In the Fall of 2016, we launched the Dragon Kim Fellowship Program to award community service grants to support motivated high schoolers that want to launch a service program to impact their communities. We named this fellowship in Dragon’s honor, to remember his desire to use his talents and his interests as a way to help others.
Applications rolled in from all over Southern California. Students were incredibly creative with their proposals, and we loved seeing 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. Nevertheless, four projects and student teams really stood out. These outstanding students became our first class of Dragon Fellows.
We held our first Leadership Weekend in February, 2017. Our inspiring training team of Carla de Cervantes and Sam Song guided our Dragon Fellows as they delved into their core values, their personal mission statements, and their project vision. We put the Fellows through a crash course on project management, budgeting, team building, and presentation skills. Lastly, we assigned mentors to each project team, to lend their experience and skills to help our budding social entrepreneurs create actionable plans to bring their project proposals to life. In April, we held a second Leadership weekend, where our Dragon Fellows dug deeper into the meaning and manifestation of personal leadership. They also had face-to-face meetings with their mentors to refine their summer projects.
Then, in the summer, the Dragon Fellows put their ideas into action. Come see what this first class accomplished, and learn a little about the lives they touched.