How Do You Inspire Your Family To Achieve? #ForTheDream #Giveaway #Ad

*This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Coca-Cola and DiMe Media and all opinions are my own.


    Education has always been extremely important in our family.  From as far back as I could remember, I was encouraged by my parents and my grandparents to put school first and to keep in mind all of the doors that getting an education would open for me in the future.  This inspiration to achieve my goals stayed with me throughout my entire academic career and helped me to secure the necessary scholarships to allow me to pursue my college degrees as an adult.

    You see, I knew early on that my family did not have the financial means to pay for my college education.  As a result, I worked very hard to maintain exemplary grades so that I could apply for any kind of financial support that would help me accomplish my goals.  This hard work paid off and it allowed me to attend college and to realize my dream of becoming an educator.

Doing homework is an important part of setting academic goals.

Doing homework is an important part of setting academic goals.

    Now that my son is a tween, these are some of the same conversations that I am having with him about the rich tradition of valuing education that exists in our family.  He knows that doing well in school is his father and my top priority when it comes to our two boys.

    We have definitely started talking about his attending college and have even visited college campuses together to give him a little taste of what college life is like.  He has set goals for himself to get a degree and eventually become a college graduate and we fully support him.

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    The tradition of valuing education that runs deep in our own family is deep rooted in Latino culture in general which is why Coca-Cola and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund are uniting to help affect change this summer.  Many families are currently in the process of making the transition into their teen’s next educational step and starting discussions about possible schools, financial aid, scholarships and many of the other changes that can be seen in the horizon.

    Coca-Cola has always been a cherished brand by Latinos around the world and they also value and respect that Latino culture emphasizes a rich educational tradition.  They have joined the Hispanic Scholarship Fund in an effort to support Hispanic families in achieving their dreams of attending college by donating $100,000 to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund this summer.

    To help raise extra money money towards this amazing cause, Coca-Cola is donating $1 for every social media post with the hashtag #ForTheDream, up to a grand total of $10,000.  Through The For The Dream sweepstakes, #ForTheDreamSweeps, Coca-Cola is also awarding one College Tour Experience and $500 grants to 34 recipients to help offset their educational expenses.

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    You can enter the scholarship sweepstakes by entering any MCR Coca-Cola product code at their microsite HERE.  Also, Take a selfie with the biggest supporter of your college dreams and share it using #ForTheDreamSweeps on Twitter or Instagram to enter for a chance to win a college tour or education funds!  The sweepstakes will run from July 1st to August 31st.  Help make college dreams come true for the deserving student in your life!

Let’s Discuss:  How do you inspire your family to achieve their goals?


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Disclosure: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Coca-Cola and DiMe Media. All opinions are 100% my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  1. Austin Baroudi says

    I just show them as much support as I possibly can! My definition of a good dad would be someone who puts his kids before anything else and gives all his time, love, and attention to them.

  2. That is a awesome giveaway the hubby does love his coke (coca cola) I will have to come back later on and enter the giveaway

  3. Education is the key to become a stickler in almost every industry. Even if you are not a perfectionist, education will never let you down. Really useful post; Thanks to coca cola for their collaboration with Hispanic Scholarship Fund

  4. meagan bs says

    we just try to keep each other motivated and work together to reach goals and give ourselves incentive.

  5. Patricia says

    I love a cherry coke. I help my family with their dreams, by keeping them positive and always being encouraging with their dreams.

  6. Education was a top priority when I was growing up. All my friends and relatives were brought up the same way. Education has always been part of the discussion whenever we all get together and we made sure the kids were intently listening!

  7. What an awesome giveaway! We always try to lift each other up and work together with whatever we want to achieve. Seems to be working!

  8. I don’t have young children anymore and my only just had her first, but I think through love support and understanding you can help your child achieve anything.

  9. We inspire each other by doing our best and by being encouraging. That way we are all motivated.

  10. I try to model, be an example of what I ask of my family in order to motivate and inspire them to achieve their goals.

