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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Pleased to announce our 2019 annual gala, join us on Oct 19th for a memorable evening of fun and purpose, all to support...
08/05/2019

Pleased to announce our 2019 annual gala, join us on Oct 19th for a memorable evening of fun and purpose, all to support early childhood literacy.

New this year, our Celebrity Chef Brian Boitano will create an incredible Italian themed menu and performance by Tony Award winner- John Lloyd Young (original lead from Jersey Boys) performing a medley of songs from the show.

Help us ensure low-income students have the literacy resources to succeed! Learn more at https://www.alwaysdream.org/annual-gala/

Case of the Mondays? We have the book for you. #crabby ๐Ÿฆ€๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿ˜‚
07/29/2019

Case of the Mondays? We have the book for you. #crabby ๐Ÿฆ€๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿ˜‚

07/27/2019
KUTV 2News

โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ญ Teachers give so much every single day, but this is next level.

To his math teacher, 13-year-old Damien was a stand-out student โ€” smart, funny, diligent.

But when he learned Damien was shouldering inconceivable burdens, empathy didnโ€™t end at the classroom door.

There's something kinda magical about rare and used book shops, don't you think? #sundayfunday
07/21/2019

There's something kinda magical about rare and used book shops, don't you think? #sundayfunday

07/13/2019

I can hardly believe we raised $3,335 for Always Dream Foundation this week. Didnโ€™t get your donation in? Donโ€™t worry! Thereโ€™s still time to give before I pick the lucky winners to share my birthday cupcakes with. :) Thank you all for the birthday love and for supporting more kids reach their dreams.

https://www.facebook.com/donate/781242692270644/?fundraiser_source=external_url

07/13/2019

Thank you for all the b-day well wishes, weโ€™re nearing our goal!

Beyond celebrating Kristiโ€™s special day, did you know, itโ€™s also Bookworm Day today๐Ÿ˜Š

Let imaginations run wild in books this summer, under a tree, in makeshift tent, or at the local library, dive into a literary adventure. Let kids read wherever and whenever!
#KeepKidsLearning and close the gap. www.summerlearning.org.

07/12/2019

๐Ÿ‘‹๐ŸผHi friends, Kristi here! I'm so grateful for all of your birthday love and donations! We have already raised 75% of my bday goal to fund one classroom in need with the Always Reading Program. Will you please donate today and share my bday campaign today? As a special thank you, I'll send one of YOU a dozen of my birthday cupcakes! Plus, five donors will also receive a signed copy of my book, Kara's Kindness. Thank you so much for supporting and inspiring young readers! ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‚ https://www.facebook.com/donate/781242692270644/

#SummerLearningWeek is July 8-13! Every summer low-income children typically lose another two to three months in reading...
07/11/2019

#SummerLearningWeek is July 8-13! Every summer low-income children typically lose another two to three months in reading. By 5th grade, cumulative years of summer learning loss can leave low-income students 2.5 to 3 years behind peers, further widening the achievement gap. #KeepKidsLearning and close the gap. Learn more www.summerlearning.org.

๐ŸŽˆHappy birthday week to our fearless founder Kristi Yamaguchi! In honor of #SummerLearningWeek, she's donating her bi...
07/10/2019

๐ŸŽˆHappy birthday week to our fearless founder Kristi Yamaguchi! In honor of #SummerLearningWeek, she's donating her birthday to the kids we serve. Join the fun to help fund one classroom with the Always Reading program for a year. PLUS when she reaches her $3,000 goal, she'll send one of YOU a dozen of her birthday cupcakes. We're already 35% there! Let's do this! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿ“š ๐ŸŽ‰ https://www.facebook.com/donate/781242692270644/?fundraiser_source=external_url

This is ADORABLE! The 2nd graders at Pilibos School in Los Angeles created a Living Wax Museum project and dressed as fa...
07/03/2019

This is ADORABLE! The 2nd graders at Pilibos School in Los Angeles created a Living Wax Museum project and dressed as famous individuals and historical figures. Our girl Kristi was in great company among the likes of Mother Teresa, Oprah Winfrey, and Mahatma Gandhi. Sure, they're all inspirational figures, but Kristi Yamaguchi was the only inspirational figure SKATER of the bunch! ๐Ÿ˜‚ #rolemodels

06/26/2019
NowThis Her

This is kind of brilliant.

