The I Have A Dream Foundation is working to ensure that all children have the opportunity to pursue higher education. We empower children in low-income communities to achieve higher education by providing them with guaranteed tuition support and equipping them with the skills, knowledge, and habits they need to gain entry to higher education and succeed in college and beyond. 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.
Our mission is to help underprivileged children become productive citizens by providing a long-term program of academic enhancement, mentoring, and cultural enrichment with an assured opportunity for higher education.
IHADLA selects an entire class of third graders at an underperforming, underserved school in a low-income neighborhood, regardless of each student’s academic level or disability. We make a long-term commitment to provide free year-round programs, services, and individualized case management for 10 consecutive years through high school graduation and into college. The Foundation provides a comprehensive program that prepares students for higher education through academic support, social-emotional development, college and career prep, campus visits, tutoring, cultural enrichment, drug, crime, and pregnancy prevention programs, and one-on-one mentoring. We guarantee every Dreamer a scholarship to help them attend college or an accredited vocational school.