We at the “I Have a Dream” Foundation – Los Angeles (IHADLA) are proud of all our students (“Dreamers”). Each quarter, we spotlight a student from one of our programs through our “Dreamer Spotlight” feature. Here, we will feature a Dreamer’s story about how IHADLA has impacted his or her life.
Inglewood Disadvantaged Youth Achieves Academic Excellence
This quarter’s Dreamer Spotlight is on Program 16 Dreamer Chinyere Osuigwe. Chinyere has been a Dreamer since the first grade, when we sponsored her class at Daniel Freeman Elementary School in 2005. She is currently in the 10th grade and attends City Honors Preparatory High School. Chinyere has this to say about her journey with the help of IHADLA:
“My name is Chinyere Osuigwe. I am currently a 10th grader at City Honors Preparatory High School. I have been a part of IHADLA since the first grade, when I attended Daniel Freeman Elementary. Over the years, I have maintained a 4.0 GPA with the support and encouragement from IHADLA.”
“IHADLA has been an amazing program to me over the years. I was always recognized as the shy and quiet girl. Once I began the program, it helped me come out of my shell. I saw how nice and fun everyone was and I felt right at home! I opened up more by talking and interacting more with my fellow Dreamers and had more fun than ever! I remember we took a trip to John’s Incredible Pizza, and I actually felt comfortable enough to start talking to and making friends with the other Dreamers. Even to this very day I try to socialize more, and it’s all because of IHADLA and I couldn’t be more appreciative!”
“Currently, IHADLA is launching their Work is Success Internship Program (WISIP) which prepares and places Dreamers such as myself in a 6-8 week summer internship. My hope is to intern at a hospital or clinic where I will experience interning under a physician or nurse.”
“Thank you IHADLA for always supporting my dreams!”
We are very proud of Chinyere and how far she has come academically, socially, and emotionally. We look forward to seeing where our new WISIP (Work is Success Internship Program) will take her.