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 over the summer to benefit 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.

 

During December, while the rest of the world was decking the halls, our Fellowship Selection Committee was busy much of December reading and reviewing Fellowship applications. Applications rolled in from as far north as Burbank and as far south as San Juan Capistrano. 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.

 

Nevertheless, five projects and student teams really stood out. We are excited to announce our first class of Fellowship winners.

 

Drumroll, please…

Austin Lee, Victor Sweezey, Matt Kim, and Brendan Fong

Hana and Miya Stauss

Kyra Kraft and Emilia Peters

Ruben Sanchez

Outdoor Opportunities

Peer Genius

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Computers for All

This group of high schoolers have proposed five worthy projects. Collectively, this amazing bunch is committed to arming low-income youth with outdoor education and lifeguarding skills, providing tennis lessons for children on the autism spectrum, coding and creating a tutoring app, teaching art to children living in homeless shelters, and instructing underprivileged students on how to assemble computers.

  • FALL

    Apply For Fellowship

  • WINTER

    Fellows Are Chosen

  • SPRING

    Leadership Training & Paired With Mentor

  • SUMMER

    Launch Project

Welcoming Our First Class of Dragon Fellows

 

 

Our Dragon Fellows all arrived February 19-20 for their first Teen Leadership Weekend. Our inspiring training team of Carla de Cervantes and Sam Song took them through a day delving into their core values, their personal mission statements, and their project vision. On Day 2, working with their mentors, we put the Fellows through the paces to learn project management, budgeting, team building, and presentation skills. We’ll continue to work with these Fellows throughout the Spring, working up to a launch of their summer projects in June.

 

As we listened to the Fellows articulate their personal manifestos and share their vision for their projects, we were astounded by the maturity and generosity of these young men and women. Stay tuned as we follow these Dragon Fellows this spring and summer.

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