Like our Dreamer Scholars, the “I Have A Dream” Foundation of Boulder County is learning and growing with each new challenge and opportunity. Through it all, our number one priority is to champion the advancement of youth from low-income communities. We empower them to reach their education and career goals through mentoring, tutoring, and cultural enrichment opportunities in safe and supportive environments. The well-being of our youth and the families we serve continues to be our top priority.
On April 22, 2019, the Boulder County District Attorney’s office notified us that its investigation into the alleged misconduct of a former “I Have A Dream” staff member was closed. This confirmed the Lafayette Police Department’s initial investigation in 2017, as well as “I Have A Dream’s” internal review. There is no evidence of misconduct.
Ensuring our Dreamer Scholars and their parents or guardians know that they are heard and valued is critical to our mission. Looking ahead, as we continue to partner with our vibrant community, we are deepening our commitment to listening and responding to the concerns and hopes of our youth, parents, and community members. We will continue to ensure that “I Have A Dream” staff members live up to our high standards of interaction and engagement with our Dreamer Scholars, and meet the expectations of our extensive background check process.
Last fall, the “I Have A Dream” Foundation of Boulder County committed to additional oversight practices, including a listening tour among our participating families, an outside review and update of our policies and procedures, and development of a parent liaison position to encourage ongoing and deeper dialogue with families beyond our regular parent meetings, home visits, and surveys. We look forward to continually strengthening these relationships, so that we can continue to serve the youth in our program in partnership with their families.
We are grateful for the opportunity to continue advocating for and serving families from under-resourced communities in Boulder County. And, as always, we appreciate your support.