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We’ve chosen I Have A Dream Foundation to receive 30% of our profits. They are an amazing organization. We look forward to playing a small part in supporting their important mission.
Why Partner with I Have a Dream Foundation?
51% of US public school students (25 Million children) are low-income
- Only 9% of low-income students will earn a Bachelor’s degree – compared with 77% of higher income peers
- I Have A Dream Foundation (IHDF) has served over 18,000 “Dreamers” in 28 states since 1981
- IHDF starts working with students as early as Kindergarten and stays with children through college
- IHDF Dreamers are over 3x more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree compared with low income peers
Mission & Approach
IHDF helps children fulfill their potential, pursue higher education and achieve their dreams. They empower children (“Dreamers”) in low-income communities by equipping them with skills, knowledge and financial support.
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. They help build the confidence and life skills for children to pursue their most ambitious dreams.
What Specifically Do They Do?
I Have A Dream programs are long term and tailored to meet the individual needs of Dreamers and their communities…
- Building Wellness: Programs help children improve health and well-being
- Dream Accounts: College savings contributions are based on academic and social milestones
- University Preparation: Dreamers visit colleges to build readiness. Students live in dorms and attend workshops that emphasize academic persistence and career exploration
- Dreamer Mentoring: Dreamers entering college are matched with alumni Dreamers to navigate crucial transitions
How Did I Have A Dream Get Started?
In 1981, Eugene Lang returned to the Harlem elementary school that he had attended 50 years earlier to speak to the sixth grade class. On the way to the podium, the principal told Lang that three-quarters of students would never finish school. Lang made an impromptu change and promised college tuition to every sixth grader who stayed in school and graduated.
Lang told the class about witnessing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. He urged the students to dream their own dreams and promised to do all he could to help them achieve their goals.
Lang developed personal relationships with many of the children and soon realized they needed more help than he could give them on his own. The idea for I Have A Dream Foundation was born.