Helping young people to achieve academic and life success

Donate Who we are

We are focussed on helping kiwi kids to transform their lives, futures and communities.

I Have a Dream is designed to produce positive outcomes for the children involved, their whānau and the communities they live in. By offering the services of a consistent caring adult (a Navigator) for the 15 years of their schooling life (within our Dream Partner Schools). Our Navigators provide mentoring, tutoring, life coaching and support for our Dreamers. We instil values of higher education, career opportunities and life success, and we ensure every child has the resources and networks they need to succeed. Ultimately, we are helping young people to become future leaders.

Since 2003, I Have a Dream has focussed on helping Kiwi kids to transform their lives, futures and communities. The programme currently works in the Tikipunga and Otangarei communities of Whangārei and the intention is to be present for at least another 10 years, working holistically and in partnership with whānau, schools and the community. Our core long-term goal is to affect positive generational change and outcomes for any community we are involved in.

As a Learning Organisation, we also provide an ongoing rich source of knowledge and experience informing and guiding the aspiration to expand I Have a Dream into new communities in Northland and Nationally. We help to ensure that each child (a Dreamer) graduates with the academic and life skills to successfully transition to a career or further study. This will ensure that they become positive role-models who add value to their communities, increasing economic and social outcomes for our country.

We Empower Each Dreamer With:

A Navigator

I Have a Dream Navigators encourage and support their individual group of kids, teaching them the life skills and academic assistance they need to succeed.

A 15 Year Journey

Generational change takes time. I Have a Dream is focused on long-term solutions, using an evidence-based, whole-child approach to work with Kiwi kids from their first years at school until they turn 20.

An equitable opportunity

I Have a Dream doesn’t work only with the most talented or at-risk children. Our program is available to every child in the low-decile schools in which we work.

  • Tearii's Story

    Creating a beautiful future

    Age 10 years old
    Talent Self-discipline
    Dream To be in the Army

    Tearii’s dream involves training his sights on a career in the  Army! Among other things, his navigator is teaching him  the importance of self-discipline. This skill, along with his passion for schoolwork, is holding Tearii in good stead, helping him stay focused and on target to achieve his dream.

    Age 10 years old
    Talent Self-discipline
    Dream To be in the Army

    Tearii’s dream involves training his sights on a career in the  Army! Among other things, his navigator is teaching him  the importance of self-discipline. This skill, along with his passion for schoolwork, is holding Tearii in good stead, helping him stay focused and on target to achieve his dream.

  • Jaxon's Story

    Creating a beautiful future

    Age 10 years old
    Talent Loves learning
    Dream To be a teacher

    Taking inspiration from her mum, Jaxon is keen to follow in her footsteps, with a dream of becoming a teacher. She is taking on board the lessons and advice she is receiving from both her mum and dad, and her Navigator. With a keen understanding of the crucial part education will play in achieving her goal, Jaxon is well on her way to making her dream become a reality.

    Age 10 years old
    Talent Loves learning
    Dream To be a teacher

    Taking inspiration from her mum, Jaxon is keen to follow in her footsteps, with a dream of becoming a teacher. She is taking on board the lessons and advice she is receiving from both her mum and dad, and her Navigator. With a keen understanding of the crucial part education will play in achieving her goal, Jaxon is well on her way to making her dream become a reality.

  • Amelia's Story

    From shy to shining

    Age 24 years old
    Talent Visual design
    Dream To be a fashion designer

    From shy to shining! Amelia started out with I Have A Dream as a reserved 7 year old who wondered what her future would hold. From those tentative early steps, and an initial dream of becoming a Doctor, Amelia has blossomed into a confident young woman, who has proudly graduated with a degree – the first in her family to do so. Amelia is now living her dream, fashioning a career as a fashion designer.

    Age 24 years old
    Talent Visual design
    Dream To be a fashion designer

    From shy to shining! Amelia started out with I Have A Dream as a reserved 7 year old who wondered what her future would hold. From those tentative early steps, and an initial dream of becoming a Doctor, Amelia has blossomed into a confident young woman, who has proudly graduated with a degree – the first in her family to do so. Amelia is now living her dream, fashioning a career as a fashion designer.

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