Founded in 2011 by Karen Batson, Ms. Dream provides high school girls with prom dresses; pamper me days that include makeovers and clothing for women who are victims of domestic violence, as well as, clothing for their children; and distributes food, clothing, school supplies, and Christmas gifts both foreign and domestic. Ms. Dream partners with schools, churches, non-profits, community organizations, and major retail stores and companies to accomplish its endeavors.
Ms. Batson is a successful entrepreneur and has experience working with youths of all ages. Her cosmetic company provides the products for the makeovers and other events. The Prom Dress Program includes life skills coaching, beauty bps, participation in fashion shows, and receipt of a discount/gift card from the sponsoring retail store. She owned and operated a daycare center for children ages 3 to 7 years, which included learning activities and cultural arts trips, and also offered before and after school care.
While talking with her son and his friends about their post high school plans, and after conducting informal surveys of other current and former students ages 15-30, Ms. Batson realized that there may be a gap in transitioning services for high school students. The covid pandemic would more than likely increase the gap. In order to be in a better position to develop and provide programs to address this issue, Ms. Dream Inc. obtained non-profit 501(c) (3) status in May 2020. Its vision is to equip high school and college students with the knowledge and experiences to reach their career goals and achieve them with integrity. The Ms. Dream Board of Directors and Advisory Board consist of members who are extremely qualified to assist Ms. Dream in its vision to help youths transition to a hopeful future in society. Ms. Batson believes, as Harriet Tubman stated, “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you, the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars and change the world.”