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We believe that, with the right supports, children
from low-income backgrounds can overcome
barriers to a great education.
In 27 cities across 17 states with over 14,000 student “Dreamers”
Founded in 1990, “I Have a Dream”
Oregon’s mission is to help lowincome children suceed in school,
college and career.
We deliver a proven combination
of core services to students:
long-term relationships with caring
adults, academic and personal/
social support services, and
creating a “culture of college and
career” with students and their
families starting in kindergarten.
Over 900 student Dreamers served since our first class was “adopted”
in 1990!
Dreamer Classes
Dreamer School Project
7 in Portland and 3 in Forest Grove/Cornelius
Alder Elementary, HB Lee Middle School and
Reynolds Middle School in east Multnomah County
Our new Dreamer School model is serving 663 students at Alder
Elementary and an additional 195 at the middle schools this year!
Our proven core services help to transform student graduation rates as
seen in 2011 when over 90% of our graduation-aged Dreamers received
their diploma/GED.
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donate, or 1 day or 1 hour a week
to volunteer, “I Have a Dream”
Oregon can utilize your help to
make a real difference for our
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In July 2010, “I Have a Dream” Oregon selected Alder Elementary School in east Multnomah
County as the nation’s first Dreamer School. Alder has one of the highest poverty rates in the
state, making it an ideal location to implement this comprehensive effort.
Partnering with Reynolds School District, “I Have a Dream” Oregon is cultivating services at the
Dreamer School to help improve student statewide benchmark test scores and ensure that at
least 80% of students move on to finish a post-secondary degree or certificate.
663 students enrolled in the 2012 – 2013 school year at Alder and an additional 195 at the
middle schools.
Of Dreamer School
students are on free
or reduced lunch
No. 2
Ranked second
highest poverty
school in Oregon
Of Dreamer school
students are
Average high school
graduation rate for
low-income students
Deliver our proven combination of core services: long-term relationships with caring adults;
academic/social support services, and create a “culture of college and career” at Alder
Elementary and within Dreamer families.
As a strategic partner, developer and convener, we have greatly expanded collaboration
with other education and nonprofit partners, including a comprehensive and highly strategic
Dreamer School planning process.
Dreamer School Partners
* denotes Middle School partner
• Alder Elementary
• Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest
• Black Parent Initiative
• Black United Fund
• Center for Family Success
• Chalkboard Project
• Children’s Book Bank
• Children’s Institute
• Concordia University
• Cullen Loeffler at White Tiger Martial Arts
• ECONorthwest
• Family of Friends
• Friends of the Children
• Habitat for Humanity
• HB Lee Middle School*
• Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber
• Home Forward
• Human Solutions
• Innovative Changes
• Junior Achievement
• Lewis & Clark College
• Lines for Life
• Linfield College
• Maurice Lucas Foundation
• Metropolitan Family Service
• Mt. Hood Community College
• Multnomah County Library
• NELA Center for Student Success
• NW Children’s Theater
• OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring
• Orca Tutoring
• Office of Mayor Charlie Hales
• Oregon College Access Network
• Oregon Independent Colleges Assoc.
• Oregon Mentors
• Oregon State University
• Pacific University*
• Portland Children’s Museum
• Portland Community College
• Portland Housing Center
• Portland Reading Foundation
• Portland State University
• Reynolds High School
• Reynolds Middle School*
• Reynolds School District
• Saturday Academy
• Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN)
• Start Making a Reader Today (SMART)
• University of Oregon
• University of Portland*
• Volunteers of America – Oregon
• Willamette University
• WorkSystems Inc.
• Young Musicians & Artists
Since 1990, “I Have a Dream” Oregon has adopted
10 Dreamer Classes. By adopting Dreamer students
from an entire 3rd grade at a low-income school,
“I Have a Dream” Oregon committed to follow them
through to college with three core services: long-term
relationships with caring adults; access to academic
and social resources; and creating a “culture of
college and career” with Dreamers and their families.
900 Dreamers in our traditional Class model.
Dreamers are beating the odds! In 2011, over 90% of our graduation-aged Dreamers received their diploma/GED and over 70% enrolled in
post-secondary education by fall 2011.
Dedicated sponsors, staff and volunteers stick
with Dreamer Classes from third grade through the
first two years of college, and each Dreamer is
offered up to $8,000 in college scholarships.
Classes 1 – 5 have completed high school and moved through college. Now adults, these Dreamers have careers and families! Many are still connected with “I Have a Dream” Oregon, and we are
proud to know them.
Dreamers from Classes 6 – 8 are enrolled in college at various levels. Our most recent graduating class
(Class 8) finished their first year of college and are in the midst of their second year.
Our current Dreamer Classes, 9 and 10, are spread throughout the Portland Metro area. Class 9’s
programming is based at Benson High School with 12th grade Dreamers spread throughout 23
schools in Oregon. Class 10’s programming is based at Vernon School with 8th grade Dreamers.
