Meet The Bus

Young people are capable of extraordinary things when living lives of passion and purpose. The Dream Bus – and its creator, Lena Jacobs – are proof of exactly that.

It all began as a vision in Lena's head. Then a high school senior in NYC, Lena was inspired by the work of The Future Project in her school and wanted to find a way to share the power of her Dream Director with young people far beyond New York City. The answer, she realized, was to build a bright blue bus, fill it with Dream Directors, and send it off to collect the dreams of young people across the country.

Despite a complete lack of construction experience, at the end of last summer, Lena began building a team of young people to realize her vision. With her leadership and the help of Middlebury College and Cornwall Elementary School, they found a bus, completely gutted it, and reimagined it from the inside out. 15 years of grime became sparkling cedar floorboards. Rows of bolted bench seats gave way to a mobile classroom for the 21st century. And of course, a once yellow bus turned bright blue. The Dream Bus was born.

As the bus makes its way across the country, Lena and her team are inviting students aboard to experience the thrill of a dream in action.

 

 

Dreamer Stories

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.

COLUMBUS, OH

DAVENPORT, IA

OMAHA, NE

FORT COLLINS, CO

July 15

July 16

July 17

July 18

July 21

DENVER, CO

BLANDING, UT

LOS ANGELES, CA

SAN FRANCISCO, CA

July 21

July 22

July 24

July 29

The Road Trippers

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Lena Jacobs

Creator

Lena is a Future Project alumna of the class of 2013. In high school, she aspired to renovate a bus and drive it across the country – a dream that's now come true with the renovation of the Dream Bus!

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Alex Colby

Documentarian

Alex has documented the stories of hundreds of powerful students through his work at The Future Project. On the bus, he'll create films that capture the magic of everyone he meets on the tour.

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divine Bradley

Dream director

A long-time Dream Director with The Future Project, Divine is no stranger to bringing bold dreams to life. He'll bring the coaching methods he's refined in Newark high schools as he travels across the country.

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lamarr womble

DREAM DIRECTOR

A native of Omaha, NE, Lamarr has been Dream Directing with The Future Project for over two years. He's thrilled to bring the bus to his hometown and to inspire dreamers to take action all along the way.

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brandon gell

ARCHITECT

Brandon spent the entire month of June constructing the interior of the Dream Bus. He'll be joining the Dream Bus crew at its final destination to see it with students aboard,
operating in full swing.

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katherine welsh

video editor

Katherine uses her creative genius to find truly magical moments in footage. She'll be on the bus editing the stories we capture at lightening speed to share our trip with the world in real time.

Sign the Pledge

 

I pledge to join the national movement of dreamers already living with passion and purpose, and vow to do whatever it takes to reach my dream–no matter how bold.

 
 
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The Dream Bus Thanks

MATT PARKER

MORGAN RAITH

JOHN RAITH

JOSH ESPY

LARSON LOVEDAL

ABI SESSIONS

tHE VESSA FAMILY

LOU NOP

CECE RICHTER

maddie hoar

JESSIE KLINck

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KATIE O'NEIL

THE JACOBS FAMILY

THE KRAUS FAMILy

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ALEX POTTER

JOAN HENRY

SCOTT HAUGHTON

CORNWALL ELEMENTARY

CAROLINE TROWBRIDGE

LUCY READING

NATHAN WEIL

CHARLIE MACCORMACK

MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE

HEATHER NEUWIRTH

LIZ ROBINSON

KATE ROBINSOn

naila jahan 

gale burkholder

AUBOCHON'S MIDDLEBURY

 

RANCE KIRBY

GINA FUCHS

BRIAN GELL

LAURIE WINKLE

THE TREE HOUSE                   

BARRET FELKER

LI liu

HEYI CHANG

Andrew stickney

David bradbury

cATHERINE COLLINS

NAPA MIDDLEBURY

ANDY SHAW

CECE KENNEY

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