children and families who attend the program. While the majority of their stories are marked by poverty and violence, the perseverance, hope and vision they carried is powerful. Programs like this are a life line that provide a safe alternative to the streets and healthy mentorship where the kids gain life skills and community.

We had the honor to attend dinner with the social initiative's leadership team. During dinner we provided tips and advice on running an effective and efficient jiu jitsu program but most importantly we offered encouragement and connection. We look forward to a continued relationship marked by mutual learning and encouragement, capacity building, and networking.

04/06/2022

Step four in our leadership development model: MULTIPLY

Sustainable social and economic change requires leaders who are active in both carrying out the vision and raising up others who are equipped to do the same. The multiplication of leaders is essential.

We embrace a strategy of multiplication by preparing leaders to mentor and develop
additional leaders, and provide the resources, including training centers, to effect change at an increasingly greater scale. DreamRoot’s leadership development model empowers and equips leaders and beneficiaries of social, educational and extracurricular programs to transform their own lives and the lives of those around them.

DreamRoot Training Centers and social initiatives are key components for creating a space and offering the tools to develop and multiply leaders.

We are delighted to share that in 2021, thanks to the dedication of DreamRoot local leaders, the locations they served experienced an increase in community member involvement and emerging leaders prepared to assist in and lead programming.
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Photos from Dreamroot Leadership Institute's post 04/05/2022

We recently completed another jiu jitsu seminar and leadership training in Brazil. This time in the state of Paraiba. It was an amazing time meeting the beautiful social initiative @sousaleluzlpv

During the seminar, we spoke not just about jiu jitsu but the importance of having a vision for our life and dreams, the importance of patience and steadfastness in the pursuit of our dreams and also the emphasis on having a heart of gratitude.

This event was also a networking opportunity where local leaders from three additional jiu jitsu social initiatives traveled to visit and connect with one another.

Thank Professor Germano for opening the doors of your initiative and heart to us. Also a huge thanks to Professor Jesse and Professor Jhon for traveling and attending this seminar.

Photos from Dreamroot Leadership Institute's post 03/31/2022

We had a fun time of growth and learning during the most recent meeting for our Jiu Jitsu Leadership Cohort.

This training module was a highlight of the program where we covered relationship and team building. Cohort participants explored their leadership styles and learned how this shows up on the mats as a coach.

A special shout out to Amy and Andy for facilitating the activity!

Check on the morning's photos.

03/31/2022

Step three in our leadership development model: LAUNCH

DreamRoot helps launch social initiatives with seed investments and on-going advising.

Seed investments are provided to trained and vetted local leaders to help launch social initiatives or expand established programs so they can serve more beneficiaries. In 2021, we provided funding for:

- Haiti Resource Center construction
- @povosdosertao Training Center construction
- @projetogaditas Training Center construction
- @projetoartesuavepe incubator office build out

Vetted leaders also have access to ongoing-advising to help navigate challenges, maximize their impact, and expand their reach.

In 2021, we advised local leaders on the development and expansion of their programs through topics like curriculum system i atino, student relations and retention, and identifying and engaging emerging leaders.
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As One Individual Rises, We All Rise

Dreamroot is a global initiative that serves to equip leaders in underserved communities to transform their own lives, their communities and generation to come.

Many people around the world, due to the consequences of poverty and broken systems, have been unable to realize their dreams. Being stunted and paralyzed by their current situations, their lives are a struggle just to survive. Consequently, their dreams become forgotten or buried. But when given the permission to dream again, coupled with training and a conducive environment, amazing things begin to happen. This is where Dreamroot comes in. We are catalyzing dreams, unleashing potential, and accelerating transformation, one leader at a time.

DreamRoot works to combat poverty, underdevelopment and the travesties that come with it by collaborating with a network of partners and local leaders. We come along side with those in under-resourced communities who are working to effect change by serving their neighborhoods and cities through social initiatives like sports programs, after school tutoring and college prep, the arts, music, life skills classes, and coming up with solutions to meet dire basic needs.

We help to equip these proven local leaders by offering further leadership training from a dedicated team of coaches. They learn the hard and soft skills required to successfully launch and run a social initiative whether it be a volunteer outreach program or a social business as an entrepreneur. DreamRoot collaborates with trained and vetted local leaders on the design, implementation and running of their social initiatives. They have access to a DreamRoot support network and mentors and are also eligible to receive seed investment and sponsorship.

Videos (show all)

Haiti DreamRoot Resource Center Update Feb 2022
Building Young Leaders!
Leadership & Jiu Jitsu
Thank You DreamRoot
Resource Center Roof Construction
Engaging Lessons through Technology

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