LIFE IS A GIFT,
SO LIVE IT TO
~ DRAGON KIM
LIFE IS WHAT YOU
MAKE IT, SO MAKE IT
~ DRAGON KIM
In August 2015, while we were sleeping in a campground in Yosemite, a massive tree branch fell on the tent in which our beloved son, Dragon Kim, and his dear friend, Justin Lee, were sleeping. Both boys died instantly – at the age of 14. Our hearts have been forever broken.
We established The Dragon Kim Foundation in our son’s honor to carry on his love of life, to make it possible for other young people to pursue interests in areas in which Dragon himself was passionate, and to help give others the access to a bright future.
All kids deserve opportunities to find and explore their interests so that they can lead amazing lives.
Dragon had the benefit of a well-rounded educational experience. He felt that all kids deserve this and wanted to provide this for everybody that wanted it. With his passing, we are carrying on and broadening his work.
Our mission is to provide funding and programs to enable children to pursue their passions within Academics, Athletics, and the Arts.
The programs in which we’ve invested make resources and opportunities available to youth, irrespective of their economic situations. The Foundation initiatives help young people explore and pursue their passions in arts, athletics, or academics. We especially recognize and support initiative, exceptional achievement, and civic-mindedness.
The Dragon Kim Fellowship Program will award community service grants to support motivated students that want to create and manage a program next summer that will make an impact in the community. This fellowship is in honor of Dragon Kim, a talented musician, athlete, and scholar who wanted to help others.
Dragon Fellows are put through a 6 month incubator where they receive leadership training and are connected to a business mentor to help them develop their project. Then, in the summer, we launch each project with a grant of up to $5,000. And at the end of summer, we celebrate the impact each project team makes in changing their corner of the world!
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