Kristi Yamaguchi's Always Dream Foundation

Kristi Yamaguchi's Always Dream Foundation ADF inspires underserved children to reach for their dreams through innovative reading programs and by advancing the cause of early childhood literacy.
Founded in 1996 as a 501c(3), Non-Profit, Public Charity, Kristi Yamaguchi's Always Dream Foundation was established with one purpose in mind: to support organizations that have a positive influence on children. Since its inception, the Always Dream Foundation has purchased computers for an after-school mentoring program, provided "shopping sprees" for underprivileged children to purchase back-to-school clothing, organized Holiday parties for children's shelters and sponsored summer camp for kids with disabilities. Always Dream has now made a long-term commitment to address the deepening crisis in education in the United States. Committed to the belief that early childhood literacy is the foundation on which all academic and, in fact, life success is built, we have set our sights on dramatically improving access by children of low-income families to books and technology.
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Guess who is joining Kristi Yamaguchi for Online Story tomorrow? The one and only Scott Hamilton, fellow Olympic Gold Me...
03/31/2020

Guess who is joining Kristi Yamaguchi for Online Story tomorrow? The one and only Scott Hamilton, fellow Olympic Gold Medalist and children's book author! He will be reading his inspiring book, Fritzy Finds a Hat: a gentle tale to help talk with children about cancer. We hope to see you on Kristi's page Wednesday at 10 a.m. PST! RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/522254195394752/

"We may be stuck inside right now, but there's a whole world we can explore each day by reading. Re-reading old favorite...
03/30/2020

"We may be stuck inside right now, but there's a whole world we can explore each day by reading. Re-reading old favorites fosters a sense of security in children. Stop every few pages and ask, 'What's going to happen next?' Making predictions helps young readers pay attention to details and understand that the author leaves little clues for them along the way." - Kathy, Book Coach at Always Dream Foundation

The students and families in our Always Reading program receive weekly tips and inspiration via text from our creative Book Coach Kathy! ❀️ Kathy and all our teachers are true heroes.

We will all get through this together.
03/27/2020

We will all get through this together.

I will teach you here or there, I will teach you anywhere.

Storytime is an essential part of a child's education, and it's fun for the whole family! Join us for our second Online ...
03/24/2020

Storytime is an essential part of a child's education, and it's fun for the whole family! Join us for our second Online Storytime with Kristi Yamaguchi tomorrow, Wednesday at 10 a.m. PST. on Kristi's page: Storytime with Kristi Yamaguchi: It’s a Big World Little Pig. She'll be reading her book, It's a Big World Little Pig! Supplement the reading with a free activity booklet-- just email [email protected]. Full storytime schedule coming soon! πŸ“šβ€οΈ #BooksBringUsTogether #AlwaysDream #AlwaysReading #Storytime

03/24/2020
Kristi Yamaguchi

Did you tune in to our first storytime with Kristi Yamaguchi last week? We're coming back again this Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m.! Meet you at her page!

Dream Big Little Pig story time 🐷

03/20/2020

Online Storytime with Kristi Yamaguchi starts in one hour on her page! See you soon!

03/18/2020
Kristi Yamaguchi

We are SO EXCITED that Kristi Yamaguchi will be hosting a Facebook Live Storytime this Friday at 10 a.m. Tune in with your kiddos! We hope to make this a regular event to give you parents some reprieve during this difficult time. We're also cooking up some other fun ideas to help engage kiddos at home.

What book do you want her to read first?

Story time readings coming soon!

03/18/2020

GOING LIVE TOMORROW!
Join us Weds, March 18
at 9 a.m. PST for a special Facebook Live with
Kristi Yamaguchi!

Happy International Women's Day! Today we're celebrating our Foundation's fearless female founder Kristi Yamaguchi πŸ’— For...
03/09/2020

Happy International Women's Day! Today we're celebrating our Foundation's fearless female founder Kristi Yamaguchi πŸ’— For years she has inspired girls (like the one writing this post! πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ) to reach for their dreams. And now with YOUR HELP, she's opening more doors for more kids. She's a true champion with a heart of gold! #alwaysdream #internationalwomensday #whoruntheworld

Thank you for giving kids the strongest start and supporting early childhood literacy. For us, #ReadAcrossAmericaWeek is...
03/04/2020

Thank you for giving kids the strongest start and supporting early childhood literacy. For us, #ReadAcrossAmericaWeek isn't just fun & reading, but it's a reminder of WHY our mission is so important. Every child deserves access to education. Every child deserves to dream big. βœ¨πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

03/02/2020
Good Morning America

Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss! We're so excited to kick off Read Across America Week. What is your favorite Dr. Seuss book?

