News Archive

  • City awards IHDF-Boulder affiliate grant from education tax funds, October 13, 2014
    The city of Boulder was looking for projects that advance school readiness, close the achievement gap for school-age children or provide interventions that reduce youth risk factors. This round, the largest award, $91,155, is going to the "I Have A Dream" Foundation of Boulder County..
  • Picking Up an Elusive College Dream, August 29, 2014
    The NY Times chronicles one Dreamer's trajectory from middle school to her current status as a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
  • Televised interview: Dreamer alumna and IHDF-Norwalk sponsor discuss impact of the "I Have A Dream" Foundation, July 26, 2014
    Watch this inspiring interview with George Bauer who, along with his wife Carol, has sponsored the "I Have A Dream" Foundation-Norwalk affiliate since 1998, and Dreamer alumna Jasmine Prezzie, who recently received dual Bachelor's degrees and plans to earn a doctorate. "I can only hope that I can inspire others to follow their dreams... because I am a Dreamer and I want everyone else to follow their Dreams as well."
  • Boulder County 'Dreamers' gain job experience in local internships, June 14, 2014
    16 students from Boulder County's "I Have A Dream" Foundation are participating in the organization's Onward and Upward summer internship program. The Onward and Upward program placed eight Dreamers from the St. Vrain Valley School District and eight from the Boulder Valley School District in jobs with local companies and organizations where students will learn professional skills.
  • Norwalk "I Have A Dream" alumni honored, June 28, 2014
    A ceremony was held on Saturday to celebrate the academic achievements of Dreamer alumni who participated in the Norwak, CT, chapter of the "I Have A Dream" Foundation. 20 out of 22 Dreamers graduated from high school and five of those students recently graduated from college. Program sponsors, Carol and George Bauer have provided approximately $200,000 in college scholarships to Dreamers who graduated from high schools in Norwalk.
  • Colorado "I Have A Dream" at the center of Hillary Clinton's CGI Conference speech, June 24, 2014
    Clinton tells the story of Oscar, a Dreamer alumnus and college graduate who now oversees manufacturing operations at a Denver printing company. "We want to do for other young people in Denver and across America what Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation and Intertech did for Oscar: give them the opportunity to lift themselves up and pursue their God-given potential." Click here for the full speech.
  • Hillary Clinton visits injection molding manufacturer in Colorado, June 6, 2014
    Earlier this week, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited Intertech Plastics, the largest custom injection molding manufacturer in Colorado. Clinton met with local business and non-profit leaders, including Colorado "I Have A Dream" leadership, to highlight the benefits for businesses providing training, mentoring and hiring initiatives to young people.
  • LL Cool J has inspiring message for Dreamers at IHDF-LA's 2014 Dreamer Dinner, Jun 5, 2014
    LL Cool J was honored at the "I Have a Dream" Foundation - Los Angeles's 2014 Dreamer Dinner. His speech has a message for every student struggling to make it and every student who has been told they are not good enough.

