Press Archive

A selection of local and national media coverage of the "I Have A Dream" Foundation. 




  • Eugene Lang changed thousands of lives for the better, New York Post, April 10, 2017
    In June of 1981, Eugene Lang made a promise to give a scholarship to every member of the 6th grade class at PS 121 in East Harlem that was admitted to a four-year college. He became truly involved in the lives of his "Dreamers" and went above and beyond his promise, creating the "I Have A Dream" Foundation, which has supported over 18,000 Dreamers since its inception.



  • Obituary, Eugene M. Lang, The New York Times, April 10, 2017
    The "I Have A Dream" Foundation deeply mourns the loss of our founder, Eugene M. Lang. 


  • Eugene Lang, Investor Who Made College Dreams a Reality, Dies at 98, The New York Times,  April 8, 2017
    Eugene Lang, the founder of the "I Have A Dream" Foundation has passed away, leaving an incredible legacy behind. A truly self-made man with a huge heart, Mr. Lang contributed more than $150 million to charities and institutions during his lifetime, and ultimately helped to serve 16,000 students with the creation of the "I Have A Dream" Foundation.


  • The First Lady Gives NYC Seniors a Dreamy College Sendoff, Metro, April 29, 2016
    NYC Dreamers were able to attend College Signing Day, an event that was part of Obama's Reach Higher Initiative, which encourages first generation and low-income students to pursue higher education. Ravenswood II Dreamer, Deja Daniels, is featured sharing her thoughts on being a Dreamer.




  • "I Have A Dream" - NY: Making College a Reality, NYCHA Journal, November 2015
    Dreamers from DeHostos-Wise and Ravenswood II programs share what the best part of being a Dreamer is and what they've learned from being a part of "I Have A Dream"-NY.


  • Low-key funder's big boro boost, CRANE, September 2015
    The history of the Elmezzi Foundation and how it's supporting the "I Have A Dream"-NY Ravenswood II program.




  • Second Acts for Seniors, New York Daily News, August 20, 2014
    RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) and "I Have A Dream" - East Harlem partnered up to help provide retired folks with volunteer opportunities. 


  • "I Have A Dream" Spirit of the Dream Spring Gala, June 11, 2013
    More than 400 attendees celebrated the "I Have A Dream" Foundation's "Spirit of the Dream" Spring Gala this June in New York City, honoring New York State Education Commissioner Dr. John King, Jr. The event brought together hundreds of national educators, business leaders, champions, and "I Have A Dream" students and alumni to raise funds for the organization and engage new champions.
    Media Coverage:
    The New York Times (17 & 18) >>
    New York Social Diary >>



  • His 'Dream' Job, New York Post, September 17, 2011
    "I Have A Dream" and its founder Eugene M. Lang are profiled. June 14, 2011
  • The "I Have A Dream" Foundation celebrated its 30th Anniversary on June 14th at 583 Park Avenue. We were thrilled to honor three education pioneers - The Honorable Thomas H. Kean, Shmuel Meitar, and Stuart Udell - for their enduring commitment to improving educational opportunities for all students. We were also delighted to recognize Founder Eugene M. Lang, for lifting the expectations of all our nation's students with the promise of college he made 30 years ago to the sixth graders of P.S. 121, and Rafael Rodriguez, an extraordinary alumnus and entrepreneur who was one of Mr. Lang's original Dreamers.  
    Media Coverage: >>
    The New York Times >>
    New York Social Diary >>


  • Making Education Count, The Wall Street Journal, March 7, 2011
    Sponsor Jeffrey Gural's ongoing support of students through "I Have A Dream" is highlighted.



  • College Access and Success, Root Cause - Social Impact Research, January 21, 2011
    Root Cause selects "I Have A Dream" New York and Chicago as "high impact college access organizations".




  • Gala Bolsters College Dreams, Wall Street Journal, June 7, 2010
    "I Have A Dream" supporters came together on June 3 to honor Cesar Conde of Univision Networks, and highlight the work being done to increase college access.



