Education

In Fall 2016, the Communities Foundation of Texas expert philanthropy team reviewed the following nonprofit agencies and offers them for your funding consideration:

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A Chance to Learn
A Chance To Learn (AC2L), located in North Richland Hills, was founded in 2011 to promote physical, social emotional and intellectual development among underserved children ages 0-5 so that they are ready for kindergarten. Funding is requested to for Camp S.M.A.R.T. (Science, Math, Arts, Reading, and Technology) Kid, an eight-week summer learning program for about 300 children ages 3-5 that offers both academic and extra-curricular enrichment. Requested funding will cover certified early childhood educators, field trips, and curriculum and supplies for the next Camp S.M.A.R.T. Kid session.
www.achancetolearn.org
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Aberg Center for Literacy
Aberg Center for Literacy works to build richer lives, stronger families and better communities through programs in English fluency, Spanish and English GED preparation, early childhood education and family literacy. Support is requested to refurbish the Center’s playground, which provides an outdoor learning environment where children develop motor, social, and cognitive skills. The playground serves 25 children in the early childhood program each semester and 40 school-aged children enrolled in summer enrichment programming each year.
www.abergcenter.org
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Academic Success Program Dallas
Academic Success Program (ASP) promotes a college-going culture in first generation, low-income, and/or under-represented minorities by working with students to identify the best college fit for them as they continue their path to higher education. The agency was founded in 2007 and now provides programming in 12 Dallas ISD high schools. Support is requested for ASP’s suite of student events to be held in 2016-17. The events include College Application Kickoff, which introduces students to college representatives and offers a personal statement workshop; Junior Jump Off to College, a session that informs juniors about key tasks to complete prior to their senior year; ASP College Signing Day, a celebration of students’ college commitments; and Symposium for Multicultural Recruitment, which educates college admissions counselors and high school guidance counselors about multicultural students’ needs. General operating support is also requested.
www.aspdallas.org
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After-School All-Stars North Texas
After-School All-Stars North Texas (ASAS) provides comprehensive afterschool programs that keep at-risk children safe and help them succeed in school and in life. The agency works in three high-need schools in Dallas County and currently serves 250 students, the majority of whom are middle school-aged, low-income, and students of color. Support is requested for ASAS’ STEM initiative, which exposes students to advanced technology and STEM career options; arts enrichment opportunities, which include music, dance, and visual art-focused clubs; and We Are Ready, a high school dropout prevention program that provides targeted academic tutoring and workshops to build skills for success in high school.
www.asasnorthtexas.org
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Alpha Parent Support
Alpha Parent Support (ALPS) works to create expanded opportunities for gifted and talented students in McKinney ISD by increasing awareness among parents and educators, providing classroom enrichment materials, and offering scholarships to both students and educators. Funding is requested to purchase a classroom kit of interactive robots and online curriculum to encourage early interest in STEM subjects among 150 third grade gifted and talented students. Funding is also requested to support two separate one-day STEM conferences, one of which will serve only girls and one of which will serve only boys. The conferences will be open to participants in grades 4-11 and will provide exposure to STEM-related careers.
www.mckinneyalaps.squarespace.com
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Arlington Classics Academy
Arlington Classics Academy is a public K-8 charter school that aims to equip a diverse student body with a comprehensive education, including a special focus on Western civilization. Support is requested for a new, 14,400 square foot permanent building to replace existing portable classrooms; the purchase and installation of new playground and physical education equipment to serve students in grades 3-5; and new technology equipment for Makerspace projects, including Lego and Sphero robotics and laptops.
www.acaedu.net
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Army Scholarship Foundation
The Army Scholarship Foundation’s mission is to provide college scholarships to the sons and daughters of those who have served in the U.S. Army, as well as to spouses of soldiers on active duty. Since the Foundation was founded in 2001, it has awarded about 200 scholarships and recently expanded to serve the DFW area. Funding is requested for scholarships for four young women in North Texas who are graduating high school and plan to pursue a STEM career; scholarships for three students pursuing a nursing degree; and to create a professional marketing campaign to increase fundraising capacity.
www.armyscholarshipfoundation.org
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Autism Treatment Center
Established in 1976, the Autism Treatment Center serves individuals with autism through educational and residential services, and with speech, occupational and physical therapy. The Center requests funds for iPads and interactive technology for use at its Texas Education Agency-approved school for autistic children ages three to 22. Funds are also requested to support Applied Behavior Analysis therapy for 50 children to mitigate the systems of autism, including deficits or delays in communication and appropriate social behaviors.
