Our Impact

Since 1988, The Colorado ” I Have A Dream” Foundation has provided wrap-around supports to Dreamers and their families in Denver Metro Area. To date, CIHAD has provided supports to 1160 students and their families.

The Need

51% of students in U.S.
public schools—that’s 
25 million—are low-income.
Only 9% of low-income
students earn a Bachelor’s 
degree—compared to 77% 
of their high-income peers.
While the college graduation rate for high income students has nearly doubled in the past 40 years, the graduation rate for low income students has stagnated.

Our Dreamers

Most Dreamers are
 the first in their families to 
graduate college—86% do 
not have a parent or guardian 
with a 4-year degree.

CIHAD has served over 1,160 Dreamers since 
1988.

The majority of 
Dreamers come from
 low-income families,
 with 86% qualifying for 
free or reduced lunch.

The Impact

90% of Dreamers 
complete high school,
 compared to 74% of 
low-income students 
nationally.
Dreamers are 3x more 
likely to earn a bachelor’s 
degree than their 
low-income peers.

College graduate s
earn, on average, 
an additional $1 Million 
in lifetime earnings.

Don’t just take our word for it…hear it from Dreamers!

  • “Through my involvement in Colorado I Have A Dream…I am finding myself. I am learning what it means to be mature, what it means to set an example in your household and in your community.” Advice to other students – “Stay involved and do something today that your future self would thank you for.”

    - Abdul, Weill Class of 2018