Meet the Running Strong Dreamstarters

When the Running Strong for American Indian Youth® team told their National Spokesperson, Billy Mills,  they wanted to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his Olympic victory by giving away grants every year for the next five years, he knew he wanted to help Native youth pursue their own dreams for themselves and their communities. So together they created Dreamstarter™– to give Native youth the funds and training they need to make these dreams come true.

In April, Billy got to meet with the Dreamstarters at the first ever Dreamstarter Academy. He was incredibly impressed by their stories and their passion, and is looking forward to working with each Dreamstarter over the next year, helping them all grow into leaders, and watching their dreams come to life.

When you read their stories, we know you’ll be as inspired by their Dreamstarters as we are.

The first class of Dreamstarters includes:

  • Ronnie, a high school student building a weight room to help his rural community get healthy
  • Samantha, who is providing Native youth with a safe place to cope with grief and loss
  • James, a runner from Pine Ridge hosting running camps for youth in every district of his widespread reservation
  • and more!

Nothing makes us happier than the knowledge that, together, we can help these amazing young people pursue their dreams and better their communities.

Click here to read about their dreams, and then see photos of  from the Dreamstarter Academy.