Our Impact

Since 2009, the “I Have a Dream” Foundation Milwaukee has touched the lives of 130 young people and their families in ways we can not measure. We continue to service our Dreamer Scholars post-high school graduation as they transition into adulthood and pursue higher education and lifelong careers with the support of our great community partners.

The Need

51% of students in U.S.
public schools—that’s 
25 million—are low-income.
Only 9% of low-income
students earn a Bachelor’s 
degree—compared to 77% 
of their high-income peers.
While the college graduation rate for high income students has nearly doubled in the past 40 years, the graduation rate for low income students has stagnated.

Our Dreamers

Most Dreamers are
the first in their families to 
graduate college—77% do
not have a parent or guardian
with a 4 year degree.
We have served nearly 
18,000 Dreamers since 
1981.
The majority of 
Dreamers come from
low-income families,
with 91% qualifying for 
free or reduced lunch.

The Impact

90% of Dreamers 
complete high school,
 compared to 74% of 
low-income students 
nationally.
Dreamers are 3x more 
likely to earn a bachelor’s 
degree than their 
low-income peers.
College graduates
earn, on average, 
an additional $1 Million 
in lifetime earnings.

Don’t just take our word for it…hear it from Dreamers!

  • "I Have A Dream" - Milwaukee has been what I needed! When I think about what I would’ve done without IHDF-MKE, I would probably just be working. I wouldn't be able to go to school or play football, I wouldn't be able to learn more about financial literacy, IHDF-MKE did this for me."

    - Ismael Tinajero