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Program FAQ

The Dream in Me is a 9 month-long initiative led by IDEAS Generation and GCI Health to guide the next generation of young Black leaders (ages 18-24) to develop and communicate about their visions for the future. It is part of a long-term effort to promote IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Social Justice).  Each participant will each receive $500 to implement their vision. 

GCI Health is an award-winning global integrated healthcare communications agency Inspired by People. We share our clients’ desire to improve the health of all people around the world and work tirelessly to contribute to their ambitious goals. Our approach to communications is rooted in looking at all stakeholders – patients, caregivers, healthcare providers, policy makers, reporters and payers – as people with distinct perspectives that shape how they think about health. We create breakthrough, people-driven programs that drive tangible results for our clients and the people they serve.

To learn more, please attend one of our informational sessions:

Session 1: May 3, 2022:


Session 2: May 5, 2022:

Q. Who is eligible for this program?

A. Any person who identifies as Black or African American between the ages of 18-24 years old. (Leaders under age 18 can apply with parental consent). Both U.S. citizens and non-citizens are eligible to apply.


Q. Why must I be a young Black or African American person to be eligible?

A. The Dream in Me program is designed to reflect who Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was and to encourage and inspire young Black leaders to see themselves in the legacy Dr. King created by following suit and making their impact as leaders in the world. As a young Black leader, Dr. King was able to inspire all people to make positive changes, and we are hoping to help aspiring young Black leaders work towards their vision for social change or justice.


Q. What is required in my submission for this program?

A. Entrants must submit a 60-second video or audio file or 500-word essay answering the question “What is your vision for social change in the world?” Past participants have developed projects including:

  • Facilitating a panel for professional women to discuss their experiences with race and ethnicity as they rose in their careers

  • Creating a summer program for middle school students to expose them to different career paths

We encourage creativity in your writing, audio or video. You are not required to be on camera yourself. You will be judged by your content and creativity, not by the spelling or grammar of your essay, or camera quality of your video. 


IDEAS Generation must receive your submission by 11:59 P.M. EST on June 20th, 2022. Please submit your entries to or through the Google form submission link here in order to be considered.


Q. How will the leaders be determined?

A. IDEAS Generation will review all submissions to determine the selected leaders from each age category. Selection will be based on your ability to clearly communicate your vision. We will be looking for people who are able to motivate and inspire others through their creative ideas for improving societal conditions or a brighter future for people who are impacted by inequities. Consider what you want to see changed in your community. What’s the biggest challenge for you or people you seek to impact and how can you implement change to help overcome those challenges?


Q. How many future leaders will be selected this year?

A. Up to 12 young leaders will be selected in 2022. We will re-evaluate this number for future years. 


Q. When will I find out if I was selected to participate in the program?

A. We will be in touch with those selected by June 21, 2022.

Q. What do I need to commit to if I am selected?

A. We will ask that the young leaders selected commit to participating in four (4) quarterly workshops facilitated by IDEAS Generation regarding their vision to improve their communities. 


Additionally, we ask that the selected leaders commit to working with IDEAS Generation and GCI Health staff through monthly check-ins to ensure support and that goals and objectives are met. You will be encouraged to work within your cohort. This is not a guarantee of employment, this is an opportunity to be guided by experts in their field.

Q. How long will the program last?

A. The Dream in Me is intended to last for 9 months following the announced selections.


Q. What is expected from me during The Dream in Me program?

A. We will ask that the young leaders participate in four (4) quarterly workshops approximately 2 hours each and monthly check-ins.


Q. What will be expected from me after the program has ended?

A.  Our hope is to continue the program annually. You may be asked to share your experience with the next set of young leaders selected in forthcoming years.


Q. Will participation in this program provide me access to a job at GCI Health or IDEAS Generation?

A. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee you a position at GCI Health or IDEAS Generation in the future. However, we hope for this to be an ongoing relationship as part of a multi-year commitment.


Q. What if I have questions in the lead-up to the selection?

A. You can direct all questions to  


Alana Mariano
Young Leader

“I think the most unique experience for me was to shift my mind outside of just research and knowledge to more of a creative lens. I highly recommend especially to those who can dream big but are sometimes intimidated by their own dreams.”

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Alex Canale

“[This was] amazing! [My young leader] is a wonderful young woman who is incredibly driven, motivated and efficient. She took feedback well and it was great to see her growth across the program timeline.”

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