    "Keep going after your dreams. Keep going after your goals. Pursue them relentlessly. Dig down deep in your soul. Hold on to that dream that's inside of you. Don't let it go no matter what."
  • "I Have A Dream" Foundation annual Spring Gala to honor Dr. Daniel Porterfield, President of Franklin & Marshall College, June 1, 2014
    The "I Have A Dream" Foundation will host its annual "Spirit of the Dream" Spring Gala on Tuesday, June 10th from 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at 583 Park Avenue, New York City. This event celebrates the tremendous efforts and outstanding achievements of Dr. Daniel Porterfield, President of Franklin & Marshall College. Proceeds from the Gala directly benefit the organization's "Dreamers," enabling these worthy students to realize higher education through long-term wrap around services and guaranteed tuition support.
  • Peyton Manning supports Colorado "I Have A Dream" Foundation, May 28, 2014
    The PeyBack Foundation was established by Peyton Manning in 1999 to promote the future success of disadvantaged youth by assisting programs that provide leadership and growth opportunities for children at risk. The Colorado "I Have A Dream" Foundation has been selected as a grant recipient based on its unique merits, goal, mission, and program. Click here to learn more.
  • Merit Aid Won't Help Colleges Survive, May 5, 2014
    Earlier this month, Jeff Selingo of The Chronicle of Higher Education highlighted the work of IHDF Gala Honoree, Dr. Daniel Porterfield, President of Franklin & Marshall College, for leading F&M's shift toward and expansion of need-based financial aid as a key driver of recruiting and supporting the most talented and engaged student body possible.
  • "I Have A Dream" Foundation Taps Daniel Porterfield for Lifetime Achievement Award, May 2, 2014
    His national leadership calling on higher education to improve college access and opportunity for high-achieving students from underserved populations recently has earned Franklin & Marshall College President Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D., three invitations to the White House and prominent mentions in The New York Times. Shortly after graduation, it will carry him to New York City, where he'll receive the Eugene M. Lang Lifetime Achievement Award from the "I Have A Dream" Foundation at its annual Spring Gala on June 10.
  • Boulder kitchen tour benefits college dreams, April 23, 2014
    The "I Have A Dream Foundation" of Boulder County offers "Dream Kitchens Are Cooking" tour to help support the many mentoring and outreach programs the organization provides to low-income youth in Boulder, CO.
  • New members join 'Dreamer' board in Idaho, April 16, 2014
    The " I Have A Dream Foundation" of Idaho, located in the Wood River Valley, announced last week the appointment of three new members to the board of directors. New board members are part-time resident Leonard Cohen, Blaine County Commissioner Jacob Greenberg and Silver Creek Outfitters owner Terry Ring.
  • Vertiba Consultants Introduce Boulder Dreamers to Cloud Computing and, April 3, 2014
    Vertiba Salesforce consultants taught Dreamers at IHDF-Boulder how to set up their own movie database using technology. Not only did the students learn how to easily set up their own databases using, but they learned how cloud computing is a technology wave in which they can participate.
  • Longmont students set to become newest Dreamers, March 24, 2014
    As one class of Longmont Dreamers prepares to graduate this spring, another is just getting started. "I Have A Dream" Foundation of Boulder County is preparing to initiate 50 second-graders from Rocky Mountain Elementary School into Longmont's fourth Dreamer class on April 29.
  • Inside Longmont The Magazine features spotlight on IHDF-Boulder
    Inside Longmont The Magazine, March 2014
    Inside Longmont The Magazine focuses its Non Profit Spotlight on "I Have A Dream" Foundation of Boulder County, taking an in depth look at the organization's history, Dreamer classes, programming, and philanthropy model. See p. 12-15.
  • Please Join us in Welcoming a New Sponsor to IHDF-NY!, February 10, 2014
    We are thrilled to announce Scott Jaffee as the first Sponsor of a newly planned cohort to open in Fall 2014 in the South Bronx. To make this Bronx Cohort a reality, we are actively searching for additional public and private investors to join Mr. Jaffee in this worthwhile endeavor.
  • Las Vegans Spend MLK Day Serving Others, January 20, 2014 [VIDEO]
    "I Have A Dream" Foundation - Southern Nevada Dreamers participate in the MLK Day of Service by lending a hand to local community service projects.
  • Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy celebrated in Boulder, January 20, 2014
    Dreamers with "I Have A Dream" Foundation of Boulder County joined hundreds of Boulder-area residents to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and promote equality and civil rights for all.
  • White House Report On Promising Models Highlights "I Have A Dream" Foundation, January, 2014
    As part of a White House College Opportunity Summit, the Obama administration issued a report, "Increasing College Opportunity for Low Income Students: Promising Models and a Call to Action," examining major barriers facing low-income students, as well as interventions to improve college opportunity. The report examines, among other interventions, promising long-term, cohort-based models and highlights the "I Have A Dream" Foundation model and results on p. 33.
  • Meet Giving Hero "I Have A Dream" Boulder County, November 11, 2013
    Jason Vallery, an "I Have A Dream" Foundation - Boulder County Dreamer alumnus, now works for Microsoft and helps support the program. "This is one way I'm attempting to pay back a small fraction of the debt I feel towards this organization," Jason says. "I hope in the years to come I can find further ways to pay it forward and help kids in the same way I was helped."
  • "I Have A Dream" - Miami prepares for upcoming gala, November 1, 2013
    South Florida philanthropists are invited to an evening in celebration of making dreams come true as Stephanie, Jules and Eddie Trump of Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach host the 18th Annual I Have a Dream Foundation Miami Gala on Thursday, November 14th at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa.
  • LA Girls Show the Joy of Running and Pride in Reaching Goals at Girls on the Run 5K Event, September 12, 2013
    The program's impending arrival is generating a buzz at its third new site, the 99th Street School in partnership with the "I Have a Dream" Foundation. "Helping our girls improve their health, fitness and body image is a big priority for us," says Wilma Morales-Franco, Program Director for "I Have A Dream" Foundation - Los Angeles.
  • G.H. Bass & Co. announces "Pennies Towards Progress" Campaign to benefit "I Have A Dream" Foundation, August 5, 2013