These librarians are bringing the library to kids and free laundry to their parents (via NowThis Daily)

"Meet my 5-year-old friend, Israel. Israel never had much interest in reading. But through his participation in our new ...
06/24/2019

"Meet my 5-year-old friend, Israel. Israel never had much interest in reading. But through his participation in our new Always Reading Literacy Program, he discovered books about outer space! He read them 'over and over and over' and now he wants to be an astronaut. The pure elation and gratitude that Israel's father expressed was so touching. Seeing this example of how books create dreams and open young minds to possibilities reaffirmed all the work that we do, and that donors like you make possible. Thanks to Always Dream Foundation supporters like YOU, Israel can shoot for the moon!" - Kristi Yamaguchi

We are thrilled to announce that with your support, ADF can now launch the redesigned program this coming fall with five schools: Allendale Elementary (Oakland, CA), International Community School (Oakland, CA), Blanche Pope Elementary (Waimanalo, HI), Malama Honua Charter School (Waimanalo, HI), and Starlight Park Elementary (Phoenix, AZ)! Stay tuned for more info and become a Monthly Donor today: alwaysdream.org/give/

"We are saving a three-year-old tree, which is used to manufacture school chairs, for every plastic chair that we make u...
06/09/2019
Filipino Engineer Recycles Plastic Garbage Into School Chairs

"We are saving a three-year-old tree, which is used to manufacture school chairs, for every plastic chair that we make using recycled plastic waste."

THIS. IS. AWESOME. What a wonderful lesson for the students. There's a story behind every thing, even the chair they're sitting in.

Candy wrappers, drinking straws, and other plastic waste are used to create these cool chairs!

We #alwaysdream of donuts. You've heard of the Whole 30 diet? We prefer the donut hole 30. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿฉ Happy National Donut...
06/07/2019

We #alwaysdream of donuts. You've heard of the Whole 30 diet? We prefer the donut hole 30. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿฉ Happy National Donut Day!

๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜‚ Here's a children's book that's sure to CRACK you up! @ Books Inc. Campbell
06/02/2019

๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜‚ Here's a children's book that's sure to CRACK you up! @ Books Inc. Campbell

We never miss a group selfie opp! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‚ Our book-loving board members are continuously improving our reading ...
05/28/2019

We never miss a group selfie opp! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‚ Our book-loving board members are continuously improving our reading program to connect learning from the classroom to the home environment. Our hope is that all kids will have access to a plethora of books and resources at home with the help of donors like you. Letโ€™s get reading!!! #earlychildhoodliteracy #letsread #readon #kidswhoread

"How do you write the story? How do you write words?" The kiddos at Glenmoor Elementary had the best questions. โ˜บ๏ธ O...
05/22/2019

"How do you write the story? How do you write words?" The kiddos at Glenmoor Elementary had the best questions. โ˜บ๏ธ One of our favorite parts of this work is being able to feed inquisitive young minds/future writers with storytelling tips. It's so fun to be back to where it all began in Fremont, hometown of our founder @kristiyamaguchi and Executive Director @loriyamaguchi. ๐Ÿ’— @ Fremont, California

Happy Friday! We had to share this sweet note of gratitude from one of the awesome schools YOU help serve. Thank you for...
05/17/2019

Happy Friday! We had to share this sweet note of gratitude from one of the awesome schools YOU help serve. Thank you for supporting kids at Sanchez Elementary and beyond! โค๏ธ

Repost from Sanchez Elementary School
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So grateful for our long and fruitful partnership with Kristi Yamaguchi's Always Dream Foundation and Raising A Reader National keeping our students reading throughout the school year AND summer.
Thank you as always to Kristi Yamaguchi for your support for Sanchez readers! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›

05/11/2019
ABC News

Love this!!! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ Any barber shops want to do this with our students?! โ˜บ๏ธ

This Pennsylvania barbershop is helping children build their confidence, paying young customers $3 to read stories aloud while barbers work on their haircut. https://abcn.ws/2H1K7EX

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! What are you doing to honor the teachers in your lives?
05/07/2019

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! What are you doing to honor the teachers in your lives?

