The mission of the Chelsea 3 "I Have a Dream" Program is to imbue children with the knowledge, intellectual curiosity, and fortitude to reach their potential. Two consecutive classes of first grade children living in the Elliott-Chelsea housing development have the opportunity to participate in the "I Have a Dream" Program. This comprehensive after-school program fosters academic, creative, civic, personal, and social development. We provide Dreamers with tutoring, remedial instruction, arts and recreation activities, mentoring, and mental health services. Recognizing that family and community involvement is crucial to a child’s success, The Chelsea 3 "I Have a Dream" Program offers a network of support and services for families. Family members are encouraged to be active participants and work closely with the "I Have a Dream" staff. A diverse group of volunteers and interns bring their strengths and passions to the program.
In 1981, entrepreneur Eugene Lang made an historic speech, giving birth to the "I Have a Dream" Foundation. As he prepared to address students at the East Harlem elementary school he had attended fifty year earlier, the school principal informed him that three-quarters of the student body would probably not graduate from high school. Lang mounted the podium and surprised the audience with an impromptu promise to provide college tuition for every student who graduates high school. The implications of this amazing plan reverberated across the country, and "I Have a Dream" programs multiplied. There are currently 200 programs in the US and two in New Zealand. Programs very in size and structure and have their own sponsors.
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