2021 VILLAGE GRANTEES
AT LAST! URBAN BOARDING EXPERENCE
A program that gives kids from less prosperous families the educational resources and tools enjoyed by kids from more affluent families during the home life portion of a school day. Students who gain admission into AT LAST! are called “Scholars-In-Residence.”
Driven by the mission to make imagination a part of everyday learning, Big Thought equips North Texas youth to imagine and create their best lives and world. Since its founding in 1987, Big Thought has been recognized as a national leader in arts education, juvenile justice intervention, afterschool programming, summer learning and learning systems.
Bonton Farms was created to transform lives by disrupting systems of inequity, laying a foundation where change yields health, wholeness, and opportunity as the norm. Based on the Department of Health & Human Services’ Social Determinants of Health, it is our core belief that there are seven, distinct human essentials that are necessary for those we serve to thrive.
We connect mothers in crisis to help, hope, and home. Bridges helps relieve excess stress for expectant mothers so they can have healthy babies. We offer resources from Certified Childbirth Education to Doulas to support mom during prenatal and postpartum care. Support never ends when a family leaves Bridges, we continue to stay connected and provide encouragement and resources to aid in their continued stability and success and provide parenting classes and mental health services.
DALLAS BLACK DANCE THEATER
Ann Williams founded Dallas Black Dance Academy in 1973 and Dallas Black Dance Theatre in 1976 to inspire minority boys and girls in Texas to appreciate dance as an art form and envision themselves as professional dancers. However, African American youth still face limited access to quality dance instruction today. While modern dance has less racial stigmas, dance studios in North Texas tend to focus primarily on ballet, which can restrict racial diversity. DBDA fills this gap by providing conservatory-level training at an affordable rate primarily to African American youth in North Texas.
THE GEMS CAMP
Founded in 2010, The GEMS Camp (Girls interested in Engineering, Mathematics, and Science), a 501(c)3 based in Dallas, Texas, is one of the few girl-centric organizations founded and led by a Black female STEM educator. GEMS' mission is to change the face of those who can access and excel in STEM studies and careers. Using a whole-child approach to STEM education, GEMS emphasizes building confidence in urban teen girls in five core areas, called the 5Karat Gems–Academics, Career, Creativity, Leadership, and Service.
G.O.L.F. 3:16 innovatively uses the game of golf to introduce youth to a relationship with God and instill positive life-skills such as stability, good citizenship, responsibility, morality, and character. Our program bridges the gap across all age groups by having them interact and engage in the game of golf while learning transferable skills for the game of life and developing an appreciation for God.
HOPE Farm is a leadership program guiding at-risk boys to become Christ-centered men of integrity. Leadership begins in the home. However, 100% of the boys in our program are fatherless.
Therefore, HOPE Farm also embraces each child’s mother and provides her with the tools and support that she needs to parent her son successfully. HOPE Farm addresses racial disparity and the societal impact of fatherlessness.
Changing the lives of African-American youth through mentorship, sports, and leadership is part of Mercy Street’s mission. The Mentoring Program provides a long-term mentor to every child in targeted schools who desires to have one. Programming includes one-on-one mentor support, student support, student engagement, and monthly events centered around three growth areas: economic mobility, education, and leadership.
Promise House extends a lifeline to homeless, runaway, and at risk youth .Our Maternity Group Home program tackles issues of youth homelessness, teen pregnancy, and poverty among Dallas County women and families. A grant of
$15,000 in support of our Maternity Group Home Program would help support approximately 45 parenting teen mothers (14-20) and their children (birth to 5) during the upcoming year with 24-months of residence along with pre/post-natal care, parenting classes, daycare services, weekly counseling, and life skills training
ST. PHILIP'S SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY CENTER
St. Philip’s School and Community Center, now in its 75th year of service, is a unique and effective model for inner city transformation -- our School provides a rigorous education to 200+ students from Pre-K to 6th Grade and the Community Center serves over 4,000 of our South Dallas neighbors annually. The Village Giving Circle grant will support the continued operations of the Early Childhood program.
the senior source
We are the “one-stop-shop” for everything older adults might need as they age. Whether they need financial guidance, nursing home advice, or just a way to connect with others, we’re here to assist Dallas-area seniors and their families with the services, programs, tools, and resources they need to be happy and secure in their later years.
THE COMPELLING WHY
Since 2010, The Compelling Why (CW) has provided Success Sessions (seminars) and Leadership Series programming to more than 6,700 African-American and Hispanic middle and high school students. We partner with school districts and universities to identify and host students for seminars that provide them with the opportunity to learn from and interact with successful business and community leaders who speak with authenticity and cultural credibility.
UNDER 1 ROOF
We are committed to ending homelessness, one family at a time through services, collaborations and community support. In order to support persons to become self reliant, Under 1 Roof provides permanent supportive housing and other services for homeless and low income families of our community.