'I Have A Dream' 2013 commencement

'I Have A Dream' 2013 commencement

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Posted on June 5, 2013 at 7:55 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 5 at 8:55 AM

PORTLAND – There was a special celebration Tuesday night for 44 teens graduating from Oregon's I Have a Dream program.

The program focuses on kids in low-income communities who are facing obstacles including homelessness, foster care and food insecurity.

The "dreamers" were selected back when they were in third grade. Since then, they've had mentors helping them stay on track. And now they'll each get a scholarship to college.

“The secret was accepting the help that they give you,” said graduate Chaquita McClendon. “If i didn't have the help that they gave me, what would I be doing right now?"

The program is funded by donations. The 2013 class was the ninth class to have finished the program.

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