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Empowering Underserved Communities by Investing in Local Leaders Through Training, Resources, and Networking.

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Why Leadership Development

An individual who is empowered with a dream and equipped with the tools and support has immense power to transform their own lives and those around them.

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Our Story

DreamRoot Leadership Institute was established by Amy and Tony Passos to design outreach programs in leadership coaching using jiu jitsu as a tool. With the organization's roots dating back to 2008, the formal launch was in 2019. 

Our Model

DreamRoot’s leadership development model involves identifying proven leaders and high-potential change makers within underserved communities and equipping them with the training, coaching, resources, and networks they need to launch local initiatives that will have a social and economic impact and will multiply leaders to sustain and expand the impact.

Success Stories

Countless stories of transformed lives emerge as leaders multiply and create a ripple effect. Explore a snapshot of amazing successes.

Our Impact


DreamRoot is currently working In three countries: Brazil, Haiti, and the United States.


We’ve administered over 2,000 training and coaching hours to established and emerging leaders.


We’ve built and renovated 4 training centers throughout Brazil and Haiti.


Over 10,000 hours of local leader programming has been provided to community members. 


DreamRoot has invested in and partnered with over 90 local leaders in over 22 communities.


Over 1,500 students and their families benefited from DreamRoot local leader initiatives.

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Core Focus Areas

youth and education
Youth & Education
community capacity building
Community Capacity-Building
entrepreneurship and economic development
Entrepreneurship & Economic Growth
equity and inclusion
Inclusive Development

Explore Our Community of Leaders

Check out how the DreamRoot leadership team is equipping local leaders who are in turn raising up other leaders and impacting families, cities, and creating opportunities for generations to come.

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Invest in Local Leaders in the U.S. And All Over the World

Supporting DreamRoot programs enables local leaders in dire circumstances to get the resources they need to unleash the dreams and talents laying dormant in overlooked communities at home and abroad.

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