Q&A with Ahiza García-Hodges and Gregory Lorjuste

DreamWakers’ Board of Directors is instrumental in furthering our vision of supporting students across the country to see what they can be. Leading our organization into its next stages of growth, Board members drive DreamWakers’ strategy, provide instrumental thought partnership, serve as ambassadors in their respective industries and across the U.S., and much more.

We are thrilled to introduce, by way of Q&A, our two newest DreamWakers Board members: Ahiza García-Hodges and Gregory Lorjuste. Ahiza and Greg, both longtime DreamSpeakers, transitioned to the Board in 2021 following their tenure on DreamWakers’ Advisory Council.

Ahiza García-Hodges (L) and Gregory Lorjuste (R)

Ahiza García-Hodges attended Columbia University and graduated…

DreamWakers is committed to amplifying Black voices year-round, and Black History Month is a fantastic opportunity to highlight the meaningful experiences, insights, and inspiration of Black members of our community: DreamSpeakers who share their stories with students, DreamEducators whose dedication to their students is unwavering, and DreamStudents whose inquisitiveness and courage to engage in conversation provide hope for the future. Throughout February, 29 Black DreamSpeakers connected with classrooms around the U.S., providing career inspiration, guidance, and connection, and collectively reaching 1,216 students across 11 states.

To reflect on the meaningful conversations that happened over the course of this month, we…

Dear DreamWakers Community:

Robert Frost once said, “I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” Even in the midst of a school year plagued by the unparalleled challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, we have seen first-hand the Herculean effort of our educators, who have stopped at nothing to continue awakening the future hopes and dreams of their students. Often with limited infrastructure, scarce technical resources, and no roadmap to follow, our educators have quickly adapted to chaotic circumstances and charted their own course forward in order to continue exposing their scholars to DreamWakers’ professional role models.

The resilience and ingenuity…

DreamSpeaker and DreamEducator perspectives from a unique year

Each year as December draws to a close, we at DreamWakers reflect on the wise advice, inspiration, and encouragement our students received from incredible #DreamSpeakers over the past 12 months. In 2020, in spite of all the unanticipated hurdles we collectively faced, flashchats continued to be a source of positivity and empowerment. We showcase below some of our favorite pearls of wisdom from #DreamSpeakers, as well as #DreamEducator perspectives on the importance of career conversations in a year like no other. …

Pursuing innovation and driving inspiration in a year of uncertainty

2020 was not a year that anyone could have anticipated, and as the calendar year draws to a close, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose significant challenges to learning communities across the United States. Amid these difficult circumstances, DreamWakers remains committed to enhancing the way we connect students to stellar career role models.

In 2020, we engaged with our student, speaker, and educator communities in innovative and inspiring ways: from introducing flashchats in languages other than English and hosting career conversations from home to expanding our network of career professionals through corporate partnerships. …

In recognition of LGBTQ+ History Month this October, DreamWakers launched a social media series highlighting LGBTQ+ representation across career fields and sharing inclusive education resources with the goal of helping students of all identities feel supported in their learning environments. It is estimated that 11 percent of young people ages 13–18 identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual¹ and nearly two percent identify as transgender,² a substantial, and growing population. For LGBTQ+ youth to thrive in their communities and pursue their dreams in adulthood, they must feel safe and supported in their adolescence.

It can be difficult for LGBTQ+ youth to…

Every Fall, DreamWakers comes together as a community to unite in our mission of empowering and inspiring students across the nation to plan for their futures. This year, our virtual celebration will take place on Wednesday, September 30, at 8 pm ET, marking the culmination of our three-week #SeeItDreamItBeIt action campaign. The event will serve as an opportunity to hear from the wider DreamWakers community and honor our 2020 DreamWakers award winners. We can’t wait to see you there!

Our four inspiring awardees have made an immeasurable impact on the lives of students and in learning communities across the United…

By the age of six, students from low-income households spend 1,300 fewer hours outside of their home compared to their affluent peers.¹ Research shows that students’ lack of exposure to extracurricular learning manifests in long-lasting educational and professional consequences. These same students are more likely to lack access to broadband internet and have parents who work in an economic sector made vulnerable by the COVID-19 pandemic.²

The work of connecting students from low-income families to career professionals is more important now than ever before. As the pandemic threatens to widen the current opportunity gap, DreamWakers is committed to our mission…

There is only one thing better than a summer intern… two! This summer the DreamTeam welcomed La’Treil Allen and Summer Nguyen as Education Interns. Entering the DreamWakers community amidst a pandemic made this year’s remote summer experience a complex one, but by embodying creativity, adaptation, and flexibility, Summer and La’Treil created worthwhile summer experiences — and lots of fun along the way.

Summer and La’Treil, Education Interns

Each intern brought unique talents to the DreamTeam. Summer is a rising junior at the University of Michigan studying Information Science at the School of Information. She has an interest in information ethics and design practices that lent…

DreamWakers and NOAA unravel mysteries of the ocean (and discuss resources for students and teachers!) in a flashchat with student apprentices from the New Bedford Whaling Museum

Did you know that life began in the ocean over 3.5 billion years ago? Have you heard that about 95% of the ocean is unexplored? The ocean is a huge unknown waiting to be explored, and that is exactly what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) works to do. NOAA is a government agency that aims to enrich life through science by keeping the public informed of the changing environment around them.

Nury Molina on one of her research dives.

DreamSpeakers from NOAA spread their knowledge of the ocean in a recent flashchat with the young adults from the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s High School Apprenticeship Program


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