    G.H. Bass & Co. is proud to present Pennies Toward Progress - a charitable initiative with the "I Have A Dream" Foundation to help students in the U.S. pursue higher education. "We believe that little things can make a big difference, so it's time for the world to see just how powerful pennies can be!" For every pair of Weejuns (Bass' iconic penny loafers) sold, G.H. Bass & Co. will donate 100 pennies to the "I Have A Dream" Foundation.
  • Boulder County's I Have a Dream program hosts national Dreamer Conference, June 18, 2013
    About 100 middle and high school Dreamers and their adult chaperones spent a couple of days at the University of Colorado's Boulder campus to participate in the "I Have A Dream" Foundation's National Dreamer Conference, get a taste of college, and learn about overcoming obstacles.
  • Modern-day Robin Hood Inspired by 60 Minutes Report, May 2, 2013
    This story recaps the 1986 60 Minutes special on the "I Have A Dream" Foundation and founder, Eugene Lang, in preparation for an new and upcoming 60 Minutes report on Paul Tudor Jones. Tudor Jones, inspired by Lang's generosity, started the Robin Hood Foundation in 1988. The story airs Sunday, May 5 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.
  • Dreamers Gliding for Colorado Conference, February 22, 2013
    IHAD was awarded an "A World in Motion" grant through the Corridor STEM Initiative, which is aimed at helping expose students to fun, hands-on science, technology, engineering and math opportunities.
  • "I Have a Dream" Foundation Charity Golf Tournament, January 16, 2013
    The "I Have A Dream" Foundation of Boulder County is planning its eleventh annual "I Have A Dream" Foundation Golf Tournament. Their all-inclusive package, which includes a continental breakfast, green fees, driving range tokens, golfer contests, on course beverages, an arrival bag and a fantastic awards luncheon, is a great golf fundraising idea as it adds to the camaraderie of event participants.
  • "I Have A Dream" program prepares Boulder elementary kids for college, January 13, 2013
    The "I Have a Dream" Foundation of Boulder County provides homework help, computers, educational software, access to books, classes on studying skills and healthy snacks to local students. Other services include mentoring, family involvement, career and college preparation, counseling and scholarships.
  • Leve's Ninth Annual Charity Ball Benefits "I Have a Dream" Oregon, December 15, 2012
    More than 800 supporters crowded the Left Bank Annex for Leve's Ninth Annual Charity Ball. The grass-root charity created by young women in Portland selects a nonprofit to support each year and "I Have a Dream" Oregon was the 2012 recipient.
  • Direct Consumer Information and Neighbors 4 Neighbors donate to IHAD Foundation Miami, December 5, 2012
    Michael Leitman and his partners from DCI (Direct Consumer Information) along with Neighbors 4 Neighbors recently donated 42 George Foreman grills to the I Have A Dream Foundation-Miami."We couldn't think of a more appropriate charity than the I Have a Dream Foundation to receive these gifts," said Leitman. "Under the leadership and hands-on dedicated support of Stephanie Trump, IHAD-Miami is turning around lives every day by empowering children in low-income communities to achieve higher education and fulfill their leadership potential."
  • Crayons to Calculators drive filling 8,000 backpacks, July 20, 2012
    The "I Have a Dream Foundation" of Boulder County participates in a school supply drive to give Boulder County kids whose parents may not be able to afford school supplies the same start to the school year as their classmates.
  • 'I Have a Dream' program coming to end, July 4, 2012
    The foundation is particularly proud of the students who started together at Manuel Jara Elementary and graduated from high school this year; they bested their peers with a graduation rate of 89 percent. Sixty-five of the students graduated from North Side High School, including valedictorian Andrea Rodriguez.
  • Beyond charity: The business of philanthropy, June 15, 2012
    Scott Gilmour, who started the NZ I Have a Dream charitable trust in 2002, is one of several New Zealanders who strongly believe "engagement philanthropy'' can help change the system.
  • 'Easy path' for learners backfires, June 5, 2012
    I Have A Dream, NZ, addresses the fact that Pasifika students are often steered into "soft" unit standard subjects that are "paths to nowhere."
  • Nonprofit Spotlight: "I Have a Dream" Foundation - Des Moines, March 16, 2012
    Now in its 22nd year, the "I Have a Dream" Foundation - Des Moines affiliate is working with its third class of dreamers. The organization works closely with the Des Moines Independent Community School District to choose which students to "adopt", and it spends around $2 million to see a class through from start to finish.
  • "I Have A Dream" 30th Anniversary Spirit of the Dream Spring Gala, June 14, 2011
    The "I Have A Dream" Foundation celebrated its 30th Anniversary on June 14th at 583 Park Avenue. We were thrilled to honor three education pioneers - The Honorable Thomas H. Kean, Shmuel Meitar, and Stuart Udell - for their enduring commitment to improving educational opportunities for all students. We were also delighted to recognize Founder Eugene M. Lang, for lifting the expectations of all our nation's students with the promise of college he made 30 years ago to the sixth graders of P.S. 121, and Rafael Rodriguez, an extraordinary alumnus and entrepreneur who was one of Mr. Lang's original Dreamers.
  • Buffs Team Up With "I Have A Dream" Foundation, April 26, 2011
    The University of Colorado women's basketball program teamed up with members of the Boulder County "I Have A Dream" Foundation for a basketball clinic at Columbine Elementary School.
  • Living the Dream
    Battle Creek Enquirer, April 2, 2011
    Mark and Margie Buchbinder sponsor an "I Have A Dream" program at Phillis Wheatley Elementary School in Miami, FL.
  • College Access and Success
    Root Cause - Social Impact Research, January 21, 2011
    Root Cause selects "I Have A Dream" NY-Metro and Chicago as "high impact college access organizations".
  • MTV's 'Teen Mom' Makes For Teaching Moments,
    National Public Radio, August 10, 2010
    In a story about MTV's 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom , Los Angeles Dreamers discuss how the show's depiction of teen pregnancy serves as a deterrent for them and their peers.
  • Mets, Councilman Recognize Local Group That Helps Fulfill College Dreams
    NY1, July 28, 2010
    Queens Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and the New York Mets teamed up to recognize the "I Have A Dream" Foundation in Long Island City. Dreamers from the program played baseball with Mr. Met and the Council member and talked about the importance of "I Have A Dream" in their lives.

