We’ve hired a new CEO!

Monday, June 29, 2020

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We are delighted to announce that the board of directors for the “I Have A Dream” Foundation of Boulder County has hired Perla Delgado, PhD, as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer! We conducted an extensive nationwide search, and are so pleased that a person with Perla’s breadth and depth of experience will be joining us to lead IHDF.

Perla comes to us with decades of leadership experience advocating for education equity and social justice. A Boulder native, she began working in the local community in high school and then later was employed by the Longmont Multicultural Action Committee and Community Action Programs in Boulder. Perla will be joining the IHDF team by way of St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, where she served as the Director of the College Assistance Migrant Program.

Perla’s comprehensive education, relentless advocacy work and experience partnering with school districts, family resource networks, community organizations, and colleges make her the perfect candidate to lead the “I Have A Dream” Foundation of Boulder County! This is a pivotal moment for our organization and we are thrilled to have found the right person at the right time to lead us into the next chapter.

Perla shared:“As a Latinx immigrant woman of color growing up in Boulder County, I experienced first-hand the struggles many students — like myself — have faced as first-generation college-bound students. I know the value we bring to our schools and the contributions our families make to this community. Serving as the next CEO of the “I Have A Dream” Foundation will provide me the opportunity to walk alongside the many families and students we serve across Boulder County and the St. Vrain Valley and continue building a path to academic success, college, and career readiness. I feel grateful to return to the community that helped raise me, and to continue making a difference in the lives of these students and their families.”

As we all know, Perla succeeds Lori Canova as CEO and President, who retired in January after 23 years. The organization partners with more than 1,100 low-income youth and 4,000 family members in Boulder County in a long-term program aimed at closing the opportunity gap.

Please join us in welcoming Perla back to her hometown and to Team Dream! You will have an opportunity to meet her soon and she is excited to meet the entire IHDF community.

In partnership,
Danica Powell
Kristen Soloman
Co-Chairs, IHDF Board of Directors

¡Contratamos a una nueva CEO!

lunes, el 29 de junio 2020

¡Nos complace anunciar que la junta directiva de la Fundación “I Have A Dream” del condado de Boulder ha contratado a Perla Delgado, PhD, como la nueva directora ejecutiva de la organización! Llevamos a cabo una exhaustiva búsqueda en todo el país, y estamos muy contentos de que una persona con la amplitud y experiencia de Perla se una a nosotros para llevar a IHDF al próximo capítulo.

Perla llega a nosotros con décadas de experiencia como líder que aboga por la equidad educativa y la justicia social. Originaria de Boulder, durante la escuela secundaria comenzó a trabajar en la comunidad local y luego fue empleada por el Comité de Acción Multicultural de Longmont y Programas de Acción Comunitaria en Boulder. Perla se unirá al equipo de IHDF a través de la Universidad de St. Edward en Austin, Texas, donde se desempeñó como Directora del Programa de Asistencia Universitaria para Migrantes.

¡La educación integral de Perla, su incesante trabajo, así como su experiencia en asociaciones con distritos escolares, redes de recursos familiares, organizaciones comunitarias y universidades, la convierten en la candidata perfecta para dirigir a la Fundación “I Have A Dream” del Condado de Boulder! Este es un momento crucial para nuestra organización y estamos encantados de haber encontrado a la persona ideal en el momento adecuado para llevarnos al próximo capítulo.

Perla dice: “Como mujer de color, inmigrante Latinx que creció en el condado de Boulder, experimenté de primera mano las dificultades que estudiantes de primera generación como yo enfrentan para poder ir a la universidad. Sé el valor que aportamos a nuestras escuelas y las contribuciones que hacen nuestras familias a la comunidad. Servir como la próxima CEO de la Fundación “I Have A Dream” me dará la oportunidad de caminar junto a las muchas familias y estudiantes que servimos en todo el condado de Boulder y el Valle de St. Vrain, para continuar construyendo un camino hacia el éxito académico, la preparación universitaria y profesional. Me siento agradecida de volver a la comunidad que ayudó a criarme y seguir haciendo la diferencia en la vida de estos estudiantes y sus familias”.

Como todos sabemos, Perla sucede a Lori Canova como CEO y Presidente, quien se retiró en enero tras 23 años. La organización se asocia con más de 1,100 jóvenes de bajos ingresos y 4,000 familiares en el Condado de Boulder con un programa a largo plazo destinado a cerrar la brecha de oportunidades.

¡Únase a nosotros para darle la bienvenida a Perla a su ciudad natal y al equipo de “I Have A Dream”! Tendrán la oportunidad de conocerla pronto y ella estará emocionada de conocer a todos en la comunidad de IHDF.

En comunidad,

Danica Powell
Kristen Soloman
Copresidentes, Junta Directiva de IHDF

Educate. Empower. Achieve.

At the “I Have A Dream” Foundation, we provide individualized social, emotional, and academic support to young people from low-income communities from 1st grade all the way through college, along with guaranteed tuition support. We believe that when given equal access to the resources they need to succeed, all children can ignite their innate potential and achieve their dreams.

The Numbers


Dreamers are over
 3x more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree 
than their low-income peers.


90% of Dreamers 
graduate High School,
 compared to 74% of 
low-income students 


College graduates 
earn, on average, 
an additional $1 Million 
in lifetime earnings.

Our Individualized Support

Don’t just take our word for it.

"Serving as a Notre Dame AmeriCorps member for 'I Have A Dream' has been the perfect experience."

- Hansen Millison (2015- 2017)

"They inspire me to be the best I can be: in my personal life and in my work life."

- Genevieve Spina (2015- 2017)

"When I grow up, I want to be a teacher because teachers help kids to learn and keep them safe."

- Gabby, Second Grade

"These young people are talented and motivated and will benefit whatever office is fortunate enough to host them in an internship."

- Stan Garnett, Former Boulder County District Attorney

"Every student deserves a cheerleader - someone who believes in their capabilities and a bright future."

- Molly Griffith, Volunteer

  • “I am grateful there are so many other volunteers out there willing to sacrifice for and guide these students. If I can help keep them safe in the vehicles they travel to and from programs in, I guess I get to contribute to their success in a modest way.”

    Janice Cochran

  • "I love the work of 'I Have A Dream' because the organization's philosophy recognizes that change takes time, and supporting kids and their families through all grades and all stages of development and growth are key to allowing children to become happy, successful, and confident."

    Megan Foskett

  • "I was drawn to 'I Have A Dream' because of the deep history of helping underprivileged students find opportunity and success in school. The unique approach to the program, which follows students throughout most of their school lives, has been successful in building positive relationships and engaging students and their families into the school communities."

    Jason Giguere

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