Last week, Dream Big partners, “I Have a Dream” Foundation and BHP, hosted a tour for Dr. Kim Hunter-Reed, the Executive Director of Colorado's Department of Higher Education, and her Deputy Director, Kim Post. We visited Boulder High School (BHS) and the BHP Kalmia community center to get an in-depth look at the Dream Big partnerships helping prepare Boulder's youth for college and careers.
We visited Boulder High School to meet with the Boulder Valley School District assistant superintendent, BHS staff members, and two Dreamer Scholars, who talked about their experience in the “I Have a Dream” program. Each spoke of the clear impact of Dream Big initiative, whose goal of closing the opportunity and achievement gaps for students from low-income families is accomplished through a cradle-to-career approach.
We then traveled to Kalmia, a BHP community where many residents participate in educational programming, including BHP’s early childhood program and the “I Have a Dream” Elk Class. At the Kalmia community center, a Dreamer Scholar alumni and Metro State graduate, who is currently serving as an AmeriCorps member with the “I Have a Dream” program at Sanchez Elementary, along with a parent of an elementary school Dreamer Scholar shared their experiences. Dr. Reed (and all of us) were moved by their testimonials, going so far as to say that we need this program everywhere. She even tweeted about her time with us with a glowing review.
We thank the Department of Education for visiting Boulder and learning more about how Dream Big partnerships are preparing our youth for college and careers.
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