Andrew Mangino

Ashoka Fellow
New York, NY, United States
Fellow Since 2014


This profile was prepared when Andrew Mangino was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2014.
The New Idea
The Future Project is the first-ever attempt to employ within schools someone whose sole job is to reverse the apathy, disengagement, and disempowerment pervasive in low-income schools across America. Andrew is building an army of transformational leaders who work within schools to infect the overall culture across a school with the sole belief that anyone – student, teacher, janitor – can command their environment and effect change. Each full-time Dream Director does so through a combination of direct student training and mentorship, connecting schools to a body of coaches from the wider community, and mobilizing teams of 20 or more committed individuals of every age and background, whose job in turn is to help their peers act on their own “Future Projects”—all the while tailoring their response to the precise needs and conditions of his or her particular school.

Andrew is working toward the day in which Dream Directors are as pervasive in high schools as guidance counselors, through a combination of direct scale and replication, partnerships with existing school networks and training, and storytelling efforts housed on, designed to profile people young and old who are making their dreams a reality within and outside schools, in order to usher in a new wave of champions committed to helping students realize their passions in real-time.

Begun in 2011, The Future Project is currently operating in 16 schools across four cities, and has helped more than 2,000 students build their own Future Projects. With the help of the Mayor, The Future Project will soon embed a Dream Director in every school in New Haven, and is on track to work in 32 schools in the next school year.
The Problem
The Strategy
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