Dragon Kim Foundation

Dragon Kim Foundation

The Dragon Kim Foundation was founded in 2015 by Grace and Daniel Kim in honor of their 14-year-old son Dragon, who died in a terrible camping accident. After his passing, the Dragon Kim Foundation continues his legacy, carrying on his love of life and learning, making it possible for youth

Dragon Kim Foundation

The Dragon Kim Foundation was founded in 2015 by Grace and Daniel Kim in honor of their 14-year-old son Dragon, who died in a terrible camping accident. After his passing, the Dragon Kim Foundation continues his legacy, carrying on his love of life and learning, making it possible for youth to pursue their passions and giving others the access to a bright future. The Dragon Kim Foundation’s programs empower young people to realize their potential and become successful, contributing members in our community. The Dragon Kim Foundation strives to help today’s youth be more than a leader–Be a DRAGON!

About the Organization:

The Dragon Kim Foundation was founded in 2015 by Grace and Daniel Kim in honor of their 14-year-old son Dragon, who died in a terrible camping accident. After his passing, the Dragon Kim Foundation continues his legacy, carrying on his love of life and learning, making it possible for youth to pursue their passions and giving others the access to a bright future. The Dragon Kim Foundation’s programs empower young people to realize their potential and become successful, contributing members in our community. The Dragon Kim Foundation strives to help today’s youth be more than a leader–Be a DRAGON!

organizational budget

$100,000 - $500,000

existence for

6-10 YEARS

The Issue:

High school students have incredibly creative ideas for bettering their communities but lack experience and funds to lead large-scale projects. Many programs encourage teenagers to do community service but do not provide hands-on mentoring or funding to enable teens to do so. DKF’s Fellowship Program is unique in that we not only encourage high school students to embark on community service projects, but we mentor them closely during the six months it takes to bring their projects from concept to fruition, encouraging them as they make progress and guiding them as they tackle the obstacles that inevitably come. The Fellowship Program combines entrepreneurship and emotional intelligence training to create an innovative approach to integrating AAPI youth into today’s changing labor markets while fostering inclusivity, nurturing the spirit of helping others, and becoming active agents of social change to address the social inequality and economic disparities in the world around them.

The Solution:

The Fellowship Program teaches high school students to develop impactful community service projects. Our Fellows participate in a six-month incubator with three full weekends of intensive social entrepreneurship and business training, are paired with a business mentor to plan their project, and receive up to $5,000 to bring their project to life over the summer. Recent projects include a Kung Fu camp to bridge East-West cultural appreciation, pop-up health clinics, food distribution for low-income families, aquaponic gardens for transitional shelters, upcycled fashion social enterprise for LGBTQ+ teens, and more. The Fellowship Program is unique and innovative because our program leverages different components effectively to make a big impact with minimal dollar amounts. We also run multiple projects simultaneously to serve a large number of diverse, underserved individuals each year. In addition to providing support during the incubator period, we provide guidance to Fellows in their endeavors to continue their projects.

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