Delivering MLK Day Love With Care Packages

“On the Friday before Martin Luther King Day, Viacommunity, BET and many eager volunteers teamed up with the ‘I Have a Dream’ Foundation to assemble 200 care packages for college freshman across the country. The care packages contained branded BET notebooks, Viacommunity-branded sunglasses and tote bags, stationary, snacks, and personal handwritten notes of encouragement. The […]

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“I Have A Dream” Foundation And CBS Cares Collaborate On PSA Campaign

“The “I Have A Dream” Foundation (IHDF) and CBS Cares have joined together to create a public service campaign focusing on educational support and mentoring for young students in low-income areas. Christmas- and Hanukkah-themed IHDF public service announcements featuring Mayim Bialik (THE BIG BANG THEORY) and LL COOL J (NCIS: LOS ANGELES) will launch online […]

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Mayim Bialik and LL Cool J Came Together for This Cause

“Mayim Bialik and LL Cool J together at last. Yes, you read that properly. Mayim and LL did a PSA together. Not a pairing you normally think of together. And even better, they are Christmas-and-Hanukkah-themed PSAs, which aired nationally starting November 27th.”

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The Outgoing Education Secretary Reunites With A Former Student

“As he prepares to leave office this month, Education Secretary Arne Duncan reunited with a former student as part of a StoryCorps interview project. More than 25 years ago Duncan took part in a mentorship program run by the ‘I Have a Dream’ Foundation at Shakespeare Elementary School in Chicago. And Lawanda Crayton was one […]

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Putting the dream of higher education within reach

“When I was 12 years old, an industrialist named Eugene M. Lang took a chance on me. He was scheduled to speak at my sixth grade graduation in 1981. On the way to the podium, Mr. Lang learned that three-quarters of the students sitting before him would probably never finish high school. So he made […]

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Nonprofit helps Metropolitan State expand low-income student capacity

“Metropolitan State University of Denver strives to be a preeminent public urban university, serving the diverse local community with high-quality access to higher education. One way it helps traditionally hard-to-reach students succeed is by partnering with outside organizations that can support them in the classroom and in their transition to college life. One partnership, however, […]

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The first lady gives NYC seniors a dreamy college sendoff

“As high school seniors around the country take a sigh of relief as college acceptances roll in, a group of New York City students had an additional reason to celebrate this week. Deja Daniels, 18, was one of 4,000 high school seniors who got to “sign” her college of choice along with first lady Michelle […]

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I Have A Dream Foundation Celebrates 35th Anniversary Gala

The I Have A Dream Foundation will celebrate its 35th anniversary on Thursday, June 9, with its annual Spirit of the Dream gala at the Pierre Hotel in New York City. This year’s honorees are philanthropists and education advocates Lauran & Justin Tuck, founders of Tuck’s R.U.S.H. (Read, Understand, Succeed, and Hope) for Literacy; U.S. […]

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The White House ‘Beating the Odds’ Summit

“Co-sponsored by the I Have A Dream Foundation, among other college access programs, the event brought together students from communities across the U.S. who have overcome seemingly daunting odds to enroll in college—such as poverty, homelessness, immigration status, and learning disability.”

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Income and education inequality persists, more must be done

“We know that long-term, year-round, individualized engagement is what we need to truly turn around the educational inequities that exist in low-income communities. By transforming the lives of young people growing up in poverty, we can improve our economy and make our job opportunities truly equitable for all Americans.”

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