  • Youth find direction
    Auckland Central Leader, July 16, 2010
    New Zealand Dreamers write and perform their own inspirational song with the help of Program Director and recent Mt Roskill Community Award winner Ant Backhouse.

  • Struggles connect Dreamers, Longmont Times-Call, June 26, 2010
    "I Have A Dream" - Boulder County hosts a local conference to help Dreamers reach their potential.
  • Gala Bolsters College Dreams , Wall Street Journal, June 7, 2010
    "I Have A Dream" Foundation supporters came together on June 3 to honor Cesar Conde of Univision Networks, and highlight the work being done to increase college access .
  • Skyline sophomores 'dreaming' of big things to come , Longmont Ledger, March 15, 2010
    Colorado Dreamers excitedly prepare for college. Most of them will be the first in their family to attend college, and some will be the first to graduate from high school.
  • 'Dream' program puts kids on path to success , New Jersey Jewish News, March 10, 2010
    "I Have A Dream" - Plainfield celebrates its tenth year of guiding students along the pathway to college.
  • Jennifer Garner Glows for Charity , OK! Magazine, February 22, 2010
    Actress Jennifer Garner, a long-time supporter of "I Have A Dream", attends our Los Angeles affiliate's 12th Annual Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues.
  • Hundreds gather in Boulder, Lafayette for MLK rallies, marches , Daily Camera, January 18, 2010
    To celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. day, Dreamers from Boulder, CO, joined with other locals to participate in a march and rally.
  • Program puts kids on path to college , Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 17, 2010
    Profiles the Milwaukee "I Have A Dream" program, which serves 90 Dreamers and their families.
  • Giving good cheer , Boulder County Business Report, November 25, 2009
    "I Have A Dream" - Boulder County is profiled as an organization with worthwhile and rewarding holiday giving opportunities.
  • One of Abe Pollin's 'Adopted' Kids Looks Back on His Philanthropy , Washington City Paper, November 24, 2009
    Abe Pollin, who co-sponsored an "I Have A Dream" program in the D.C. area, passed away on November 24 at the age of 85. Tiffany Alston reflects on the difference Mr. Pollin made to her life and that of her fellow Dreamers.
  • Beautiful Person of the Week: Shaniece ,, November 13, 2009
    Los Angeles Dreamer Shaniece is profiled as the "Beautiful Person of the Week," and discusses the difference "I Have A Dream" made to her life.
  • Foundation Helps Teens Achieve Their Dreams , Longmont Times-Call, November 7, 2009
    Mentors and students are recognized at the second annual Dream-Maker Breakfast for the "I Have A Dream" Foundation of Boulder County .
  • "I Have A Dream" - Overtown receives The Children's Trust Youth Development Programming Award , , November 3, 2009
    The Children's Trust honors "I Have A Dream" - Overtown for their work with Dreamers in Miami, Florida .
  • "I Have A Dream" forges new partnership with Kaplan K12 Learning Services , "I Have A Dream" Press Release, September 22, 2009
    "I Have A Dream" welcomes new Board member, Sari Factor, President of Kaplan K12 Learning Services and announces partnership with Kaplan to provide cirriculum and services to Dreamers nationwide .
  • PCC joins 'I Have A Dream' Foundation to support graduates after high school , The Forest Grove News-Times, August 19, 2009
    The "I Have A Dream" Foundation - Oregon joins forces with Portland Community College.
  • The New York Times reports on the "I Have A Dream" Foundation's partnership with Aristotle Circle, a network of admissions, academic, and child development experts with knowledge to optimize and demystify the New York schools admissions process.
  • First master of Dreamers pays it forward , The Columbian, July 11, 2009
    Han Tran, an alumna of the Southwest Washington "I Have A Dream" Foundation, is the first of her Dreamer class to earn a master's degree. She now holds a bachelor's degree in law, society and justice and a master's in social work, both from the University of Washington.
  • Lighting Up Lives , New York Social Diary, June 17, 2009
    Among the guests at the "I Have A Dream" Foundation's June 11 Gala were keynote speaker United States Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan; Chancellor of New York City Schools, Joel Klein; Rosie O'Donnell, who was honored with the Visionary Award; Dany Garcia, recipient of the Eugene M. Lang Achievement Award, presented by Dwayne Johnson; country music star Lee Ann Womack; and Carlos Watson, MSNBC Anchor and the evening's emcee.
  • Sunday Style: Evening Hours , New York Times, June 12, 2009
    Carlos Watson, Dany Garcia, Simone Johnson, and Dwayne Johnson are pictured at the "I Have A Dream" Foundation's June 11 Gala.
  • Forest Grove "Dreamers" earn diplomas , The Oregonian, June 5, 2009
    More than 100 Dreamers celebrate high school graduation in Forest Grove, OR.