Today is Dr. Seuss’ birthday and we’re celebrating with the one and only Cat in the Hat!

02/28/2020
60 Second Docs

❀️ What sweethearts! Should we try this?

So every kid gets a bedtime story

Tomorrow is the day! Our girl Kristi is being awarded the Leading with the Heart award from Yours Humanly, an amazing in...
02/22/2020

Tomorrow is the day! Our girl Kristi is being awarded the Leading with the Heart award from Yours Humanly, an amazing international organization that funds local and global efforts to provide underprivileged children in underserved communities access to educational programs and resources. Join us in her cheering section at the 2020 Gift of Schooling Gala! GiftofSchoolingGala.org

"Excited for San Fransisco to host the PGA Championship at Harding Park. Today a little media with Brooks Koepka ... yes...
02/19/2020

"Excited for San Fransisco to host the PGA Championship at Harding Park. Today a little media with Brooks Koepka ... yes his wedge shot went way farther than my drive!" πŸ˜† πŸŒπŸ»πŸ† - Kristi Yamaguchi #SFGiants #swagexchange

Happy Valentine's Day! πŸ’— This cutie book about love comes with temporary tattoos for you and your boo, modeled by mommy ...
02/14/2020

Happy Valentine's Day! πŸ’— This cutie book about love comes with temporary tattoos for you and your boo, modeled by mommy and son. #letsbeweirdtogether

What a DAY! Yesterday, we hosted our first Leadership Seminar with leadership expert and career coach, Carol Isozaki. Hu...
02/14/2020

What a DAY! Yesterday, we hosted our first Leadership Seminar with leadership expert and career coach, Carol Isozaki. Hundreds of you walked away feeling inspired, energized, and ready to tackle their Plan to be Amazing!β„’ And best of all, registration fees benefitted our students and together we raised over $35,000 for early childhood literacy! These funds will support 100 new students from underserved communities in our Always Reading Program. Now that's truly AMAZING!

What an honor! We are so grateful that Kristi is being honored by Yours Humanly at their Gift of Schooling Gala on Satur...
02/12/2020

What an honor! We are so grateful that Kristi is being honored by Yours Humanly at their Gift of Schooling Gala on Saturday, February 22! Join us for a night of supporting early childhood education! Use code KY2020YH75 to save $75 on your gala tickets: GiftofSchoolingGala.org

Please join us on February 22 at our 2020 Gift of Schooling Gala in recognizing Kristi Yamaguchi and thanking her for her work in service to others.

Get tickets at: www.GiftofSchoolingGala.org
Save $75 per ticket using promo code KY2020YH75 (expires February 15).

Kristi Yamaguchi captured goldβ€”and the public’s heartsβ€”in figure skating in the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. She is a member of the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame, World Figure Skating Hall of Fame, and U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. She is also a New York Times Best-Selling author for her children’s picture books, Dream Big, Little Pig!; It’s A Big World, Little Pig!; and Cara’s Kindness.

In 1996, Kristi established the Always Dream Foundation, whose mission is to ensure children from low-income families have access to high-quality books in the home and to encourage extensive family engagement and support.

This is CEREAL-ously the best #ThrowbackThursday ever! One of our staffers found this old gem in her parents' house. The...
02/06/2020

This is CEREAL-ously the best #ThrowbackThursday ever! One of our staffers found this old gem in her parents' house. The box is unopened! Anyone want to try it? 😜 #specialK #breakfastofchampions #kristiyamaguchi #olympicgold

02/05/2020
One week left to register for our Leadership Seminar!

