Imagine millions of young people building our future.

Young people everywhere should have opportunity to discover their potential and build the skills they need to change their lives and world. We exist to make that dream a reality, and we’re starting in American high schools.

The Problem

Our country is uninspired, unfulfilled, and losing hope.

America is supposed to be a place of possibility. But amid major challenges, we’ve become more pessimistic than ever before. Worst of all, millions of young people are growing up hopeless and disengaged, without the belief or the skills they need to lead in the 21st century.

  1. Millions of Americans are living unhappy, unfulfilled lives and don’t have faith in the future.

    • Unhappy 2/3 say they are unhappy with their lives.
    • Purpose More than half say they are unfulfilled in their jobs.
    • Purpose Nearly 2/3 believe the next generation will be economically worse off than they are today.
  2. This is most dangerously true for young people, who do not believe they can build a better future.

    • Purpose 7/10 young people say they are uninspired and unmotivated.
    • Purpose 5/10 say they are not hopeful about their futures.
  3. This is being reinforced by schools across America, which are designed to prepare students for the past, not the future.

    • Purpose Most aspects of today’s public schools in America were designed in 1893.
    • Purpose Students lose more than 90% of their creative capacity during their school years.
    • Purpose 65% of students will be employed in jobs that don’t exist yet and for which schools are not preparing them.
  4. This is causing young people to disengage at staggering numbers and never discover and unleash their full potential.

    • Purpose Only 55% of students are engaged in learning at school.
    • Purpose 1.2 million students drop out of American high schools every year (that’s 7000 each school day).
    • Purpose Suspension rates have more than doubled in the past four decades, contributing to a strong school to prison pipeline.

Our Mission

We work with schools to unlock the limitless potential of every young person in this country.

We transform schools


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Andrew Mangino Andrew Mangino
Andrew Mangino
Co-Founder & CEO
Kanya Balakrishna Kanya Balakrishna
Kanya Balakrishna
Co-Founder & President
Akua Soadwa Akua Soadwa
Akua Soadwa
Dream Directors
Anjali Balakrishna Anjali Balakrishna
Anjali Balakrishna
Cosmo Fujiyama Cosmo Fujiyama
Cosmo Fujiyama
Dream Academy
Daria Lombroso Daria Lombroso
Daria Lombroso
Deputy CGO
Kathleen Barquin Kathleen Barquin
Kathleen Barquin
Executive Assistant
Kerri Aidikoff Kerri Aidikoff
Kerri Aidikoff
Senior Director
Sallomé. Sallomé.
Executive Dream Director
Sydney Henriques-Payne Sydney Henriques-Payne
Sydney Henriques-Payne
Chief of Staff
Taylor Bernal Taylor Bernal
Taylor Bernal
Senior Director
Human Resources
Todd Holcomb Todd Holcomb
Todd Holcomb
Executive Vice President

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