Debate #1: June 26 & 27 – Miami, Florida

Dream Corps is a social justice accelerator.

We back initiatives that
close prison doors and
open doors of opportunity for all.

Van Jones, Founder of the Dream Corps
Van Jones

Founded in 2014, the Dream Corps helps cutting-edge initiatives grow big enough to impact millions of lives.

Our slogan is “21st century jobs, not jails.” We support economic, environmental and criminal justice innovators – all under one roof.

Our shared platform helps leaders create synergies, leapfrog obstacles and maximize impact.


Increasing opportunity
in the tech sector

Goal: Help 100,000 young women and men from low-opportunity backgrounds find success in the tech sector.

hand cuffs
Transforming the criminal
justice system

Goal: Reduce our incarcerated population by 50 percent over the next 10 years.

Building an inclusive
green economy

Goal: Move $1 trillion dollars from polluters pockets into low-income communities.
Alicia Keys becomes lead spokesperson for #JusticeReformNOW campaign.


The Dream Corps finds aspiring leaders who have the courage and determination to tackle America’s toughest challenges.
Then we connect them to world-class partners, smart digital tools and national media platforms to help them succeed.
Every day, we are reshaping "what’s possible" in the field of social justice.

What's Next

"Diversity brings so much more to the table - and by focusing outside of the usual and rewarding all sorts of people in tech - we can only make it better. #YesWeCode is doing exactly that."

Steve Wozniak

Co-founder of Apple

"I consider Van a National Treasure, who, through several not-for-profits he has founded, gives so much of himself to righting wrongs and to helping members of the underclass find ways to advance themselves."

Norman Pearlstine

Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer of Time Inc.

"It is rare when you see on this podium Koch Industries followed by the ACLU. But I think that is the strong testament of the opportunity that exists here."

Tulsi Gabbard

Representative (D-Hawaii)

At the #cut50 Bipartisan Summit on Criminal Justice Reform

"For once in my life, I feel that I belong to something. I belong to a movement that is shaping the workforce of tomorrow, offering opportunity for all people, regardless of race and gender."

John Holman, 22

#YesWeCode Coding Corps

"Before #YesWeCode, coding was an unknown. After #YesWeCode, coding is something I'm interested in and something I want to pursue!"

Elexis Daniels, 18

Senior at Perry High School

Join Us

We choose massive goals that propel us far outside of anyone’s comfort zone. Then we build surprising, unlikely alliances that help us win. Be part of our movement to build freedom and opportunity for all.

Thanks to our partners

  • Accenture
  • Alicia Keys
  • Andrus Family Foundation
  • Aphorism Foundation
  • Atlantic Philanthropies
  • Bohemian Foundation
  • Californians for Safety and Justice
  • Essence Magazine
  • Facebook
  • Families Against Mandatory Minimums
  • Fieldwood Fund
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Google
  • Huffington Post
  • Humanity United
  • Michael Skolnik
  • Newt Gingrich / Gingrich Productions
  • NextGen Climate
  • NRDC
  • Oakland Unified School District
  • Prince
  • Rainbow PUSH
  • Surdna Foundation
  • The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • The Energy Foundation
  • The Ford Foundation
  • The Milagro Foundation
  • The Partnership Project Inc.
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • The Roddick Foundation
  • The San Francisco Foundation
  • The White House
  • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • Trinity United Church of Christ
  • U.S. Green Building Council
  • Verizon Wireless
  • Virgin Unite
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Wallace Global Fund
  • Working Assets
  • All our Donors
  • #YesWeCode Employers Council
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