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


"I Have a Dream" Partners with United Way
We are honored to partner with United Way to break the cycle of poverty through a Community Strengthening grant award.
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Reynolds High School Tragedy
All of us at "I Have a Dream" Oregon were shocked and deeply saddened by the shooting on Tuesday Reynolds High School. We are holding everyone who has been affected by this terrible tragedy in our thoughts and prayers.
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MLK Painting Unveiled at Dreamer School
A school-wide ceremony featuring donors and members of the Urban League Young Professionals will unveil a unique MLK Painting
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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.

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