Most youth challenged with economic and emotional obstacles are flooded with limited ideals of success–usually presented in a sensational manner via music or sports.Our goal is to present options that are more diverse and less driven by low odds, and to present people with sound plans for achieving these new possibilities. ( NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS)


The Dream Gap initiative will expose undeserved youth to cultural, educational and lifestyle experiences that provide an expanded view of the world and its possibilities. We believe this exposure will encourage youth to dream beyond the limited ideals of success glamourized by the media as their “way out.” TheDream Gap will inspire students to consider careers, hobbies and passions that include entrepreneurship, arts and culture, and professional careers.

Two-at-a-Time Program

Through the Two-at-a-Time Program, Pain is Power Inc. is able to bridge The Dream Gap that affects underserved youth. Each year, two youth are selected to participate in a free 12-month program in which they are exposed to cultural, educational and lifestyle experiences. Each youth is partnered with one or more of our board or advisory board members. Over the course of the year, each student will participate in at least one event per month and will be sponsored for one educational or cultural trip out of Texas.
Approved events will include visits to museums, corporations, colleges and to cultural destinations in other cities or states.


All applicants must complete the application below and have parental consent to participate in the program. To be eligible applicants must be 8-17 years of age.

Submit With Application:
Completed Online Application (link to application)
Most Recent Report Card
3 Recommendation Letters

Video Essay

  • less than 5 minutes long
  • describe your goals
  • your extracurricular or volunteer work
  • how you hope to improve your community and the world