  • Foundation realizes dreams despite tough economy , Fort Worth Business Press, June 1, 2009
    "I Have A Dream" Foundation - Forth Worth is profiled as an organization that continues on, despite the economic climate.
  • Boulder High grad motivated by foundation , Daily Camera, May 23, 2009
    Nearly a decade after becoming a Dreamer, Boulder High School student Roberto Vazquez looks forward to attending to college this fall.
  • 50 Kelso students get college scholarships , Seattle Times, May 20, 2009
    Fifty of the 62 Dreamers who started as fourth graders nine years ago, graduate from high school in Kelso, WA
  • "I Have A Dream" Provides Support While the Dreams of Overtown Kids Grow Wings ,, May 18, 2009
    Dreamers in Miami-Overtown work to pursue their dreams of college with the support of their families, sponsors, and program coordinator.
  • Americorps Week: A time to celebrate service ,, May 8, 2009, see also, Letters to the Editor: Recognizing important work , Daily Camera, May 9, 2009 (second letter on the page)
    With 16 AmeriCorps members working with Dreamers this year, the "I Have A Dream" Foundation of Boulder County has one of the largest AmeriCorps programs in the city, and is celebrating their service during AmeriCorps Week from May 9-16.


  • JCC, Plainfield teens join forces for day of service , New Jersey Jewish News, April 30, 2009
    Plainfield Dreamers team up with teens from the JCC of Central New Jersey to lead a day of community service in their local neighborhoods. In total, they recruited 72 more volunteers to help them put in a total of 180 service hours.


  • Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk awards dinner nets more than $420,000 , The Hour, April 29, 2009
    "I Have A Dream" Sponsors George and Carol Bauer are honored at the Maritime Aquarium's Red Apple Awards Dinner.


  • With Heart and Wealth, George F. Kettle Touched Many Children's Lives , The Washington Post, April 28, 2009
    Two-time "I Have A Dream" Sponsor, George Kettle, is remembered for his enormous generosity.


