At the “I Have A Dream” Foundation, we work with students (“Dreamers”) starting as early as kindergarten, providing year-round, individualized social, emotional, and academic support from kindergarten all the way through college. Once Dreamers are admitted to college, they are 3x more likely to graduate than their low-income peers, and we provide guaranteed financial support to ensure family income is not a barrier to college graduation.
We have realized that there’s really no way to capture the full depth and breadth of a Dreamer’s experience, short of undertaking an 18+ year documentary project. But this year, we have Dreamers in every grade from kindergarten all the way through college. We will be following Dreamers from every grade in 11 cities for this whole year, and checking in with them at critical points—first days of school, college applications, graduations, internships, and as they respond to current events, challenges, and accomplishments along the way. At the end of the project, we will have a fuller look at what school—and life—can look like if every child is given the level of support and opportunity they deserve.