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A monthly subscription box that allows children to explore careers and learn about African American leaders in various industries
A monthly subscription box that allows children to explore careers and learn about African American leaders in various industries
A monthly subscription box that allows children to explore careers and learn about African American leaders in various industries
134 backers pledged $15,341 to help bring this project to life.

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DreamKeepers Box: A STEAM Subscription Box for Kids

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Igniting Dreams. Opening New Worlds of Opportunity.

The DreamKeepers Box is a fun and interactive monthly subscription box created for children ages 8-12. Each month's box will allow children to explore a different career as they learn about African American leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math, known as STEAM fields.

The DreamKeepers Box is the only subscription box that combines career exploration, STEAM education, and Black History.

The DreamKeepers Box aims to provide positive images and expose children to the rich diversity and amazing contributions of Black people, not just in February, but all year long. Our hope is that kids will dream big and see themselves as the next generation of leaders who will change the world!  

Why the DreamKeepers Box?

Who is the DreamKeepers Box for?

The DreamKeepers Box is for ALL kids ages 8-12 who love to read, discover, experience, and/or tinker. The box will ignite curiosity about African American leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math. The DreamKeepers Box is for all children, regardless of race or ethnicity.

Each box will focus on a different career theme. Upcoming themes include architecture, inventing, aerospace, visual arts, computer science, agriculture and music.  

Each month your child will receive:

  • 1-2 books featuring African American leaders 
  • An activity guide 
  • A set of supplies for hands-on projects and activities 
  • A set of DreamKeepers Box collectible cards highlighting African American leaders 
  • Bonus gifts and goodies
Sampling of several boxes
Sampling of several boxes

The DreamKeepers Box features a group of kids called the STEAM Team. The STEAM Team will guide your child through each month’s adventure. Each kid represents an element of STEAM learning-- Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math.

DreamKeepers Box Founders Eleisha Nelson (left) and Deena Williams (right)
DreamKeepers Box Founders Eleisha Nelson (left) and Deena Williams (right)

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer.” - Harriet Tubman

Eleisha Nelson and Deena Williams met while working at a Los Angeles-based education nonprofit and found that they shared a passion for good food, funny internet memes, and making a difference in their community. Together, they have extensive professional experience in K-12 curriculum design, finance, and marketing. Their friendship evolved into a business relationship as they came up with the audacious idea to create a culturally relevant STEAM-based experience that would allow kids to dream big and see themselves as the next generation of business and civic leaders. They believe it is critical to provide positive images and expose kids to the rich diversity and amazing contributions of Black people, not just in February, but all year long.

The funds raised will be used for product development of our hands-on projects and collectible cards. Additionally, the campaign will enable the purchase of items in bulk and ultimately make boxes the most cost effective. Funds will also be used to commission both industry and education professionals to collaborate on the development of upcoming project themes. 

We have big plans for the DreamKeepers Box and are excited about the kids who will be positively impacted by this special box.

Risks and challenges

We have spent the last six months planning, prototyping and getting feedback from industry professionals, parents, and children. The response has been tremendous! So many people have expressed excitement for this concept which has propelled us forward. We can’t wait for the big reveal of our first box in June, only available to Kickstarter supporters.

As we grow our subscriber base, we anticipate that we may run into some challenges in finding an adequate supply of African American children’s books. Children’s literature can be somewhat expensive, but we believe that they are an essential learning resource for children and add tremendous value to our product. We are committed to working with our vendors to find the best literature to accompany each month’s theme.

We have scoped out 18 months of boxes and have identified products and vendors for the first six months of boxes. We have built a production schedule that will provide us with sufficient lead time to avoid delivery delays.

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    DRESS UP YOUR DESKTOP OR MOBILE DEVICE

    You are helping make the DreamKeepers Box a reality. As a reward you will receive:

    • Digital wallpaper of the DreamKeepers Box STEAM Team
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    DreamKeepers Box STEAM TEAM T-Shirt and 30 Piece STEAM Team Puzzle

    This awesome reward might be the perfect solution for individuals who are looking for a different way to support our campaign.

    We will send:

    • Limited Edition STEAM Team t-shirt featuring Simone, Tre, Elijah, Amari and Maya
    • 30 piece STEAM Team jigsaw puzzle featuring Simone, Tre, Elijah, Amari and Maya
    • Digital wallpaper of the DreamKeepers Box STEAM Team
    • A virtual "high five" email to thank you for your support
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    Pledge $40 or more About $40

    EARLY ADOPTER REWARD- Limited Edition Dream Keepers Box (1 month Subscription)

    Be among the first to to get the June 2016 limited edition DreamKeepers box. It will only be available to Kickstarter supporters. Don't miss out! Quantities are limited. Shipping is included.

    You will receive:

    • Limited Edition June 2016 DreamKeepers Box
    • Digital wallpaper of the DreamKeepers Box STEAM Team
    • A virtual "high five" email to thank you for your support
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    EARLY ADOPTER WITH BONUS- Limited Edition Dream Keepers Box and STEAM Team T-shirt

    Be among the first to to get the June 2016 limited edition DreamKeepers box and STEAM Team T-shirt. We have a limited number of t-shirts featuring the STEAM Team and they are only available to Kickstarter supporters. Don't miss out! Quantities are limited. Shipping is included.

    You will receive:

    • Limited Edition June 2016 DreamKeepers Box
    • Limited Edition STEAM Team t-shirt featuring Simone, Tre, Elijah, Amari and Maya
    • Digital wallpaper of the DreamKeepers Box STEAM Team
    • A virtual "high five" email to thank you for your support
    • Updates on our upcoming launch

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    Pledge $125 or more About $125

    CURE TO SUMMER BRAIN DRAIN (3 MONTH SUMMER SUBSCRIPTION)

    The 3 month subscription option is being only offered to our Kickstarter supporters. Cost of shipping is included with this reward.

    • 3-Month DreamKeepers Box Subscription
    • Limited Edition STEAM Team t-shirt featuring Simone, Tre, Elijah, Amari and Maya
    • Digital wallpaper of the DreamKeepers Box STEAM Team
    • A virtual "high five" email to thank you for your support
    • Updates on our upcoming launch

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    Pledge $400 or more About $400

    YEAR AROUND LEARNING w/the STEAM TEAM (12 MONTH SUBSCRIPTION- BEST DEAL!)

    Here is your only opportunity to secure an annual subscription. We are offering the 12 month subscription option exclusively to our Kickstarter supporters. Cost of shipping is included with this reward. Secure this amazing experience for your little one all year long.

    We will send you:

    • 12-Month DreamKeepers Box Subscription
    • Limited Edition STEAM Team t-shirt featuring Simone, Tre, Elijah, Amari and Maya
    • Digital wallpaper of the DreamKeepers Box STEAM Team
    • A virtual "high five" email to thank you for your support
    • Updates on our upcoming launch

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    GIFT A SET OF BOXES TO A CLASSROOM OF YOUR CHOICE (25 boxes)

    This fall, we will send a set of 25 boxes to a classroom of your choice. Give the gift of STEAM learning to an entire classroom of children (recommended for classrooms grades 3-6). Cost of shipping is included with this reward.

    We will send:

    • 25 DreamKeepers Boxes to a classroom of your choice
    • Digital wallpaper of the DreamKeepers Box STEAM Team
    • A virtual "high five" email to thank you for your support
    • Updates on our upcoming launch

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Funding period

- (30 days)