Dreams In Progress

​Raise a Dream: Featured Projects

​At any given time, Raise a Dream is engaged with a variety of projects and collaborations. ​Follow our featured projects to learn how we engage sponsors, partners, and champions and how we use collaboration to help raise dreams.

​The Beast: An Animated Film & Mental Health Tool

The Beast - An Animated Film & Mental Health Tool

​It takes a community to rebuild a community. The Beast is an animated disaster documentary turned story of inspiration that will make you laugh and has the power to heal. This is  screenwriter and executive producer Michael Mankowski​​​​​​​​​​​'s animated reimagining of the story of the largest natural disaster in Canadian history, the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire.  The lessons in the film apply to any natural disaster around the world.

The Beast is a wellness, resilience, and mental health tool to help children, families, and communities who have experienced a disaster.

The BIG IDEA is to create supportive coping and resilience resources that complement the film. This project is grounded in collaboration and partnership with groups such as mental health organizations, service clubs, government departments, community development organizations, media, schools, disaster recovery organizations, businesses, and sponsors. By building relationships among a diverse group of stakeholders, such connections will deepen the number of people and communities impacted by this project, foster sustainability in the project, and inspire community change. Visit The Beast IMDb page for a full list of cast and contributors.

How You Can Help:

​Rethink Thinking: Explore What Matters


​​​To help prepare our youth for the coming era of innovation we need to think differently about education and learning. Instead of testing and measuring knowledge, we need to develop the skills and character traits that matter more tomorrow - creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking.

That’s the goal of Rethink Thinking Foundation – to be an incubator for creativity and innovation. To create resilience and bravery needed in youth that allows them to continuously rethink thinking.​

​​​​​​​​​​​​There has been much talk in the education sector recently about the need to modernize the way schools structure teaching and learning. Many schools have already begun the process of rethinking their approach. ​Some schools are further along in this path than others, but it is clear that we are on the cusp of great change. However, transforming the education system will take time.

Launched in 2016, Rethink Thinking is made up of leaders (including Raise a Dream co-founder, Rebecca Kirstein) who are ready to take action now, who are passionate about supporting young people to fulfill their dreams, and who are skilled in the development and implementation of approaches which engage young people as active participants in their own learning.

How You Can Help: