Our Mission with a 2Gen Approach

“I Have A Dream” Foundation (IHDF) provides individualized social, emotional and academic support to students from historically marginalized communities from first grade to first job, along with guaranteed post-secondary tuition support.

In the 2022-23 school-year IHDF-Milwaukee (IHDF-MKE) launched a new cohort in partnership with the Milwaukee Academy of Science, with intensive and intentional focus on supporting not only “Dreamers” (youth served by “I Have A Dream” Foundation), but also their families, through intergenerational wrap-around support to help bridge equity and resource gaps, and promote stability, well-being, and thriving.

Educate. Empower. Achieve.

At the "I Have A Dream" Foundation, we provide long-term individualized social, emotional, and academic support to young people from low-income communities from kindergarten all the way through post-secondary education, along with guaranteed tuition support. We believe that when given equal access to the resources they need to succeed, all children can ignite their innate potential and achieve their dreams.

The Numbers


Dreamers are over 3x more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree than their peers.


90% of IHDF-NY Dreamers graduate
High School, compared to 66% of peer groups in NYC.


College graduates earn, on average, an additional $1 Million in lifetime earnings.

Don’t just take our word for it. Hear it from our Dreamers.






  • Finally after a long and difficult four years I am graduating in May on the 14th. My family is so proud of me, I am the first college graduate in our family.

    Jaiya Edwards,Milwaukee Dreamer, UW Lacrosse Graduate

  • I am graduating for sure May 2023!! Thank you Brady.

    Layla Johnson, Milwaukee Dreamer, Alverno College Graduate

  • May graduation.GPA last year 4.0 Dreamer from 2008. I made it!

    Juanita Lipsey, Milwaukee Dreamer, Dillard University Graduate

  • No triumps last year. Covid,loss of family income, difficult classes but I made it through.

    Jace Boswell, Milwaukee Dreamer, Arizona State University

  • Hired for a parttime position in IT management. Its been a long hard struggle. IHAD made it possible.

    Daylin Ealy,Milwaukee Dreamer,Kennesaw State Graduate