ONE WEEK LEFT! Carol Isozaki, leadership expert and executive coach, and our girl Kristi Yamaguchi invite you to join us for a half-day, truly transformative Leadership Seminar in San Francisco on Wednesday, February 12. Best of all, your registration fee directly supports our Always Dream students! Better yourself while supporting early childhood literacy! alwaysdream.org/leadership-seminar/

Happy #BookfaceFriday β€οΈπŸ’› Have a SUPER weekend! πŸˆπŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸŽ‰ #Repost Palo Alto City Library
01/31/2020

Happy #BookfaceFriday β€οΈπŸ’› Have a SUPER weekend! πŸˆπŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸŽ‰ #Repost Palo Alto City Library

Today we celebrate one of the greatest teachers of all time. β™₯️ Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! What are you doing for...
01/20/2020

Today we celebrate one of the greatest teachers of all time. β™₯️ Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! What are you doing for others today? #mlkjr #mlkjrday #mlkquotes

01/14/2020
You're invited to our Leadership Seminar

Carol Isozaki, leadership expert and executive coach, and our girl Kristi Yamaguchi invite you to join us for a half-day, truly transformative Leadership Seminar in San Francisco on Wednesday, February 12. Best of all, your registration fee directly supports our Always Dream students! Better yourself while supporting early childhood literacy! alwaysdream.org/leadership-seminar/

We're so thrilled to be partnering with Carol Isozaki on a half-day leadership seminar, and YOU are invited! Join Kristi...
01/14/2020

We're so thrilled to be partnering with Carol Isozaki on a half-day leadership seminar, and YOU are invited! Join Kristi Yamaguchi and Bret Hedican on Wednesday, February 12!

Carol founded Strategic Brand Intelligence to leverage her passion for creating powerful and differentiated leadership brands. Since then she's brought her high-impact methodology to Fortune 100 companies, including The Walt Disney Company and Bank of America, worked with top-tier global professional service firms, and is proud to include eBay, Genentech, Leading Women in Technology, Oracle, PayPal, AICPA and SAP among her valued partnerships.

Experience a seismic shift in the way you think about yourself and your ability to lead during this energizing, insightful, and interactive Plan to be Amazing!β„’ call-to-action session for leaders at all levels. bit.ly/CarolIsozaki

Claim your seat TODAY for our first leadership seminar with  Kristi Yamaguchi,  Bret Hedican, and leadership expert and ...
01/06/2020

Claim your seat TODAY for our first leadership seminar with Kristi Yamaguchi, Bret Hedican, and leadership expert and executive coach Carol Isozaki! Carol has brought her high-impact methodology to Fortune 100 companies, including The Walt Disney Company and Bank of America, and now she's bringing it to YOU! Best of all, your registration proceeds support our mission to give every student in our program the best start at their education. What better way to kick off 2020! Register today before the early bird price expires at midnight tonight. bit.ly/CarolIsozaki

"As an Olympic gold medalist in ice skating and Dancing with the Stars champion, my comfort zone is more the ice rink, t...
01/04/2020

"As an Olympic gold medalist in ice skating and Dancing with the Stars champion, my comfort zone is more the ice rink, the dance floor…the more physically-based platforms. That’s why I’ve worked with an executive coach, Carol Isozaki, and the ADF board has gone through leadership training with her. Carol shares ADF’s deep desire to expand our reach and impact." - Kristi Yamaguchi

Start your year off right! Join Kristi Yamaguchi and Bret Hedican for a half-day, truly transformative leadership session lead by Carol Isozaki, leadership expert and executive coach. Together, we'll work on your "Plan To Be Amazing!"TM- Increasing Your Impact and Influence.

Best of all, proceeds will support Always Dream Foundation's commitment to early childhood literacy. EARLY BIRD PRICE ends on Monday, 1/6! bit.ly/CarolIsozaki

Even pups love to cuddle up with a new book! Have you seen @mariekondo 's cute children's book, "Kiki & Jax: the life-ch...
12/27/2019

Even pups love to cuddle up with a new book! Have you seen @mariekondo 's cute children's book, "Kiki & Jax: the life-changing magic of friendship"?! It's too cute. πŸ’•

"Last week, I had the opportunity to meet the big man himself! Don't worry, I already put in a good word for you. But if...
12/24/2019

