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 IRVINE, CA 92618
[P] (408) 2158578
[F] --
[email protected]
Nithin Jilla
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Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 36-4683422 00000


Mission StatementMORE »

Dreams for schools is a 501(c)(3) non-profit making STEM approachable and accessible for all. Empowering students. Cultivating curiosity. By providing the right tools and experience, we help kids program the future. 

Mission Statement

Dreams for schools is a 501(c)(3) non-profit making STEM approachable and accessible for all. Empowering students. Cultivating curiosity. By providing the right tools and experience, we help kids program the future. 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $803,105.00
Projected Revenue $726,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • AppJam+ for Middle School & High School Students

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Mission Statement

Dreams for schools is a 501(c)(3) non-profit making STEM approachable and accessible for all. Empowering students. Cultivating curiosity. By providing the right tools and experience, we help kids program the future. 

Background Statement

AppJam+ has existed in the Dreams for Schools (DFS) program portfolio since 2012 and has consistently targeted and served diverse youth populations. Initially, in the first year we started with 12 college mentors and AppJam+ programs at 2 schools. Nithin Jilla (current DFS Executive Director) was a senior at UC Irvine and garnered the sponsorship and support of his peers and the administration at the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Science at UCI. AppJam+ was able to continue and grow with the help from funders such as the Samueli Foundation and Google over the next few years. Now Dreams for Schools has expanded AppJam+ to serve over 65 schools with mentors from 3 different higher education institutions. (UC Irvine, CSU Fullerton, and Saddleback College) Our primary population is LatinX students who are also often English Learners and come from Low-income households in the Santa Ana and Anaheim areas. We also serve Black and Asian communities in Orange County and regularly make intensive efforts to recruit girls into the program to ensure equity and access for all. AppJam+ affords high school students (predominantly low income/poverty level) the opportunity to develop technological skills by delivering a 10 week interactive after school program wherein students work collaboratively in teams of three to five and have a college mentor helping design and educational mobile app. AppJam+ takes the concept of building software in a short period of time and uses it as a tool to excite and inform high school students about STEM fields and careers while teaching them the creative and hands-on technical process for mobile app development. Once a school participates in AppJam+ it usually continues to do so year after year, and we also have little student attrition due to high interest in the mobile app topic. Dreams for Schools as an organization grew out of AppJam+ and has expanded to three divisions serving local education needs: 1) After school programs with elementary programs, middle school programs (AppJam+) and high school programs, 2) Professional Development - providing training for teachers around technical training, and 3) Consulting with Makerspaces - helping schools design better learning environments for better learning.  

Impact Statement

Program & Organization Accomplishments
  • We expanded our AppJam+ Program from 17 schools in 2017 to 28 in 2018 
  • We added a new program at the Elementary Level, Ed Tech Making & Coding Camp
  • Continue to partner with East Los Angeles Community College to develop & deliver their Summer Coding Academy program for ELAC college students 
  • In 2016, we finished our year with $191K in revenues & in 2017, we grew and finished at $366K in revenues and in 2018, we ended above $400K in revenues. 
Goals for 2019+
  • Solidify our OC partnerships and start to build out strategic plan for Scale
  • Begin conversations for Los Angeles pilots in 2020 and beyond 
  • Partner with Chapman University, Vanguard University, Santa Ana College, and Golden West Community College
  • Partner with Anaheim Union High School District, Tustin Unified School District, and Capo Unified School District
  • Build Curriculum and pilot High School after school program with the Raspberry Pi Technology Curriculum 
  • Build out complete Board of Directors 
  • Surpass the $500K mark for organization revenues 

Needs Statement

  • Unrestricted and Operating support for Staffing and resources to scale
  • Finances to fund new after-school programs & expand existing ones 
  • Long term evaluation and tracking partners 
  • Long term endowment
  • Skilled Board Members 
  • Educational Advisors 
  • School District Partners 

CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement


Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Other ways to donate include mailing a check to our address and donations via credit card online at our website.  Volunteering opportunities include supporting us with our events, speaking to middle school students, acting as a panelist on careers, board involvement and helping lend your skills to our organizational areas.  

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County

We targeted minority populations and serve Latino/LatinX; African American/Black; American Indian/Alaskan Native; Asian/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander; Mixed race across all the Orange County Areas. We partner with local districts in each county & schools to bring our expertise and programs to students.  

