The "I Have a Dream"® Foundation is dedicated to helping children from low-income areas achieve their education and career goals through a comprehensive, long-term program of mentoring, tutoring and enrichment.
Local Project Sponsors adopt an entire class of students from elementary schools, or a same-age group of children from a housing project, and work with these children and their families through high school.
This long term, sustained commitment by the Sponsors is the critical element to the success of Projects. The "I Have a Dream"® model was created in 1981 by New York City businessman Eugene Lang, who sponsored the first "I Have a Dream"® Project. In 1986, the national "I Have a Dream"® Foundation was established.
Since then, 180 Projects nationwide have helped more than 13,500 students, called "Dreamers." Currently, 78 Projects operate in 20 states and one in New Zealand. There are five current projects in Los Angeles.
The program continues to grow. The "I Have a Dream"® national foundation is headquartered in New York City at 330 Seventh Avenue, 20th floor, New York, NY 10001. For more information, visit www.ihad.org
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