The “I Have A Dream” Foundation’s vision is for all children to have an opportunity to earn a college degree and fully capitalize on their talents, aspirations, and dreams of fulfilling careers and productive global citizenship.


The “I Have a Dream” Foundation provides long-term support to children and youth living in under-resourced communities to achieve their full potential, by promoting from an early age, values of higher education and career success, with opportunity guaranteed through financial resources, and other services.


Established in 1981, the national I Have A Dream Foundation has become a dynamic force for change in the lives of children and their families. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" quote perfectly encapsulates the Foundation's mission to address the barriers to higher education, which is the most significant root cause of poverty. The I Have A Dream Foundation in Newark was launched in 2006 when the entire first grade class at the Burnet Street School in Newark, NJ was "adopted" under the leadership of Jerome Robinson. He and his brothers Herbert and Bernard had successfully sponsored an I Have A Dream program in the South Bronx in the 1980's and Jerome wanted to continue the dream by supporting youth in Newark.