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American Dream Program

Breaking Down Barriers and Unlocking Hope

HSVS’ American Dream Program (ADP), founded in 1997, provides education, emotional support and career advancement programming to empower older youth to overcome their personal challenges and excel as adults. Through ADP, HSVS strives to break the cycle and reverse trends of poverty, incarceration and homelessness for our youth, especially as they age out of care.

With the generosity of private donors and foundations, ADP has impacted the lives of over 100 youth pursuing their college and career dreams. Revamped in 2015, the American Dream Program now has more individualized, comprehensive support for our record 130 enrolled scholars—ranging from sixth grade to age 26. With this additional support, each of our ADP scholars will be able to find their own paths, make a plan and develop the skills they need to take on the challenges of work, education, finances and adult responsibilities with energy and confidence.

81% persistence rate among ADP scholars since 2015.

Currently there are 65 ADP scholars enrolled in college.

Of those participating in Pathways to College, 91% have graduated from high school.

HSVS 2019 Youth of the Year Gabbie Rodriguez

2019 Youth of the Year,
Gabbie Rodriguez

An extremely driven student, a passionate advocate and an aspiring teacher. Currently she is a senior at The City College of New York studying Early Childhood Education. When not studying, she is an advocate for others. She has spoken at rallies for the Fair Futures campaign and organized programs for youth in care in college.