Congratulations for taking the first step in recognizing the value of equitable access to education for all—and thank you for your efforts to bring “I Have A Dream” into your community! Below, you will find resources that will help you in the process of establishing your new affiliate. Follow the Playbook step-by-step, or click on any of the buttons below to get started.

Part 1: Overview

About “I Have A Dream”
Mission & Vision
Our “Why”
Our Work
Our Impact
What makes us unique?
Our Current Network
Our National Team
Key Terms and Definitions

Part 2: Getting Started

Starting a Program
Overview & Steps
What do you need to start a program?
Choosing a community
Forming an expansion committee
Different Strategies for implementing the “I Have A Dream” Model
How to assess core program sites & partnerships
Post-Secondary Scholarship Support
Budgeting for a program
Policies & Quality Standards
National Menu of Services
Fundraising to launch a program


Technical Steps to Starting an Affiliate
Overview & Steps
Affiliate Formation & Governance
Establishing a Board
Staffing for an Affiliate
Recruiting Volunteers
Identifying & Working with Community Partners


Part 3: Operating & Growing a Program

Launching & Running an Affiliate/Program
Risk & Compliance
Data Systems and Setup
Enrollment Policies/Enrolling Dreamer Scholars
Dedication Ceremony
Building A Successful Program
Building Relationships & Trust with Dreamer Scholars & their Families/Caregivers
Building a Dreamer Scholar Culture & Connecting to National Program
Case Management & Family Partnership
How Do We Measure Dreamer Success?
Our Core Components and Program Structure
Academic Support
Summer Programming
Service Learning
Inspire the Dream Mentorship Initiative
College and Career Readiness
To & Through: Postsecondary Support
Alumni Support
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Operating and Growing Your Program
Checklist: Requirements to Operating an Affiliate
National Menu of Affiliate Services
Network Standards of Quality