Educate. Empower. Achieve.

At the "I Have A Dream" Foundation, 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. 

The Numbers

3x

Dreamers are over
 3x more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree 
than their low-income peers.

90%

90% of IHDF-NY Dreamers 
graduate High School,
 compared to 66% of peer groups in NYC.

$1M

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 Dreamers.

"'I Have a Dream' means a lot to me because this after school helps me with homework and afterwards they let you hang out and do fun stuff like robotics."

- Melanie, East Harlem Dreamer

"'I Have a Dream' is fun for me. The teachers teach fun things and make cool activities. I like Robotics because we get to work with partners and build robots!"

- Alejandro, East Harlem Dreamer

"I'm the first in my family to receive a college degree, thanks to The I Have A Dream Foundation."

- Jamie Caceres, Ravenswood I Alumni

"Being a Dreamer means that I have the freedom to pursue my own goals, reach beyond college, and have a successful career."

- Beau, Ravenswood II Alumni

"I would not have harbored such aspirations had it not been for the constant encouragement, advice, and support from the 'I Have A Dream' family."

- Saul Arvelo, Ravenswood I Alumni

  • "Philanthropy is very important because those who have a lot have an implied duty to share with those who didn't"

    Eugene Lang, I Have A Dream Foundation - Founder

  • "Being involved with The "I Have a Dream" Foundation has been a very rewarding experience for me, probably the most rewarding thing that I have done with my life."

    Jeff Gural, I Have a Dream Foundation NY - Chairman of the Board

  • "While we maintain a focus promoting academic success, our ultimate goal is to work with families, schools and partners to develop well-rounded, resilient young people who can think critically, express themselves appropriately and make good life decisions."

    Thierry Cazeau, I Have a Dream NY - Former Executive Director