Our vision is to stimulate and carry forward the gradual shift for immigrant Iowans from generational poverty to generational wealth.
DREAM Iowa’s mission is to increase knowledge, attitudes, skills, so that families understand and select services that will produce sustainable financial outcomes.
United, we are all Iowans.
Unidos todos somos Iowanos.
DREAM Iowa was co-founded shortly after DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) was implemented in 2012. The original Facebook group provided immigrants and allies a safe space through social media to connect across the state of Iowa. The group had become politically active in 2014 and changed its name to DREAM Iowa. DREAM Iowa also began holding educational community events like DACA & Know Your Rights clinics. DREAM Iowa finished their first documentary, “Every DREAMer Has A Story,” in 2015 and began holding panel discussions across Iowa. DREAM Iowa held its first Youth Leadership Summit in 2016 with over 90 youth from across the state. The YLS now unites over 200 youth from over 25 different schools. Financial capability workshops and material were developed in 2017 and DREAM Iowa started travelling to all corners of the state of Iowa offering Financial Independence workshops. DREAM Iowa became a non-profit 501(c)3 organization in 2018. DREAM Iowa concentrates its focus and resources to support immigrants in ending generational poverty and gaining financial freedom.