"Last week, I had the opportunity to meet the big man himself! Don't worry, I already put in a good word for you. But if you want to guarantee your spot on Santa's Nice List, don't forget to make your most generous, tax-deductible gift today! As always, your donation ensures that underserved students will get the strongest start on their educational journey. With your help we can serve 10,000 more kids!" - Kristi Donate now: alwaysdream.org/give

12/20/2019

Skating into the holidays like... πŸ˜‚β›ΈοΈ! Have you checked out our pop-up ice rinks yet? Take your family and friends out and show them your best Kristi Yamaguchi moves! Best of all, when you skate you donate to support our students! πŸ₯‡πŸ†πŸŒŸ β›„πŸŒ²πŸ™ŒπŸΌ
San Ramon: City Center Bishop Ranch
San Jose: Downtown Ice
Honolulu: Winter Wishes- A Holiday Festival

It was SO MUCH FUN bringing some of our students out to the rink for story time, skating, and photos with Santa at Downt...
12/19/2019

It was SO MUCH FUN bringing some of our students out to the rink for story time, skating, and photos with Santa at Downtown Ice in San Jose! Did you know when you skate at our pop-up ice rinks, you are supporting our Always Reading kiddos? Get to the rink at Downtown Ice, City Center Bishop Ranch, AND Hawaii Convention Center today!

Or just donate online. :) https://www.alwaysdream.org/give/

Tuesday's event with Alaska Airlines and Kristi Yamaguchi's Always Dream Foundation included Santa Claus, stories, the library's Maker (space) ship and of course ice skating!

Our Heisman Humanitarian Awardee is right back at it tomorrow, join Kristi and Polina Edmunds for Alaska Airlines School...
12/16/2019

Our Heisman Humanitarian Awardee is right back at it tomorrow, join Kristi and Polina Edmunds for Alaska Airlines Schools on Skate Day at our Downtown on Ice skating rink, presented by Alaska Airlines and San Jose Downtown Association We're throwing a holiday party for students from Hubbard Media Arts Academy, including a skating clinic, San Jose Public Library book mobile, performance by Polina and other young skaters, plus a visit by Santa and Sharkie. Bring a new children's book and receive a future skating discount, festivities begin 12:30pm, come say hello!

Heisman pose, but instead of a 🏈 we use πŸ“š! Our founder and visionary with a heart of gold, Kristi Yamaguchi is heading t...
12/13/2019

Heisman pose, but instead of a 🏈 we use πŸ“š! Our founder and visionary with a heart of gold, Kristi Yamaguchi is heading to New York to accept the 2019 Heisman Humanitarian Award! πŸ’›πŸŽ‰We are so inspired by her passion and dedication in helping over 10,000 students reach for their dreams. Following the amazing Mia Hamm, Kristi is only the second female athlete to ever receive this recognition. Thank you to The Heisman Trophy committee for this tremendous honor, AND a gift of $75,000 to give more students a strong start. Please join us in congratulating Kristi by furthering our work with a donation to our students: alwaysdream.org/give

Reading Warriors! πŸ“šγƒ»γƒ»γƒ»Thank you #MelanieMoore and @warriors foundation for recognizing me and @alwaysdream at the game. ...
12/13/2019

Reading Warriors! πŸ“š

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Thank you #MelanieMoore and @warriors foundation for recognizing me and @alwaysdream at the game. I love the jersey! Looking forward to collaborating and doing fun things together. πŸ’›πŸ’™ #dubnation @alwaysdream #earlyliteracy πŸ“šπŸ€ ps. Glad my brother didn’t punk me at center court! @brettyamaguchi

Did you know that 78% of low-income fourth graders read below grade level? Children who cannot read proficiently by four...
12/03/2019

Did you know that 78% of low-income fourth graders read below grade level? Children who cannot read proficiently by fourth grade are four times more likely to not graduate from high school. Kids deserve better. Join us in giving every child a strong start at their education and donate $25 today. alwaysdream.org/give

#GivingTuesday

Today is #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving to the causes you care about. Give the gift of education to more kids we...
12/03/2019

Today is #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving to the causes you care about. Give the gift of education to more kids we serve like Kaleo from Waimanalo, HI. Can you donate $25 to give our students the strongest start?
https://www.alwaysdream.org/give/

As an extra special "thank you", the first 100 donors to give $25 will receive a free ticket to skate at one of Kristi's pop-up ice rinks! Choose your location on our donation form.
Thank you for your support of early childhood literacy!

