The mission of the "I Have a Dream" program is to motivate and empower children from low-income communities to reach their education and career goals by providing a long-term intervention program of mentoring, tutoring, and cultural enrichment. Upon graduation from high school, each Dreamer is eligible to receive a four-year tuition-assistance scholarship for college or vocational school.
“I Have a Dream” Foundation of Boulder County was founded in 1990 to narrow the area’s opportunity gap—one of the largest in Colorado—so that low-income students in the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley School Districts have an equal chance of reaching college and succeeding as self-sufficient adults. They do this by providing after-school, in-school, and summer programming to Boulder County’s low-income youth, including: academic tutoring and homework help, STEM and literacy workshops, mentoring, social activities, sports clubs, art and music lessons, college & career readiness support, and a post-secondary scholarship of $10,000.
Currently, “I Have a Dream” serves more than 500 Dreamers ages 7-18 and about 800 of their parents. All students served are low-income, and although “I Have a Dream” does not target a specific ethnicity, most of its Dreamers (88%) are Latino. The Dreamer Classes operate in learning centers at either the student’s school or their low-income housing site in Boulder, Longmont, Lafayette, or Frederick. In addition, “I Have a Dream” serves 50-70 Dreamers who have graduated from high school and are now attending colleges and post-secondary programs.