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We are so looking forward to our 5th Annual Dreamer Dinner on March 18th at Skirball Cultural Center honoring these champions of Education: Regina King, Larry Wilmore, Homeboy Industries, and Thom Sherman, with our beloved emcee Melissa Peterman.

#DreamerDinner #Education #NonProfit #Philanthropy
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Thank you Leslie Odom Jr. for your inspiring performance of "America The Beautiful" at the Super Bowl on Sunday and for sharing your proceeds with "I Have a Dream" Foundation!

All proceeds from the recording will go to "I Have a Dream" Foundation. You can listen or buy now on iTunes, Spotify, and Apple Music. smarturl.it/LeslieOdomJrATB

#nonprofit #education #musicgivesback #superbowl #superbowl52
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We are honored to have our Dream Speakers series highlighted on the +Ozobot blog about how to incorporate STEAM activities into Black History Month celebrations.

Are you interested in being a Dream Speaker? Get in touch!
www.ihadla.org

#STEAM #STEM #NonProfit #BlackHistoryMonth #education
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IHADLA High School Students from Inglewood Giving Back with Community Service at the Los Angeles Food Bank.

Community service is very important to the “I Have A Dream” Foundation – Los Angeles (IHADLA). As an organization dedicated to empowering communities, we know the importance of reaching out and helping community members in need, especially in under-resourced neighborhoods in the Greater Los Angeles area. Our students, (whom we call “Dreamers”) in Inglewood also know firsthand the power of community service, so they were recently thrilled to be able to give back and positively impact the Greater Los Angeles area by joining an IHADLA volunteer group for a community service trip to the Los Angeles Food Bank.

Everyone in our volunteer group, which consisted of IHADLA staff, Dreamers, Dreamer friends, and one of our Dreamer mentors, was very excited for the trip, and all of them put in hard work throughout the day. Along with other volunteers, our group primarily assisted by helping the staff “glean” the food donations. Gleaning refers to the process of sorting, inspecting, and repackaging food items, and it’s a process that needs to be done every day for all the new donated food at the LA Food Bank. The IHADLA volunteers primarily helped glean apples, heads of lettuce, and tomatoes.

This community service trip was truly an IHADLA group effort, and we were very proud to see our Dreamers give back to the community. We were especially proud to see several of the Dreamers positively influence their friends by getting them involved in community service. Thanks to these Dreamers’ initiative, their friends now know the joy and life-changing power of giving back. This trip was a great example of our Dreamers helping IHADLA reach entire communities by encouraging people close to them to help fellow community members in need.

#CommunityService #education #IHADLA #LosAngelesFoodBank #PayitForward #Charity
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IHADLA 5th Grade Students Take STEM Enrichment Trip to Aquarium of the Pacific

Enrichment trips are a key component of the “I Have A Dream” Foundation – Los Angeles (IHADLA) program. Through enrichment trips, we seek to spark our students’ imaginations, inspire their curiosity for learning, and introduce them to careers they can pursue in the future. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) topics and fields are often a key focus during these trips because we strive to introduce our students (whom we call “Dreamers”) to the many growing careers involving the sciences. During one of our most recent enrichment trips, our Dreamers had the opportunity to learn about marine animals and life science careers during a fun-filled visit to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach!

For more story and photos. Please click here: https://www.ihadla.org/aquarium-of-the-pacific-trip/ or below.

#STEM #education #mentor #volunteer #payitforward #charity #LosAngeles
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Inglewood High School Student Dreamers Volunteer Holiday Help at Westchester Vila Retirement Home

During the holiday season, the “I Have A Dream” Foundation – Los Angeles (IHADLA) strives to spread holiday cheer among its students (whom we affectionately call our “Dreamers”) and their communities. We hold several holiday events during which our Dreamers celebrate and receive gifts, but during this time we also seek to show our Dreamers the power of giving back through several community service activities. One such activity, which has become a yearly tradition for IHADLA, is the Dreamer Volunteer Day. This year, our high school Dreamers continued the Volunteer Day tradition by spreading holiday joy during a community service trip to the Westchester Villa Assisted Living Home in Inglewood.

The Inglewood Dreamers have been visiting the Westchester Villa Assisted Living Home for the past four years. Last year, they brought holiday cheer to the residents by singing holiday carols with them; this year, they helped the residents create holiday decorations to make the Villas look cheerful and festive. Using arts and crafts supplies and glue, the Dreamers and residents created various fun decorations, including red holiday stockings and ribbons. Of course, there was also plenty of time for the Dreamers and residents to converse and get to know each other over holiday cookies and refreshments.

