Realizing Dreams Plan Futures. Transform Lives.™

Reflective games, action journals, and workshops that help students discover what unlocks their potential and inspires them to...




With school budgets being cut, our schools need help providing purposeful student-centered enrichment. When budget is not there, and since 2005, Realizing Dreams has gone into schools, Boys and Girls Clubs, summer camps and more for free. Please donate today to support Realizing Dreams Youth Empowerment Summits and our programs that inspire student potential, equip teachers with new teaching strategies,  and engage families as partners in learning. Together, through our collective impact we can, and will support student achievement and success.

An invitation for your school, camp or community to join in or host a Realizing Dreams:

YES! ...Youth Empowerment Summit

Results-Based Outcomes: Besides happier, students report a BIG increase in 1) Confidence 2) Focus and 3) Motivation to Achieve and Succeed. A Juvenile Justice teen even went from a 51 to a 91 in English less than one week later. We understand this sounds incredible, hear her for yourself in the video above. - Jim Cantoni, Founder and Author of Cracking the Code to Student Success

Make Kids Happy

Make Parents Proud

In a game style of play, elementary, middle, high school and college students express their thoughts and feelings about their strengths, passion, interests, hopes, dreams, and goals in life.

Depending on group size, in 45 to 90 minutes, students create a personal “Game Plan” for a successful future.


We help you connect Schools, Families, and Communities for Student Success.

Our Student Success Formula:

Rigorous and Relevant Student-Centered Enrichment

+Evidence-Based Activities

+Results-Based Outcomes

= Student Success

How It Works

Our 3 Step Game Plan (a.k.a. Lesson Plan)

Student Learning Objective: In a game-style of play, increase self-awareness, confidence, focus, and motivation to achieve and succeed.

Step 1:

Engage all ages. Give K to college students a voice and choice in their lives.

All’s it takes is our award-winning, discovery card game and little Teamwork and FamilyPlay.

Step 2:

Express thoughts and feelings about your future. Talk, laugh, share, and learn more about each other’s strengths, passion, interests, hopes, dreams and goals in life.

Talk, laugh, share, and learn more about each other’s interests, hopes, goals, and dreams in life.

Step 3:

Move the inspired talk to action using the companion reflective action journal, 7 Steps for Empowering Youth: Self-Awareness Developing Grit and a Growth Mindset.


Within 90 minutes, kindergarten to college students create a personal “Game Plan for a Successful Future”. Educators and parents gain insight and learn how to link learning to what brings kids alive so they thrive.

Kindergarten, elementary, middle school, high school and college students create a game plan for a successful future. Realizing Dreams: YES! Youth Empowerment Summit. Jim Cantoni

Your Role

Our 3 Step Game Plan for a Successful Event

Let’s keep it simple…

  1. You provide the place, students, staff and/or families.

  2. We bring the interactive hands-on program, materials, inspiration and positive energy.

  3. Participants are engaged, have FUN and help lead the Realizing Dreams: YES! … Youth Empowerment Summit activities.

Give Voice. Gain Insight. Link to Learning. Realizing Dreams: YES! Youth Empowerment Summit

How long is it?

Can adults join in?

Depending on group size, we have, and can engage, equip and empower™ all ages (5 to 70+) within 45 to 90 minutes.

We encourange staff, parents and caring adults to participate and if they want, even complete the action journal. After all, we believe that life is more fun when we are Realizing Dreams in Teams™.

Realizing Dreams It's Positively Empowering

The Impact

Together, in our school, family and community partnerships, we will collectively help our schools improve educational outcomes.


K to College Student’s you will:

Increase self-awareness, be happier, more confident, and feel very empowered!
Be inspired as you identify your Top 5 Strengths, and:
Express your thoughts of what you want to do in school, work, life and play.
Discover more of who you really are and find your internal drive that brings you alive and makes you thrive.
Create simple, quick, yet powerful research-based action plans using GETTING SMARTR™ Goals that clearly show you how you are going to get there.
Continue your journey and take home your keepsake reflective action journal, 7 Steps for Empowering Youth: Self-Awareness Developing Grit and a Growth Mindset

Empower Elementary School Students, Campers,  Families, Administrators, Teachers, and School Counselors
  1. Build confidence and unlock  student potential.
  2. Make it easier for School Counselors to complete Student Success Plans (SSP’s).
  3. Support teachers and parents in student motivation to learn.
Empower your Staff Training, Post-Secondary, College Student Success

Educators, mentors, parents and caring adults you will:

  • Clearly see how to create powerful connections and better relationships with students in school, after-school programs and as postive role models at camp

  • Quickly gain insight to help our young people identify strengths and discover what motivates them to do the best in their life

  • Inspire students to change mindsets and behaviors and make better choices to support social and emotional learning (ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors)

  • Make it easier for School Counselors to complete Student Success Plans (SSP’s) – even starting in Kindergarten

  • Learn how to help students create their own plans to overcome obstacles, including any worries or fears that may be preventing our young people from reaching their potential

WATCH THESE VIDEOS to hear what caring adults and Positive Youth Development professionals have to say.

Everyone will:

Gain insight how to systemically continue the inspiration, personalize and link learning to increase our young people's success in school, work, life, and play.


What Educators, Mentors and Positive Youth Development Professionals are Finding

“The book, 7 Steps for Empowering Youth is a simple tool for youth, their parents or any “trusted” adult to work together to develop a plan, a mindset, and goals for the future.

At the Realizing Dreams Family Empowerment Seminar in East Hartford using the reflective action journal, “7 Steps for Empowering Youth”, youth were able to talk about and create personal game plans for their future dreams and goals with their parents. 

We were able to witness the active parent-child collaboration and communication that this book can stimulate. It has the ability to enhance and link learning to the educational achievement and success of their children.


Inspire Parents as Partners in Learning

GO BEYOND Family Engagement to Family Empowerment

This short video of what families found will touch your heart. My 19-year-old son Nathan joined us. – Jim Cantoni, Founder

Ready to have your students create a personal Game Plan for a successful future?

How do you get started?

1) Do-It-Yourself – get our self-explantory tools

2) Train-the-Trainer / Staff Professional Development / Family Engagement – On Site or Online

3) Invite us in to facilitate a Realizing Dreams: YES! Youth Empowerment Summit at your school, camp, or community organization.

Our goal is provide a Transformational Experiential Engagement™.


Questions? Call 860.657.0770 or Contact us. You’ll be happy you did!

E to the second power power puts youth and adults on the same page, usually in minutes, not months. It is a Realizing Dreams leadership strategy and teaching formula for exponential achievement in school, work, health, life and play.

“Together, we can and will inspire potential, synchronize the energy and experience of generations and transform everyone’s lives.”

– Jim Cantoni, author of Cracking the Code to Student Success

Realizing Dreams Plan Futures. Transform Lives.™
Realizing Dreams It's Positively Empowering