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Take a look at the world of Dream Tank™
Dreamakers turn dreams into reality and passion into projects.
Minecraft Builders turns designs from games into inspiration for buildings in real life.
Shredder Stickers is for snowboarders and skiiers alike to design their own stickers that keep track of their gear on the mountain!
Emma is a 12 yr old on a mission to create sustainable tech products.
Anica is 11 years old and loves cats and YouTube.
The Koala Girls
Della B. and Sophie Feller
Della (10) and Sophie (11) are passionate about saving the koalas.
Matea is 13 years old. She loves art and creating new things.
Embla Weibring and Maddy Barnes
Maddy and Embla are both 10 years old. They love animals and Hamilton the musical.
Kaden is 10 years old and his favorite movie is Boss Baby.
Nico is ten years old, modifies nerf guns and is awesome.
Dream Tank Consultant
Ayden "Piyo" Dedrick
Piyo is 9 years old and loves helping people and owls.
Children for Change
Jake is 12 and he loves making a difference.
Preston is 11 years old and he likes rainbowloom bracelets.
MEET THE DREAM TEAM
We make it happen.
Co-Founder & CEO
Heidi has been a pioneer in social change finance and business for the past 12 years with organizations like Acumen, iDE, and UBS Private Wealth Management, and via Anastasia Impact, a trusted advisor to family offices and millennial inheritors of wealth.
Her son Cody, 8, has inspired her to find innovative ideas for learning which led her to ignite the beginning of The Kiva Center in Boulder. He's a very active, intelligent boy who does not jive well within the current educational system.
His aptitude for learning through his passions, as well as her 11 year-old daughter Summer's interest in creating business ideas since she was 5, have ignited Heidi to launch this initiative.
Creative CosmoNaut Director
Ashley is a mentor, connector, and vocalist. As co-founder of The Kiva Center, she stands for creative learning for young people. She was a Scholar at Watson University, where she studied social entrepreneurship and transformative action. Ashley believes in the power of community through activating the youth voice. She has a BA from CU Boulder in Speech Language Hearing Science and Education. In 2013, Ashley was Director of Development at Earth Guardians, a youth group dedicated to standing up and protecting the environment for future generations. She is trained in Teach for Sustainability through Thorne Nature Center. Ashley first found her passion in mentoring peers with intellectual disabilities, which has led her on a path to understanding many diverse learning styles.
Dana is a bridge-builder, educator, entrepreneur and youth advocate. She has spent her career working with children as an empowerment facilitator, wilderness therapy instructor, Montessori Co-teacher and holistic yoga teacher. She is an enthusiastic bridge between seemingly mutually exclusive disciplines, including training with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research to bring together climate science and indigenous wisdom. In order to demystify separation from the environment, she founded “You're Yoga: Awareness Education” to support understanding of physical and emotional connections between humans and the Earth. In 2014, she heard indigenous leader Kalani Souza’s call to bring forward children’s voices, asking an international conference of leaders “Where are the children?” Dana believes children’s voices are crucial for responding to contemporary challenges.
Dream Tank Senior Kidsultant and Dream Tank Squad Captain
Summer is 11 years old. She loves owls, art, film, and entrepreneurship.
Summer helped her mom and mentor Ashley launch Dream Tank and provides invaluable feedback and advice on all programs and curriculum design.
Story Architects, a kids film and production company, recently partnered with the Boulder Owl Preserve to show the perspective of the Owls when considering bulldozing their land for development. They were able to help influence the decision to protect the land.
Summer donates 10% of her profits to Dream Tank and the Kiva Center, which she and her brother Cody helped launch.
Cody is 8 years old. He loves nature and sports. He mostly loves creating and leading games.
Cody often asks questions about his education, society, and community. He sees the world in a way that holds our society in oneness, peace, love and joy.
He's excited to share his visions with other cadets and create games that help everyone visualize their dreams.
Cody was one of the first students at the Kiva Center, and named the center. While engaging in camps and after-school programs there, he was dubbed the "games maker" and created games for the other kids to explore the fusion of nature, art, and permaculture.
