The Dragon Kim Fellowship program awards community service grants to support motivated high school students to create and manage a program to impact their community. This fellowship is in honor of Dragon Kim, a talented musician, athlete, and scholar who wanted to help others.
We are proud to announce our ten Dragon Kim Fellowship projects and our second annual class of Dragon Fellows. Please join us in congratulating our 21 new Dragon Fellows:
|Sophie Courtney, Yi-An Hsieh||All Girls Math League|
|Avalon Lafosse||Art for Relaxation Therapy (ART)|
|Justin Chao, Raj Parekh, Justin Lin||Capture Your Dreams|
|Katherine McPhie, Milan Narula||Code Open Sesame|
|Varsha Sandadi, Lisa Tang||Cookie Lab: Science Behind Cooking|
|Austin Leehealey||Immigrant America|
|Claire Josey, Toby Fan||Saving Seniors’ Stories|
|Julia Wang, Brandon Calderon||STEAMachine|
|Kimberle Sotelo, Kiarra Machitar||The Domino Effect|
|Scott Wright, Thomas Chiaromonte, Mason Killion, AJ Marsh||Water Polo For All|
These Dragon Fellows will go through three weekends of intense leadership training. They will also be paired up with mentors with experience in their project area. In the summer, our Dragon Fellows will launch and pursue their projects, supported by a grant of up to $5000. This grant will serve to cover expenses for the project, and potentially also provide a stipend for the summer.
At our Dragon Challenge event on September 29, our top Four Finalist projects went before a panel of prominent business leaders to compete for a chance to win an additional $5,000 to continue their good work. Come meet our final Winners!
Applications Due Friday, Jan. 12
Announce FinalistsSaturday, Jan. 20
Applicant Interviews Sat. Jan 27 & Sun. Jan 28
Announce Winners Thur, Feb. 1
Accept by Mon. Feb. 5
1st Leadership Weekend Feb. 24-25
2nd Leadership Weekend March 24-25
3rd Leadership Day April 28
Run Projects June-August
Graduation and Final Presentations Sep 8
*Please note that attendance at every Leadership training event and at the Graduation is mandatory.
You are eligible to apply for the Dragon Kim Fellowship if you are:
Eligible Southern California counties:
Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Imperial, and Kern counties
Part I: Applicant’s General Information (up to three team members, must complete for each team member)
Please submit separately (for each team member):
Part II: Short Description of Your Project
Part III: Honor Code Statement
Honor Code Statement for The Dragon Kim Fellowship Program: I certify that all the information I have provided in this application is true and complete to the best of my knowledge. Falsification of any information will lead to disqualification from the fellowship program. If selected to receive a fellowship, I give permission for a publicity release to share information contained in my application as well as photo/video imagery of the project. If selected to receive a fellowship, I will provide a summary of my experience to the Dragon Kim Foundation. I understand that some of the moneys going directly to supporting the student may be taxable. I take full responsibility for all actions related to my project and understand that The Dragon Kim Foundation and The Dragon Kim Fellowship Program are not responsible for my project or its activities. I acknowledge that all decisions are final. I understand that attendance at all trainings are mandatory, and that The Dragon Kim Foundation reserves the right to revoke the grant and fellowship at any time.
Kyra and Emilia ran two one-week summer camp programs for children at a transitional shelter at Alexandria House in downtown LA. With parents that are either homeless or making the transition to having homes, these kids normally don’t get to spend their summer days in enriching activities. Kyra and Emilia created for them an arts curriculum that starts by introducing kids to the primary colors, and advances to making Giacometti-inspired aluminum-covered wire sculptures. We watched young Ivan as he learned about how white paint added to bright paint mutes the hues. “I made LIGHT BLUE!” Ivan cried ecstatically. Seeing the happiness in his smile, we were reminded of the simple and unadulterated joy children feel when they are having fun and learning.
Ruben and Bryan had an idea to teach kids about hardware computer science by helping them experience something most people never get to experience: building a computer from individual components. Together, these two high school seniors developed and refined a curriculum to teach 4th-6th graders in a transitional shelter in Los Angeles’ Korea Town how to build computers in just a few lessons. We watched as Brooklyn, an animated girl with her hair in braids, initially objected to touching the motherboard, too scared to lift it out of its box. With encouragement from our Dragon Fellow team, Brooklyn ventured to carefully fit the motherboard next to the fans of her computer’s metal casing. Our Dragon Fellows filled with pride as the hours went by watching the self confidence of their students grow as they learned that they, like every other student present, was capable of building his or her own computer.
The four juniors that made up our Outdoor Opportunities team in Pasadena (Austin, Brendan, Matt, and Victor) all share a love for the great outdoors, but had an inkling that experiencing the outdoors was something that didn’t always cross socio-economic boundaries. To address that, they created a 5 week program designed for high schoolers in the Pasadena area. In the first two weeks, by hiring a professional lifeguard instructor, this team delivered a free class on lifeguarding, and then paid for lifeguarding certificates for their graduating students. Now these new lifeguards can earn money to help their families while helping to keep people water-safe. During the remaining weeks, these four taught outdoor survival skills, sharing fundamentals such as how to purify water in the wild, and how to start a fire using a magnesium block, dry leaves, and a knife. Despite living close to so many beautiful outdoor areas, most of their students had never been on a hike, so when this team led them on three hikes in the Greater LA area, they successfully accomplished their mission: to bring outdoor opportunities to those in need.
Miya and Hana came up with a simple and brilliant idea for Peer Genius: “It’s like Uber for tutoring.” Say you’re a high schooler struggling with quadratic equations (or another subject within science, math, or English). With Peer Genius, you can go online and make an appointment with a fellow high school student who is a quadratic equations guru who will tutor you for free. Free homework help is key for students who can’t afford to pay expensive private tutors. On the other side, gurus get to share their knowledge and receive community service hours for sharing their smarts. Genius! Over the summer, Hana and Miya learned how to create a website storyboard, set and manage project milestones, and hire and manage developers – amazing real-world experiences for our young entrepreneurs. Read the LA Times/Daily Pilot Article.
The Dragon Kim Fellowship was an incredible opportunity to learn about leadership and entrepreneurship and engage in thought-provoking discussions about how to make positive change in the world. I met amazing people and feel very inspired to continue working in my community.
The Dragon Kim Fellowship program encouraged me to grow as a leader and a collaborator. Through business workshops, leadership training, and discussions with other Dragon Fellows, I learned that effective leadership is reflected in both the strength of one’s presence and his/her ability to work with others.