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The Problem

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.

By age 6, low-income students spend 1,300 fewer hours outside of home and school than their more affluent peers. This gap only grows as they age.

Less than half of students in the U.S. feel that they have a good grasp of the educational requirements needed for some of the most well-known professions.

Of all bachelor’s degrees awarded, only 10 percent are awarded to students from families in the lowest income quartile, compared to more than 50 percent to students from the wealthiest families.

 In 2019, approximately 7 in 10 employers cited talent shortages in their fields; more than three times higher than the decade prior.

Children from low-income families ultimately earn half the salary of children from affluent families.

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, only 14.5% of school districts with the highest concentration of students on free and reduced-price lunch expect teachers to provide live instruction.

Our Mission

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.

 In Action

Meet the #DreamTeam

Jillian Scott

Jillian Scott

Executive Director
Celete Kato

Celete Kato

Senior Program Associate
Megan Adams

Megan Adams

Program Associate
Shema Mugabo

Shema Mugabo

Program Coordinator

Board of Directors

Monica Gray Logothetis

Monica Gray Logothetis

Co-Founder and Chairwoman | DreamWakers
Annie Medaglia

Annie Medaglia

Co-Founder | DreamWakers and Senior Manager | Bain & Co.
Abbie Klinghoffer

Abbie Klinghoffer

Vice President, Investor Relations | Charter School Growth Fund
Ahiza García-Hodges

Ahiza García-Hodges

Reporter | NBC News
Guarav Ahuja

Guarav Ahuja

Venture Capital Investor | Thrive Capital
Gregory Lorjuste

Gregory Lorjuste

Chief of Staff | ACRONYM
Juliette Dallas-Feeney

Juliette Dallas-Feeney

Head of Marketing | Love Stories TV

Advisory Council

Alison Dooley

Alison Dooley

Product Manager | Google
Amy LaViers

Amy LaViers

Director | The Robotics, Automation, and Dance (RAD) Lab
Anthony Conway

Anthony Conway

Booking Producer | Windy City LIVE
Barger Jeutter

Barger Jeutter

Owner | Solution Consulting
Brian Ford

Brian Ford

Client Solutions Manager | Facebook
Ester Marie Bergen

Ester Marie Bergen

Senior Program Manager, Teams | Microsoft
Hafsatu Kamara

Hafsatu Kamara

Olympian and Marketing Strategist
JJ West

JJ West

Director of Marketing | Disney/ESPN

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