A resident from Lost City wants to be the change in her community instead of just talking about change. Keren Jordaan (22), an accountant assistant, is the mind behind the Dream Dance project. The initiative aims to help less fortunate learners from Mitchell’s Plain turn their matric ball into a Dream Dance. Jordaan, who attended Oval North High School, says when she was in matric, she would see children sitting in a corner and not speaking about the matric ball. Now she realises it was because they weren’t sure if they would be able to attend the dance. “You would wonder what their reasons were for not speaking or people would say, ‘No, you are boring; you don’t want to speak.’ But that wasn’t the reason. You never know what others are going through or facing.” Jordaan says she always wanted to do something, but she was never at the point financially where she could afford to. This year, she, and her partner Paul Daniels (23) from Eastridge, finally decided to just do it. “When I first posted on Facebook about Dream Dance earlier this year, so many people like MK Beauty Studios, Glow By Lisa and Janine’s Exquisite Bannerwalls came on board. Local businesses in Mitchell’s Plain also wanted to assist, which just inspired me more.”She says so many people want to help and are just looking for an opportunity to do so. “Local businesses asked how they could help and even people who don’t have businesses wanted to help. This motivated me because people from the community want to help their own.” Jordaan says there is so much power in Mitchell’s Plain but it’s being overlooked because of all the negative and sad stories like gangsterism. “I want to uplift and empower people and show them that good things can and will come from Mitchell’s Plain. There are people here who care and who want to help. They want to see the next person accomplish their dreams and go for gold.” Jordaan says that through her project, more people are uplifting others, and this will have a domino effect. “Once you are doing something for someone else, they will feel the need to do something for someone else as well.”For the first year, the organisation will focus on two learners, a young woman from Cedar High School of Arts in Rocklands and a young man from Oval North High School in Beacon Valley. Jordaan says they will see how everything goes this year to go bigger and better next year. The young man still needs a few items, including a formal suit and pair of shoes, as well as snacks and food. For the young woman, a pair of formal shoes, a hairstylist, snacks and food are still needed. The matric balls will take place on Friday 29 November (Cedar High School) and Tuesday 3 December, respectively. For more information, email email@example.com or visit the Facebook page Dream Dance organisation.