"The SuperFutures Dare2Dream challenge mirrors the message that Glee is talking about, basically saying that the dreams of today's youth matter and should be encouraged," says Theba, who plays "Principal Figgins" on the hit TV show. "Funding for college planning and career preparation is desperately needed but, rarely granted, so I got involved with SuperFutures to help bridge that gap and prepare today's youth for success."
"Whether their dream future includes starting a business, creating a dance troupe, climbing the corporate ladder to CEO, becoming a community activist or politician, or skyrocketing to the top of the charts as a rock star, SuperFutures wants to hear from them," said SuperFutures CEO, Jennifer Openshaw. "We're looking forward to seeing how they express themselves - through public speaking, song, dance, acting, art, or any creative presentation - and rewarding the winner with a meaningful opportunity to turn that dream into reality through a mentoring session and taped performance with Glee's Iqbal Theba."
The issue of inspiring youths to pursue their dreams is near and dear to Theba's heart because, "When I was a teen, I ended up in college pursuing someone else's idea for my future" says Theba. "I realized after an internship at a construction company that this was not for me. I started to think about what else I can do with my life. I had no idea I would become an actor. Now, I'm living my dream and with this challenge, I can help others do the same."
The SuperFutures Dare2Dream challenge, made possible by online textbook rental company, Chegg and its philanthropic program, Chegg for Good, asks entrants between the ages of 14 and 21 to create a 2 to 5 minute video that expresses their personal dream using their own unique personality and performance style. Participants can submit videos by October 1. Ten finalists will receive a Cheggucation pack including an iPad 2, homework help subscription and more! The grand prize winner will receive two round-trip tickets to Los Angeles, lodging, and lunch and mentoring with Glee's Theba. To participate, go to www.superfutures.com or facebook.com/superfutures. Teachers and parents may use the learning guide here.
"Chegg for Good and SuperFutures share the same mission: empowering students to make the world a better place," said Chegg Chief Marketing Officer, Esther Lem. "We're excited to support a program that inspires students to excel beyond their wildest dreams!"
SuperFutures student Becca Duberman, 14 and one of the judges, says the "Dare2Dream challenge is a way for students, like me, to use the summer wisely by putting creative talents to work and begin to reach our dreams to either build a business or help others."
SuperFutures is the nation's first and only college and career planning community designed with Harvard experts to help teens answer: What do I want to when I grow up? And, How do I get there? We offer free how-to content, coaching, and courses with real-world experts to help today's teens clarify goals, build skills to succeed, and turn dreams into reality.
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