Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I have a dream


In 1981, businessman Gene Lang returned to the elementary school he had attended 50 years earlier (Public School No. 121 in East Harlem, New York City), to give a speech to a class of graduating sixth graders. He intended to tell them, "Work hard and you'll

Each local "I Have a Dream"® project adopts one entire year level from the founding Primary School. They work with this group of children ("the Dreamers") and their families year-round from their primary school years through university. Each project has its own unique Project Sponsor(s), its own full time Project Co-ordinator, and its own group of dedicated and committed volunteers.

With over 180 Projects in 64 cities across 27 states in the USA, "I Have a Dream"® has now served over 14,000 students during its more than two decades of operation. Most Dreamers who go to university are the first members of their families to do so.

Scott and Mary Gilmour start the first “I Have a Dream”® project outside of the U.S. Scott learned about IHAD while living in Portland, Oregon, for 15 years in the 80’s and 90’s, and carried the dream when he returned home. The IHAD Charitable Trust begins with a Year 4 class at Wesley Primary School, a Decile 1 school in Mt Roskill, Auckland, New Zealand.

Parked in the Mt Albert Grammar School was this van. I was curious.

I work with disadvantaged children, and I tell them to believe in themselves, and remind them to constantly say," Yes! I can do it."


Barry said...

Yes they can do it.

But likely some help from theIHAD Charitable Trust, wouldn't hurt either.

Sounds like a great idea.

wenn said...

say can and u surely can..

Anonymous said...

Great story about the IHAD project. I also like yesterday's post. It is fun to catch photos of the same flower at different stages. I haven't tried that yet. Blessings

Ensurai said...

It is a good and motivating story. Thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

I do hope we have more of similar projects. I takes a very special person to work with disadvantaged people..it is not easy but should be rewarding in many ways.

Dora said...

Good to nurture the positive thinking! Great job!