Our Impact

Since 1988, Colorado “I Have A Dream” Foundation has provided academic, social, and emotional supports to nearly 1,000 youth and their families in the Denver Metro area.

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.

The Impact

90% of youth 
complete high school,
 compared to 74% of 
youth from low-income 
communities nationally.

Our youth are 3x more 
likely to earn a bachelor’s 
degree than their 
peers living in low-income communities.

College graduates earn, on average, 
an additional $1 million 
in lifetime earnings.

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

  • “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