Our Impact

Since 1988, 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 over 1,100 students and their families.

The Need

51% of students in U.S.
public schools—that’s 
25 million—come from under-resourced communities.

Only 9% of students from 
under-resourced communities 
earn a Bachelor’s degree—compared to 77% 
of their peers from high-income communities.

While the college graduation rate for students from high-income communities has nearly doubled in the past 40 years, the graduation rate for students from under-resourced communities 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 graduates 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