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I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County

Change the lives of kids in our community today. Sponsor a Dreamer Scholar for $250/month or $3,000/yr for 10 years. Your sponsorship provides tutoring, mentoring, cultural enrichment, and help paying for college. Your generous gift of any size will make a difference in a child's future.

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Academic Assistance

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Hispanics
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

"I Have A Dream" operates seven learning centers after school AND during the summer to provide comprehensive resources that encourage academic success and healthy social development - ultimately to prevent students from dropping out of school. Activities include individualized tutoring, literacy development, study-skills classes, computer instruction, school liaison with child's teachers, and assistance with homework. Every year, "I Have A Dream" recruits and places over 300 volunteer tutors who provide one-on-one academic assistance.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The Dreamer Scholars we sponsor are at a higher risk for dropping out of high school. The very first Dreamer Scholar class had a projected graduation rate of 34%. With the help of "I Have A Dream," this class nearly doubled that rate and graduated at 66%. The second, third, and fourth classes all had a projected graduation rate of 60%. In the end, they all graduated at 90%. Over the course of our more than 25 year history, "I Have A Dream" has served over 1,000 Dreamer Scholars and their families (over 3,000 people)!

Mentoring, Counseling, and Family Support

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Families
Hispanics
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

"I Have A Dream" provides Dreamer Scholars (and their families) with long-term, reliable, and supportive relationships with numerous concerned and caring adults who listen and provided guidance, become advocates, provide connections to other resources, share special moments, provide boundaries for behavior, and perhaps most significantly, establish high expectations for academic and career success. Adult relationships are provided by bilingual Program Directors, who develop personal relationships with their class of up to 80 Dreamer Scholars providing counseling and help with academic and personal challenges and who establish relationships with the Dreamer Scholars' families through home visits, parent meetings, family activities and parent-teacher conferences; one-to-one volunteer mentors who commit at least one year to the life of a specific child; and AmeriCorps service volunteers who provide ongoing mentoring and tutoring.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We continue to receive positive feedback from all members involved in this program. 93% of our Dreamer Scholars are reporting that they have a caring and trusting relationship with an adult through our program. 99% are reporting that they feel safe at our facilities, and 95% are reporting that they feel good about their futures.

College and Career Preparation

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Families
Hispanics
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

The goal of this program is to prepare Dreamer Scholars to become employable and self-sufficient young adults through further education and fulfilling employment. Tours of workplaces, job shadowing, career mentoring and paid internships are offered to help Dreamer Scholars explore future career choices. College preparation includes academic counseling, college visits, ACT and SAT preparation, and assistance with college admission forms. Local colleges host college camps on their campuses to increase Dreamer Scholars' familiarity with college life and to demonstrate that college is a real possibility for them.

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Evidence of Program's Success

To date, we have distributed over $2 million in pledged scholarship funds to more than 200 Dreamer Scholars who have gone on to post-secondary education. We were recently elated to learn that one of our Dreamer Scholar Alumnae became the first Dreamer Scholar to earn her Ph.D.! We have also been receiving positive feedback from businesses who participate in our job shadowing and internship opportunities.

USTA Serves (Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds) Tennis Program

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Hispanics
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

In assistance from the United States Tennis Association (USTA), "I Have A Dream" has established an after school tennis program for our Dreamer Scholars. This tennis program provides a healthy environment, encourages a healthy lifestyles, and teaches life skills both on and off the courts. Dreamer Scholars practice weekly at their sites with trained and skilled tennis instructors. During the summer months, we host a competitive league between sites which is kicked off by our annual tennis rally. Many community partnerships have been developed with "I Have A Dream" including: Boulder Parks & Recreation, the City of Boulder, the Boulder Tennis Association, and the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley School Districts. Many of our Dreamer Scholars have never been exposed to tennis previously, so our program teaches new skills and provides our Dreamer Scholars with the confidence to try new things.

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Evidence of Program's Success

USTA Serves (Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds) has truly been a communal effort, and as a result we have formed numerous partnerships with both sporting and non-sporting organizations in Boulder County. Many of our students have gone on to play tennis as an extracurricular sporting activity at their high schools. Both USTA and the Colorado Tennis Association have assisted in funding this program year after year, and their support is greatly appreciated.

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