The Power of a Dream

This IMPACT entry was contributed by Miguel Angel Ramirez, Jr., a sophomore at Bronx Latin High School in New York City. I had the privilege of hearing Miguel speak last fall at the World Leadership School’s Global Gathering NYC: Schools of Purpose conference in New York. He spoke about the value of purpose in the life of high school students today and inspired me to ask him for this contribution about the value of dreams. Thank you, Miguel Ramirez. 

–Jeffrey Harlan


by Miguel Ramirez


“We, the youth, will not let this opportunity to impact the future slip away from our palm’s grip.”

A dream is beyond a goal which you wish to reach; though, it is an idea which you could never bring yourself to let go of, even after you have achieved it. It is an ambition you remain true to, by all means, in hopes of grabbing ahold of it someday in the future. A dream is boundless and unchained by time’s shackles, and to have a dream is the first step forward in creating change.

imagesAll historical influencers held tightly to a dream. Influencers, whether they were Rosa Parks,  Harriet Tubman or Mahatma Gandhi–and the people alongside them all–each had a dream which lead them on to their journey of success and change. Without the light of dreams flashing within people all around the world, the world would not have progressed in any way and would have forever remained within its negative conditions of suffering, and lack of progression.

This light is said to be dim within youth today, though it is, in fact, something which shines brighter than it ever has. The up and coming generations all have their separate dreams, and this dream will create the peace and unity we all seek today. Setting aside the boundaries which hold us chained against our suffering, these dreams will set the future of our people and our communities onto a path of freedom and equality.

What is equally as important as having a dream, is having the striving and discipline to pursue the dream you have. One can have a dream, but never bring themselves to pursue it, resulting in no change being made and no good power and potential being put to use. This power and potential, which is within a dream and the one who wields it, is the ability to bring infinite amounts of change, and to create all that pleases their heart.

We, the youth, will not let this opportunity to impact the future slip away from our palm’s grip. As long as we have hope to keep us moving forward, our dreams will not go to waste and will become the reality all of our predecessors dreamt of creating and passed onto us.

King Day 2019

On this 24th annual King Day of Service, the largest in the USA, Dreamline was the Signature Service Project. Volunteers from across the city and state created Dream Booths–mobile PVC structures–that will go to dozens of sites across Philadelphia to put Dreamline Banners in the public eye.

These banners are created in the theme of Global Citizen’s King Day of Service: A World Without Gun Violence. Government leaders — Sen. Bob Casey, Governor Tom Wolf, and Mayor Jim Kenney and many others — all lent a hand building Dream Booths and creating Dreamline Banners along with citizens from across Philadelphia. The event’s attendance was estimated at above 3,000. Our goal is to build awareness, inspire hope, and instigate action in the direction of common dreams.

That started today.

Check out this article:

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And our event photos on Facebook:

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King Day Momentum Grows: Dreams of a World Without Gun Violence

On Tuesday this week, hundreds gathered at Girard College in Philadelphia for a press conference and preview of this year’s King Day of Service in Philadelphia, hosted by Global Citizen.

Dreamline is the featured service project for that event. Dream Booths will be distributed across Philadelphia with Dreamline Banners about a world without gun violence. Samples of some great news coverage below:

Channel 6

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Dreamline Selected as Feature Service Project for 2019 Philadelphia King Day Event

This year in our home city of Philadelphia, Dreamline is partnering with Global Citizen, a local community service organizer. Dreamline has been selected as the Feature Service Project for Global Citizen’s King Day Event on January 21, 2019 with an expected attendance of 5,000 people who come to serve and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dream Booth

The theme of the event this year is A World Without Gun Violence. Hundreds of volunteers will be creating Dreamline banners with their dreams of a world without gun violence. They will also be creating portable, free-standing Dreamline exhibition structures called Dream Booths, each one displaying 50 Dreamline banners with dreams on one side and values on the other. Each Dreamline Booth will also contain a shelf on which a box, memorializing a individual who died of gun violence recently, will rest.

These will be packed up at the end of the event and sent to sites around the city where they will be on display for the next few months.  If your school or group is in the Philadelphia region and you would like to be considered as a host site for a World Without Gun Violence Dream Booth, click here for more information and the signup form. If you’d like to volunteer for Dreamline at the event, click here.  (Select “helping in other ways” on the form. )

We’ll keep you posted on how it goes. This kind of program could be done anywhere with Dreamline banners!

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