Arlene Corsano

Arlene Corsano – Dare to Dream

Date grant awarded: February 26, 2019

With the goal of bringing hope and inspiration to children caught in the cycle of poverty, former educator Arlene Corsano is creating a program suitable for use with students in middle school and beyond. Dare to Dream includes a video that introduces the story of songwriter Rose Marie McCoy, who overcame poverty, racism, and sexism to succeed in the male dominated music business of the 1950s and ’60s. Her story is not one of instant success, but one of hard work, persistence, and the willingness to risk failure.

It lends itself to teaching the often neglected skill of breaking down a long-term goal into short-term steps, which has been shown to increase motivation and confidence. Initially, this program will be offered to schools and youth organizations in Harlem and communities in Northern New Jersey.