Dreamer Conference 2014

On July 23, 2014, the National "I Have A Dream" Foundation hosted its 13th Annual Dreamer Conference on the campus of American University in Washington, DC. Over three days, 87 middle school, high school, and college-level Dreamers representing "I Have A Dream programs from across the nation participated in a series of interactive leadership workshops, networking opportunities, educational presentations, and more. 

Each year, talented and spirited Dreamers come together on a different college campus to participate in a series of intensive activities designed to propel them forward in their preparation for college. The Dreamer Conference enables participants to envision themselves as college students and fuels their desire to strive for excellence. 

Each aspect of the Dreamer Conference has been designed to equip our Dreamers with the skills needed to gain admission to and excel in college. Interested Dreamers must first complete an application process that simulates the college application process and includes submitting school transcripts, personal statements, and teacher recommendations.

Through college-level courses and other intellectually stimulating activities, Dreamers had the opportunity to interact with college administrators, current college students, and guest speakers. This year, several Dreamer Alumni, who have often traveled similar paths, came back to share their experiences with Dreamers. Juan Martinez, a member of the first ever class of Dreamers sponsored by Mr. Eugene Lang, hosted a career site visit at the U.S. State Department. Chanel Edwards, the first Dreamer Alumna to join the National Board of Directors and a current Vice President at BlackRock, answered Dreamers' questions about succeeding in life, college, and career. 

Having experienced life on a college campus, our Dreamers left the Conference with a greater sense of confidence in themselves and their abilities. They returned home armed with the tools needed to make college success a reality, and eager to share what they have learned with their peers.  
This conference was made possible by the generous support of our donors.