The American Dream Academy serves as a fine example of evidence-based intervention; every aspect of the program is predicated on data from research on similar programs. The program has had unique impacts on service and outreach functions, and has provided a continuous basis for ongoing research on the most effective practices for working with this at-risk population. Partnerships created through ADA have expanded the profile of involved organizations, especially among those in the community they directly serve. Not only is the program a platform for embeddedness, but also for community-based research. A major issue in performing community research is that residents often do not trust that researchers share their best interests while gathering data. This mindset is especially true among poor and minority communities. By leading with outreach and service of considerable value, this program has opened doors to a wide variety of researchers who need strong relationships with schools, students and parents.