“I Have A Dream” Foundation Blog

College Signing Day Closeup: Meet Chasel

The “I Have A Dream” Foundation(IHDF) is a leading education nonprofit focused on breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty through a comprehensive program of support that follows the same group of young people (“Dreamers”) from elementary school all the way through college. Founded in 1981 through the vision of Eugene Lang, IHDF operates in 16 […]

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Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today marks the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination—and today, we are reflecting on what his work, finished and unfinished, means for our own. We were founded in the spirit of Dr. King’s own words, in the belief that true equality means access to a quality education for every child. We are […]

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Educational Equity News Roundup: 2/27/18

Welcome to our weekly news roundup, where we share the latest in educational equity and issues impacting our Dreamers. To receive this in your inbox each week, sign up here. The Next Educational Equity Battleground: Little-Noticed ESSA Provision To Allow Parents to See Whether Districts Fund Schools Fairly The74: The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) […]

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Educational Equity News Roundup: 2/13/18

Welcome to our weekly news roundup, where we share the latest in educational equity and issues impacting our Dreamers. To receive this in your inbox each week, sign up here. Millions of Americans are living in higher-education deserts, report says Nearly 40% of American college students attend a school less than 50 miles from home—and […]

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We’re partnering with Super Bowl performer Leslie Odom Jr.

A portion of proceeds from his recording of “America the Beautiful” to go to the “I Have A Dream” Foundation We are very honored to announce that Tony and Grammy Award winning performer Leslie Odom Jr.—known for originating the role of Aaron Burr in Broadway’s Hamilton—has chosen the “I Have A Dream” Foundation as the […]

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Mentor Spotlight: Ms. Lindsay & Ms. Linda

This National Mentoring Month, we’re highlighting the mentors that have supported us—and Dreamers—in our trajectories to and through college and career, and in navigating the challenges and successes along the way. Did you know that young people with a mentor are 55% more likely to enroll in college?  Michelle Madera-Bañuelos with her mentor, Ms. Lindsay […]

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Dreamer to Dreamer Mentoring has launched!

Dreamer to Dreamer is a National initiative that pairs College Dreamers with Alumni Dreamers to provide high‐touch, one-on‐one mentorship to support Dreamers in navigating the challenges of transitioning from high school, to college, career, and beyond. Our Alumni Dreamers have walked in the shoes of our College Dreamers and have a deep understanding of what […]

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“I Have A Dream” Foundation Receives Outpouring of Donations in Memory of Nine Year Old Tommaso Cerase

We are humbled to share that the “I Have A Dream” Foundation has received more than $30,000 in donations in memory of Tommaso Cerase. Tommaso was just nine years old when he died in September in a tragic accident during a soccer training camp in Manhattan. Tommy, as he was known to family and friends, […]

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10 Spooky Facts about Education in the U.S.

Students from households that earned less than $35,000 represented just 10% of all bachelor’s degrees awarded in 2014. Source 97% of low-income students rely on school for internet access, but 40 million students do not have high-speed Internet in school. Source Teacher quality is one of the most significant factors related to student achievement. In […]

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“I Have A Dream” Foundation Receives Grant from Cathay Bank

We are thrilled to announce that the “I Have A Dream” Foundation has received a $7,500 grant from Cathay Bank to fund our general operations. Cathay Bank awards grants to organizations that display leadership and vision, and provide tangible benefits to low- and moderate-income communities. “We want to thank Cathay Bank for recognizing us as a […]

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