8th Annual Dreams to Action Breakfast: Connecting Students to Their Purpose

May 2, 2022

On April 28, we returned in-person to our annual Dreams to Action Breakfast (#DTA22), celebrating nearly 30 years of connecting students to their purpose.

Our keynote speaker, alumna Shaadia Munye, shared her personal story about the impact Project Success has had on her life – and the reasons her own experiences have motivated her to propel the Project Success mission forward.

“For the first time in my life someone asked me questions I had never been asked before. “Shaadia, what are your dreams?” “What do you want your future to look like?” “What are you passionate about? My Project Success family helped me see myself in a new way with many new passions and be ready to act on them.”

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“Our #1 value is kids first,” said Executive Director Adrienne Diercks. “it’s easy to have on a page, but it’s another to live it for students every day. It’s the little things that matter.  And it’s those little things that get you to the BIG things – dreams ignited! Futures planned! Project Success is about love, relationships and dreams. None of our big dreams would be possible without you, the love you have for our students and the relationships and partnerships we’ve built together over time.”

Contributions made at the breakfast help us to motivate and inspire more than 15,000 students to dream about the future, help them take steps to get there and give them the tools they need to set and achieve their goals. Project Success works: 90% of high school students report that Project Success helps them create a plan for graduation, and 90% of teachers report that Project Success helps students to be better problem solvers, be more self-aware of their strengths, be more motivated to succeed in school, and set goals for the future.

Keynote Speaker PS Alumna, Shaadia Munye, with PS Executive Director Adrienne Diercks’

We are excited to share that, with our generous leadership match, together we raised over $235,000 for students. We are grateful for our 2022 leadership match donor, Bridgewater Bank.

This year we also announced at the breakfast the creation of the Karla Ekdahl Access Fund to ensure students have access to Project Success programming with no barriers.  This fund honors the 25 year volunteer commitment of Karla Ekdahl to further the mission of Project Success.

Karla Ekdahl while being honored at DTA 2022

THANK YOU to all who attended this year’s breakfast both in-person and online as part of our new hybrid format.  We look forward to another incredible year of growth supporting students to ignite success from within.