Our programme has proven results with a 20:1 return on investment over a 40 year working life. What we are doing is making a difference to New Zealand’s future. Our future. Imagine the difference we could make together.
We know that students who have achieved their education goals progress to better jobs and better income, pay more taxes and contribute positively to our community.
Using an evidence-based, whole-child approach, we work with Kiwi kids for 15 years, from their first years at school until they move on to tertiary study or employment. We provide wraparound services and do whatever it takes to keep each of our Dreamers on track – because we know that giving kids access to the support and resources they need will lead to academic and life success.
The heart of the I Have a Dream programme is our Navigators. These full-time adult advocates work one-to-one with the children in each year level, providing consistent, caring adults whom Dreamers can rely on for their entire 15-year journey with us. Navigators have a formal relationship with the school they work in and follow their assigned group of Dreamers through primary, secondary, and tertiary education to provide consistent academic oversight, advocacy, and support. They also engage with the children’s whānau and the wider community.
In 2016, I Have a Dream started the Ngātahi Education Initiative in four low-decile schools in the Whangārei suburbs of Tikipunga and Otangarei. Meaning “together as one”, this programme aims to show how long-term educational investment in a generation of local children will have a positive collective impact on the community as a whole. I Have a Dream Navigators are currently working with over 800 Kiwi kids in these four Dream Partner schools, with the goal of forging pathways into tertiary education or employment for each participating child, regardless of their family’s social or financial circumstances.
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