www.atcoftexas.org
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AVANCE-Dallas
AVANCE's mission is to unlock America's potential by strengthening families in at-risk communities through effective parent education and support programs. Support is requested for the Workplace English Program (WEP), which provides low-income Hispanic individuals with the English skills and job training necessary to secure employment, find a higher-paying job, or start a new business. WEP serves more than 270 individuals each year, all of whom have graduated from AVANCE’s Parent-Child Education Program, a program that educates at-risk children ages 0-4 and teaches parents to support their children from cradle to college.
www.avance-dallas.org
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B.H. Caroll Theological Institute
B.H. Carroll Theological Institute is a graduate school dedicated to equipping men and women in diverse and global Christian ministry. The Institute was founded in 2004 and currently enrolls 250 students, 65 of whom are from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Funding is requested for student scholarships, particularly for theology and counseling students who do not receive compensation while completing their coursework, including single mothers and married students with young children.
www.bhcarroll.edu
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BAC Education Foundation, Inc.
BAC Education Foundation was founded in 1999 to support the activities of the Fort Worth Business Assistance Center by sponsoring complimentary or very low-cost educational programs for small, women-owned and/or minority-owned businesses. The agency serves 1,700 individuals each year, most of whom live in Tarrant County and have low- to moderate-incomes. Support is requested for Project NEW (Nurturing Entrepreneurial Winners) Beginnings, an eight-week program that offers business education, training and counseling to individuals looking to start their own businesses; the Fort Worth Business Plan Competition, which provides the five winning small business owners with professional development and coaching from industry experts; and IDEA Works FW™, a business incubator that assists entrepreneurs with mentoring, work space, and educational resources to sustain and scale their enterprises.
http://fwbac.com/bac-education-foundation-inc-2/
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Big Thought
Big Thought's mission is to make imagination a part of everyday learning. Support is requested for DaVerse, a spoken-word workshop and public performance program for students ages 11-21; Creative Solutions, an arts-based intervention and job-training program for youth in the juvenile system; and Dallas City of Learning, an online tool to help parents and kids find the city's out-of-school learning opportunities available in-person and digitally.
www.bigthought.org
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Bishop Dunne Catholic School
Bishop Dunne provides a unique, individualized, accelerated educational program that is shaped by fundamental Catholic values and which prepares students for higher learning, leadership, service, and citizenship. The school is located in southern Dallas and serves more than 600 racially and socioeconomically diverse students, 50% of whom receive tuition assistance. Funding is requested to renovate five 1960’s-era labs that are used for dual-enrollment STEM courses, which allow students to earn college credit while still in high school. Funding is also requested for the College Ready Academy, a two-year skill-building program for juniors and seniors that focuses on improving college graduation rates among future first-generation college students.
www.bdcs.org
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Camp Fire First Texas
Camp Fire's purpose is to provide opportunities for children and youth (and those who care for them) to realize their potential and become caring, self-directed individuals, responsible to themselves and others, and to improve conditions in society that affect them. Support is requested for job training and professional development courses that will serve more than 3,500 child care providers in North Texas; scholarships for 1,450 students from Title I schools to learn about the natural environment through Camp Fire’s Outdoor Education Program; and the Step Up Truancy Prevention and School Completion Program, which will provide small group support, field trips, home visits, and mentoring to help 120 at-risk middle and high school students stay engaged in school.
www.campfirefw.org
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Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District Educational Foundation
Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD (CFBISD) Educational Foundation exists to enrich the educational opportunities at CFBISD schools. The Foundation has supported teachers and students through campus grants and scholarship programs for nearly 20 years. Funding is requested for the Impact Now! Program, which provides financial support to students involved in fine arts who need assistance with the costs of private lessons, special needs students who would benefit from specialized camps or field trips, and students who plan to enter the workforce after graduating high school and need vocational training.
www.cfbgiving.com
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Cassata Catholic High School
Cassata Catholic High School, located in Fort Worth and serving about 250 students, works to provide an effective, quality education that enables students of all backgrounds to succeed academically and complete their secondary education. The majority of the school’s students have had difficulty in traditional schools due to challenges including poverty, mental and emotional health, academic issues, teen pregnancy, and abuse. To serve these students, Cassata has implemented a “small schools” model that offers small-sized morning and afternoon sessions with one-on-one instruction, remedial content, and counseling to mothers, working students, and others with scheduling constraints. Funding is requested for general operating support.
