Dreams for Kids is an initiative of GCE Lab School's Learning Labs, creating opportunity for young people at risk and of limited means.
More than just a high school, GCE exists to equip and amplify youth voices, unite communities, and to face boldly the shared challenges of our uncertain future. DFK and GCE missions align in community-driven initiatives that prepare youth to become college and job-ready global citizens.
Dreams for Kids replaces charity with opportunity. We develop young social entrepreneurs through practical education and mentorship so they can turn their ideas into impact.
Youth Executive Board
A dynamic group of young middle school leaders who are proving they are the generation we have been waiting for and that no one has to wait to be great and to make an impact. Our youth board has created nonprofits and social enterprises and is enrolling thousands of like-minded youth to raise money and to fund youth-led startups.
Founder, Project I Am
Founder, Khloe Kares
Founder, Hearing the Call
Activist, The Tiny Diplomat
Founder, Mikey Knows Biz
Founder, Love Your Art Project
Founder, Alyssia's Dream
Founder, Sammie's Buddy Bench Project
Sir Darius Brown
Founder, Paw-Some Mission
Founder, Blankies 4 My Buddies
Founder, Mia's Treats Delight
Join Our Youth Executive Board? We are looking for Amazing Kids just like you.
Dreams for Kids creates shared value partnerships, providing true value for each of our partners in return for their support of our mission.
We arm our corporate sponsors with customizable creative assets, so their marketing can help spread the Dreams For Kids story and unlock the potential of our future social entrepreneurs.
Although no longer part of day-to-day operations, Tom continues to be a guiding light and valuable resource, sharing his over 31 years of developing programs to help Chicago's youth.
Tom founded Dreams for Kids in 1989 at the request of his mother, Patricia Tuohy, a single parent of four children. Abandoned by his father at eight years old, Tom was deeply influenced by mentors who introduced him to a level of suffering in other children far worse than his own difficult challenges and presented him with a vastly different worldview.
Tom is an attorney, author, and public speaker and convinced social entrepreneurship will solve our local and global social issues.
Dreams For Kids
Changing the World On Person at a Time
Read the story of the history of Dreams for Kids. Be inspired by legendary community leaders and mentors and by youth who have found transformation and are making a personal and social impact!
“Dreams for Kids is more than a book. It is a compelling yet practical vision for how to live and change the world. You will be inspired and empowered…and it will change your life.”
—Robert C. Wolcott, Founder and Executive Director, Kellogg Innovation Network Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
“Dreams for Kids captures the true embodiment of humanity. This book inspires people to seek out the extraordinary in everyone they meet…to create a world, one community at a time, that embraces all races, economic classes, cultures, and abilities realizing we are nothing without each other and that we all have value… Dreams for Kids is a vision of beauty, conviction, and discipline…a way of life…This book brings honor, and character and chivalry back to a culture in desperate need of purpose and meaning.”
—Shawna Egan, President/CEO Children s Autism Center --Shawna Egan, CEO Children's Autism Center.
“This book is a must read! I loved it so much that I read it over and over. The many inspirational quotes and real life stories makes the reader want to improve the world. It is a story of compassion and shows the power that each individual possesses. This book really can change lives! It makes you think! It makes you appreciate things! Most importantly, it helps us remember that we are all equal and need to help others! When I first picked up the book, I could not put it down! Sensational!"
—Maureen O'Grady, mother, Berkshire Hathaway
“In a world of great diversity, this amazing book will inspire you to truly make a lasting difference in our time and will provide you with a roadmap to personal fulfillment and true success."
—David Herro, CIO, Oakmark International Fund; Morningstar Fund Manager of the Decade