In the Fall of 2016, we launched the Fellowship Program to inspire high school students who want to impact their communities with their passions. We named the Dragon Kim Fellowship in honor of Dragon Kim, to remember his desire to use his interests as a way to help others.


Last semester, our Fellowship Application Committee was busy reviewing over 170 applicants.  We met amazing students from as far north as San Francisco and as far south as Carlsbad. Students were incredibly creative with their proposals. But, most inspiring of all, we were encouraged to see so many students wanting to share their passions and to use their talents to improve their corners of the world. This made for a very tough time choosing.


In the end, we decided to put our heart and soul into 23 innovative project ideas led by a cohort of 50 Fellows.  Join us in celebrating our 2020 Fellowship Cohort!

Congratulations to our 4th Fellowship Cohort!

The Dragon Kim Fellowship Cohort 2020

Celebrating 5 Years of Amazing

with 50 Fellows!

Keyon Namdar, Ryan Namdar

A Numbers Game

Crean Lutheran High School

Hannah Noh, Sean Antongiorgi

Community in Concert

Orange County School of the Arts, Piano Conservatory

Liam De Villa Bourke, Patrick Latting

Compost Accessibility

South Pasadena High School

Alex Padilla, Isabelle Vazquez

Confidence Boost

Foothill High School (TUSD)

Ellee Nakamura, Nandi Weziwe Hildebrand

Conquering Akrasia

Huntington Beach High School, Pacific Coast Academy

Arav Patel, Brayden Daly, Dillon Kim


JSerra Catholic High School

Christina Miles, Gabrielle Mikhail

Films for our Future

Orange County School of the Arts, Creative Writing Conservatory

Ella Beyer, Leilani Rodriguez

Fostering the Arts

California School of the Arts-SGV, Musical Theater Conservatory

Daniel Kim, Ethan Kosaki, Ethan Wang


Tesoro High School

Gabriela Sanchez, Italivi Diaz, Ulises Ramirez Ruiz

Illuminate our Lives

St. Margaret's Episcopal School

Isabella Rosendale, Marisa Durkin


Sonora High School, Girl Scouts of Orange County

Ashrita Singh, JulyMoe Aung, Phoenix Nguyen


Oxford Academy

Charu Balamurugan, Katheryn Williams

Music for Milestones

University High School Charter, Los Angeles

Hina Kojima, Kana Kojima

Never Again

Redwood High School

Matheaus Becker, Maelani Nguyen

Producing a Better Future

Beckman High School, Crean Lutheran High School

Connor Wang

Rock on Without Limits

South Pasadena High School

Berin Cubukcuoglu, Betul Taner, Hilal Balik

Rose Float Fair

Diamond Bar High School, University High School, Magnolia Science Academy

Andy Loughran, Jacob Eusebio, Natalie Rodriguez

Serving Advantage

Orange Lutheran High School, Servite High School, Girl Scouts of Orange County

Andreanela Ordoñez, Marielena Mendoza

Taboo Talkz

Middle College High School

Sophia Chun


Orange County School of the Arts, Commercial Dance Conservatory

James Koga, Nathan Solomon

The Hiphop Workshop

University High School, Laguna Beach High School

Nadia Ansari

The Invisible Condition

Sage Hill High School

Eli White, Evan Boda, Nathan Lu

Wing It!

Carlsbad High School

Our Final Interview of 2020! Featuring our Dragon Fellows from Project Serving Advantage, our Interview Panel, and amazing Dragon Interns!

Do you have a great out-of-the-box idea?



Want to join our Dragon Family next summer?  We would love to hear about your passions and commitment to helping your community. Fellowship applications will open again October 1st, 2020.  If you have any questions along the way, we are here for you!  Send us a message, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.


Are you an administrator or teacher?  We would love to come to your campus and share our program with your students.  Our staff and interns will share more about our program and what we’re looking for in our Dragon Fellows.  Students will also receive support to help students build their project idea and application.  Please contact our Program Manager, Arie Lugo, at to host one of our Inspiration Sessions.

Fellowship Program Manager: Arie Lugo