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A society where children from all area codes and backgrounds are empowered to fulfill their academic and career potential.



To empower underserved students to achieve their college and career goals by offering them greater access to exposure, internship and educational opportunities.

Too often, traditional public-school students are denied access to the resources and opportunities that would allow them to achieve their college and career goals. The Dream Initiative helps close the exposure, academic, and opportunity gaps by offering selected students with greater access to travel, mentors, networks, and tutoring. These support structures empower students to achieve their fullest potential.


The Dream Initiative is a series of programs designed to provide students exposure to careers, colleges and high-profile networks.


Created by two former Alabama public school teachers, The Dream Initiative operates through a 501c(3) non-profit foundation. In 2020 these programs are exclusively open to all non-magnet 10th and 11th grade Montgomery Public School students




As a Teach for America Corps Member in Lowndes County, AL, Spencer Marzouk founded The Mission Possible Initiative, which has since gone to serve students in numerous regions across the US.


Spencer is excited to carry-on this vision with launch of The Dream Initiative, providing more avenues for students to reach their full potential.


In addition to his leadership at The Dream Initiative, Spencer is Senior Manager of Strategy at Tupperware Brands Corporation.


He is the recipient of the 2019 Mentor of The Year Award, by Determined to Educate Inc. for his leadership in social enterprise.


He holds a bachelor’s in business management from New England College, where he graduated Class President, Captain of the Basketball Team, and member of the Alpha Chi National Honors Society. 









Phillip Ensler is a civil rights lawyer and policy advocate in Montgomery, Alabama. He started and has led Marching On: Montgomery to DC since 2012, when he was a Teach for America history teacher at Robert E. Lee High School.


Phillip is co-chair of the Montgomery Community Remembrance Project, which seeks to honor those who were lynched in Montgomery County, and facilitate a process of truth and reconciliation.


He also serves as the President of the Junior Board at That’s My Child youth community center in North Montgomery; President of the Jewish Federation of Central Alabama; and co-chair of the policy and advocacy committee on Teach for America Alabama’s alumni board.


Phillip received his B.A. in Political Science from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he was also a White House intern in the Obama Administration.


Nick Wright is a strategy manager for Pearson Education, the world’s largest education company, and is based in New York City. At Pearson, Nick has helped form the inaugural P.R.I.M.E group aimed at helping the company focus more on hiring and promoting diversity within the workplace. He’s been a key member of the Mission Possible team since 2014, where he was a high school mathematics Teach for America corp member. Nick helped expand the program outside Alabama to serve students in the Prince George’s County (MD) school district. Nick received his B.A. in Economics and Political science from Claremont McKenna College. 

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Nick Wright

Director, New York Programs


“Having the courage

to step outside of my world and go on that trip has led me to be the fearless leader I am today and continue

to strive to be in my future endeavors.”

~ Udonna

2012 Participant

Attending The University of Alabama

~ Dakyla

2018 Participant

Attending Howard University

After touring Howard University, I [saw] myself there. This trip showed me the opportunities that are out there. This trip was only the beginning of what is a super bright future.”




Maura Hayes



David Lieber



Stan Craig

GTS Securities, LLC


Stephen Kaminsky

Jump Trading


Greg Lorjuste

The Obama Foundation


Udonna Simpson

The Dream Initiative Alumni, The University of Alabama


Antonio Williams

Sidney Lanier High School


Cindy Baah

American Express


Marva Gumbs

The George Washington University



Thank you to our current and past partners for creating opportunities and experiences for our students and supporting them on their journeys.

  • American Express

  • Disney/ ABC

  • Goldman Sachs

  • GTS Securities

  • Cantor Fitzgerald

  • Oppenheimer

  • NYSE

  • Delta Airlines

  • Sony/RCA Records

  • The NFL

  • The NBA

  • UBER

  • Facebook

  • Google

  • MakerBot

  • JumpTrading

  • The Huffington Post

  • The New York Times

  • The Aspen Institute

  • The George Washington University

  • The University of Alabama

  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Howard University

  • The Obama Foundation

  • The Washington Wizards

  • Office of Congresswoman Terri Sewell

  • Office of United States  Senator Doug Jones

  • Office of Montgomery County Commissioner Rhoda Walker

  • The United States Department of Education

  • The Alabama State Department of Education

  • The Jewish Federation of Central Alabama

  • The Faith and Politics Institute

  • The Expectations Project