Adults need picture books, too! Spotted this gem at a local shop. ๐Ÿ˜‚
05/02/2019

Adults need picture books, too! Spotted this gem at a local shop. ๐Ÿ˜‚

We know it's only Monday but we're already thinking about the weekend! Who's coming to the 14th annual Hawaii Book & Mus...
04/29/2019

We know it's only Monday but we're already thinking about the weekend! Who's coming to the 14th annual Hawaii Book & Music Festival with us?! Our girl Kristi Yamaguchi will be hosting keiki storytime at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Plus, meet her at the Barnes and Noble tent for a book signing at 2 p.m. on Saturday, or 11 a.m. on Sunday. Our weekend is all BOOKed! ;)

Yesterday was Independent Bookstore Day! We celebrated with a visit to one of our favorite little shops, Bookworks in Pa...
04/29/2019

Yesterday was Independent Bookstore Day! We celebrated with a visit to one of our favorite little shops, Bookworks in Pacific Grove, CA. Pro tip: they make an amazing lavender latte. ๐Ÿ˜‰ #shoplocal #independentbookstore #independentbookstoreday #independentbookshop #kidsbooks #kidsbookshelf @ Pacific Grove, California

Thank you OUSD for this wonderful partnership!
04/24/2019

Thank you OUSD for this wonderful partnership!

Monday morning was special for a group of kindergarteners at Allendale Elementary School as they had a visit from their friend and Olympic Gold Medalist, Kristi Yamaguchi.

Kristi Yamaguchi's Always Dream Foundation works to inspire a love of reading and today, she read to the students from her children's book, Cara's Kindness.

She also helped families with using e-reader tablets, and handed students their certificates of completion for her Always Reading Program.

Then it was time for group pictures with the students and other supporters including OUSD Board of Education President, Aimee Eng.

OUSD thanks Kristi Yamaguchi for supporting our students! #OUSDReads #iamOUSD

To say we're PROUD is an understatement. Congratulations to our new grads of the Always Reading Program at Allendale Ele...
04/22/2019

To say we're PROUD is an understatement. Congratulations to our new grads of the Always Reading Program at Allendale Elementary School in Oakland, CA!!! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ’ฏ And thank YOU, our donors and supporters, for giving our young readers the confidence and tools to always dream.

Happy Earth Day! ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŒ What are you doing to help Mother Earth today? (P.S. Name that book!) โ˜บ๏ธ
04/22/2019

Happy Earth Day! ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŒ What are you doing to help Mother Earth today? (P.S. Name that book!) โ˜บ๏ธ

Yay! Can't wait! Hawai'i ohana: you and your kiddos are invited to the Kristi Yamaguchi Keiki Reading Corner at the Hawa...
04/17/2019
See the schedule here & plan your HBMF experience.

Yay! Can't wait! Hawai'i ohana: you and your kiddos are invited to the Kristi Yamaguchi Keiki Reading Corner at the Hawaii Book and Music Festival for a special storytime on May 4-5. Don't miss it! #HBMF2019

The Hawaii Book & Music Festival is a celebration of story and song that reflects Hawaii's proud heritage and cultures. The Festival promotes the fascinating world of books and vital ideas. It conveys the pleasures of reading and literature through activities, thought-provoking panel discussion

04/07/2019
StoryCorps

"The library gave me a thirst for learning, and this never left me. Coming from a family which nobody had ever graduated from high school, much less gone to college. I was the only one." Happy National Library Week!

Today marks the start of National Library Week! Weโ€™re kicking off the week with the story of a man who literally grew up in a library: โ€œThe Temple of Knowledge.โ€

Please join Kristi and friends at a fabulously fun event tomorrow at Burberry - Stanford Shopping Mall!Come explore Burb...
03/27/2019

Please join Kristi and friends at a fabulously fun event tomorrow at Burberry - Stanford Shopping Mall!

Come explore Burberryโ€™s new collection and find that statement piece or just a little indulgence to get ready for Spring/Summer!

Proceeds to benefit ADFโ€™s early literacy program serving low-income families. Please to RSVP by today to [email protected]. Hope to see you there!

Kristi Yamaguchi's Always Dream Foundation's cover photo
03/25/2019

Kristi Yamaguchi's Always Dream Foundation's cover photo

Honored to be one of this year's Jefferson Award winners, great job KPIX CH5 Eyewitness News for highlighting our work a...
03/25/2019
'Always Reading' Sparks Kids' Love Of Books

Honored to be one of this year's Jefferson Award winners, great job KPIX CH5 Eyewitness News for highlighting our work and the impact we're having both in the classroom and home environment.

