Dream Big Gala 2021
The Dream Big Gala is our way of adapting our former “Dreamer Dinner” live event to a new virtual format. The gala is our biggest event of the year that raises the critical funding needed to facilitate our comprehensive programming, including academic support, social and emotional development, college and career readiness, one-on-one mentoring, individualized case management, and parent engagement. It’s also an opportunity for us to honor local luminaries who inspire the hopes and dreams of our students while also recognizing the extraordinary accomplishments of our youth.
“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.
IHADLA Announces New Interim Executive Director, Janell Lewis!
The “I Have A Dream” Foundation-Los Angeles (IHADLA) Board of Directors announced today to the community that Senior Director of Programs, Janell Lewis, has been appointed the organization’s new Interim Executive Director, following Pamela Miller’s recent departure. The organization is very grateful to Pamela Miller, who has been at the helm of IHADLA for over 2 years. She will remain involved with IHADLA in support of our Dreamer Scholars and our mission, and we thank her for all she has accomplished. Janell Lewis, MSW, has been with IHADLA since 2013, most recently as Pam’s righthand, Senior Director of Programs.
Program 15 Alumna Sandra Romero-Viguerias Acknowledges IHADLA for Transforming Her Life
Our students and alumni come from a diverse array of locations, backgrounds, and experiences. Alumna, Sandra Romero-Viguerias, 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 as Program 15. Sandra 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, a private psychiatric hospital, pursuing her passion for helping others and giving back to her community. Of course, we at IHADLA are so proud of everything Sandra has accomplished and can’t wait to see what other incredible milestones she will reach!
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!
OurWeekly Los Angeles Profiles Janell Lewis!
Click below to read OurWeekly Los Angeles's article on Interim Executive Director & Senior Director of Programs Janell Lewis's appointment to her new role! The publication is dedicated to providing in-depth coverage on issues pertaining to African-Americans and the communities in which they live, and IHADLA is grateful for their support!
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.