My Dream Now

My Dream Now started in 2011 with one class in one school in the area of Kista in Stockholm. In 2016-17 we work with 19 schools in six municipalities in Sweden. We aim to be international, with global partner corporations.

Our Challenge

Economic and social inequality make dreams difficult to achieve. In many areas of Stockholm as many as 40% of students leave 9th grade without the qualifications necessary to go to gymnasium/high school. At the same time, many high tech companies such as Ericsson and IBM lack skilled workers. The students that could become these workers, however, are not motivated to succeed at school because nobody told them about the opportunities available to them, or made them feel welcome at any companies.

Teenagers all over the world need adult role models who can inspire them. They need to find out about the opportunities that are available to them and alternative ways to reach their dreams. We can reduce youth unemployment and provide corporations with the skilled labor they need. We can make teenagers believe in themselves and become entrepreneurs. We can reduce economic and social inequality in many countries and cities – if we make teenagers’ dreams possible!

Our Model

Volunteer employees, together with university students, inspire teenagers to find their dreams about their futures and to be motivated enough at school to realize them. We focus on areas where children lack adult role models with qualified jobs. Many of our volunteers come from less affluent suburbs themselves.

Our volunteer class coaches visit classes in the 8-9th grade and at high school. As class coaches they come on 2 occasions per semester to inspire the students. In class, we use our new multi-step methodology called DreamMap. Students imagine their future and picture their path using different alternative routes. They then set short-term goals to take their first steps towards their dreams.

We are building a network where employers offer their staff the opportunity to be class coaches, visit classes as external speakers, or arrange study visits to inspire students. 

My Dream Now charges a fee from the participating schools and a fee from the partner corporations.

Our History and Future

My Dream Now started in 2011 with one class in one school in the area of Kista in Stockholm. In 2016-17 we work with 19 schools in six municipalities in Sweden. We aim to be international, with global partner corporations.