Create your life to achieve your potential.
LifeDreams is one of the Legacy Project's three banner programs, along with Across Generations and Our World.
LegacyCubed is a powerful life tool for all ages and a catalyst for social change. There are three levels to evolving your legacy through your life: personal (LifeDreams), interpersonal, and community.
LifeDreams explores personal development and creating your life. What are your dreams – what would you like to be, do, learn? How can you achieve your goals? What can you learn about your own hopes and dreams and those of others? How can you be the best you can be throughout your lifetime?
Life expectancy in North America has increased from 47 years for those born in 1900 to 78 years for those born in 2007. Added years equal added potential, and added impetus to find meaning across the life course. But the education system is struggling to reinvent itself in light of the demands of the twenty-first century. Further, in a world of rapid change and significant challenge, lifelong learning is more important for fostering productive, engaged citizens and for countries to remain competitive in the global economy. Depending on region, 25% or more of high school students – and 40% of minorities – don't graduate on time. Even for those who complete high school and university, little guidance is provided for planning for the entire life course and creating a life path. 50% of current college grads are jobless or underemployed. 66% of grads say making a difference through their work is a priority; 45% of grads say they would take a lower level of pay to do so. As high as 70% of all generations – from Millennials to Boomers – agree that, rather than leaving it to others, they have a personal responsibility to make things better for society.
The YOU 177 initiative helps you find your path, takes you on a journey from dreams to legacy to build a 7-Generation World. It helps you find what matters to you, and use that to make your own life better and make a difference in the world.
A key resource for YOU 177 and the LifeDreams program is the award-winning bestseller Dream. A one-of-a-kind collaboration, Dream combines contemporary art from 15 top illustrators with thought-provoking quotations from historical sages and a multilayered poetic story about hopes and dreams across a lifetime. You're never too young or too old to dream! The book has won a remarkable 11 national awards, including an International Reading Association Children's Choice, a Teachers' Choice, an iParenting Award, and the Pinnacle Award as Best Gift Book.
Fanning out around the core of the Dream book are a variety of LifeDreams components. These include LifeDreams literacy and goal-setting activities, guides, essay contests, school presentations, and workshops. Many of the resources are free on this website.
If you're a parent or grandparent, there are engaging activities and ideas for opening thoughtful discussions with children and teens about dreams and goals. For teachers and youth leaders, there are learning springboards into a number of areas, from literacy to character education to life skills. If you're a leader of a seniors program, there are ideas for encouraging elders to set new goals and mentor the next generation.
You're never too young or too old to dream! And the world needs more Dreamers – because they're the people with the creativity and courage to make a difference. No matter what stage of life you're in, LifeDreams takes you to the next step with inspiration, insights, and information on living your dreams and making a difference.
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