In partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters and Urban Synergy, the Dream Big program targets youth facing socioeconomic disadvantages in London and Irvine, California. We continue to search for innovative ways to tap into human potential through our social science research, thought leadership and solutions to create more meaningful, fulfilling lives. And more than ever, we are committed to strengthening our communities’ social, emotional, and economic wellbeing.
Through our partnerships, we aim to uplift the youth to not only define passions but to help educate and instill the knowledge needed to compete in today’s job market and be better prepared for the future. We leverage the time and talent of WTW colleagues to empower those between the ages of 15-18. Our colleagues help to train and prepare the youth for the corporate world and help them to develop skills to build a foundation for their future careers.
Why did it start?
DreamBig@WTW evolved out of a women’s leadership program called The Next Three. Three women came together with a mission in mind to create a youth program where we can see real identifiable changes in our community.
What are the activities?
A crucial component of the Dream Big program is giving back. We’re committed to serving our communities and one example of how we do that is volunteering. In past events, our incredible mentees have provided services such as distributing donated food, assembling food boxes, and putting together necessities for distribution.
One fun thing the team achieved is setting a new record of assembling and distributing more than 250 hot meals and items to families in need.
“I took for granted that I have a hot meal every night – DreamBig mentee.”
What is the impact?
When we consider the impacts, we think about training. We think about guidance. We think about the mentor-led workshops and how the development of soft skills, such as interpersonal communication, time management, and problem solving skills are necessary pillars in the foundation in which one develops their career. We want to ensure our youth are gaining the skills and tools needed to navigate successful work experiences now and in the future.
What do you envision for the future of the DreamBig program?
We envision the program will grow to reach and impact additional cities and locations within the U.S. and to determine which cities the program works with in the near future such as New York City, Dallas, Atlanta and Detroit.
What makes you proud to be part of the DreamBig program?
The impact one individual, an initiative, or a program may have on a community through outreach, giving back, and propping up our youth. This embodies DreamBig’s core pillars and defines the approach we’re taking in investing in our youth. Helping them understand and tap into their potential is critical and can only better position us and our communities in the future.