How We Work - I Have A Dream Charitable Trust | New Zealand

How We Work

We inspire and enable kiwi kids to achieve academic and life success

Intelligence plus character, that 
is the goal of true education

Martin Luther King Jr

Our Navigators

are with them from their first years at school, until they reach the age of 20 to guide encourage and support them on their journey to success.

From An Early Age

we instill values of higher education, career opportunities and life success.

We Build Partnerships

between schools, families and the community to ensure every child has the resources and networks they need to succeed.

Long Term Support

ensures we create positive role models who add value to their communities.

Breaking the cycle of poverty


We partner with low decile schools in low-income communities.


Most of the parents of our Dreamers are either unemployed, work long hours or hold multiple jobs just to make ends meet.  

Tertiary Education

80% of our Dreamers will continue on to tertiary education, training or employment.

Our results

The truth is in the numbers

'I Have A Dream' Group
Comparison Group

Achieved NCEA 1

Achieved NCEA 2

Achieved NCEA 3

Retention to Yr 13

Achieved UE Qualification

Entered Tertiary Education

Dreamers who have achieved their education goals progress to better jobs and better income, pay more taxes and contribute positively to our community.

Conversely, they will also reduce the negative aspects of community life.

100 Dreamers equal an extra...


In income




  • School Attendance
  • Academic Performance
  • Parent Involvement
  • High School Retention
  • Resilience
  • Tertiary Graduation
  • Educational Aspirations


  • Disengagement
  • Truancy
  • Teen Pregnancy
  • Crime
  • Substance Abuse
  • Gang Involvement

Help turn dreams into a reality