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Elementary & Secondary Schools
  2. Science & Technology - Computer Science
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AppJam+ for Middle School & High School Students

AppJam+ is a program that takes the concept of building software in a short period of time and uses it as a tool to excite and inform middle school students about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields while teaching them the creative and hands-on technical process of mobile application development. Middle school students receive mentorship from college undergraduates and learn to make Mobile apps, which will be utilized by early learners.
The AppJam+ program is delivered through 10-week interactive afterschool classes during Fall and Spring where students work collaboratively in teams of three to five with their college mentors to take their application through the creative process from brainstorming to task specialization to fully executing their design and presenting their final product. The class sizes for AppJam+ are usually capped at 24 students to have the best personalized learning experience.
Budget  $291861
Category  Education, General/Other
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years) Adults
Program Short-Term Success  The short term changes that AppJam+ produces is the finished mobile apps and the demonstration and displays at the finale showcase event. The degree of success students experience in AppJam+ tells us about their skill level and confidence/self-efficacy in finance and in computing/engineering. We are also able to review student data at the school site level by talking with teachers to find out student progress in academic subjects and school behavior after they have participated in AppJam+.
Program Long-Term Success  The long-term changes that AppJam+ aims to produce is students leaving the program with technical skills to create mobile apps and with greater awareness of STEM careers. Our desired end result is to have students who participated in AppJam+ register for STEM related courses in high school, choose STEM college majors and eventually work in technology based job that utilizes the skills they acquired from AppJam+.
Program Success Monitored By 
Indicators/metrics used to measure what our program is trying to achieve will be the tracking of AppJam+ alumni. We will interview them to find out to what degree they have used their skill sets acquired in the AppJam+ program and whether or not they have continued on a STEM pathway for their education and career.
Metrics Tracked: Completion Rate of Program, Participant Retention Rate, Classroom Behavior, 21st Century & Professional Skills,Increased Confidence with Financial Literacy Concepts, Increased Interest in STEM fields
Examples of Program Success 

Meet Jimmy - AppJam+ student Jimmy Dang is now a current 2nd year student at UC San Diego studying Advanced Data Structures and Object Oriented Programming. He credits his time with AppJam+ as being a formative introduction to Computer Science, citing their terrific mentorship and how the program nurtured his creativity, allowing him to create a math- based video games.

Meet Amy - Amy Huynh is a 2nd year student at UC Irvine. Her time at AppJam+ inspired her love for STEM. After creating her own app, she continued studying Computer Science in high school and is now earning her degree in Aerospace Engineering. 


CEO/Executive Director Nithin Jilla
CEO Term Start 2016
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Nithin Jilla obtained his B.S. in Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine. Nithin has an interest in technology, education and enjoys working collectively with leaders to bring about positive impact. He aspires to build models and systems that are sustainable and empower the next generation of youth to become leaders in their local community. He is a passionate educator and social entrepreneur who champions educating and empowering the next generation of innovators.

Nithin has been involved with AppJam+, the main outreach initiative of Dreams for Schools since it was created in 2012. He serves as the Founder & Executive Director of Dreams for Schools. In addition, Nithin also serves on several non-profit and advisory boards which include OC Grantmakers, Harbor Day School, The National Asian American Community (NAAC) Foundation, and the UC Irvine Young Alumni Council Board.

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Award Awarding Organization Year
Check Presentation at Angel Baseball Game Wells Fargo & Los Angeles Angels 2019
Emerging Leader Award OC Grantmakers 2018
Non-Profit of the Year Forge54 2018


Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 120
Number of Volunteers 10
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --
Staff Professional Development --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: --
Asian American/Pacific Islander: --
Caucasian: --
Hispanic/Latino: --
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: --
Male: --
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? --
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --

Government Licenses


CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair Mark Percy
Board Chair Company Affiliation CEO Leadership Alliance
Board Chair Term Jan 2019 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mojdeh Eskandari Enovant Voting
Mark Percy CEO Leadership Alliance Voting
Mark Powell Dorsey & Whitney LLP Voting
Ram Rao LensGen Voting
Neil Sahota Ackius Advisory Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 60
Caucasian: 40
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 1
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria --
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy --
Percentage of Monetary Contributions --
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments


Standing Committees



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2018 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $726,000.00
Projected Expenses $803,105.00
Form 990s

2017 990

2016 990

2015 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Total Revenue $416,631 $376,675 $191,528
Total Expenses $398,113 $243,715 $87,845

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$181,336 $177,000 $0
Government Contributions $0 $0 $124,753
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- $124,753
Individual Contributions $3,890 $3,473 --
Indirect Public Support -- -- $0
Earned Revenue $231,405 $196,202 $66,775
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- $0
Membership Dues -- -- $0
Special Events -- -- $0
Revenue In-Kind -- -- $0
Other -- -- $0

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Program Expense $236,378 $239,188 $84,965
Administration Expense $160,381 $4,527 $2,115
Fundraising Expense $1,354 -- $765
Payments to Affiliates -- -- $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.05 1.55 2.18
Program Expense/Total Expenses 59% 98% 97%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 1% 0% 1%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Total Assets $263,683 $236,911 $265,261
Current Assets $263,683 $236,911 $265,261
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- $0
Current Liabilities $8,523 $268 $11,578
Total Net Assets $255,160 $236,643 $253,683

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 30.94 884.00 22.91

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments

Dreams for Schools began as a fiscally sponsored project of OneOC and incorporated into their own nonprofit in 2016.  2015 990 is for OneOC. 2016 and 2017 990s are for Dreams for Schools.


Other Documents

AppJam+ Info Sheet ()

DFS Programs Information ()

No Other Documents currently available.