Students with Dreams is a youth leadership programme that enables college students to develop innovative projects that address pressing social issues, and provides them with training, mentorship, and seed funding.

Students With Dreams

  • I have always known that I wanted a job that involved me helping people, but the Students with Dreams program opened my eyes to look to avenues that involve empowering the community to help itself.
    — Dreamer Madalo Banda
  • Students with Dreams taught me that you have to get creative to overcome problems that arise. You have to think out of the box.
    — Dreamer Lekodi Banda
  • I plan to continue battling social problems that are persistent in our communities in order to ensure that our generation and all future generations live in a better world.
    — Dreamer Alinafe Gama
  • Students with Dreams changed our perspective on the magnitude of social problems as we dealt with them directly.
    — Dreamer Ellen Kafuwa

The first creative leadership programme of its kind for college students in Malawi, Students with Dreams inspires young leaders to become agents of change in society by: encouraging critical thinking and creative problem solving; cultivating skills in project design, implementation and management; and fostering inter-disciplinary collaboration and mutual support.

Through partnerships with Chancellor College, Domasi Teacher Training College, and Malawi College of Health Sciences, three to six student projects are implemented annually. Projects are chosen through an application and interview process. Once selected, Dreamers meet weekly throughout the academic year to brainstorm, share challenges and successes, offer feedback. and support one another in the design and implementation of their projects. Two Dreamers from the previous year serve as mentors, ensuring the programme’s sustainability.

Dreamer Projects

Dreamers in Residence

A number of Dreamer projects have grown into full-fledged campaigns, programmes, or organisations. After successfully completing Students with Dreams, Dreamers can apply to the Dreamers in Residence Programme. Dreamers in Residence receive an additional year of mentorship and guidance to facilitate the transition of Dreamer projects into independent initiatives.

Students With Dreams Stories