Dream Builders is a student leadership organization of the Jim Burke Education Foundation. The 2017 program consisted of 32 local teen leaders, divided into teams, who planned and implemented significant community service projects over the course of the school year. Four teams of student leaders showcased their community service projects during the event and competed for cash prizes they donated to local, charitable organizations.
The evening also held a big surprise for the students who were awarded scholarships of $1,000 each to help them continue their education.
Legacy Lasting Impact Award and Best in Class Award:
Team: Bank of the Sierra, YOUniversity
The goal was to inspire students from all walks of life to attend college. They created videos, presentations, and “To Do Lists” with advice on preparing and applying for college.
Donation: Kern Community Foundation
Community Impact Winner:
Team: Aera Energy LLC, OPERATION: Thank You
In an effort to express their gratitude, this team created an inspirational video paying tribute to veterans and their families.
Donation: Honor Flight of Kern County
Creative Strategy Winner:
Team: The Garlic Company, Let’s Globe
This team created a fun, interactive six-week project highlighting cultures around the world for the Boys & Girls Club of Kern.
Donation: Boys & Girls Club of Kern
Best PowerPoint Winner:
Team: Dignity Health, Mercy and Memorial Hospitals, Undo Type 2
This team hosted interactive lessons and a health fair to promote awareness and risks of Type 2 diabetes.
Donation: Bakersfield Police Activities League
The vision of the Jim Burke Education Foundation is to help the youth of Kern County excel through the creation of a leadership program for high school seniors that promotes civic responsibility, youth mentoring, and career building skills.