About “I Have A Dream”® of Atlanta, Inc. –A.D. Williams Chapter: “I Have A Dream”® of Atlanta, Inc. –A.D. Williams Chapter is a partnership of two historic, downtown Atlanta churches: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and Ebenezer Baptist Church. The partnership was founded over six years ago when all 60 Dreamers were 2nd graders at A.D. Williams Elementary School and most Dreamer families lived in Bowen Homes (Atlanta Housing Authority). We have been nurturing, mentoring and tutoring these kids for six years. Most of the Dreamers are now in the 8th grade but are dispersed in schools and neighborhoods throughout the Metropolitan Atlanta area. Many will enter high school in August, 2008.
About the "I Have A Dream" Foundation: The “I Have A Dream” Foundation empowers children in low-income communities to achieve higher education by providing them with guaranteed tuition support and equipping them with the skills, knowledge, and habits they need to gain entry to higher education and succeed in college and beyond.
Our approach is unique in that we sponsor an entire grade level of 50-150 students in a public elementary school or public housing complex, and we work with these “Dreamers” from an early age all the way to college. This long-term, comprehensive approach, driven by the goal of college matriculation, has inspired our Dreamers to overcome extraordinary challenges. While only 50% of students in low-income communities typically finish high school and only one out of seven graduate from college, many of our Dreamers have gone on to become doctors, lawyers, teachers, social workers, scholar-athletes, and more. In many of our sites, we have doubled or tripled the local high school graduation and college enrollment rates.
By helping our Dreamers gain access to post secondary education, we are putting our Dreamers on a different academic and life trajectory, while having a broader impact on the students’ families and the generations that follow. Currently more than 4,000 Dreamers are on the pathway to college in 16 states, Washington, D.C., and New Zealand, following some 10,000 Dreamers who came before them.
For more information please access our website: www.ihaveadreamfoundation.org
About “I Have A Dream”® of Atlanta, Inc. –A.D. Williams Chapter: “I Have A Dream”® of Atlanta, Inc. –A.D. Williams Chapter is a partnership of two historic, downtown Atlanta churches: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and Ebenezer Baptist Church. The partnership was…