What do Santa Claus and Kristi Yamaguchi have in common? For one, they both get the best candid kids photos! πŸ˜‚ More impo...
12/02/2019

What do Santa Claus and Kristi Yamaguchi have in common? For one, they both get the best candid kids photos! πŸ˜‚ More importantly, they both work to make children's dreams come true. ✨ Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday and we're asking supporters like YOU to give $25 to provide reading tools and resources to more under-served students. Every child deserves a strong start in their education. Plus, as an extra special thank you, Kristi is giving the first πŸ’― donors a free ticket to skate at one of her pop-up ice rinks in California or Hawaii. Get a head start and donate today! πŸ’• alwaysdream.org/give

11/30/2019

Doing our happy dance to celebrate the opening of Winter Wishes at Hawaii Convention Center benefiting our Always Dream students! Join Kristi and friends for ice skating, holiday fun, and food today. Special guest SANTA is scheduled to fly in from the North Pole! πŸ’•πŸ€™πŸΌπŸŽ…πŸ½β›ΈοΈ

"Look! My book is like a hat!" HAT-py Thanksgiving to you and your family! Thank you for donating, supporting, volunteer...
11/28/2019

"Look! My book is like a hat!" HAT-py Thanksgiving to you and your family! Thank you for donating, supporting, volunteering, and cheering on our students as they reach their reading goals. We're so thankful for you.

"I like books about gorillas because they're funny and eat bananas. I like bananas!" 😍 As we head into this season of gr...
11/26/2019

"I like books about gorillas because they're funny and eat bananas. I like bananas!" 😍 As we head into this season of gratitude, we would like to say ... we're BANANAS for you! 🍌 Thank you for supporting our young learners and building a foundation of lifelong learning.

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125 Railroad Avenue, Suite 203
Danville, CA
94526

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Words From Kristi The motto "Always Dream" has served as my personal inspiration for many years. It is my constant reminder to dream big, never lose sight of my goals, and strive to become a better person. It is fitting that my own charity be named the Always Dream Foundation. I realize that the dreams and accomplishments I have fulfilled are a direct result of my family's nurture and love. While I have been supported in the pursuit of my dreams, I realize that such opportunities do not exist for all children. For that reason, I felt the desire to create an organization whose sole purpose would be to inspire and embrace the hopes and dreams of children. Through my Always Dream Foundation, I simply hope to help children fulfill their dreams.

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https://news.bloomberglaw.com/employee-benefits/neiman-marcus-can-settle-autism-care-suit-without-class-notice. Neiman Marcus is cheating children out of their insurance..You work with them..Re public should get an answer...Was this an oversight?
Congratulations πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠ on your Education Champion award for all you do at Always Dream Foundation! Honored to meet you. πŸ‘πŸ’œ
Hello, My name is Adriane Costa. Im a Danville resident and photographer. I recently published a book featuring local female athletes ranging in age from 6-18 performing their sport/activity. And in addition to the photos I asked the girls what it means to them to β€œplay like a girl,’ how they feel when they play their sport, and why they love to do it. I love how this book aligns with everything SDF stands for. I believe the timing of this book couldn't have lined up better with the current female movements like Me Too and Lean In. I wrote this book to encourage girls to try anything and know that they are powerful, fierce, strong just by being themselves. The book is getting some great attention locally in Danville and Walnut Creek, and i would love to be able to spread this positive message with girls throughout the Bay Area. If you’re interested in learning more, I’d be happy to provide you with an e-reader of the book.
Hello Kristi, Music for Minors II, the nonprofit keeping music in the schools since 1988 would like to discuss our desire to write a song for your wonderful reading promotion. Shall I contact Lori, your sister? What is the best way to do that? I have followed your career for many years as your neighbor in Fremont and your dad is our dentist for many years now. You are definitely our inspiration now that we have grandchildren.
Congratulations to the Always Dream Foundation for its award honoring support for literacy programs at the US Figure Skating Championships in San Jose!
Would you be able to attend our school function Reading under the stars in Santa Clara on January 19th? Our students and community would be honored to have you there to read a story to them.
Kristi in Golden Moment.
Polina in Golden Moment.