A youth leadership programme that enables college students to develop innovative projects that address pressing social issues, though providing them with training, mentorship and seed funding.

Students with Dreams

  • I have always known that I wanted a job that involved me helping people, but the Students with Dreams program opened my eyes to look to avenues that involve empowering the community to help itself.
    — Dreamer Madalo Banda
  • Students with Dreams taught me that you have to get creative to overcome problems that arise. You have to think out of the box.
    — Dreamer Lekodi Banda
  • I plan to continue battling social problems that are persistent in our communities in order to ensure that our generation and all future generations live in a better world.
    — Dreamer Alinafe Gama
  • Students with Dreams changed our perspective on the magnitude of social problems as we dealt with them directly.
    — Dreamer Ellen Kafuwa

The AGHCA partners with Chancellor College, Domasi Teacher Training College, and Malawi College of Health Sciences to support 3-6 student projects at each site annually.  Dreamers meet weekly throughout the academic year to brainstorm, share challenges and successes, offer feedback and support one another in the design and implementation of their projects. Two Dreamers from the previous year serve as mentors, ensuring the programme’s sustainability.

The first creative leadership programme of its kind for college students in Malawi, SWD inspires young leaders to become agents of change in society by: encouraging critical thinking and creative problem solving; cultivating skills in project design, implementation and management; and fostering inter-disciplinary collaboration and mutual support. 

Dreamer Projects

Dreamers have used fashion to spark conversations on reproductive health, renovated run-down schools and college buildings, used theatre to engage communities in discussing nutrition, taught primary school students creative writing, and so much more. Explore their inspiring projects below. 


Dreamers in Residence Programme (DRP)

A number of Dreamer projects have grown into full-fledged campaigns, programmes, or organisations. After successfully completing the SWD programme, Dreamers can apply to the Dreamers in Residence Programme (DRP). The AGHCA offers one year of further mentorship and guidance to facilitate the transition of Dreamer projects into independent initiatives.


Students With Dreams Stories