Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said: “Only in the darkness can you see the stars.” Despite the historic trials of the 2020–2021 academic year, our educators and students not only made it through, they even came out on the other side with some unexpected gratitude for the year’s silver linings.

To wrap up the semester, we asked 16 of our DreamEducators: What is your proudest accomplishment from this school year? It’s our honor to share their uplifting reflections…

1. “My greatest accomplishment this year was successfully forming healthy relationships with my students and their families. I genuinely adore my…

Q&A with our 2020–2021 Advisory Council All-Star Volunteers

What exactly is DreamWakers Advisory Council (DWAC)? In a nutshell, DWAC is a diverse group of dynamic professionals who offer their unique talent and skills in support of DreamWakers’ mission. Each of these remarkable ambassadors goes above and beyond to help DreamWakers better serve students in under-resourced schools across the country.

As we wrap up the semester, we thought this was the perfect opportunity to hear directly from our current DWAC members about their favorite DreamWakers memories and advice on preparing for the future. We hope you enjoy this special DWAC Q&A!

“What is your favorite DreamWakers memory?”

Amy Laviers

Director at The Robotics, Automation, and Dance (RAD)…

Our recent flashchat panel encouraged students & alumnae of Our Sisters’ School to dream big!

O n April 12, DreamWakers teamed up with Our Sisters’ School in New Bedford, Massachusetts, to bring together a panel of inspirational Black DreamSpeakers, highlighting the stories of powerful women leaders and showcasing diverse paths young leaders can explore for their futures.

Our Sisters’ School (OSS) is an independent, tuition-free, non-sectarian middle school whose mission is to educate and inspire economically disadvantaged girls from the New Bedford area. OSS is committed to continuing its support of each young woman who attends their school long after they’ve matriculated. …

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…

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