The "I Have A Dream" Foundation is working to ensure that all children have the opportunity to pursue higher education. The goal is to empower children in low-income communities to achieve higher education by providing them with guaranteed tuition support and equipping them with the skills, knowledge, and habits they need to gain entry to higher education and succeed in college and beyond. By helping the young people 'the Dreamers' gain access to college, they are being put on a different academic and life trajectory than may otherwise have been the case, while having a broader impact on the students' families and the generations that follow. Across the USA, in 80 or more school-settings, one of these after-school programs is in Chelsea New York, where the Center for Attachment Research has been studying 'dreamers' understanding of emotion, views of self, family and friends, as related to school progress and teachers' views of their strengths and difficulties. Follow-up assessments of the Dreamers, who are currently in High School, are now being conducted by visiting professor, Barbara Hoff, who specializes in the study of childhood anxiety.
Friends and Family Interview (FFI)
The Friends and Family Interview (FFI; Steele & Steele, 2005) is a protocol designed for 9 to 16-year old children that assesses the relationship between the self and friends, teachers, and family, with the aim of elucidating internal working models and the interviewee’s capacity for reflective functioning. The FFI assesses attachment in a cohort (9-16 years) where neither the Strange Situation (ages 1-4) nor the AAI (developed for ages 18+) are appropriate.
The current data being coded was collected last year at Public School 191 and will be compared with the children's academic outcomes (GPA) and self- and teacher-reported behaviors (assessed using questionnaires). Lab members have the opportunity to learn the FFI’s multidimensional scoring system and the potential to administer the interview at T2 (next school year).