Mission & History

Assisting low-income students to and through college

The mission of the "I Have A Dream" program 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.

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History

The “I Have A Dream” Foundation of Boulder County was founded in 1990 and follows the national “I Have A Dream” model, which was established in Harlem, New York in 1981 by founder Eugene Lang. Click here for more information about the national "I Have A Dream" Foundation. Local Boulder philanthropists learned about this model and, motivated by the dismal 35% graduation rate for low-income youth in the area, launched the local affiliate as a 501(c)(3).

The organization has sponsored 18 Dreamer Scholar Classes and provided more than 1,000 Dreamer Scholars with intensive support and wrap-around services, also reaching family members and guest participants to impact over 4,000 people in the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley School Districts (in Boulder, Lafayette, Longmont, and Carbon Valley). 

 

VISION

Our dream is a world where every child has equal access to the educational and career opportunities that will ignite their innate potential.