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Living The Dream Initiative

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Living The Dream Initiative:
Inspiring Youth Through Entrepreneurship

What would it cost you to start living your dream today? For 5 high school students it could be free!

Even in Madison Wisconsin, a growing tech hub, recently ranked #2 in a ranking of the best cities for young entrepreneurs, a divide often separates a child’s dreams from the resources needed to reach them. The Living the Dream Fund seeks to bridge that gap by providing seed funding, technical assistance and mentorship to Madison’s at-risk youth.

What’s the Big Idea?

The Living the Dream Fund is a grassroots entrepreneurship contest inspired by the untapped innovative, self-starter spirit of Madison’s at-risk youth. Living the Dream aims to combat the long-standing economic disparities in the Madison community by sparking, promoting, and celebrating the diversity of youth entrepreneurship.

How It Works

The Living the Dream Fund will launch on May 2nd with a kickoff event at the Central Library in Downtown Madison. Join us at 7pm as we introduce the Living the Dream mission, promote the competition, and showcase existing dreamers, youth entrepreneurs and artists. In the months following, we will invite students in the Madison Metropolitan School District to upload videos describing their entrepreneurial dreams on the Living the Dream YouTube page. After evaluating the strength of the various entries, we will award five entrepreneurs $1,000 in the fall and partner them with a mentor in their chosen field who along with independent advisors, will help students to develop their dreams. Students will present their progress at a showcase event in May 2016.

Get Involved

Your tax-deductible donation will directly support in seed fund awards and help sponsor the May 2nd kickoff event!! 

Check out a few articles where "Living the Dream" is mentioned:
 The Cap Times, Bright Idea
The Madison Times: Wishlist for 2015
BRAVA Magazine (pg 44)

Much love, peace and thanks from.....
The Living the Dream Planning Committee!

Heymiss Progress - Dream Fund Founder
Felicia Jones
Gary Molz
Maurice "Mo" Cheeks
Ernest Jones
Corinda  Rainey-Moore
Ashley Robertson
Marilee Wertlake
Ariana Mankerian
Megan Orear
Lisa Peyton-Caire
Alaura Seidl
Robert Agnew, Jr.
Angela Ferguson
Samantha Becker
Brent Gerlach
Shahanna McKinney Baldon​


Sabrina Madison
Madison, WI

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