On May 28, Atlanta First Lady Sarah-Elizabeth Reed made a declaration of the start of Dream Cares Week in Atlanta, in conjunction with the WNBA Atlanta Dream’s dedication and reveal of a refurbished Dream S.T.E.A.M “Learn & Play” Center for the YWCA of Greater Atlanta’s pre-K students and participants in the after school Teen Girls in Technology (TGI Tech) program. The declaration and dedication took place at the site of the new center at the YWCA of Greater Atlanta’s headquarters in the Virginia-Highland district.
The “Learn & Play” Center was designed by Adela Betsill, with contract work performed by BOCO LLC, a commercial interiors construction company, and refurbished in partnership with Microsoft, which is providing products and support for the Center. The Center will provide a safe place for youth to engage in math, science, technology, engineering and the arts while providing the resources for them to explore their academic interests. Betsill worked in collaboration with the Dream and YWCA staffs to create a multi-purpose space for students and teachers. The YWCA of Greater Atlanta was selected as the recipient as the largest women’s advocacy organization in Georgia that also provides direct services to more than 2,000 women, children, and families annually.