2023 VILLAGE GRANTEES

MERCY STREET DALLAS

Mercy Street exists to cultivate mutually transforming relationships with inner-city youth through Christian mentoring. Mercy Street serves West and South Dallas, two of the most concentrated areas of poverty in North Texas, home to predominantly African American and Hispanic families. Mercy Street will use awarded funds for the operating support of our mentoring and leadership programs for fiscal year 2023-2024.

mercystreet.com

ABIDE WOMEN'S HEALTH SERVICES

Abide Women’s Health Services exists to improve birth outcomes in communities with the lowest quality of care by offering healthcare and complimentary services that are easily accessible, holistic, evidence-based and free from judgement. The grant funds will be used to support nearly 20 clients at our Easy Access ClinicTM which provides full-spectrum equitable pregnancy care to Black women in South Dallas.

Abidewomenshealth.org

BOLD IDEA

Bold Idea helps students discover computer science through hands-on learning and mentoring with industry professionals, building critical thinking skills and equipping students to succeed in the careers of the future. Funding will support the ideaSpark Coding clubs program expansion in Dallas Independent School District at two schools located in south Oak Cliff. The Coding Clubs offer students in 3rd to 5th grades access to learning computer science and critical-thinking skills through hands on projects and mentoring from industry professionals. During quality, after-school time, students create their bold ideas, including video games, websites, and mobile apps.

boldidea.org

HOPE FARM

Hope Farm is a leadership program guiding at-risk boys to become Christ-centered men of integrity. Hope Farm exists to address two critical issues within our community: racial disparity and the societal impact of fatherlessness. Our programs partner with single moms by providing spiritual and inspirational encouragement and structural tools to help them reinforce appropriate behaviors and standards at home. The grant funds will go towards supporting the Young Men’s Leadership Development Program, which serves 75 fatherless boys, ages 5-18, each year by teaching the importance of faith, education, and finding their God-given talents.

hopefarm.org

I AM A GOLFER FOUNDATION

The mission of I Am a Golfer Foundation (IAMGF) is to be a catalyst for community renewal and transformation in South Dallas through the Programming, Preservation, and Promotion of the historic Cedar Crest Golf Course. IAMGF believes that participation in golf-based activities focused on diversity and historically underserved communities can have an impact beyond the course and into daily life. Grant funding will support the expansion of our three programming pillars: I AM a Golfer, I AM an Intern, and I AM a Scholar. Collectively, these programs positively impact a young person’s life from early elementary all the way through college while also providing many with job training and their first job or internship along the way.

Iamagolfer.org

THE COMPELLING WHY

The Compelling Why mission is to prepare students with the necessary skills and mindset to succeed in school, career and life. This is achieved by enhancing student’s perception of education’s value, encouraging enrollment in academic and life skill programs, promoting personal responsibility, defining one’s purpose, fostering self-motivation, and developing leadership skills to reach their maximum potential. The grant funds will go towards support of our Success Session seminars which deliver essential programming to 400 middle and high school students. The seminars are designed to empower and educate students to overcome academic, social, and emotional barriers to their success and introduce them to attributes employers desire in an ever-changing, globally competitive environment.

thecompellingwhy.org

MELVILLE FAMILY FOUNDATION

We exist to improve the lives of black and brown children in the southern sector of Dallas by focusing on economic stability, food security and academic excellence. We leverage strategic partnerships with North Texas Food Bank and The Mint, we have broadened and deepened our ability to provide food security to underserved families in the southern sector of Dallas. The grant funds will be utilized for purchasing basic essential food items for 300 families, such as produce, protein and dry goods.

Melvillefamilyfoundation.org

DENTON BLACK FILM FESTIVAL

The Denton Black Film Festival (DBFF) exists to address under-representation in the film and media by giving Black stories an audience and Black creatives a platform. The DBFF shares stories of the Black community – it’s traditions, ideas and experiences – in a multitude of ways. Each festival, held annually in January, features Black cinema, music, art, spoken word, comedy, food, and fashion. It’s our way of bringing the Black experience to life. The grant funds will be used for operational, marketing and event support for the film festival.

dbff.org

UNDER 1 ROOF

Under 1 Roof provides permanent supportive housing and other services to homeless and low-income individuals as well as families of Dallas and surrounding counties. Under 1 Roof addresses issues related to homelessness and self-sufficiency, as well as the challenges each program participant faces by helping them find ways to obtain housing and achieve independence. The program assistance we provide include supportive housing, emergency housing vouchers, rapid rehousing, rent and utility assistance, professional case management services and legal education and services. We will utilize the grant funds to support organizational infrastructure in support of homeless families and individuals.

under1roofdallas.org

NOGGIN EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION

Noggin Educational Foundation helps to close the achievement gap for economically disadvantaged children by improving educational opportunities for students, supporting families, and encouraging excellence and innovation in the classroom. Grant funds will be used to support the STEM Strong Sisters program which aims to empower and encourage female students of color to excel in STEM subjects, explore diverse career opportunities and ultimately succeed in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

nogginfoundation.org

THE GEMS CAMPS

The mission of the GEMS Camp is to change the face of those who can access and excel in STEM studies and careers. The GEMS Camp addresses the challenges underrepresented and underserved girls of color, especially Black and Latina, face in being exposed to, preparing for, and pursuing careers in STEM by engaging them with meaningful, culturally relevant STEM activities. The grant funds will be used to build upon its flagship summer camp program to launch “The GEMS School Year Experience,” an after-school STEM program.

thegemscamp.org

YOUTH REVIVE

The mission of the GEMS Camp is to change the face of those who can access and excel in STEM studies and careers. The GEMS Camp addresses the challenges underrepresented and underserved girls of color, especially Black and Latina, face in being exposed to, preparing for, and pursuing careers in STEM by engaging them with meaningful, culturally relevant STEM activities. The grant funds will be used to build upon its flagship summer camp program to launch “The GEMS School Year Experience,” an after-school STEM program.

youthrevive.org