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  • Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream

    The Center’s mission is to make the American Dream an attainable reality for people everywhere— across America and around the world.

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    We’re talking about the American Dream. As a non-partisan organization, we are a place for people from all backgrounds and beliefs to explore possibilities, gain practical knowledge, and find their paths to success. Join us in building a new American Dream movement. Let’s make opportunity real for everyone.

The Center is part of the Milken Institute, a non-profit, non-partisan think tank focused on ways to help people build meaningful lives.

Expanding Opportunity: Click Here to Read Why We Founded MCAAD.

Opening in 2020, the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream is a virtual community for education, competitions, and inspiration, connecting you to your dreams. We're building platforms to reach millions of students, educators, innovators, and influencers worldwide.

The virtual becomes real in July 2023, when we open our American Dream Visitor Center in Washington, D.C.

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What is dreamed in America is really no different from what is dreamed in Shanghai. It’s the same dream dreamed in Cairo and Johannesburg. Everybody in the world wants a good job. Everybody in the world wants to be loved. Everybody who wants children wants healthy children, wants safe streets. Everybody wants to be able to count on good health care. ... And everybody wants some place, if he or she is religious, to propitiate God on Saturday or Sunday. … That is the Dream. That is the Dream.

Maya Angelou

The Pillars of the American Dream

You need good health.
You need the right education and skills.
You need economic opportunity.
And you need YOU -
a belief that you can achieve your goals if you set your mind to it.

These are tools that make opportunity real. Our responsibility as individuals is to make the best use of the tools we have. Our institutions of government—and the private sector—have a responsibility to ensure these tools are equally available to everyone, no matter who you are or where you live.

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Pillars of the American Dream

The Restoration of our Washington D.C. Home

Opening in 2023, The American Dream Visitor Center will be housed in several historic buildings along Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., across from the White House and Treasury Building in the area once known as “President’s Park.” The American Dream Visitor Center will welcome students, educators, families and tourists from around the world to participate in state-of-the-art interactive, immersive learning experiences about the American Dream. Ultimately, we hope all visitors are inspired and empowered to make their own dreams a reality.

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Your gift to the Center will help to provide the crucial funding needed to complete our Visitor Center in Washington, D.C., and to build our virtual community and programming. Please click here to join us in our mission to make the American Dream an attainable reality for everyone around the world.

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The Milken Institute

The Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream is the brainchild of philanthropist Michael Milken and the latest endeavor of The Milken Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that helps people build meaningful lives. The Milken Institute seeks to empower everyone to experience health and well-being, pursue effective education and gainful employment, and access the resources required to create ever-expanding opportunities for themselves and their broader communities.

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