What if school was the most inspired place on earth?

With young people and educators across the country, we have designed a model through which students can discover their potential and build the skills to change the world before they graduate high school. It all starts with a new role in society: the Dream Director.

The Method

Divine Bradley, Dream Director

Introducing the Dream Director

Part social entrepreneur, part community organizer, part transformative coach, Dream Directors guide students and school communities through The Dreamer’s Journey—the process of discovering a dream that lights you on fire and building a Future Project that brings it to life.

The Method Part Ii

Students build Future Projects that Change their Schools and World

Dream Directors provide coaching, offer courses, and apply culture-change techniques to create impact on two levels: building will and skill in students and improving the culture of the school.

Improving School Culture

Improving
School Culture

Building Will and Skill in Students

Building Will &
Skill In Students

After conducting a school-wide Possibility Audit, Dream Directors recruit a Dream Team of students and staff who create a school change strategy and build Future Projects to implement it, enrolling hundreds along the way. Dream Directors work with dozens of students throughout the year to discover a dream worth pursuing bring it to life by building Future Project that can be a campaign, a new club or organization, a product, or an event.

Discovery

The Possibility Audit
The Possibility Audit

Dream Directors use this month-long process—involving dozens of interviews and observations—to uncover their school’s challenges and opportunities and design a tailored impact strategy.

1:1 Coaching
1:1 Coaching

Through a structured process of inquiry, discussion, reflection, and action, Dream Directors help students discover their passions and purpose in one-on-one sessions.

Learning

The Dream Team
The Dream Team

Dream Directors recruit and train a team of diverse leaders from across the school in the skills of Dream Directing.

Future U
Future U

Dream Directors offer a robust curriculum of courses—sometimes facilitated by expert guests—to train students in 21st century, social-emotional, and project building skills.

Action

Future projects
Future Projects

Dream Teams launch projects to increase student engagement, transform the physical environment of their school, and shift attitudes amongst students and adults.

Future Projects
Future Projects

Future Fellows build passion-fueled projects, from events to campaigns to products to organizations, to bring their dreams to life.

Research

Our method is built on cutting-edge research

Dream Directors are more than just natural leaders. They’re also rigorously trained at our signature Dream Academy in our core methodology for unlocking potential. Our method combines the best scientifically supported techniques from across multiple research domains to build will and skill in students and transform school culture.

In addition to these nine key areas of research that inform The Future Project’s model, there are other valuable constructs that inform our work: goal-setting, grit, self-determination theory, inspiration, intrinsic motivation, collaborative leadership, student engagement, and imagination.

Results

Dream Directors are unlocking potential in students and schools nationwide.

What happens when a Dream Director embeds in a school and starts working with students? Four years of field testing our model have demonstrated that a Dream Director can be transformative to both students and their schools. Each year, Dream Directors provide students with thousands of hours of training and coaching. They expose students to dozens of new fields and career paths, and help them build critical skills.

In the process, they transform the culture of an entire school, leading to better attendance, increased student engagement, and an improved school environment continues to impact students’ lives after they leave school.

  • 30,000

    Young people reached by Dream Directors in our schools

  • 50

    Schools to be served by Dream Directors across the country this school year

  • 100,000+

    Hours of coaching, workshops & events provided by Dream Directors each year

  • 1,500+

    Number of Future Projects projected to be launched by students across the country this year

  • 95%

    Of alumni surveyed who say The Future Project still has an impact on their life

  • 94%

    Of alumni surveyed who are in college, in a job, or launching their own entrepreneurial endeavor

  • 9 in 10

    Students who reported feeling “more connected” to their classmates after a year with a Dream Director

  • 4 in 5

    Schools with a reported improvement student-teacher relationships after a year with a Dream Director

  • 9 in 10

    Students who participate in Future Project activities show evidence of grit.

  • 98%

    Of students who lead projects or join a Dream Team display a growth mindset, along with the sense of competence and accountability that support it.

  • 95%

    Of students who participate in Future Project activities show evidence of growth mindset, purpose, and goal-setting abilities.

  • 98%

    Of students who lead projects or join a Dream Team evince a vision for their future and sense of purpose, along with the goal-setting and self-management skills to make accomplishing their vision and purpose possible.

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Dream Director Program

Dream Directors are more than just natural leaders. They’re also rigorously trained at our signature Dream Academy in our core methodology for unlocking potential. Our method combines the best scientifically supported techniques from across multiple research domains to build will and skill in students and transform school culture.

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