A wide segment of America’s youth lacks consistent exposure to career opportunities and dynamic professionals. We focus on serving students from low-income families because research shows they are significantly less likely to interact with career role models compared to their more affluent peers. This gap widens as students develop, resulting in profound educational and professional consequences.
DreamWakers works to close the opportunity gap for students in under-resourced schools by providing them with the unique opportunity to meet professionals from diverse backgrounds, identities, and perspectives beyond their city limits.
Through interactive virtual sessions via video chat, we connect professionals in a wide array of industries to classrooms across the country. DreamWakers partners with 4th- to 12th-grade classrooms nationwide. We prioritize schools in which at least 50% of the student body is eligible for free and reduced lunch. By providing positive exposure to role models and careers, DreamWakers brings classroom lessons to life, inspiring the next generation of leaders to envision and prepare for their own future.
We currently work with more than 18,000 students across 39 states.
Prior to their first flashchat, 88% of students hadn’t met a career professional over video chat before.
76% of students feel more comfortable talking to an industry professional after a flashchat.
94% of classrooms were still talking about their flashchat days after they hosted a speaker.
86% of students had not previously met someone in the profession of their speaker.
Our speakers come from over 300 different organizations all around the globe.