Dream Big Now!

Bay Area Summer Service Program
July 13-24, 2020
Free (*Suggested Donation – $400)

Dream Big Now! encourages youth to engage with a network of changemakers who are responding to the impact of COVID-19 by turning their dreams for change into real, measurable impact on both themselves and their local communities. Guided by the same fundamental Dream Volunteers principles that have long been our foundation for global change-making, Dream Big Now is centered on the idea that through peer interaction, service and personal growth, youth can set a new standard for how to meet challenging times with big ideas and open hearts. Participants will work in small groups with an assigned teacher, spending 5 mornings out of the house working on hands-on service projects and 5 mornings at home working through our changemaker curriculum.

Program Elements

At the middle school level, this will be a service and personal growth experience resulting in deeper understanding of the root causes of community issues and the role we can play in addressing them. High school interns will experience the aforementioned elements in addition to acting as junior staff and mentors to the middle schoolers.

  • hands-on community service & impact projects (in groups of 12)
  • in-person peer interaction and collaboration (in groups of 12)
  • online personal growth curriculum: empathy, perseverance, independence, problem-solving, self-confidence, and leadership
  • online cross-cultural connections with international students
  • mentorship/coaching from teacher to high schooler and high schooler to middle schooler
  • personalized action planning for year-long changemaking project (*optional)

*Participants will receive a program certificate & acknowledgment of service hours for college applications.


Age Range: 5th – 12th grade (current grade level)
Dates: July 13-24 (Mon-Fri)
Time: 8:30-12:30 (*some service projects may be scheduled later in the day as necessary)
Location: On-site service projects ranging from San Jose to Redwood City to Pacifica as well as online sessions
Areas of Focus: food insecurity, homelessness, environmental conservation, education

Week 1: Mon/Wed/Fri will be service project days out of the house, Tues/Thurs will be online workshop days
Week 2: Mon/Wed/Fri will be online workshop days, Tues/Thurs will be service project days out of the house

Fee: While there is no set fee for this program, we do ask those in a position to do so to make a donation of $400 or any amount that you are able. This will help cover program costs such as staff and project materials. No payment is required to register.

*High school interns will be required to participate in pre-program training sessions online in late June/early July


Dream Big Now! Sample Itinerary

Typical Service Project Day (Outside of home)Typical Online Workshop Day (At Home)
8:30am Team building

8:45 Pre-work discussion

9:00 Service work (i.e. food sorting, park clean-up, etc.)

10:15 Break

12:00 Reflection

12:30 Close
9:00am Team building

9:30 Daily lesson (changemaking/personal growth)

11:00 Break

11:15 Cross-cultural exchange w/ Int'l Young Dreamers

11:45 Creating individual/small group action plans

12:30 Close

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