The "I Have A Dream" Foundation works to ensure that all children have the opportunity to pursue higher education, fulfill their potential, and achieve their dreams. We empower children (“Dreamers”) in low-income communities to graduate from college by equipping them with the skills and knowledge to succeed in postsecondary school, along with tuition support to remove financial barriers. By helping our Dreamers gain access to college, we are putting them on a different academic and life trajectory, while having a broader impact on the students' families and the generations that follow.
IHDF works with Dreamers after school, on the weekends, and over the summer for over ten years, developing long-term relationships with Dreamers and their families. We provide academic and socio-emotional support to Dreamers, equipping them with the confidence and life skills needed to pursue their most ambitious dreams.
The “I Have a Dream” Foundation's mission is to empower children from low-income communities to succeed in school, college, and career by providing academic, social, and emotional support from elementary school through college, along with postsecondary tuition assistance.
Our dream is a world where every child has equal access to the educational and career opportunities that will ignite their innate potential.
Our Individualized Support
Dreamers have the academic supports needed to excel from kindergarten through college.
Dreamers have consistent and long-term relationships that support their college and career aspirations and have access to social capital resources such as mentors and potential employers.
Social & Emotional Life Skills
Dreamers build self-awareness, develop agency, cultivate a growth mindset, develop resilience or grit and raise expectations for themselves.
Financial Literacy & Resources
Dreamers receive financial literacy education and college tuition support to ensure that their financial circumstances are not barriers to entering college and obtaining a college degree.
Dreamers graduate from their post secondary programs with the skills necessary to successfully transition into the workforce and make meaningful professional contributions to society.
Health & Wellness
Dreamers learn to advocate for and to be active participants in their health care and have access to critical supports needed to manage trauma and/or personal circumstances that could affect their ability to pursue college dreams.
Dreamers understand the importance of community engagement and have opportunities for service learning.
Our Core Components
The entrepreneurial spirit of our founder, Mr. Eugene M. Lang, lives in all our programs. “I Have A Dream” programs are tailored to meet the individual needs of our Dreamers and their communities. However, eight core components define all “I Have A Dream” programs.
- Long-Term: Consistent support from no later than third grade through college completion.
- Individualized: Outcome-driven, grade level appropriate services & programming.
- Community Focus: Opportunities for service learning.
- Need Based: Focus on students from low-income communities.
- Inclusive: Including all students in a class, grade, or school, regardless of ability or performance.
- Mentorship: Consistent relationship with a supportive adult.
- Family engagement, regardless of language barriers.
- Guaranteed tuition support for college.