At Rêve Academy, Bryan used friendship to lead his team to success.

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Bryan was ready for another opportunity to learn.

“When my teacher explained Rêve Academy to me, I automatically said yes because it’s a new opportunity and I like new opportunities.

After I went through the first course [in the classroom], my teacher told me that I could be one of the first Metro Heights students to become an intern.

I would say I’ve grown the most in leadership skills. I started showing it here—I started talking to a lot of people, got really comfortable with them. After a while I started showing my skills where I work, which is Target. They recently asked me to be a trainer so I guess I’m a leader there, too.”

I am…

// 17
// A thinker, dreamer, storyteller
// A student at Metro Heights Academy

I dream of…

// Becoming a chef and running my own restaurant

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Ideating with fellow interns and presenting his team’s business concept at Revival, a one-day accelerator for digital professionals.

He embodied the value of Empathy.

“A lot has changed from the beginning to now. A lot of people didn’t know each other so they were really nervous about everything. A lot of them were really quiet and I was one of the few people who wanted to talk to everybody.

I started talking to the quiet ones and got to know what they like to do and how I can help them shine during our projects. Day by day, learning new things about each other, has helped me grow. I think they’ve grown a lot, too.”

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Bryan posing with his Revival team right before they pitch their business idea.

He nurtured his idea until it could stand on its own.

“One of my first business ideas was having a multicultural buffet, which hasn’t really been done yet. That was one of my ideas where I just blew my own mind. Then that idea evolved into an app that encourages traveling in your community and getting to know it better.

The reason I got excited about the buffet idea is because I want to become a chef and run my own restaurant. Chefs don’t learn by cooking the same thing; it’s when they start cooking different things from around the world that it starts to become a wider experience.

I want to become really familiar with technology and find a way to combine the two. I hope to learn a lot more at Rêve Academy. I’ll definitely be coming back.”

See the difference that Rêve Academy makes.

Bryan gained both technical and professional skills in his internship—and he didn’t have to pay a cent. In fact, we paid him a fair wage for his work each week, while he learned:

Professional skills

// Empathy
// Authenticity
// Collaboration
// Achievement
// Ingenuity
// Agility

Technical skills

// Weebly
// Drupal
// Google Drive
// Basecamp
// Agile Development

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Rêve Academy’s student interns of summer 2016.

Help students along their path.

If you have a heart for students, we have a place for you.

Become a digital volunteer and help our interns as they work on real-world projects. Or show our kids what an ordinary day looks like for a working professional. There are lots of ways to get involved, so don’t be shy—we can’t wait to meet you!