“I Have a Dream” Foundation – Los Angeles (IHADLA) sponsors an entire class of third graders at an underserved school in a low-income neighborhood, regardless of each student’s academic level or learning challenges. Through our programs, we empower underprivileged youth to become successful young adults.
Staying with our students (“Dreamers”) through high school and then to and through post-secondary education, we make a long-term commitment to provide free year-round programs, services, and individualized case management for 10 consecutive years. We have recently launched a college and career program that helps college students stay in and finish college and find work.
The Foundation provides a comprehensive whole-child education program that prepares students for higher education and a successful and empowered life through academic support, social-emotional development, college and career prep, campus visits, tutoring, cultural enrichment, prevention programs (drug, crime, and pregnancy), and one-on-one mentoring.
When our Dreamers graduate from high school, we offer them a scholarship for college and other forms of higher education.
Our most recent Year in Review, which you can access by clicking the cover image below, includes more details about how our programs work.
IHADLA Changes Los Angeles Communities by Creating a Ripple Effect
Dreamers can greatly impact those around them. As a result, in addition to directly supporting hundreds of Dreamers, we indirectly support many hundreds more who benefit from the effects of our program. For example, parents can attend workshops on financial planning and supporting their children academically. We also invite other students to join events and programs as space becomes available. Often, after looking to our Dreamers as examples, Dreamers’ siblings and cousins alter their future paths as they begin to see college as a real possibility.
We educate underprivileged youth in Los Angeles so that together we can change communities into better places in which to grow up, live, and work.
Related What We Do Articles:
Breaking Generational Poverty with Mentoring and Whole-Child Education: Dreamer Quarterly Spotlight on Jazmyn.
Inglewood Disadvantaged Youth Achieves Academic Excellence: Dreamer Quarterly Spotlight on Chinyere
College Tours broaden perspective on life’s possibilities with education.