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The Opportunity Gap
The Opportunity Gap is a root cause of why almost half of low-income children become low-income adults.
DREAM boosts educational expectations and aspirations.
Just 9% of youth from low-income families receive a four-year degree. Our aim is to make sure our youth know that they can achieve anything and provide them with the necessary skills to overcome obstacles. Youth who have trusting adult relationships are 52% less likely than their peers to skip school. They are also significantly more likely to enroll in college. 70% of DREAM children feel they can talk to their mentor about going to school in the future. 71% of DREAM parents believe their child will go to college.
DREAM builds trusting relationships.
Only 16% of low-income children say they can trust others, and almost 40% have never had an adult mentor of any kind. 92% of DREAM participants report having people they can trust because of DREAM. 80% of DREAM participants feel they have met people in DREAM who they’ll be able to count on in the future. 84% of parents agreed that DREAM has introduced their children to people they can count on in the future. Over 95% of children feel their mentoring relationship is important.
DREAM invests in extended learning opportunities, especially over the summer