www.cassatahs.org
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Catch Up & Read
Catch Up and Read's mission is to equip at-risk elementary students for long-term reading success. The organization collaborates with Dallas ISD principals and teachers to implement data-driven reading practices in classrooms and offer afterschool support to the lowest performing students. The organization was founded in 2009 and currently serves 160 students, 35 teachers, and four principals. Funding is requested for the additional instructors necessary to expand the program to 10 campuses. Funding is also requested for teacher trainings on social-emotional learning, as well as a research-based rewards system to encourage positive behavior among students.
www.catchupandread.com
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Cedar Hill ISD Education Foundation
Cedar Hill ISD (CHISD) Education Foundation works to promote educational excellence and enhance lifelong learning within CHISD by providing grants to teachers and school campuses. Support is requested for a partnership with the Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center that provides outdoor educational experiences to more than 550 fifth grade students; operating expenses for a full-time director and a part-time support staff position; and to purchase DonorPerfect fundraising software, which will allow the Foundation to more efficiently collect constituent data and improve fundraising efforts.
www.cedarhillef.org
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Chestnut Square Historic Village
Chestnut Square Historic Village’s mission is to preserve and perpetuate the heritage of Collin County by celebrating community, preserving history, and inspiring the future. Chestnut Village was established in 1973 and has grown to a 2.5 acre site in downtown McKinney that includes six historic homes, a general store, a historic chapel, a replica of a one-room school house and a visitor’s center. Funding is requested for structural repairs and renovations to two buildings on the property: the Dulaney Cottage, which was built in 1870, and the Dulaney House, a large prairie-style home built in 1916 that has the potential to serve as a space for private and community events. Funding is also requested for the educational program, which offers tours and learning experiences to about 1,000 McKinney ISD students each year.
www.chestnutsquare.org
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Child Care Associates
Child Care Associates (CCA) provides early education and family services to vulnerable families in Tarrant County. CCA was founded in 1968 to launch child development centers in high-poverty neighborhoods, and has since grown to serve nearly 12,000 children. Funding is requested for general operating support, particularly for the communications and development team; renovations to child development center facilities; and the new Incredible Years® Parent Education program, a 14-16 week, evidence-based program that focuses on improving parenting practices and increasing school readiness among program participants’ children.
www.childcareassociates.org
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ChildCareGroup
ChildCareGroup works to promote, deliver, and expand the best early care and education programs for children, parents and early childhood professionals. The organization was founded in 1901 to care for the children of women who worked in Dallas cotton mills, and has since expanded to serve more than 40,000 North Texas children, parents, and child care professionals each year. Support is requested to support Early Care and Education Center Programs, which serve more than 600 disadvantaged infants, toddlers, and preschoolers (and their parents) at six sites; the Born Learning Parent Engagement Program, an evidence-based home visit program that serves 400 low-income parents and children in vulnerable neighborhoods; and DallasKids.org, a collaborative project with Children’s Health that will culminate in a website for Dallas-area parents that offers comprehensive information on early education, K-12 education, health, parent resources, and family support services.
www.childcaregroup.org
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Christ's Haven for Children
Christ’s Haven for Children’s mission is to provide a warm, loving, Christian environment in which children in need of basic care can grow physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The group home, located in Keller, serves 40 children, teens, and young adults on its main campus, as well as children in foster care in off-campus homes. Funding is requested for summer recreation and ongoing enrichment activities, including athletics, service projects and trips to museums, movies, and amusement parks; and the on-site child care center, which cares for young children of teen residents.
www.christhaven.org
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Circle of Support
Circle of Support was founded in 2000 to provide boys and girls in South Dallas with academic enrichment, leadership development, and help with preventing summer learning loss. Funding is requested for the S.M.A.R.T. (Science, Math, Art, Reading, and Technology) summer program, which has an average daily attendance of more than 300 students. Funding will support the program’s 22 certified staff, scholarships for 100 students whose families cannot afford program tuition, and STEM curricula and supplies for project-based learning.
