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Elijah Dormeus, founder of The I Am Foundation

Elijah Dormeus, Founder

From the humble beginnings of Harlem, NY to coordinating a mission of mental wellness for youths in underserved communities, Elijah Dormeus is a dynamic leader with a passion for purpose, healing and cultivating growth.

At the tender age of seven, Elijah knew that his life amounted to greatness, despite the tragic passing of his father. One of nine, Elijah spent his adolescence serving as an active participant for the Harlem Children’s Zone – a New York based organization committed to breaking intergenerational poverty.

After high school, his dreams led him to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia where he graduated in the spring of 2019 with his Bachelor’s of Arts in Business Administration. Elijah Dormeus’s continuous passion to serving people in need of guidance gave birth to the I AM Foundation: a nonprofit tailored to breaking the cycle of victimization and developing youths in underserved communities.

Now dedicating his life to the wellness and success of others, Elijah’s ever-growing mission of purpose, healing and cultivating growth is revival in the making.  

Media Appearances


A billionaire agreed to pay off my student loans in full. Here’s what it was like — and how I plan to pay it forward.

When I was in high school, my guidance counselor told me that a Morehouse College education was out of my reach… 


‘I Am’ the domino effect: This changemaker wants to show youth impacted by redlining another reality

When Elijah Dormeus moved to Kansas City in 2019, he brought with him a nonprofit…


CNN: Philanthropist to Pay Off Student Loan Debt for Graduating Students of Morehouse College

BNN BLOOMBERG: How it feels to have a student loan wiped by U.S. billionaire

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