"The Dream Whisperer", Knicks legend Dr. Dick Barnett, powered by his teammates at A-List and SEL Provider Robin is supporting 50 students in the 10th grade who are determined to achieve their goals and reach their dreams. We are currently accepting nominations for our 9th grade cohort, launching in February 2023.
We believe success in life starts with education, mental wellness and big dreams. From college prep classes to unique workshops led by legends on and off the court, these experiences break down the four walls of the traditional classroom and marry technology to experiential learning.
Students will be supported from the 9th grade through their first year in college with:
In our students, we seek to develop the following core values:
The Dream Whisperer
The Dream Whisperer, NY Knicks All-Star,
2x NBA Champion, Basketball Hall of Famer
Dr. Barnett and his team launched the Dr. Richard Barnett Foundation in 2020. The foundation’s mission is to provide higher education scholarships and internship opportunities to motivated New York City youth with incredible potential but limited financial resources. Through extensive educational, mental health and mentorship programming, the DRBF strives to inspire youth to chase their dreams and to empower them with the resources and support they need to get there.
A seasoned lecturer, Dr. Barnett has spoken in partnership with the National Basketball Association, Signature Bank, and Madison Square Garden, focusing on education, dreams and the limitless dimensions of human possibilities for aspiring students who continue to dream about their futures.
Read his thoughts on what he calls "The Dream Paradigm" here:
"The Dream Paradigm composes the disciplines of perseverance, sacrifice and determination driven by the unquenchable thirst to achieve a goal, scale an ambition, and live one’s dream. Dreams are often threatened by the many temptations young students face today. These obstacles challenge ambition on a daily basis, and must be overcome by commitment and dedication to your vision and dreams. A dream is a sustained philosophy of desire and purpose to help guide, focus and encourage one to continue the path of hard work, success and optimism. This is The Dream Paradigm."
Frequently Asked Questions
- Step 1: Submit your form.
- Step 2: Once you submit your form, we will reach out within 48 hours to confirm receipt of the form.
- Step 3: We will email the nominee to schedule an interview and request grades and one recommendation letter.
- Step 4: We will conduct a 30-minute video interview.
- Step 5: Notifications of admissions status will be sent via email as decisions are made in December.
- Nomination forms
- Student grades and scores (if applicable)
- Student short answers and interviews
Dr. Richard Barnett College Prep Capsule
Support a cohort of rising high school juniors and seniors with our College Prep Capsule!
The DRBF College Prep Capsule provides immediate support in college prep for motivated, low-income high school juniors and seniors through New York City Department of Education Vendor, A-List Education.
- Boutique-style SAT/ACT prep and college advising
- Customized hourly plans and seminars
- Support in additional topics of your choosing, including SEL Support, Financial Literacy, and more.
Last year’s students who worked with A-List Education averaged a 150 point increase on their SAT, and gained admission to Cornell, Bucknell, Williams and other top schools with up to $75,000 per year in scholarships