DREAMWAKERS

Washington, DC   |  https://www.dreamwakers.org/

Mission

Believing students can't be what they can't see, 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, DreamWakers connects classrooms across the U.S. with dynamic role models in a wide array of professional sectors, shedding light on the real-world applicability of course lessons, while inspiring the next generation of leaders to envision and prepare for their own future.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Jillian Scott

Co-Founder and Chairwoman of the Board

Monica Logothetis

Main address

1069 Thomas Jefferson St NW

Washington, DC 20007 USA

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EIN

47-1841701

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

DreamWakers serves students from low-income households because research shows that their opportunities to interact with professional role models are far fewer as compared to their wealthier peers. By the age of six, low-income students spend 1,300 fewer hours outside of their home relative to their affluent peers. In addition to having fewer opportunities to experience museums, parks, and other cultural touchstones, these students also have fewer opportunities to interact with role models they can identify with in the professional world. By the time they finish high school, only 9% of those students go on to graduate from college compared to 77% of their affluent peers. The opportunity gap is immense, and widening, when it comes to accessing meaningful interactions with career professionals. A staggering two-thirds of U.S. employers report having little to no interaction with classrooms. Even more striking, 65% of today’s students will be employed in jobs that do not yet exist.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

DreamWakers Flashchats

Through interactive virtual sessions via video chat, or "flashchats," DreamWakers connects classrooms across the U.S. with dynamic role models in a wide array of professional sectors, shedding light on the real-world applicability of course lessons, while inspiring the next generation of leaders to envision and prepare for their own future.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Toyota Mother of Invention 2016

Women in the World

Media Rise Pitch Competition Grand Prize Winner 2015

Media Rise in association with Newsweek

Woman of Worth 2016

L'Oréal Paris

Founding Cville Award 2016

Tom Tom Founders Festival

Geraldine Acuña-Sunshine Young Leaders Now Award 2017

Resolution Project

Affiliations & memberships

Toyota Mother of Invention 2016

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of students served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

DreamWakers Flashchats

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Percent of speakers who are first- or second-generation immigrant (target at/higher than 20% US national average)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

DreamWakers Flashchats

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The US national average is 20%.

Percent of speakers who are first-generation college students (target at/higher than 30% U.S. national average)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

DreamWakers Flashchats

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The US national average is 30%.

Percent of classrooms that have follow-on conversations in the days after the flashchat

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

DreamWakers Flashchats

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Drop in 2020 due to COVID and teachers not being able to have normal, spontaneous conversations with their students. Expect this to increase in latter half of 2021.

Percent of speakers that wish to volunteer again

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

DreamWakers Flashchats

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average rating of speaker's experience (out of 5.0)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

DreamWakers Flashchats

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

On a scale of 1 (low) to 5 (high). Survey of 2020 speakers indicates reason due to COVID setup of schools not requiring students to be on camera and the engagement that comes with that

Year-over-year growth of flashchats (%)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

DreamWakers Flashchats

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average rating of educator's/classroom's experience (out of 5.0)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

DreamWakers Flashchats

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

On a scale of 1 (low) to 5 (high).

Percent of speakers who are persons of color

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

DreamWakers Flashchats

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We strive to foster a speaker cohort that represents people of color at rates above the national average percent of population.

Percent of Schools on Free and Reduced Lunch

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

DreamWakers Flashchats

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Of all the schools since inception, how many are >50% FRL.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Goal 1: Empower educators in under-resourced 4th-12th grade classrooms across the U.S. to facilitate live, in-class career conversations with exceptional professional role models;

Goal 2: Expose students to new cultures and professional role models beyond and within their immediate surroundings;

Goal 3: Facilitate long-term learning and engagement with new personal and professional insights after the flashchats; and

Goal 4: Enable busy professionals to virtually volunteer in underserved U.S. schools.

Our strategies for achieving our goals include:

(1) Partnering with educators in schools in which >50% of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch;

(2) Connecting professionals and organizations with classrooms through a corporate partnership strategy;

(3) Tying classroom learning to real-world issues, professional careers, and practical advice and sharing online resources with teachers to enhance learning after flashchats; and

(4) Recruiting a broad network of diverse, engaging speakers.

Our unique capabilities include:

(1) Proven best practices to facilitate live, interactive conversations via video chat;

(2) A diverse network dynamic speakers representing a wide range of professions, racial , ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, and socioeconomic status;

(3) Robust pre- and post-flashchat educational resources and lesson plans; and

4) A national and ever-growing network of educators, including teachers, librarians, counselors, and more, supporting 4t- to 12th-grade students across the U.S.

Goal 1:
-Served 23,439+ students across 44 states since 2014
-84% of schools that hosted flashchats served student population in which >50% of students qualify for free- or reduced-price lunch since 2014
-12% increase in the number of flashchats hosted from 2019 to 2020
-Average rating of teacher’s experience is 4.9 out of 5.0 in 2020

Goal 2:
-78.65% of students had not met someone from their speaker’s industry before their flashchat in 2020
- In 2020, connected classrooms to diverse professional role models, 53% of whom were Black (12% national average); 18% of whom were Hispanic/Latinx (16% national average); 11% of whom were Asian (5% national average); 33% of whom were a first-generation college student (30% national average); and 41% of whom were a first- or second-generation immigrant (20% national average).

Goal 3:
-73% of teachers reported that their classroom continued discussing their flashchat days after it occurred in 2020 (low numbers due to COVID classroom setup, has been 95+% since 2016)
-64% of students reported feeling more confident engaging with a career professional after their flashchat in 2020

Goal 4:
-100% of DreamWakers’ 2020 Speakers said they’d like to volunteer with DreamWakers again
-Average rating of speaker’s experience is a 4.76 out of 5.0 in 2020

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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DREAMWAKERS

Board of directors
as of 6/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Monica Gray Logothetis

Annie Medaglia

Bain & Company

Abbie Klinghoffer

Charter School Growth Fund

Juliette Dallas-Feeney

Love Stories TV

Guarav Ahuja

Thrive Capital

Gregory Lorjuste

ACRONYM

Ahiza Garcia-Hodges

NBC News

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 06/24/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/03/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.