Volunteers are an essential part of our programs. The bonds that volunteers form with Dreamers can last a lifetime. We welcome anyone who is willing to share their skills, talents, and most importantly, their time with our Dreamers. The following are some of the ways you can help.  Please reach out to the individual email contact associated with your interest or complete the form at the bottom of this page and staff from IHDF-NY will reach out to you to explore the possibilities.  We are excited to hear from you!

“I Have A Dream” – NY East Harlem
@ PS 7 160 E 120th Street, Manhattan

Contact: Irene Lee, Volunteer Coordinator at ilee@ihaveadreamny.org

Opportunity: Become a Literacy/Math Tutor, Become a Test Preparation Tutor

We are looking for experienced teachers to prepare 3rd-6th graders for their NYS tests, and to support Dreamers who struggle academically through one-on-one tutoring or in pairs during the after school program. Academic enrichment activities will help Dreamers master their foundational skills.

Time Commitment: At least one hour a week, to start immediately, with a commitment to one semester and ideally for the year. After school hours are from 2:30-5:30pm.

Opportunity: Become a Mentor to a Dreamer
We are seeking for mentors for our 4th-6th grade Dreamers.  Our mentoring program utilizes a one-to-one, site-based model, meaning that mentors and mentees meet in a supervised environment at a set time and location and are matched one-to-one for the academic year.  The focus of our program is to match youth with trained adult mentors who can guide them in developing better self-esteem and making positive life choices. An application, training and criminal background check, all facilitated by Mentoring USA (MUSA), will be required. 

Time Commitment: Every other Monday (with the option for every Monday) from 3:30pm-5:00pm at PS 7.


“I Have A Dream” – NY Chelsea Elliott II
322 8th Avenue Suite 200, Manhattan

Contact: Terrence Stokes, Program Assistant at tstokes@ihaveadreamny.org

Opportunity: Physics Tutor
We are looking for a Physics tutor to work with 12th grade NYC high school students. A typical tutoring session will include working with two or three Dreamers on their physics homework and/or preparing for an exam.
Time Commitment: Tuesday or Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm

Opportunity: English/Grammar Tutor
We are in need of an English/Grammar tutor to work with 12th grade high school students. Tutors will be asked to assist with college essays, school assignments and general homework help.
Time Commitment: Tuesday or Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm


College Success Programming
Central Office: 322 8th Avenue, New York, NY

Contact: Karlisle Honore, Director of College Success at khonore@ihaveadreamny.org

Opportunity: Subject Tutor
We are seeking tutors who have a grasp on college-level subjects, ranging from math to psychology, to work with our first and second year college students.
Time Commitment: Flexible Days/Times; Minimum 1.5 hours per week.

Opportunity: Scholarship Search Assistant
We are in need of dedicated volunteers to assist us in researching relevant scholarship opportunities for our current and prospective college students.
Time Commitment: Flexible Days/Times; As needed.


Career Readiness and the Work Is Success Internship Program
Central Office: 322 8th Avenue, New York, NY

Contact: Matthew Wright, Director of Career and Alumni Services at mwright@ihaveadreamny.org

Opportunity: Internship Placement
The Work Is Success Internship Program (WISIP) facilitates the placement of Dreamer Scholars at internship opportunities that are directly correlated with their academic pursuits and career ambitions.  The goals of the program are to provide first-hand experience in the workplace, create and expand professional social networks, enhance college resumes, and to expand industry knoledge and explore interests.  As part of the competitive application process for admittance to WISIP, Dreamer Scholars must submit a resume and cover letter as well as participate in a first round interview before the applicant is referred to our partner organizations and corporations. Before placement, Dreamer Scholars participate in 5 full days of professional development and after placement there is consistent communication throughout the summer to ensure an effective and productive internship experience for all parties. For more information, please visit our WISIP Portal.
Time Commitment: Host 6-8 week internship (approx 25 hours/week) during Fall, Spring, or Summer

Opportunity: Career Coach
As a career coach, you will be matched with Dreamer Scholars who are interested in pursuing a career that is related to your own work experiences and/or interests.  The Dreamer Scholar will have an opportunity to learn about how you entered your field of work and, together, you will explore their interests in more depth.  Guidance will be provided as you meet with each-other approximately one time per month in-person, when possible, or by phone or video chat.  The possibility exists that this communication will lead to a long-term mentoring relationship.
Time Commitment: Flexible days/times.  Meet with Dreamer Scholars 1x per month.

Opportunity: Host Job-Shadow Day
We are seeking companies and individuals who are willing to host a job-shadow day for Dreamer Scholars to learn more about the employment opportunities in various professional fields.  During the day, Dreamer Scholars should be able to observe your individual work, be provided with an independent project, and participate in group meetings.  We have found that these experiences are truly eye-opening, educational, and powerful influences as Dreamers form their academic and professional ambitions.
Time Commitment: Flexible Dates. Full 8-hour work-day.

In addition to our valued individual volunteers, we also enjoy working with various groups on projects with the Dreamers including painting murals, gardening, field day activities, chaperoning trips, office visits, job shadow, and internship opportunities.  

Want More Information?
Please use the form below to let us know how you'd like to support "I Have A Dream"-NY. We'd love to have you!

Name *
Please indicate your interests:
How did you hear about "I Have A Dream"?