Over the course of our decades-long history, the “I Have A Dream” Foundation has impacted over 20,000 young people (Dreamer Scholars) and their communities around the country and world.
Our work is not done!
As we celebrated our 40th anniversary in 2021, we were reminded of the tremendous need that still exists. We recommitted to expanding our program in more cities, and made it our goal to serve 10,000 Dreamer Scholars by the year 2030.
We work in areas where the need is greatest, with a whole class, school or housing community. In other words, we do not “cherry pick” participants based on past academic performance or ability. We focus our work on under-served communities where the majority of students are eligible for free and reduced lunch or their families meet the criteria to qualify for low-income housing. Given that 52% of students in U.S. public schools meet this standard—that’s 25 million young people—we feel it is imperative that we expand to reach even more communities.
There are a number of benefits to starting an “I Have A Dream” affiliate in your city. Being part of our robust national “I Have A Dream” affiliate network will connect you to a broad range of partnerships and resources, and provides you with access to program experts, experienced peers, and guidance on best practices. We have all the tools you will need to launch and operate a successful, sustainable “I Have A Dream” affiliate in your area, including support to help you identify funding and partnerships, hire and coach an Executive Director, train new program staff, establish an Expansion Committee/Board, collect data and analyze your progress. While our goal is consistency and quality across our national network, we encourage innovation and celebrate the efforts each affiliate makes to reflect their community and specific needs. Our national staff and committed network will support you throughout your journey, and will welcome you to the “I Have A Dream” family – our TEAM DREAM!
Below, you will find an overview of the formal steps to identify and launch a new program. The subsequent sections will help guide you through the process.
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