Start A Program

Over the course of our 40+ year history, the “I Have a Dream Foundation” has impacted over 20,000 young people (Dreamers) from communities around the country and world.

Our work is not done!

There is a tremendous opportunity and need for our program in more cities and a number of benefits to starting a program in your city.

For young people, our program provides a unique long-term approach that will support students every step of the way from first grade to their first job. Communities that have had a “I Have a Dream” programs have also benefitted immensely. Beyond providing service learning programs and volunteer opportunities, we have seen that having an “I Have a Dream” program has helped many communities come together to create a longstanding network of support that not only supports the Dreamers but other youth in the community as well.

If you are interested in starting an “I Have a Dream” program in your city as a financial supporter, Board Member, Executive Director, or Program Director, please read the steps below and contact us for more information.

The Process

Step 1

Initial Application

Step 2

Viability Review

Step 3

National Growth Committee Review

Step 4

Site Visit

Step 5

Launch Planning

Step 5


Step 5



  • “I Have A Dream” helped me develop character and honorable traits that helped me transition into adulthood. IHAD is a safe place and I’ve always considered it my home away from home. There will always be a spot in my heart for “I Have A Dream” as well as the commitment they make to build new leaders.”

    – Everrick Murrell, Dallas

  • “As a kid, the Center helped me keep my hopes and dreams alive and burning bright. I met lifelong mentors that have been an invaluable resource for me as I navigate adulthood.”

    Crystal, Dallas