Young American Dreamers?

Public conversation about the American Dream persistently reveals concern about its continuance for the next generation, particularly regarding economic and education opportunities.  However, most of that conversation about the next generation's future Dreams are conducted as if they were not even in the room.

The Center for the Study of the American Dream focuses deliberate attention on the next generation of American Dreamers, providing opportunities to hear their voices.


Young American Dreamers, Cincinnati OH

Young American Dreamers Speak-Out

With a grant from the Seasongood Foundation and in cooperation with WCET Public Television, the Center successfully conducted a pilot broadcast show entitled "Young American Dreamers." The live broadcast brought together a diverse panel of high school students in the Cincinnati tri-state region; they were encouraged to express their Dreams-- both for their own personal futures as well as America?s future.

Despite the negativity of current conventional wisdom, these young people shared their optimism, their enthusiasm, and their own generation's unique and honest take about their future American Dreams.

"I think that a lot of [politicians] seem to be forgetting that they are planning for our future?.I've just noticed amongst my friends, there is a lot of distrust again. And we just hope that they don't mess everything up for us, so that when we get to be adults and we enter the work force, we will be prepared to take on the troubles of the country."

~Marisa from Ursuline Academy

"[The American Dream] is to go beyond expectations, not to just live in your comfort zone?to learn as much as you possibly can."

~Sara from Newport High School

"I do have people like my family and my teachers who support me, especially when they signed me up for this program, that believe in me and tell me I need to go for my dreams."

~Dontre from Hughes STEM High School

"One main part of my American Dream is I want to be able die and say I lived a happy life. I want to be happy. No matter if that?s me being broke and serving in a soup kitchen, I just want to be happy."

~Johnnay from Princeton High School

"I think the American Dream is and has been the idea of constant improvement. That is, even though people aren?t perfect, we learn from our mistakes and we are constantly striving for a better society."

~Trent from Lawrenceburg High School