MISSION, VISION & HISTORY
The “I Have A Dream” Foundation-New Jersey (IHDF-NJ), formerly known as the “I Have A Dream” Foundation-Newark, is a 501(c)(3) affiliate organization under the national “I Have A Dream” Foundation. We are one of 16 affiliates, in 11 states and New Zealand, serving over 5,000 “Dreamers” from Kindergarten through Post-Secondary. Our organization provides long-term support to youth and their families, living in under-resourced and/or under-served communities, to achieve their full potential. We promote, from an early age, values of higher education and career success. These opportunities are guaranteed through financial resources and other wraparound services. Our dream is a world where every child has equal access to the educational and career opportunities that will ignite their innate potential.
IHDF-NJ was founded in 2006 by brothers Jerome and Bernard Robinson and their friend Samuel Schwartz when they sponsored a group of kindergartners from the Burnett Street School and a group of first graders from the Warren Street School, both in Newark, NJ.
In 2017 our organization expanded its reach from Newark and relaunched as IHDF-NJ with the mission of spreading the dream throughout the Garden State. We will soon announce partnerships with other municipalities throughout the Garden State.
Our Core Components
The entrepreneurial spirit of our founder, Mr. Eugene M. Lang, lives in all our programs. “I Have A Dream” programs are tailored to meet the individual needs of our Dreamers and their communities. However, eight core components define all “I Have A Dream” programs.
Long-Term: Consistent support from no later than third grade through college completion.
Individualized: Outcome-driven, grade level appropriate services & programming.
Community Focus: Opportunities for service learning.
Need Based: Focus on students from low-income communities.
Inclusive: Including all students in a class, grade, or school, regardless of ability or performance.
Mentorship: Consistent relationship with a supportive adult.
Family engagement, regardless of language barriers.
Guaranteed tuition support for college.