The Dream Girls Academy is a non-profit organization based in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Our services are geared towards young women to adulthood. We also work women and their families. Over the years, we have partnered with many entities; including: schools, cities, and other non-profit groups.

Founder and CEO, Debarah McFarland, has been recognized for her enduring commitment and outstanding community service. On August 25, 2019, Debarah was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the 400 Years of African American History Commission. We are so privileged to have such a gem in our community! Congratulations, Ms. Debarah!

We envision change agents who advocate for healthy relationships and foster life-long learning.

Dream Girls Academy Board of Directors 

Dr. Sharon Irish

Dr. Sharon Irish


Shannaya Williams

Shannaya Williams

Director of Finance

Shannon McFarland

Shannon McFarland

Director of Communications

Debarah McFarland

Founder and CEO

Nina Caldwell

Director of Fund Development

John A. Williams, III, PhD

Strategic Consultant