Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $223,587)
The 'I Have A Dream' Foundation (IHAD) seeks to open a new program in Texas, serving children in one of the state's most under-served and low-income communities. The 'I Have A Dream' Foundation empowers children in low-income communities to achieve higher education by providing them with guaranteed tuition support and equipping them with the skills, knowledge, and habits they need to gain entry to higher education and succeed in college and beyond. This program will pilot a new program model developed based on best practices from 'I Have A Dream' affiliates across the nation and will be centered around the goal of getting all of the students, called 'Dreamers,' to college. The new program model leverages national partnerships and also seeks to build a network of support at the local level, including schools, other nonprofit organizations, and the government, to best serve the needs of the students. By working with students to focus on education, IHAD put the Dreamers on a different academic and life trajectory, thus impacting levels of juvenile delinquency, high school graduation, and college matriculation, not only for the students themselves, but also for their families and the generations that follow. The performance measures will be the number of trainings attended by program staff; number of site visits by program staff; and the number of local partnerships developed. In addition, national and affiliate staff will be working together to determine metrics that indicate milestones on the Dreamers' pathway to college.