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Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

Frederick Newell is a native of Chicago, IL and has lived in the Iowa City area since 2006. After graduating with a BA in Social Work from the University of Iowa in 2010, Frederick founded the Dream City ( formerly known as The Dream Center) a nonprofit organization that began as a response to the growing number of youth affected by absentee and non-involved fathers. Since its founding, the Dream City has developed to providing comprehensive family-focused supports to families in the Corridor Community.


As a youth, father, and community advocate, Frederick's goal is to strengthen families, change lives, and restore hope through advocacy and empowerment. Frederick has proven he has the unique ability to impact the lives of youth and fathers, communicate effectively with families, and create innovative programs that empower family units.


Frederick is the proud father of 8 children and the husband of the most beautiful Tianna Newell. Along with being a father and husband, he is a pastor, coach, mentor to many, counselor to some, community activist, and a servant leader.

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"I became an artist because I wanted to be an active participant in the conversation about art."

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Shevonna Norris is a native of Chicago Illinois and has lived in Iowa City since 2008. After graduating Iowa City High School in 2018, she decided to further her education at The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff to major in social work. Shevonna is currently a senior at her University and will be graduating in 2022.

Since 2016 Shevonna has volunteered for Dream City and soon became a Youth Life Coach and mentor. Over the years, she has witnessed lives being changed, families strengthened and restoration happen through Dream City's advocacy and empowerment efforts. 


Shevonna has 3 sisters and 1 brother. In her free time she likes to bake, go for walks, and hangout with family and friends. She is excited to continue working as part of the Dream City team to make positive changes within our community. 

Lead Youth Life Coach

Shevonna Norris

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“The key to successful leadership today is influence and not authority” -- Kenneth Blanchard

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