Glee's Iqbal Theba, America's Best Known Principal and Honorary Principal of SuperFutures.com, kicked off a national Dare2Dream challenge and introduced new "GleeK" technology to provide online guidance counseling and help America's youth reach their dreams.
"The SuperFutures Dare2Dream challenge mirrors the messages Glee talks about, basically saying that the dreams of today's youth matter and should be encouraged," says Theba, who plays "Principal Figgins." "Funding for college planning and career preparation is desperately needed… so I got involved with SuperFutures to help bridge that gap and prepare today's youth for success."
The Dare2Dream challenge is open to those 14-21 as well as choruses, choirs, vocal groups, glee clubs or other groups. Students may enter as an individual or group (although only one prize will be awarded per submission). Anyone under 18 who enters must have parental permission.
Entrants must think up their dream for the future and express how they plan to achieve it via a 2-5 minute video uploaded to the contest Web site. Entrants can sing their dream, perform it, read it in a poem or express it in any other creative form, as long as it can be captured on video.
"Whether their dream future includes starting a business, creating a dance troupe, climbing the corporate ladder to CEO, becoming a community activist or politician, or skyrocketing to the top of the charts as a rock star, SuperFutures wants to hear from them," said Jennifer Openshaw, CEO of SuperFutures and a Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal columnist.
Designed with Harvard experts, SuperFutures is the nation's first college and career planning community focused to help teens answer: What do I want to be when I grow up? And, how do I get there today? The Dare2Dream challenge was made possible by online textbook rental company Chegg and its philanthropic program, Chegg for Good. Ten finalists will receive a Cheggucation pack including an iPad 2, homework help subscription and more. The grand prize winner will receive a trip for two to Hollywood to meet Glee's Theba. To enter, go to www.superfutures.com/dare2dream or facebook.com/superfutures.
By Daniel B. Kline, EducationWorld Contributing Editor
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