Dream Leaders starts with the We Are The Change (WATC) Conference. At the WATC, diverse youth come together for a day to learn leadership and social entrepreneurship, the details and scope of pressing social issues, how they can make an impact in addressing these issues and for some fun and camaraderie. Post-conference, teams created at the conference work together as volunteers and/or as social entrepreneurs on a domestic or international social initiative.
Dreams for Kids teamed up with World Chicago and the Academy for Educational Development to host 15 youth from Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia in Chicago. Our Chicago-based Dream Leaders teens led the international youth on a series of leadership and community service activities that culminated in each group creating a documentary on their assigned theme. This group's assignment was volunteerism, so they ventured out to see how people give back to their communities. When they get back to their countries, they will use this documentary to spread the word about the importance of volunteering.