Co-Creators & Advisors
Strategy: Josh Horwitz
Marketing: Kerri Beers
Strategic/connecting & Incubating: Maiyu Ondaro / Impact Hub Boulder
Systems Mapping & Connecting: Amber Nystrom
Conservation & Ethical Fashion: Forbes Danckwerts
Strategy, Connecting: Tim O'Shea
Corporate Strategy: Allison Conte
Summer Program Advising: Solomon Halpern
Market Access / Product Development Distribution: William Madden
IoT & Tech: Matthew Bailey
School Innovation Co-Creation Circle: Educators Morgan O'Brien, Erin Shea-Bower, Patrick Marti
Meet Our Mentors
Dream Tank Mentors meet and connect with Dreamakers 1:1. Both inspire each other.
Have you had a mentor or role model make a positive impact on your life?
Have you ever found yourself wishing you had a mentor to reach out to when making a decision or working on a project? Do you value the inspiration that you could receive by working with young people? Do you believe in the innate wisdom of children?
If you answered yes to either of these questions, consider becoming a mentor with the Dream Tank Collective. We invite you to have a positive impact in the lives of 8-17 year olds as they journey through the creative, entrepreneurial process.
You get to apply what you have learned in the classroom while celebrating the trials and triumphs of design, prototyping, marketing and more.
Mentors support our Dreamakers (formerly known as students) throughout our 8 week after school Laboratory. The Mentor / Mentee relationship is unique for each individual; we value setting up mentees and mentors for meaningful work together. Whether in person once per week after school or available via technology, we ask our mentors to make themselves available to our Dreamakers 1-2 hrs/wk.
Middle School Student
Educator for Empowerment
Vision Quest Martial Arts Extraordinarily Kind Squad, New-Edge Music
Artist & Sculptor
Engineer & Sustainable Living Enthusiast
"Don't tell me the sky's the limit when there are kids' footsteps on the Moon!"
WHAT KIDS ARE SAYING
“This is the best camp I’ve ever been to! Can we come back next week?”
“I wish it was an overnight camp, and two weeks. I think this will be a huge camp like Avid for Adventure.”
WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING
"Thank you for the passionate and amazing gifts you shared with all of those kids. My daughter love, love, loved it. She is feeling nourished and successful at bringing herself even more out and into the world."
- Dream-maker Parent, Summer Accelerator 2016
WHAT BUSINESSES ARE SAYING
"Dream Tank is one of those special opportunities that allows kids to rise up to the challenge of creatively expressing ideas that are in their hearts and minds. They are given the perfect combination of guidance and play to allow for this beautiful transformation to occur. I was honored to be a part of their inaugural launch and gain invaluable insight from these bright kids."
- Pitching venture at Dream Tank: Mission Launch 2016
WHAT COMMUNITY MEMBERS ARE SAYING
"Wow!!!! what an amazing night, joy and innovation filled the Boulder Impact Hub last night. A group of brilliant children shared their ideas and their genius with an enthusiastic crowd."
- Community Member, Attendee of Dream Tank: Mission Launch 2016
Dream Tank Collective
Dream Tank™’s community is invaluable in our efforts to champion youth entrepreneurship and innovative, market-oriented solutions for the future of our world. Our community is diverse and borderless, including people with a variety of backgrounds, sectors and countries. When you join Dream Tank™’s Founding Dream Circle, you’re joining a community that is a pioneer in the field of youth entrepreneurship and innovation.
Why Join the Circle?
Local/Global Impact: Reinvent education locally and help champion this model globally
Powerful Network: Join a network of family foundations, corporations and individuals, including award-winning entrepreneurs and world-renowned leaders.
Personal Contribution: Share your professional expertise and network with Dream Tank™ to help us achieve our mission.
Thought Leadership: Participate and mentor in workshops, cadet council product pitches, speaker series and other events with Dream Tank™ supporters to amplify our message around the brilliance of kids solving the world’s problems.
Tax Benefits: Enjoy tax benefits from giving any type of property – cash, stocks, securities and real estate. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by the law.
Gratitude and Acknowledgements
Our success with Dream Tank's pilot in 2016 depended on many amazing people who contributed mentorship, funds, materials, and other elements for our week.
Contributors: Patty Lopez, Intel - William Madden, Right Brain Consulting - Max Lenderman, School Ad Agency - Mickie Cameron.
Parents: Cydney Fodeman [Time machine materials], Steve Dedrick [Dream Tank HQ].
Partners: Impact Hub Boulder [Launch Party].
Others: Justin Simpkins, Alais Clay [video production]. Marcelo Mainzer, Dan Matsch, Eco-cycle