As we prepare to celebrate our program's 10th Anniversary, we are proud to look back on all we have achieved.
For the past ten years, I Have a Dream Foundation – Newark, together with parents, teachers, community and friends, has worked diligently to provide our Dreamers with academic and social/emotional support.
In 2006, our sponsor Jerome Robinson adopted the kindergarten class at the Burnet Street School into the I Have a Dream Foundation Program. Mr. Jerome Robinson commented, “I am so happy that we can help make it possible for them to do things they want to do.”
We have partnered with New Hope Baptist Church, Rutgers University, NJIT, Newark Mentoring Movement, Victoria Foundation, Frost Valley YMCA, and Newark PATHS, and more in order to provide high-quality supports for our Dreamers and their families.
Our Dreamer Stories
We partnered with Mentored to create a video of Dreamer Tianjin Washington’s daily and necessary journey to the library to complete his homework. It shows him navigating several desolate blocks to his closest library for computer access. While reading and researching, he fell in love with Middle Eastern philosophy and even decided to teach himself Mandarin. His journey to the library may be great, but Tianjin’s determination is greater.
Our Role Models
Dreamers have had opportunities to have round-table discussions with authors such as Torrey Maldonado, author of Secret Saturday's and Veronica Chambers, author of Mama's Girl. Both authors who themselves grew up in under-resourced communities served as real-life examples of people who have overcome obstacles to achieve their dreams.
Our Dreamers also have access to passionate mentors such as those from the Newark Mentoring Movement, NJIT and Rutgers. Apart from providing mentoring services, our mentors also often volunteer to support Dreamer events for group discussions, as witnessed in the above photos.
We are proud of this and every win, both big and small, that our Dreamers have gained throughout the years. Our Dreamers are now freshmen, sophomores, and juniors in High School. To our Dreamers, now more than ever, it is time to take responsibility for your futures and own your dreams. Each of you is fully capable of working hard to make your dream a reality. From this day forward, wake up each day and declare, “I AM a Dreamer. I have a dream and my dream is REAL.”