  • Charlottesville Canes' Helps "I Have A Dream" Foundation , WVIR-TV Channel 29, February 16, 2009
    Cane's Restaurants has partnered up with the Charlottesville "I Have A Dream" Program to raise money for students to visit colleges in New York City. Program Director Erica Lloyd talks about the signficance of field trips for the ninth grade Dreamers.


  • "I Have A Dream" Foundation segment , WFAA-TV Channel 8's "Good Morning Texas," February 12, 2009
    "I Have A Dream" Foundation - Fort Worth Program Director Debra West, and Dreamer Erica Powell, discuss the "I Have A Dream" program and promote their Valentine's Day Reading Rocks event.


  • Living the Dream , Albany Times Union, February 8, 2009
    Three Dreamer alumni from Albany, now adults with children of their own, are profiled 21 years after becoming a part of the "I Have A Dream" movement.


  • New 'Dreamers' adopted in Boulder County , Daily Camera, February 3, 2009
    Fifty elementary school students are inducted into the "I Have A Dream" Foundation of Boulder County. The students in grades three through six make up the ninth class of Boulder Dreamers.


  • 3 Individuals, 3 Groups to be Honored at MLK Social-Responsibility Awards Luncheon , The Denver Post, January 15, 2009
    The Colorado "I Have A Dream" Foundation is among six recipients of the 2009 Martin Luther King Jr. Business Social Responsibility Awards. The awards recognize community leaders who are working to keep Dr. King's legacy and commitment to civil rights alive. View the press release .


  • Duncan Wins Praise at Confirmation Hearing , Diverse Issues in Higher Education, January 14, 2009
    Arne Duncan describes his experience and successes with "I Have A Dream", at his Senate confirmation hearing to be the nation's Secretary of Education. View the excerpted transcript or watch the video (IHDF mention: 33:35 - 35:14).


    Arne Duncan


  • Schools Chief From Chicago Is Cabinet Pick , The New York Times, December 15, 2008
    President-elect Barack Obama names Chicago schools superintendent Arne Duncan as his choice for U.S. Secretary of Education. Duncan is a former Executive Director for Chicago's "I Have A Dream" Ariel program.


  • Pathways to Student Success: A Guide to Translating Good Intentions into Meaningful Impact , The Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania, December 2008
    In its first philanthropic investment guide, the Center for High Impact Philanthropy lists "I Have A Dream" as an "exemplar agent" among organizations making a difference in the lives of disadvantaged students. Visit CHIP's web site to request a free copy of the full report.


  • Dream Big: New Community Center Celebrated , Daily Camera, December 4, 2008
    After five years of planning and construction, the "I Have A Dream" Foundation of Boulder County celebrates the dedication of the Broadway East Community Center.

  • Children Who Live in Public Housing Suffer in School, Study Says , The New York Times, November 23, 2008
    The New York Times describes a recent study by New York University's Furman Center for Real Estate & Urban Policy which documented the lower academic performance of students living in New York City public housing, even when adjusting for income. Download the full report to see the recommendation that policymakers learn from and coordinate with programs like "I Have A Dream", that provide "critical support for disadvantaged youth in public schools" (Page 7).


  • Mayor Unveils Tuition Program to Benefit Inner City Kids , WUWM 89.7 FM Milwaukee Public Radio, September 30, 20 0 8, see also, Elementary school kids make pledge to go to college , Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, September 29, 2008, Milwaukee Grade School Students Chosen By "Dream" Foundation , WITI-TV Channel 6 (FOX affiliate), September 29, 2008, and Clarke Street School is focus of new college-going effort , Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, September 28, 2008
    Eighty first- and second-grade students become Dreamers as Milwaukee launches its first "I Have A Dream" program

  • 'I Have A Dream' Foundation Helps At-Risk Kids , KLAS-TV Channel 8 Eyewitness News, September 11, 2008
    Dreamer alumna Jasmin Melton is now a freshman at the University of North Las Vegas. She discusses how the "I Have A Dream" Foundation's Las Vegas program became her second family and helped her emerge from the rough neighborhood where she grew up, and go on to graduate from high school with honors.

  • The New Nonprofit Careers , Guide to Business & Graduate Education (an advertising supplement of the Washington Post), September 10, 2008
    President and CEO Iris Chen, discusses the advantages of earning an MBA before starting a career in the nonprofit sector.


