Start A Program

Over the course of our 35+ year history, the “I Have a Dream Foundation” has impacted over 18,000 young people (Dreamers) from communities around the country and world. But our work is not done! As we approach our 40th anniversary we see a tremendous opportunity and need for our program in more cities. There are a number of benefits to starting a program in your city.

For young people our program provides a unique long-term approach that will support students every step of the way from elementary school through college. Communities that have had a “I Have a Dream” program have also benefited immensely. Beyond just having community service programs and volunteer opportunities, we have seen that having an “I Have a Dream” program has helped many communities come together to create a longstanding network of support that not only supports the Dreamers but other young people in the community.

If you are interested in starting an “I Have a Dream” program in New York City or you are interested in learning more about the organization and the Board of Directors please read the steps below and contact Lori Canova, Chief Growth Officer, for more information.

The Process

Step 1

Initial Application

Step 2

Viability Review

Step 3

National Growth Committee Review

Step 4

Site Visit

Step 5

Launch Planning

Step 5


Step 5