Congratulations to our 2019 Dragon Fellows!

We searched long and hard all winter, throughout the state of California, for the most impactful and innovative projects, from the most dedicated teams.  We are proud to announce these 20 Fellowship project teams.

Each team will participate in our 6 month incubator program, where we provide our Dragon Fellows with 5 days of leadership training and pair them up with mentors to help plan their projects.  Each project will also receive up to $5,000 in funding to execute their project.

Congratulations to these amazing Dragon Fellows!

C.O.D.E (Creation Of Dynamic Experiences): Hannah Hong, Shayda Moezzi
Children Read Together: Alexies Benitez, Jessica Perez
Civics for Kids: Andres Medina, Isabel Ortega
Dance Science Integration: Arielle Dettmer, Ekko Kunkle
Equal Education Test Prep: Andres Lizardo, Maaso Ortega
G.O.A.L. (Guiding Outstanding, Active Learners): Fashion Castillo-Delgadillo, Vinutha Sandadi
Hammer Time: Truong Nguyen, Jason Ho, Coby Xa
Native Storytelling: Isabella & Sofia Madrigal
Pastel Art for Kids: Ashley Yuen, Lauren Yuen
Performance Arts and Leadership Seminar: Arly Adame, Maximilian Uehara
Storytellers, Inc: Hannah Kim, Ella Webb, Sylvia Miranda
Student Newspapers in Every Middle School: Allie Kim, Kaelyn Park
Teaching Aspiring Performers: Olivia Kim, Tiffany Lee
The Adventures Of Film and Photography: Jason Esparza, Elijah Cueva
The Barbershop Book Club: Masoud McLeod, Devon Smith
The Book of You: Nara Duffie
The Growing Tree: Daniel Zhu, Timothy Jun, Joey Laderer
The Latin Jazz Project: Ignite Your Rhythm: Sidra Villacorta, Henry Ross
Trudie Strobel: A Life In Tapestry: Maya Savin Miller, Lila Dworsky-Hickey
Youth Outdoor Science Education Project: Evan Kowal, Aidan Lewis, Tianhao Wei

Join us as we follow our Dragon Fellows through the Spring and Summer,
as they dream, create, and execute their community service projects!


The Dragon Kim Fellowship program will award community service grants to support motivated students that want to create and run 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.


In the fall, student teams of up to 3 people will apply for the Dragon Kim Fellowship, describing their proposed projects. Applications are due January 13, 2019.  Our Fellowship Committee will read applications and announce finalists, who will then be interviewed, to choose our final Dragon Fellows.  This year, the Foundation will sponsor up to 20 Fellowship Projects!


Once chosen, these Dragon Fellows will participate in two weekends of leadership and business training. They will be paired with mentors that have experience in their project area, who will meet with them throughout the spring to help plan their service project. In the summer, each team will launch and run their projects, supported by a grant of up to $5000.

“The Dragon Kim Foundation provided me with the resources and guidance to dream big.  It was truly inspiring to be immersed in a community of high school students all seeking to use their talents and passions to make a change in their communities.”

-Claire Josey, Woodbridge High School

“Participation in a competitive community service project – like the projects supported by the Dragon Kim Foundation – is a great experience that just may help with the college admissions process.”

– Patty Le-Narula, Co-Chair of Harvard Alumni Interviewing for South Orange County

The top projects will compete in the Dragon Challenge for a chance for additional funds to keep their good work going throughout the year!

Example of Past Projects:

``Open Sesame: Coding for Kids``: Katherine and Milan developed and ran ongoing skills clinics to teach children at homeless and domestic violence shelters how to code.

``Saving Seniors Stories``: Claire and Toby interviewed seniors citizens and created mini-documentaries to preserve their life stories for friends and families

``Cookie Lab``: Lisa and Varsha ran week-long summer camps at three OC-area transitional housing facilities to encourage creativity and curiosity through science and the culinary arts

``Water Polo for All``: Thomas, Mason, and Scott, water polo teammates, coordinated free swim lessons to underprivileged children to keep them water safe, and then ran a water polo clinic to expose the children to this sport

Timeline for 2019 Fellowship Program

Please note all training dates.  Attendance at Leadership Training is mandatory for Dragon Fellows.  In order to be eligible for the grant, Dragon Fellows must attend Leadership Session 1.

Applications Available

Applications Due

Notify Finalists

Finalists Interviews

Notify Winners

Leadership Session 1

Leadership Session 2

Leadership Session 3

Launch Project


The Dragon Challenge


Jan. 13, 2019

Jan. 27

Feb. 9-10 and Feb. 16-17

Feb. 25

March 23-24, 2019

Apr. 27-28, 2019

Jun. 9

Summer 2019

Sep. 14

Sep. 28

  • FALL

    Apply For Fellowship


    Fellows Are Chosen


    Leadership Training & Paired With Mentor


    Launch Project


  • Ensure Eligibility

  • Complete the Application

  • Provide Letter of Recommendation

  • Provide High School Transcript

  • Finalists Interview

You are eligible to apply for the Dragon Kim Fellowship if you are:

a current high school student

age 13 and above

a U.S. citizen or legal resident

a California resident

not related to anyone serving on The Dragon Kim Fellowship committee

Selection Criteria:





Community involvement

Academic record

The application period for 2019 Fellowships is now closed.
Please check back in October for 2020 applications!

If you would like us to notify you when 2020 Applications open, please join our mailing list!