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Cistercian Preparatory School
Cistercian Preparatory School was founded in 1962 to prepare talented boys for the colleges of their choice by challenging their minds with excellent academic programs, molding their characters through the values of Catholic education, and offering them guidance with both understanding and discipline. The school, located on the grounds of the Cistercian Abbey Our Lady of Dallas, enrolls 347 young men in grades 5-12. Capital support is requested for construction of an Abbey Crypt to hold 20 monks currently buried in Dallas’ Cavalry Hill Cemetery, and to provide an internment place for current and future monks to remain near the Abbey. Funding is also requested for renovations to the Abbey’s West Wing and Retreat Center to accommodate the increasing number of young monks, religious retreat participants, and guests. Finally, funding is requested for renovations to the school’s science building, which will include updated biology and chemistry labs, a new “maker’s space” for robotics and overnight labs, a rainwater harvesting system, and a refurbished HVAC system.
www.cistercian.org
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Collin College Foundation
Collin College Foundation was established in 1987 to support and enhance Collin College through philanthropic support for student scholarships, faculty enrichment, critical capacity needs and programs of excellence. The College serves about 53,000 credit-seeking and continuing education students each year and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates across a range of disciplines. Funding is requested for scholarships to students in three high-priority programs: nursing, allied health, and STEM education.
www.collin.edu/foundation
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Commemorative Air Force
Commemorative Air Force's (CAF) mission is to preserve American military aviation history through education and exhibitions. CAF owns and operates 160 World War II (WWII) era airplanes - the largest collection of airworthy WWII military aviation in the world. Support is requested for 2017 costs of bringing the traveling "Rise Above" exhibit to the CAF headquarters in southern Dallas. The exhibit tells the inspiring story of the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first African American fighter pilots who overcame racism and segregation in order to serve in WWII. Support is also requested to defray the costs of busing students from southern Dallas schools to the exhibit, and to bring in former Tuskegee Airmen to personally interact with students who attend the exhibit.
www.commemorativeairforce.org
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Commit!
The Commit! Partnership works to drive student achievement throughout Dallas County from cradle to career by leveraging data, community expertise, and collaboration to measure what matters, identify effective practices and align community resources to spread what works. Commit! was established in 2012 and is currently comprised of 135 organizations, including school districts, charter school networks, private schools, higher education institutions, foundations, business, and nonprofits. Support is requested for Commit’s series of cradle-to-career initiatives, which are targeted at increasing kindergarten readiness, improving third grade literacy rates, and increasing postsecondary enrollment rates throughout Dallas County. Support is also requested for the Human Capital Teacher Pipeline initiative, an effort to increase the number of high-quality educators in Dallas County by marketing the profession to college students and expanding quality teacher preparation programs.
www.commit2dallas.org
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Communities in Schools Dallas Region
Communities in Schools Dallas Region's (CISDR) mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. The agency serves more than 9,100 students at risk of academic failure on 60 campuses in 12 school districts in Dallas, Ellis, Collin, Hunt, and Rockwall Counties. Of students served, 62% are Hispanic and 21% are African American. Support is requested for CISDR’s core program, which provides each participating student with a customized service plan that includes six components: academic enrichment, supportive guidance, parental and family involvement, health and human services, college and career readiness, and cultural enrichment.
www.cisdallas.org
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Communities in Schools of North Texas
Communities in Schools of North Texas’ (CISNT) mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. The agency serves about 5,000 students in Denton and Wise Counties who are economically disadvantaged and/or at risk of academic failure. CISNT is in 46 campuses in six school districts. Funding is requested for the Dropout Prevention Case Management program, which assists more than 2,550 Denton County students in grades K-12 with improving academics, behavior, attendance, and, for students in upper grades, completing their high school degree. Funding is also requested for the CIS Bridge to Success program, an effort to encourage post-secondary success among about 250 Denton County students by providing college emersion trips, job shadowing opportunities, college application assistance, guidance and counseling, assistance with financial aid, and family engagement. Finally, funding is requested for general operating support.
www.cisnt.org
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Community Storehouse
Community Storehouse's mission is to help low-income children in Tarrant and Denton Counties realize their ability to achieve educational success. The agency was established in 1982 to address hunger prevention in Keller ISD and has since expanded to serve more than 4,000 children each year. Funding is requested for the education program, which offers afterschool and summer literacy enrichment opportunities and school supplies; the critical needs program, which provides food, clothing and medical, dental, and vision care for children whose families are in crisis; and service learning opportunities to encourage leadership development among about 1,400 youth.
www.communitystorehouse.org
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Cornerstone Crossroads Academy
Cornerstone Crossroads Academy (CCA) is a faith-based private high school in South Dallas whose mission is to develop youth through transformative education, equipping future leaders to impact their communities. The school works to provide hands-on, real-life experiences to the 50 at-risk students it serves each year. Support is requested for the Student Leadership House, a residential program for young men who face significant obstacles such as homelessness or previous incarceration; program and technology support for students who struggle with literacy due to learning differences; and the Life Coach program, which provides 1:1 mentoring and case management services to each CCA student.