Class 9 is graduating from high school and has been accepted to more than 13 different colleges
and universities.
Class 10 is transitioning to high school and continues to to expand their horizons with regular college
visits, field trips, homework help, academic tutoring and enrichment programming.
“Thank you for supporting my family with kindness and
thoughtfulness over the years. You have helped make
our dream of a college-bound daughter come true.”
- Dreamer Parent
Julie Ball
Retired Teacher
Kay Hall
Perkins Coie
Director of Client Service
Diane Boly
Rose Hartwig
Daimler Trucks NA
Corporate Counsel, Product Litigation
Sarah Curtiss
Stoel Rives, LLP
Nancy Horton, Treasurer
Johnnie R. Driessner
Concordia University
Executive VP
Dwayne Johnson
Artful Phoenix
Markland Fountain, Vice Chair
Forest Legacy Investments
Director & Principal
Terry Michaelson
Craft Brewers Alliance
Julie Frantz
Multnomah County Court
Josh Reynolds
Gray & Company
Greg Friedman
Greycourt & Co, Inc.
Jim Schlachter, Chair
Gresham-Barlow School District
Dan Goldman
Tigard-Tualatin School District
Director of Curriculum & Instruction
Mark Stevenson
Capital Pacific Bank
Leonard Girard (founder)
Ken Lewis (founder)
Pam Jacklin (founder)
Terry Pancoast (past president)
Inspiring Our Next Generation
Awarded in 2010 for groundbreaking work to help lowincome children succeed in school, college and career,
inspiring and uplifting the next generation.
Game-Changing Project
Awarded in 2012 for the collaborative project with
Friends of the Children to bring a shared-cost
mentoring model to the Dreamer School project.
Employee Survey Places “I Have a Dream”
Oregon in 100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in
Oregon in 2011 and 2012
Employees fill out this yearly survey and the results have
been exciting: for two years in a row, “I Have a Dream”
Oregon has been at the top of the list for small nonprofits
to work for in Oregon. We’re proud to offer family-friendly
benefits like flexible work environments and benefits like
healthcare and retirement to ensure that the people
working with our Dreamers are happy and supported.
Umpqua Bank Selects “I Have a Dream”
Oregon as Second Partner Charity
$200,000 has been raised over two years to benefit “I
Have a Dream” Oregon and Randall Children’s Hosptial
at Legacy Emanuel through this charity celebrity golf
“I Have a Dream” Oregon Selected to
Participate in Two Exciting Holiday Giving
In 2011, The Oregonian selected “I Have a Dream”
Oregon to participate in the special publication,
“Season of Sharing”, that was able to fundraise thousands of dollars to support Dreamers.
In 2011 and 2012, Willamette Week chose “I Have a
Dream” Oregon to participate in the Give!Guide
publication, raising $10,000 for the program.
“Higher education is clearly a priority
at this school.”
“College dream is alive at Alder Elementary”
The Oregonian, October 2012
Foundation Partners
The Collins Foundation | Willard L. Eccles Foundation
William G. Gilmore Foundation| The Bill Healy Foundation | Hedinger Family Foundation
The Jackson Foundation | Helen K. & Arthur E. Johnson Foundation | J.F.R. Foundation
Kaiser Permanente Community Fund of the Northwest Health Foundation
Marie Lamfrom Charitable Trust | Levé | MacDonald Family Foundation | Maybelle Clark McDonald Fund
Meyer Memorial Trust | James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation | The Oregon Community Foundation
Phileo Foundation | Portland Timbers Community Fund | The James F. Rippey Foundation
Silver Family Foundation | Spirit Mountain Community Fund | Peter W. Stott Foundation
The Herbert A. Templeton Foundation | Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust | USA Funds
Vibrant Village | Windermere Foundation | Juan Young Trust
Corporate Partners
Allen Trust Company | Babcock::Jenkins | Bank of America | Boly:Welch
Capital Pacific Bank | Concordia University | Congregation Beth Israel
Craft Brew Alliance | First Republic | Genentech
Gray & Company | Greycourt | Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Iberdrola Renewables | Knowledge Universe | Marcum Chiropractic
Miller Family Holdings | Moss Adams | Nancy Horton CPA LLC
NW Natural | OnPoint Community Credit Union | The Oregonian
Pacific Power | Peter Jacobsen SPORTS | Social Venture Partners Portland
The Standard | State Farm Insurance | Stoel Rives, LLP
Teeny Foods | Timmco Insurance | Toews, Terrill & Associates
Umpqua Bank | Urban Development Partners | Werner Financial Group
Wieden+Kennedy | Willamette Week | |
2916 NE Alberta St. Suite D | Portland, OR 97211 | 503.287.7203 Office | 503.287.0539 Fax