Please click on the link below for more of the story and photos.

#volunteer #mentor #losangeles #education #charity #payitforward
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Please Choose IHADLA Education Charity for Your Giving Tuesday

Mentor. Inspire. Give. We appreciate any way in which you choose to support the disadvantaged students living in underserved communities in Los Angeles (whom we call "Dreamers") through the I Have a Dream Foundation - Los Angeles program.

#GivingTuesday #LosAngeles #College #Education #STEM
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Transition to College Workshops for IHADLA Parents to Promote Engagement with the Student ("Dreamer") Process

The "I Have A Dream" Foundation - Los Angeles seeks to empower and educate entire communities with its programs. While we primarily work directly with our students (whom we call "Dreamers"), we also strive to involve Dreamer parents and families in their children's education whenever possible. One important period during which parent engagement is critical is during Dreamers' transition from high school to college. Students can easily become overwhelmed during this transition, and parental support can make a big difference. In September, the "I Have A Dream" Foundation - Los Angeles held the first of six monthly Transition to College workshops to promote parent engagement and help Dreamer parents effectively support their graduating seniors during the critical college transition period.

The first workshop, which was held in Century Community Charter School, focused on the importance of parent involvement during the college process and was open to parents of Dreamers in their senior year of high school. College Manager Kelly Trivino and Program Coordinator Chaznae Walker, who facilitated the workshop, used a curriculum developed by Families in Schools, an organization that helps parents engage in their children's education.

The workshop covered a variety of topics, including general college entrance requirements and strategies parents can use to get involved during their child's college experience. The parents were eager to learn and excited to gain new skills to help their children. Thanks to their strong relationships with the IHADLA program coordinators, the parents felt comfortable asking questions and being open about their concerns.

Two key concepts discussed during the workshop were college "match" and "fit". Parents and their Dreamers can organize their college search around these concepts to find a college that is a good fit for the Dreamer's needs, personality, goals, and learning style. Parents received a comprehensive "college match and fit" handout, which incorporates criteria such as location, learning environment, and majors offered. The Dreamer parents can use the template to ensure their Dreamer will be comfortable at his or her school, and therefore more likely to succeed. The workshop also included time for the parents to ask questions about how the template can apply to their Dreamer's specific situation.

The Dreamer parents left the first workshop with a comprehensive overview of what the college experience entails and how they can support their child's transition to college. They are now ready for this month's workshop, which will address financial planning for college. We look forward to seeing them continue building their skills and helping their children transition into college.

#college #firstgenerationcollegestudent #firstgeneration #education #parentengagement
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A key goal of the “I Have A Dream” Foundation – Los Angeles (IHADLA) program is to help our students (“Dreamers”) develop skills they will use throughout their entire life and academic careers, such as leadership skills. Leadership skills play a key role in students’ success, especially when students enroll in college and have the opportunity to join social organizations. A key component of effective leadership is respect for all cultures and backgrounds and the ability to empathize with different world views and opinions. Thanks to our friends at Seeds of Peace, three of our Dreamers (Leah Williams-Mohammed, Aaron Fields, and Journi Brown) recently had the opportunity to build their cultural awareness and leadership skills at the powerful Seeds of Peace Leadership Development Camp.

#SeedsofPeace #LeadershipSkills
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Community Outreach: Thank You AEG and STAPLES Center Foundation!

We are always grateful for the support and community outreach efforts of AEG and the STAPLES Center Foundation. Thanks to their generosity, our students (“Dreamers”) have the opportunity to attend various exciting events at the +STAPLES Center throughout the year.

Most recently, our Dreamers and their families attended a Los Angeles Sparks game!

The Dreamers attended the September 3rd game between the defending champion +Los Angeles Sparks and the Connecticut Sun. It was the last regular season game for the Sparks, and the Dreamers cheered them on as they came away with the win! The Dreamers also had the chance to see Jonquel Jones become the first player in WNBA history to surpass 400 rebounds in a season.

Our Dreamers and their families had a great time at the game. Thank you once again to AEG and the STAPLES Center Foundation for providing us with tickets!

#LosAngelesSparks #LosAngeles #Education #Charity #CommunityOutreach #StaplesCenter #AEG #StaplesCenterFoundatdion
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