  11. This is such an awesome scholarship. It’s great that Coca-cola is going to donate based on social media posts!

  12. I inspire my family to achieve their goals by encouraging them and being there for them.

  13. Supporting each other is a great thing. There is nothing like family.

  14. Growing up, my Dad loved Coke! His drive motivated me to do more and be more, and still does, even in his absence.

  15. That is cool that Coca-Cola is doing this for education. Education is the key to success in any field. I am glad to see that they realize this.

  16. My favorite brand soda! What a great program they are offering! I love when companies I like are reaching out the community!

  17. My daughter loves Coke. What a great cause and a great way for Coca-Cola to give back to the community.

  18. What a great program! Not every family knows how to encourage their children the way that you have done. Our family emphasized a college education as well, so both my sister and I were on that path without delay. Today, the student loan stress is too much for a lot of families. I hope that everyone that truly wants an education can find the ways to get to school and be successful.

  19. My siblings and I were the first members of a large Puerto Rican family graduate college. I’m glad my parents instilled the value of a good education in us.

  20. I brainstorm with them to make their goals and then discuss a plan of action to achieve them

  21. What a great giveway! I admire you for working hard and achieving your dreams.

  22. Joan Kubes says

    I try to encourage my children to get a good education. I feel this helps build their self confidence.

  23. eliz frank says

    Kids are so observant and pay attention to everything their parents do. We have to walk our talk and set better examples for them. Also communication and, when needed, apologies are key to building inspired kids.

  24. Diana Stanhope says

    I try to lead by example and show them that aiming for your dreams and going full speed always gets results.

  25. Ann Bacciaglia says

    We set up monthly goals. If the kids reach them they get a reward. It is a great way to motivate them.

  26. I love how easy they have made it for people to get involved. I try to inspire my family by letting them see how much I value both my education, and theirs too.

  27. Seyma Shabbir says

    Awesome Idea! I inspire my family by growing our own garden. We see the work that farmers put in to grow and care for their crops, We catch rain water in barrels for the garden. We go to the park every week to play soccer to work out, having fun. We love to have picnic and invite friends and family!

  28. Education is something that cannot be pawned or stolen from us. I read somewhere this thought provoking quote – “You will only have to stay in school for two decades. If you do not do well, you will have a hard life for the next five decades. If only the youth knew about this, there would probably be no college dropouts.”

  29. I wish it was easy for people to get education, it wasn’t like this before. It’s almost sad how many are in the position of saying they can’t afford education . Glad a company is trying to get more involved with a good cause!

  30. Melissa Teears says

    We try to set achievable goals and set benchmarks. We are always there for each other and help.

  31. We set daily goals and spend time reading daily with our kids.

  32. I inspire my family by being a role model to them. I think it is important they see another person’s success (or failures and how they handle them)

  33. Jen Rodrigues says

    I think but helping each other out and reaching their goals or what they want to do and inspire to do works. Helping each other to not give up and work hard will get what you want done and make you feel accomplished!! Being supportive comes a long way. It helped me.

  34. Amy Pratt says

    I just love them as much as I can.

  35. I don’t really know. Our family–tight and extended–is very supportive anyway, so I’m not sure exactly what I do. I suppose I listen to their fears and concerns and encourage them to do what they can and want to do.

  36. I try to use positive reinforcement and rewards! 🙂

  37. We make lists and make plans to achieve our goals.

  38. melissa Resnick says

    I show them by teaching them strong values and always finish what you start.

  39. I have them discuss the steps that they would need to accomplish their goals. Thank you

  40. Peggy Rydzewski says

    Just by giving them positive encouragement.

  41. I will teach what I know and act when I can do. For example, to get more fit I could teach certain exercises, while actually doing those excerises along side her.

  42. I provide an environment that is conducive to learning, growing, improving, and thriving. If you give a plant fertilizer, water, and sunlight, the plant won’t require inspiration to grow. If you give children what they need and don’t impair them, they will achieve.

  43. Desiree Dunbar says

    I inspire them by loving them unconditionally.

  44. We inspire our kids by talking with them and having an interest in what they are doing. We talk about how proud we are of them when they acheive something they are aiming for. Thanks

  45. Brittney House says

    I like to help them with their goals so they can become more obtainable.

  46. Encourage them to do their best and see what comes out of that. I think they learn best by example and by seeing others obtain their goals. Sometimes goals change or sometimes you choose a different goal.

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