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I Have a Dream Foundation

Program that Works


The "I Have A Dream" Foundation works to ensure that all children have the opportunity to pursue higher education by providing children in low-income communities with guaranteed tuition support and equipping them with the skills, knowledge, and habits they need to gain entry to higher education and succeed in college and beyond. The programmatic model incorporates sponsorship of entire grade-levels of 50-100 students in low-income schools, who are then receive supports from elementary school through high-school. After graduation, students receive tuition assistance for college.

Target Population

Students in low-income communities.


Providing guaranteed tuition support for children from low-income communities in order to allow all students the chance to have a college education.

Program Highlights

  • Barrons named founder Eugene Lang one of the nation’s most effective philanthropists in higher education.
  • Students overwhelmingly demonstrate a more positive attitude toward success in school and the importance of higher education after participating in the program.
  • Students from the program have attended 138 colleges and universities across the country, including Barnard, Brandeis, Grinnell, Harvard, Howard, the University of Texas, Virginia Tech, Swarthmore, four University of California campuses, and Vanderbilt.

The Facts

Has served over 15,000 students in 27 states
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Higher Education


Non-Profit / Philanthropy

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Evidence of Impact

"I Have a Dream" participants demonstrated higher graduation rates, and better grades and attendance compared to their peers not participating in the program.

I Have a Dream: The Impacts: A research summary sponsored by the developer based on 8 I Have a Dream studies and evaluations shows an increase in grades, standardized test scores, and graduation rates, and reduction in high school dropout rates of I Have a Dream participants compared to their peers. The program may also have increased high school attendance and college enrollment.

One I Have a Dream-sponsored study.
Since 1981, over 15,000 students have participated in the I Have a Dream program and gone on to college, including students in 27 states, Washington, DC, and New Zealand.


Contact Information

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"I Have A Dream" Foundation
330 Seventh Avenue, 20th Floor
New York,  NY  10001
(212) 293-5480

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