When you’re diagnosed with an illness, there are many unknowns ahead. For example, what’s the best future possible for you? At PatientsLikeMe, we believe that no one should have to face these questions alone.
Like today’s patients, today’s youth are also facing uncertainties. With the world economy remaining in a precarious state, it can be hard to imagine a bright future or a rewarding career. That’s why we’re taking a slight detour in today’s blog post to tell you about a contest that’s near and dear to us – the Dare2Dream Challenge. Sponsored by Superfutures, a website that helps teenagers prepare for college and life, the Dare2Dream Challenge is a video contest that asks youth between the ages of 14 and 21 to share their dream career in two to five minutes.
You may be thinking that this sounds a bit like our recent PatientsLikeMe “Express Yourself” Video Contest. And you would be right. We saw how the medium of video allowed our members to tell their powerful stories in their own way, and we’re excited to see how creative today’s youth will get in expressing their hopes and dreams. Know a young person who could use an opportunity to dream this summer? Direct him or her to facebook.com/superfutures or superfutures.com to learn how to enter the contest.
Ten contest finalists will receive a “Cheggucation pack” from the textbook rental company Chegg that includes an iPad 2, a homework help subscription and more. But here’s the real carrot dangling for any young fan of the television show “Glee.” The grand prize winner will receive a free trip to Los Angeles to have lunch and a mentoring session with Iqbal Theba, who plays Principal Figgins on the hit show.
“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.”