Jefferson Award Winner Founded Always Reading

Does this count as our reading for the day? ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‹ HAPPY PI DAY! #Repost @oh_sweet_day#piday #piday2019 #eatpie
03/14/2019

Does this count as our reading for the day? ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‹ HAPPY PI DAY!
#Repost @oh_sweet_day
#piday #piday2019 #eatpie

Happy International Women's Day to all of you amazing, strong, brave, and beautiful females. Today we #FlashbackFriday t...
03/08/2019
The 1992 Winter Olympics: When Women Ruled The Games

Happy International Women's Day to all of you amazing, strong, brave, and beautiful females. Today we #FlashbackFriday to the 1992 Winter Olympics, when ALL FIVE gold medals won by the U.S. were from female athletes: Bonnie Blair (twice) and Cathy Turner in speed skating, Donna Weinbrecht in freestyle skiing, and (of course) our fearless founder Kristi Yamaguchi in figure skating. Who run the world? GIRLS! #fearlessfemales ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ

Be part of Kristiโ€™s continued movement. Donate to Always Dream Foundation today: alwaysdream.org/give/

The 1992 games are largely ignored by history. But it's worth remembering the Olympics when every gold medal won by the U.S. was won by a woman.

I spy with my little eye ... a huge pack of reading #warriors ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’› In celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday, we teamed...
03/05/2019

I spy with my little eye ... a huge pack of reading #warriors ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’› In celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday, we teamed up with #KevonLooney and the Golden State Warriors #readtoachieve to share some of our favorite kids books! Luckily we had some eager volunteers to help us read! ๐Ÿ’•#drseussweek #warriorspirit #goldenstatewarriors #godubs #dubnation #kidswhoread #earlychildhoodliteracy #kristiyamaguchi #alwaysdream #alwaysreading

02/26/2019
SportsCenter

Your daily dose of cuteness! We can only imagine this is what our Board Member Bret Hedican was like when he first got in the hockey rink! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Or ask him yourself at The Game of Life panel featuring Bret Hedican and Kristi Yamaguchi this Thursday in San Francisco. There's just a few tickets left: http://game.eventbrite.com

(๐Ÿ”ˆโฌ†๏ธ) Experience the world of hockey through the eyes of a mic'd up 4-year old ๐Ÿ˜Š

Kicking off Reading Adventures Children's Museum of Phoenix with story readings by @kristiyamaguchi and Steven Hunter of...
02/25/2019

Kicking off Reading Adventures Children's Museum of Phoenix with story readings by @kristiyamaguchi and Steven Hunter of the Phoenix Suns ! #earlychildhoodliteracy #stevenhunter

Getting ready for a fun day celebrating the importance of literacy at Kristi Yamaguchi's Reading Adventures Children's M...
02/25/2019

Getting ready for a fun day celebrating the importance of literacy at Kristi Yamaguchi's Reading Adventures Children's Museum of Phoenix !!! Here we go! #earlychildhoodliteracy #literacy #welovebooks

"If anything can trump winning an Olympic gold medal, itโ€™s being a mom. I feel fortunate to have accomplished what I h...
02/23/2019

"If anything can trump winning an Olympic gold medal, itโ€™s being a mom. I feel fortunate to have accomplished what I have, butโ€”itโ€™s so clichรฉโ€”all I want now is to focus on my kids. You just want them to be happy."
Thank you AAA Via magazine for featuring our girl Kristi Yamaguchi as their Smart Person in the spring issue. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ https://calstate.aaa.com/via/travel-tips/olympian-figure-skater-kristi-yamaguchi

This gives us all the feels! Go Richard! ๐ŸŽ‰"I thought, 'Alright, time to start looking at other school options,'" he s...
02/16/2019
He slept in homeless shelters as a kid. Now he's going to Harvard on a full ride

This gives us all the feels! Go Richard! ๐ŸŽ‰

"I thought, 'Alright, time to start looking at other school options,'" he said. "Then I opened up Harvard and threw my phone because I saw the word 'welcome.'"

As a boy Richard Jenkins raised his hand in class so often that bullies called him "Harvard" to tease him for thinking he was smart. As it turns out, he was.

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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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