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.
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.
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