Join us for the 2022 Dream Big Gala
Our gala is the biggest event of the year that raises the critical funds to facilitate our educational programming. We are excited to announce that this year's Dream Big Gala, held on Sunday, April 24, at 5:00 PM, will be an opportunity for us to gather at Valentine, an open-air event space in DTLA, and once again celebrate individuals that uphold the mission and spirit of IHADLA. To purchase tickets, sponsor the event, donate, visit our Dream Big Gala event site.
2022 Dream Big Gala - COVID-19 DISCLAIMER
(*) Voluntary Assumption of Risk: You understand and agree that by participating in this event you do so in your sole discretion and voluntarily assume any and all risks, whether known or unknown, which could result in any harm, illness, injury or death, including, without limitation, the risk of contracting COVID-19 and/or other infectious diseases. You understand and agree that you will follow all applicable federal, state, local, and venue protocols and recommendations, and that the “I Have A Dream” Foundation-Los Angeles is not liable or in any way responsible for any injury to you or your property by virtue of your participation in this event.
“I Have a Dream” Foundation – Los Angeles provides long-term support to youth living in under-resourced communities to help them reach their full potential. We promote, from an early age, values of higher education and career success through guaranteed financial resources, empowerment programs and more.
Janell Lewis has been appointed Executive Director of IHADLA
Our Board of Directors is thrilled to announce that Janell Lewis has been appointed Executive Director of IHADLA. She most recently led the organization as Interim Executive Director. Janell is exceptionally qualified to lead IHADLA. Having joined the organization seven years ago, she was Director of Programs for six years, and has been Interim Executive Director since October of last year.
Program 15 Alumna Sandra Romero-Viguerias Acknowledges the Impact IHADLA Had in Her Life
Sandra was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, and moved east of Los Angeles just before her 1st-grade class at Franklin Elementary in Pasadena was sponsored by IHADLA. She now works as a Clinical Therapist for the county of San Bernardino’s Crisis Response Team and as an Assessment and Referral Counselor for Canyon Ridge Hospital, pursuing her passion for helping others and giving back to her community...
Did you know that you, your company or employer are eligible for certain sponsorship benefits when you support IHADLA? Click the link below to find out more about the variety of digital sponsorship opportunities with benefits at each level we have available, and help support our Dreamer Scholars!
We welcome all volunteers! Donating the gift of your time to “I Have A Dream” Foundation-Los Angeles will make an impact on the lives of under-resourced youth throughout Los Angeles.
Educate. Empower. Achieve.
At the “I Have A Dream” Foundation – Los Angeles, we provide individualized social, emotional, and academic support to young people from low-income communities from kindergarten all the way through college, along with guaranteed tuition support. We believe that when given equal access to the resources they need to succeed, all children can ignite their innate potential and achieve their dreams.
Dreamer Scholars are over 3x more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree than their low-income peers.
90% of Dreamer Scholars graduate High School, compared to 74% of low-income students nationally.
College graduates earn, on average, an additional $1 million in lifetime earnings.
Our Individualized Support
Don’t just take our word for it. Hear it from our Dreamer Scholars:
“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”
“If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.”
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character."
Martin Luther King, Jr.