  • Jennifer Garner Glows for Charity, OK! Magazine, February 22, 2010
    Actress Jennifer Garner, a long-time supporter of "I Have A Dream", attends our Los Angeles affiliate's 12th Annual Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues.
  • Connecting Anxious Parents and Educators, at $450 an Hour, New York Times, August 17, 2009
    The New York Times reports on the "I Have A Dream" Foundation's partnership with Aristotle Circle, a network of admissions, academic, and child development experts with knowledge to optimize and demystify the New York schools admissions process.
  • Lighting Up Lives, New York Social Diary, June 17, 2009
    Among the guests at the "I Have A Dream" Foundation's June 11 Gala were keynote speaker United States Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan; Chancellor of New York City Schools, Joel Klein; Rosie O'Donnell, who was honored with the Visionary Award; Dany Garcia, recipient of the Eugene M.      Lang Achievement Award, presented by Dwayne Johnson; country music star Lee Ann Womack; and Carlos Watson, MSNBC Anchor and the evening's emcee.
  • Sunday Style: Evening Hours, New York Times, June 12, 2009
    Carlos Watson, Dany Garcia, Simone Johnson, and Dwayne Johnson are pictured at the "I Have A Dream" Foundation's June 11 Gala.


  • JCC, Plainfield teens join forces for day of service, New Jersey Jewish News, April 30, 2009
    Plainfield Dreamers team up with teens from the JCC of Central New Jersey to lead a day of community service in their local neighborhoods. In total, they recruited 72 more volunteers to help them put in a total of 180 service hours.


  • Living the Dream, Albany Times Union, February 8, 2009
    Three Dreamer alumni from Albany, now adults with children of their own, are profiled 21 years after becoming a part of the "I Have A Dream" movement.


  • Schools Chief From Chicago Is Cabinet Pick, The New York Times, December 15, 2008
    President-elect Barack Obama names Chicago schools superintendent Arne Duncan as his choice for U.S. Secretary of Education. Duncan is a former Executive Director for Chicago's "I Have A Dream" Ariel program.



  • Children Who Live in Public Housing Suffer in School, Study Says, The New York Times, November 23, 2008
    The New York Times describes a recent study by New York University's Furman Center for Real Estate & Urban Policy which documented the lower academic performance of students living in New York City public housing, even when adjusting for income. Download the full report to see the recommendation that policymakers learn from and coordinate with programs like "I Have A Dream", that provide "critical support for disadvantaged youth in public schools" (Page 7).
  • VIDEO: Michelle, Malia, and Sasha Obama Land in Denver,, August 24, 2008
    Executive Director of the Colorado "I Have A Dream" Foundation, Mary Hanewall, is one of a handful of service organization representatives to welcome the Obamas to Denver for the Democratic National Convention. View photos
  • "100 Most Beautiful": More Than Skin Deep - Jennifer Garner, People Magazine, May 12, 2008
    Jennifer Garner names the "I Have A Dream" Foundation as the cause that she supports. Garner shares, "You can't meet these kids and hear their stories and how comprehensively 'I Have A Dream' has changed their lives without wanting to be a part of that process."
  • Giving Wisely (cover story), Barron's, November 26, 2007
    Barron's philanthropy issue lists "I Have A Dream" founder Eugene M. Lang as one of the nation's top 10 philanthropists based on overall impact.

The following articles have marked significant milestones in the history of the "I Have A Dream" Foundation.

  • I Have A Dream: College Tuition, CBS 60 Minutes, May 23, 2004
    60 Minutes followed-up on the "I Have A Dream" Foundation from the time it first broke the story nationally in 1986.
  • One Man's Gift: College for 52 in Harlem, The New York Times, October 15, 1985
    This is the first story published about founder Eugene M. Lang's promise to the graduating class of sixth graders at P.S. Harlem in 1981.