Engage Students. Equip Staff. Empower Families.™

Educators, Parents, and Caring Adults Face Unprecedented Educational Challenges


How do we make a difference and help create brighter futures in our schools, at home, and in our youth development organizations?  Our youth are bombarded with social pressures and negativity and often bullying that spreads to the masses – in minutes through social media. The increased numbers of broken families, poor nutritional choices, digital distractions, Tik-Tok, addicting video games, and more, all lead to unprecedented mental health challenges and many under-performing students who are not ready for college and/or career. Today’s educators need our help now, perhaps more than ever.

It’s bigger than we may first think…We all know that China, not Finland is now #1 in education. Americas’ global competitiveness in an ever-flat 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.world is at risk. Why does America have millions of unprepared students who are not able to effectively communicate, collaborate, critically think, create, or problem solve to overcome obstacles in school, work, life, and even play?

The Albert Einstein quote surely applies here:

“We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.”

The Realizing Dreams Einstein inspired and infused interventions were created by an 8th grade student who won the school citizenship award, then in 1982 the Outstanding Student Award Scholarship in college for his heartfelt answer, “I like helping people” … when others said, “It will look good on my resume”. In 1992, he received the Alumni of the Year Award. In 2011, The National Parenting Center awarded their Seal of Approval for many of his active learning tools and discovery games that bridge the generational divide. And, recently in 2018 his Alma Mater awarded him the Community Service Award, which is presented to a graduate for extraordinary community service and for contributions that advance the improvement of society.  Teamwork and FamilyPlay™ helps you engage students, equip staff and empower families through positive, purposeful play.™Plus, his more than 37 years of experience as a corporate executive turned entrepreneur and experiential educator. It’s Jim Cantoni’s, Realizing Dreams founders’ lifetime vision to give back and advance human potential in education and health. 

At Realizing Dreams, our purposeful play helps you connect schools, families, and communities, to ensure student success. Our passion is to help you inspire potential, synchronize generations, and transform lives™ in education and health.

We provide, inexpensive learner-centered tools for only $.99 to $21 per student, and inspiring hands-on workshops using highly effective evidence-based strategies that spark relevant and meaningful conversations that open communication, create connections, and strengthen relationships with educators, parents, and students of all ages. Our student-centered enrichments make it easy and fun for you to change attitudes and influence positive behaviors. It’s Positively Empowering.™

We invite you to experience our Results-Based Outcomes that:

1) Empower kindergarten to college students

They go from unaware to self-aware, negative to positive, fearful to confident, unmotivated to motivated, underperforming to Realizing Dreams.us. It's Positively Empowering™performing, unhappy to happy by engaging in self-discovery, equipping with self-efficacy Life Skill Assets™, and empowering life-changing mindsets that help our young people work through social and emotional issues for mental health and well-being.

Students now take-action with transferable skills that get America’s young people future-ready for college and/or career success.

2) Excite educators

They rediscover their passion to engage with students and are now happy, excited, and fulfilled.

3) Engage parents, grandparents, and caring adults

They are now engaged and proud partners who know how to link learning for student success.

See and hear it for yourself

Video #1 – Realizing Dreams Introduction and Overview

Summary: “What they got out of it is a clear road map to their success and it came from inside of them. It made it easier for me to get them focused on what they want to do in the future, like getting in to college and doing positive things in their life. It made it easier to make them change.” – Walter S., Educator

BEYOND Family Engagement to Family Empowerment

Empowering Middle & High School Student Success Plans

Make Mom's, Dad's and Grandparent's Proud

“Now they are going to start accomplishing something.” – a proud Hartford dad

#8 Helping Elementary & Middle School Teachers Discover Students Dreams for their Futures

#9 How to Inspire High School and College Student Leaders

Meet the Author

Jim Cantoni

Meet the Author Jim Cantoni 7 Steps for Empowering Youth: Self-Awareness Developing Grit and a Growth Mindset. Also author of Cracking the Code the Student Success: Advancing Human Potential in Educaiton and Health
Meet the Author Jim Cantoni 7 Steps for Empowering Youth: Self-Awareness Developing Grit and a Growth Mindset. Also author of Cracking the Code the Student Success: Advancing Human Potential in Educaiton and Health