Dreamstarter Teachers Make a Difference

We are so isolated and students have not experienced much life outside of the Deep Creek Valley. They did not have a vision of what they can do with their bright minds. The Dreamstarter grant provided an outside window to what is available in science and arts that they can learn more about, expand their experience and give them a broader dream. I cannot say adequately how much the program benefited my students and their families.

Running Strong launched Dreamstarter Teacher in 2017 as another way to support the dreams of Native youth: awarding educators grants to meet unmet needs of their Native students. Now, we’ve invited school administrators, teachers, or other educators to apply in partnership with their schools or school districts to receive up to $5,000 to make an even bigger impact in the lives of their Native students. With a Dreamstarter Teacher grant, educators can make lasting positive changes in Native communities!

Dozens of school administrators, teachers, school counselors, and librarians have made a huge, lasting impact in the lives of their students with Dreamstarter Teacher grants. From robotics clubs to class field trips, and from school-wide cultural events to improving school libraries, educators are creating change in their communities by creating opportunities for Native students to grow, learn, and explore.

Applications are now closed, the 2023-2024 Dreamstarter Teacher Cohort will be announced August 8th, 2023. 

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