  • Low Wages, High Hopes , Metro magazine (Auckland, NZ), August 2008
    A New Zealand Dreamer's home life is revealed in this story about the Mafileo family. With two low-wage incomes, the family of seven remain committed to overcoming difficulties and focusing on education.


  • Philanthropist Eugene M. Lang Named "Citizen of the Year" by National Conference on Citizenship, National Conference on Citizenship Press Release, August 26, 2008
    Eugene Lang is recognized for his lifelong commitment to civic participation at the NCoC's annual conference on September 22, 2008 at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
  • VIDEO: Michelle, Malia, and Sasha Obama Land in Denver ,, August 24, 2008
    Executive Director of the Colorado "I Have A Dream" Foundation, Mary Hanewall, is one of a handful of service organization representatives to welcome the Obamas to Denver for the Democratic National Convention. View photos

  • VIDEO: Coalition Videos for the RNC , America Forward, August 15, 2008
    The "I Have A Dream" Foundation is one of three America Forward coalition members to submit videos to the Republican National Convention, encouraging Republicans to include social entrepreneurship and volunteerism in their party's presidential platform.

  • Interview with Iris Chen , "Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West," July 27, 2008
    President & CEO Iris Chen describes the mission and value of "I Have A Dream", as a Dreamer alum and current Dreamer share their experiences in the program.

  • Samuel L. Jackson discusses IHDF with Oprah
    [VIDEO] 2006
    Actor Samuel L. Jackson, a past honoree of the "I Have a Dream" Foundation Los Angeles, discusses IHDF with on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

    The following articles have marked significant milestones in the history of the "I Have A Dream" Foundation.

    I Have A Dream: College Tuition , CBS 60 Minutes, May 23, 2004
    60 Minutes followed-up on the "I Have A Dream" Foundation from the time it first broke the story nationally in 1986.
  • One Man's Gift: College for 52 in Harlem , The New York Times, October 15, 1985
    This is the first story published about founder Eugene M. Lang's promise to the graduating class of sixth graders at P.S. Harlem in 1981.
  • Founder of Scholarship Program Cheers His Charges, Athens Banner-Herald, July 18, 2008
    Eugene Lang, the founder of the "I Have A Dream" Foundation, addresses Dreamers from across the country at the 7th annual National Dreamer Conference at the University of Georgia.
  • Waking Up to Life's Realities, The Aucklander, July 16, 2008
    The "I Have A Dream" program in Auckland, New Zealand makes a significant impact on the lives of 53 Dreamers, who are now beginning high school.
  • Carter Inspires Local 'Dreamers', Daily Camera, July 16, 2008
    Denver Nuggets' point guard and "I Have A Dream" alum Anthony Carter mingles with Dreamers in Boulder, inspiring them to continue along the pathway to college.

  • "I Have A Dream" to Play Tennis, KUSA-TV 9NEWS, July 15, 2008
    Nearly 200 Dreamers in Boulder are honing their tennis skills, thanks to a $20,000 grant from the United States Tennis Association.

  • Big Hats, Big Hearts for Polo, The Denver Post, July 14, 2008
    More than 4,000 people attend the the 21st Annual Denver Polo Classic to benefit children's charities, including the "I Have A Dream" Foundation - Denver.

  • Soccer Fever 'Dream' Experience Draws 50 Kids, Daily Camera, July 14, 2008
    Dreamers and their families participate in a two-day soccer event, hosted by the "I Have A Dream" Foundation of Boulder County.

  • Carter Plays Out His Dream, The Honolulu Advertiser, July 13, 2008
    Dreamer alumnus Anthony Carter re-signs with the Denver Nuggets, continuing to live out the NBA 'dream' he had more than 20 years ago.

  • Third Group of 'Dreamers' Set To Graduate, The Columbian, June 16, 2008
    Dreamers from "I Have A Dream" - Southwest Washington, in Vancouver, are graduating from high school nine years after they were first sponsored in the fourth grade.

  • CU Hosts 'Dreamers' For A Week, Daily Camera, June 11, 2008
    30 Dreamers from Longmont, CO, are taking part in a special summer program to creatively introduce them to the resources and opportunities that college has to offer.

  • 22 Will Graduate from Forest Grove High School with I Have A Dream Scholarships, The Oregonian, June 10, 2008
    The sixth cohort of Dreamers from "I Have A Dream" - Oregon graduates this spring. The Dreamers, from Forest Grove, OR, were sponsored as third and fourth graders at Cornelius Elementary in 1999.

