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 a post-secondary tuition assistance scholarship.
“I Have A Dream” Foundation of Boulder County’s (IHDF) unique, long-term achievement program follows the national “I Have A Dream” model. Philanthropist Eugene Lang began the first “I Have A Dream” program in New York City in 1981. He mentored students from elementary to high school and provided scholarships for higher education when they graduated from high school.
Concerned by the dismal 35% graduation rate among low-income youth in the area, local philanthropists launched “I Have A Dream” in Boulder County in 1990.
Since 1990, IHDF Boulder County has served more than 1,000 local youth, and currently has 13 active Dreamer Scholar Classes. The model, with its one-on-one attention and daily programming, has proven to narrow the opportunity gap. Dreamer Scholars graduate from high school, enroll in post-secondary programming, and complete their post-secondary education at much higher rates than their low-income peers.