INSPIRING ECONOMIC INDEPENDENCE


The Problem
Low-income students complete high school and higher education at dramatically lower rates than other students, leading to low lifetime earnings and high taxpayer spending on social supports and the justice system.
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Our Solution
Build on more than 20 years of success helping low-income "Dreamer Classes" by adopting an entire public elementary school serving one of Oregon's highest poverty neighborhoods - a "Dreamer School" serving hundreds of students each year.
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Our Success
Students in our Dreamer Classes graduate at a higher rate than their low-income peers - three times higher. Dreamers incur fewer suspensions, expulsions and referrals to the judicial system.
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HELP DREAMERS REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL.

YOUR INVESTMENT AT WORK


Raul, Class 8

Junior, Portland State University

Raul never saw himself as a scholar, or a person who could inspire others, but that is exactly who he became.    Read More...

Karina, Class 8

A.A.O.T., Portland Community College; Transfer to University of Oregon for Pre-Law Studies

Karina learned to believe in herself and that "college is possible."   Read More...

THE DREAMER SCHOOL IS A GAME-CHANGER.

IN THE NEWS


Kaiser Permanente helps Dreamer thrive
Kaiser Permanente kick starts careers in health at the nation's first Dreamer School.
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No. 1 Non-Profit To Work For
Oregon Business Magazine names "I Have a Dream" the top mid-size non-profit to work for.
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Pacific Power funds out-of-school time
Pacific Power Foundation awards $2,500 to increase graduation odds for low-income students through meaningful out-of-school time activities.
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BREAK THE CYCLE OF POVERTY IN OREGON.

THE DREAMER SCHOOL

The Dreamer School Model

In 2010, we adopted Alder Elementary in SE Portland as the first "Dreamer School" in the nation. The goal? 100% high school graduation and 80% post-secondary completion for every Dreamer.

WHAT IF THIS IS THE ANSWER?

SOCIAL MEDIA