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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.

Angie Jordan was born in Iowa City and moved with her mother and older sister to the Rio Grande Valley in Harlingen Texas at a young age.  Each summer she would return to Iowa City to visit her father and stepfamily.  After graduating from Williams College in 2008, double majoring in anthropology and psychology, she would return and put down roots in Iowa City--a place she calls home.


Over the years, Angie has acquired many different “hats” professionally and through her community activism. She is excited to bring her experience and passion to Dream City as the Administrative Coordinator. Her goals are to directly link and create expanding networks of resources and opportunities to Dream City youth and families. 


Angie has 2 children and is partnered to the most patient and handsome Jason Jordan. She is the president of the South District Neighborhood Association and owns and operates Banjo Knits Empowerment LLC. In her “recharge” time, Angie loves to read, knit, garden and hang out with family and friends.

Administrative Coordinator

Angie Jordan


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“Integrity is choosing courage over comfort; it’s choosing what’s right over what’s fun, fast and easy; and it’s practicing your values not just professing them” --Brené Brown

Jones academy Program director


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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

Lead FATHER Life Coach

Eric Harris

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

Eric Harris is a Chicago native who has resided in Iowa since 1998. He relocated to Johnson County in 2013, and has lived in Iowa City since 2018.


During his adolescence, Eric experienced incarceration. After overcoming many challenges as a youth, Eric became a father and decided to change his life.  In 2005, he attended Kirkwood Community College and majored in Computer repair. 


Eric is a member of The Iowa City Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Vice-President of the South District Neighborhood Association, is a strong voting rights advocate, as well as the recipient of the Rick Graf Human Rights award for 2020.


He has a wife and 5 children who contribute to and care about the Iowa City Community. In his spare time he likes to cook and travel. He is an activist at heart and spends time helping and volunteering for many causes in the community such as the Excluded Workers Coalition.

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