Future Schools

Ignite the full potential of every single student

Help Fund a Future School

Imagine if schools were the most inspiring places on earth.

Research shows that young people who learn to imagine and build a future of their choosing are more likely to thrive in school and life. Through our Future Schools service, we partner with young people and educators across the country to turn their schools into vibrant, engaging places where every student can develop these mindsets and skills and bring their dreams for self, school, and society to life.

Future Schools Locations
  • NYC
  • Philadelphia
  • New Haven
  • Los Angeles
  • Naugatuck, CT
  • Detroit
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Newark, NJ
  • Chicago
  • Norwalk, CT
  • San Francisco
The Dream Director

At the heart of our model is a new role in schools: the Dream Director

Dream Directors are transformational coaches and leaders embedded full-time in a school and trained to develop belonging, belief, purpose, and power in young people.

Key Facts
  • Dream Directors are unique, dynamic youth development experts with strong ties to the community and young people they serve.
  • Dream Directors come from a variety of backgrounds including: educators, coaches, community organizers, teaching artists, social entrepreneurs, social workers, and more.
  • They are equipped with signature tools, which are designed to be customized for each school’s needs, and trained through our rigorous, year-round Dream Academy program.

Dream Directors partner with students,
principals, teachers, and other key staff members
to create change the school actually needs.

Through the Future Schools service, we engage 40-50 student leaders, an additional 100 students through coaching and content, and the entire school through culture change initiatives.

WE PARTNER WITH HIGH SCHOOLS

We choose school and district partners who believe in life readiness and who are willing to look at success differently.

AND EMBED FULL-TIME DREAM DIRECTORS

We then recruit, train, and place the perfect Dream Director for each partner school’s needs.

WHO TEACH STUDENTS MINDSETS AND SKILLS

The Dream Director coaches and trains hundreds of students to develop belonging, belief, purpose, and power.

AND ENGAGE THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY

These student leaders build Future Projects that engage their peers and shift the culture of the school.

Our Model

Our approach puts young people at the center and meets them where they are—developmentally and physically.

dream
Team

Dream Directors build and train a small team of students from a range of social and academic backgrounds. They build projects that enroll their peers and shift school culture.

Coaching
& Content

Dream Directors offer one-on-one coaching and dynamic workshops to hundreds of students—and partner with teachers to deliver our methodology in classes, during advisory, and at assemblies, as well.

Future
Projects

Students imagine and launch passion-based Future Projects: products, organizations, art, campaigns, or events that bring a dream for self, school, or society to life.

Customized
Assessment

What matters most is not always easy to measure. Our Possibility Profile uses validated scales to assess factors like passion and purpose—and give students instant information about their strengths.

Our students develop the mindsets and skills
they need to thrive and bring their school alive.

94.5%

Graduation rate across the The Future Project community, compared to 70% national average.

90%

Of partner schools report an increase in student attendance that they attribute to The Future Project.

94%

Of partner principals say The Future Project exceeds expectations of impact on students and school climate and culture.

Future Schools

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