• DREAM TANK

    WHERE KIDS LAUNCH THEIR DREAMS

  • DREAM BIG!

    Latest news, dreams, thoughts, celebrations!

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  • Join us for a mission of collaborative ideas across generations! MATERIALS NEEDED Laptop or Ipad to use for the week, with removable storage/ thumb drive, Google apps / gmail account TO REGISTER Enter your name and Email HERE and we will contact you with the details and answers needed to help you register.

    ACCELERATOR WEEK

    Dream Tank’s 5 Day Accelerator is an innovator's playground and design-thinking hub where kids learn how to launch their own dreams or choose to collectively solve design challenges from real-world companies. This entrepreneurial, action-packed accelerator offers the unique opportunity for kids and teens to creatively rise to their potential, follow their dreams and share their ideas to shape the future.

     

    SKILL SETS AND BENEFITS

    • Business Name Creation 
    • Logo Designing
    • Simple Website design 
    • Marketing ideation
    • Presentation design
    • Virtual Reality design building
    • Prototyping
    • Film production and editing 
    • Photography, Performance Art, Creative Expression
    • Speeches and Mentorship from local and global leaders
    • End of week Mission Launch Celebration @ and Pitch Night

    Dream Tank: Mission Launch is where kids get to share their ideas with the public, parents, and Impact/entrepreneurship community at the end of our week. In a non-competitive environment, kids/teens are able to share their brilliance with how they see the world, and equipped with their launch plan, a simple website, and where possible, an advertisement in some form of media ready to go. We form a 'Dream Tank Squad' where the kids/teens are the experts to consult on adult entrepreneurs' ideas.

     

    June 26-June 30, 2017 - Boulder, CO
    5 Day Social Impact Accelerator

     

    July 17-21, 2017 - Boulder, CO

    5 Day Social Impact Super-Accelerator

    This is a second-level accelerator for those who already have ideas and ventures they have started, or who have already gone through one of the Dream Tank programs.

     

    July 24-28 @ Galvanize

    5 Day Social Impact Accelerator

  • AFTER SCHOOL LABORATORY

    HAVE AN IDEA OR DREAM?

    The lab is a place for kid entrepreneurs to

    get ignited and move ideas forward!

     

    1. DREAM, DESIGN, & LAUNCH

    2. GET 1-1 MENTORSHIP & SUPPORT

    3. PEER TO PEER COLLABORATION

     

    2017 BVSD SCHEDULE

    Each session is 2 hours

     

    Tuesday's :: Centennial Middle (1/24 - 3/21)

    Wednesday's :: Manhattan School of Arts (1/25 - 3/15)

     

    TO REGISTER:

    STEP ONE: Fill out this APPLICATION

    STEP TWO: Click button below to select a day/location and complete registration

  • DREAMAKERS

    Dreamakers turn dreams into reality and passion into projects.

    Addison Haid and Summer Gould​

    Duct Duck Goose is a wearable art and accessory company that makes designs from duct tape.

    Minecraft Builders

    Ian Feller

    Minecraft Builders turns designs from games into inspiration for buildings in real life.

    Anya Smith, Summer Cuppari Gould

    Story Architects is a creative production company that inspires kids and adults to not wait to do what they love.

    STA produces the kid-friendly youtube channel KIDS LIFE!

    Shredder Stickers

    Bodie Fox

    Shredder Stickers is for snowboarders and skiiers alike to design their own stickers that keep track of their gear on the mountain!

    Summer Gould, Marley Lenderman, Delilah Berry, Athena

    ENGINEERED BY LOVE

    HERBALLY SOURCED & KID APPROVED

    Magic Potions

    Cable Label

    Emma Kraft

    Emma is a 12 yr old on a mission to create sustainable tech products.

    Happillows

    Anica Chavez-Grandits

    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.

    Quirky

    Matea Chavez-Grandits

    Matea is 13 years old. She loves art and creating new things.

    Laquatic

    Embla Weibring and Maddy Barnes

    Maddy and Embla are both 10 years old. They love animals and Hamilton the musical.

    Cardboard Crafts

    Kaden Ritzer

    Kaden is 10 years old and his favorite movie is Boss Baby.

    NPK Modworks

    Nico Kadonaga

    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 Aloia

    Jake is 12 and he loves making a difference.

    Pracelets

    Preston Ritzer

    Preston is 11 years old and he likes rainbowloom bracelets.

  • MEET THE DREAM TEAM

    We make it happen.

    Heidi Cuppari

    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.

    Ashley Willfire

    Co-Founder &

    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 Pauzauskie

    Founding Partner

    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.

    Summer

    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.

     

    Summer's current entrepreneurial and advocacy projects are Story Architects, MS. Potions, and Duct Duck Goose.

     

    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

    Game Creator​

    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

     

  • Become a Dream Tank Collective Fellow

    Do you believe the voices and dreams of youth matter?

    We’re recruiting the adventurous, the explorers, the dreamers, with the boldest ideas on the planet. We believe the voices and dreams of youth matter.

    You are invited to have a meaningful, dynamic experience as you apply your class content and personal talent in a real world Social Impact Start-Up Organization 8-14 hours/ week. Additional hours for summertime.

    We are only interested in genuinely enthusiastic individuals who wish to get involved and support youth, creativity and Boulder’s vibrant social impact community of entrepreneurs.

    As a Dream Tank fellow, you will be learning directly from the CEO as well as your cohorts on the Fellowship team in weekly meetings and guided, one-on-one sessions that help you realize your Dreams while making Dream Tank the destination for youth entrepreneurs.

     

    APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL FELLOWSHIPS

    1. SUBMIT THIS FORM AND INCLUDE THE FELLOWSHIP YOU ARE APPLYING FOR

    2. SEND AN EMAIL WITH AN INTRO INCLUDING WHY YOU ARE READY FOR THIS ADVENTURE, A FUN PHOTO AND YOUR CV, OR A SHORT VIDEO, AND SHARE YOUR PASSION AND INTEREST WITH US!

  • 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.

     

    See full bios of current mentors here

    Darshan Shore

    Peer Mentor

    Middle School Student

    Julie Trell

    Advisor and Consultant at Playful Purpose

    Taylor Martin

    Founder of Rainbow Lightning Village

    Alex Bernat

    Educator for Empowerment

    Vision Quest Martial Arts Extraordinarily Kind Squad, New-Edge Music

    Lily Fangz

    Hip-Hop Artist, MC, Writer, Educator

    Maiyu Ondaro

    Co-Director, Impact Hub and Impact Hub Academy

    Megan Christensen

    VP of Search at Watson University

    Brandon Love

    Artist & Sculptor

    @balance.love.art

    Ethan Levy

    Watson Scholar, Founder of FailUp

    Eduardo Cardona

    Engineer & Sustainable Living Enthusiast

    Rachel Tribble

    Fine Artist

    Michael Brooke

    Publisher of Concrete Wave Magazine, Founder of Longboarding for Peace

  • TESTIMONIALS

    "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.

    JOIN HERE!

    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.

    Founding Dream Circle Members

     

    Dreamweavers ($1000+):

    William Madden - Right Brain Consulting

    Sol Halpern - Highlander Wealth Management

    Jacques Rebibo - Ategra Financial

     

    Dream Makers (Give or Raise $5000):

    Mickie Cameron

     

    Co-Founders (Give or Raise $50,000):

    Matthew Bailey

    Clyde Cleveland

    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

  • SIGN UP TODAY

    We are launching additional missions.. Tell us why you're ready for the next frontier. We will follow up with the rest.

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