MOUNT VERNON — The Opportunity Knox comprehensive case management and employment program now has a shiny new name thanks to the help of some local youth.
Newly dubbed the DREAM program, which stands for Dedication, Responsibilities, Education, Attitude and Motivation, the program services local youth, aged 14 to 24, from low-income families with education and employment opportunities, according to case manager Brandy Booth.
“When I’m trying to tell someone about the program, by saying it’s the CCMEP program, comprehensive case management and employment program, most 14, 16, 18, 20-year-olds, they’re not excited about that at all,” Booth said. “So we had to come up with a way to revamp this whole thing.”
Getting the youth involved in the revamp of the program was a goal from the start, Booth said. This goal prompted the case managers to come up with five new name acronyms to present to Opportunity Knox summer school class for input.
The summer school students then voted on the five options, Booth said, which narrowed the options down to three choices for Opportunity Knox to take to their booth at the Knox County Fair. The three choices were Rise Up, DREAM and Ohio Youth on the Move.