  • Cornelius 'Dreamers' Get Their Diplomas, The Forest Grove News-Times, June 4, 2008, see also Houston Chronicle, June 14, 2008
    Dreamers from Forest Grove, OR, graduate from high school. The "I Have A Dream" - Oregon Class Six program is the first rural "I Have A Dream" program.

  • Charlottesville Dreamers Move On and Up, C-Ville Weekly, June 3-9, 2008
    Charlottesville Dreamers celebrate middle school graduation and look forward to attending high school in the fall.

  • Dreamers Found Real Success, The Times of Trenton, June 1, 2008
    Dreamers from Trenton, NJ, now in their early 30s, gather for a reunion and say that "much of who they are today is the result of their connection to the ["I Have A Dream"] program."

  • Gardener-In-Chief, Metro New York, May 19, 2008
    Photo of Former President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton visiting Portland Dreamers for an AmericaForward community service event.

  • Bill and Chelsea Clinton Continue Oregon Campaigning, KATU/Associated Press, May 18, 2008
    Former President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton work side by side with Portland Dreamers for an AmericaForward community service event. Video

  • VIDEO: Mesa Seniors at 100%, The Denver Post, May 16, 2008
    Colorado "I Have A Dream" board member Michael Johnston, principal of Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts, in Denver, CO, leads school where 100% of seniors are graduating and attending college.

  • 100 Most Beautiful": More Than Skin Deep - Jennifer Garner, People Magazine, May 12, 2008
    Jennifer Garner names the "I Have A Dream" Foundation as the cause that she supports. Garner shares, "You can't meet these kids and hear their stories and how comprehensively 'I Have A Dream' has changed their lives without wanting to be a part of that process." (page 156).
  • 20 Years Later, "Dreams" Are Still Coming True, The Denver Post, April 11, 2008
    The Colorado "I Have A Dream" Foundation celebrated its 20th Anniversary with the announcement of two new "I Have A Dream" classes in Denver.
  • The Shadow of Success, Colorado Daily, February 25, 2008
    Dreamer Madelin Torres, a participant in "I Have A Dream" of Boulder County's job shadow program, was featured shadowing staff at the St. Julien Hotel.

  • Nuggets' Anthony Carter Took Unusual Path to the NBA, CBS - Denver, February 11, 2008
    View this local CBS news feature about how "I Have A Dream" helped Dreamer Anthony Carter and how he continues to give back to the "I Have A Dream" Foundation.

  • Mission: Possible - Giving Children the Tools to Live Their Dreams, The Laurel of Asheville, January 2008
    This magazine profiles one of the newest classes of Dreamers in Asheville, NC.

  • Benefactor Sees Results In New Teacher, The Arizona Daily Star, January 17, 2008
    Tucson Dreamer Vanessa Oxaca graduated college in 2007 and is now a first-year teacher encouraging her own students to dream.

  • Keep on Dreaming, The Denver Post, December 23, 2007
    Dreamer and professional baseketball player Anthony Carter, who plays for the Denver Nuggets, attributes "I Have A Dream" for his success and is now giving back.
  • Helping Those You Can, Because You Can, The Washington Post, December 16, 2007
    The Washington Post features the "I Have A Dream" program in Washington, D.C.

  • CRC in Motion, United Nations Cyberschoolbus Web site, November 2007
    Dreamers from the Chelsea II program in New York participate in a project commemorating the 18th Anniversary of the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Dreamers were chosen to be photographed and recorded for the multimedia project.

  • Giving Wisely (cover story), Barron's, November 26, 2007
    Barron's philanthropy issue lists "I Have A Dream" founder Eugene M. Lang as one of the nation's top 10 philanthropists based on overall impact.

  • Wise Givers and profile on Eugene M. Lang, Beyond Philanthropy, November 25, 2007
    Beyond Philanthropy gives a more in-depth profile of "I Have A Dream" founder Eugene M. Lang and his impact on philanthropy.

  • Building on Success at "I Have A Dream" (lead editorial), The Oregonian, August 28, 2007
    The Oregonian supports the "I Have A Dream" approach of engaging the entire community in taking an invested interest in the success and achievement of its children.

  • Fletcher's Stairway to Success, The Washington Post, April 10, 2007
    The Washington Post features Dreamer London Feltcher from his life as Dreamer in Cleveland to his life as professional NFL player with the Washington Redskins.