www.cornerstonecrossroads.com
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Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep
Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep, located in Pleasant Grove, provides socioeconomically disadvantaged high school students of all faiths with a Catholic education, enabling them to become men and women of purpose and service. Cristo Rey Dallas served its first class of 128 freshman beginning in August 2015, and will add another class of 140 freshmen in August 2016. The school’s unique Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP) allows students to finance 60% of their tuition through salaried positions one day a week at premiere Dallas companies, including AT&T, Hunt Oil, KPMG, PWC, Jones Day and The Dallas Morning News. Families typically contribute about 7% of tuition costs, and Cristo Rey funds all remaining tuition costs through local philanthropy. Funding is requested to fill the gap between student and family financial contribution and full tuition costs. Funding is also requested for a new 31,000 square foot academic building that will house 15 classrooms, four state of the art science labs, and offices for school administration.
www.cristoreydallas.org
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Dallas Afterschool
Dallas Afterschool provides professional development for Dallas County afterschool and summer programs based on national best practice standards. The agency was founded in 2007 and has grown to serve 133 free or low-cost afterschool and summer program sites in Dallas, which collectively serve about 9,500 students. Support is requested for the Program Quality Initiative (PQI), which evaluates the quality of afterschool and summer programs and works with program sites to improve their quality. Dallas Afterschool has partnered with SMU’s Center on Research and Evaluation (CORE) to determine the most predictive quality indicators used in PQI. Funding is also requested for the After the Bell Alliance, a community partnership focused on expanding support for and access to quality out-of-school-time programs in low-income Dallas neighborhoods.
www.dallasafterschool.org
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Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society's mission is to build and maintain a public botanical garden that promotes the art, enjoyment and knowledge of horticulture while providing opportunities for education and research. Support is requested for children’s educational programming, which reaches more than 100,000 children annually. The educational staff collaborates with Dallas-area school districts to reach children from disadvantaged neighborhoods, and of the children served in 2015 60% were Hispanic or African American and 50% were identified as at-risk. Children’s programming includes school field trips, visits from educational staff to school campuses, afterschool learning, and summer day camps.
www.dallasarboretum.org
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Dallas County Medical Society Alliance Edith Cavell Nursing Scholarship Fund
The Dallas County Medical Society Alliance Edith Cavell Nursing Scholarship Fund provides financial aid to Dallas County residents who are admitted to a baccalaureate nursing program in Dallas County. Scholarship recipients must meet the Fund's criteria for academic achievement, character, and financial need. Funding is requested for scholarship awards and for increasing the Fund’s endowment size to ensure future sustainability.
www.dcmsaf.org
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Dallas Historical Society
Dallas Historical Society (DHS) collects, preserves, and exhibits the unique heritage of Dallas and Texas to educate and inspire future generations. The agency was founded in 1922 by 101 prominent Dallas leaders and has since become the conservator of the Hall of State, a national landmark built for the 1936 State Centennial celebration. Funding is requested for educational programs for students and adults and families. Programming includes field trips and school-site outreach for students, brown bag lunch lectures and historic city tours of Dallas for adults, and hands-on learning activities for families. Funding is also requested to digitize DHS’ collection of documents, artifacts, books and periodicals. Finally, funding is requested to support upcoming exhibits, including a special exhibit presented in conjunction with the State Fair of Texas each year.
www.dallashistory.org
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Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance
The Dallas Holocaust Museum / Center for Education and Tolerance is dedicated to teaching the history of the Holocaust and advancing human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference. The Museum was formed in 1977, and has since served more than one million visitors—about half of whom are school children. Support is requested for the Museum’s new City-Wide Read, a six-month interdisciplinary Holocaust education program that will engage 500 educators and 12,300 students through literature and the performing arts; the Museum Experience Fund, which will pay for transportation and admissions costs for more than 13,000 economically disadvantaged students in 2016; and the construction of a new permanent facility, the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, in downtown Dallas that will educate the Dallas community about the Holocaust, modern-day genocides, human and civil rights, and tolerance.
www.dallasholocaustmuseum.org
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Dallas Lutheran School
Dallas Lutheran School strives to provide a quality Christ-centered education in an academic, spiritual and social environment which prepares each student for a productive Christian life. The school is located in North Dallas and serves about 170 students in grades 7-12. Funding is requested for expanded STEM opportunities, including upgrades to microscopes, a new 3D printer, and improvements to lab spaces; the Beyond My Front Door program, which arranges for campus-wide service opportunities at nonprofit agencies across the Dallas-Fort Worth area; and the school’s current marketing and outreach initiative.
www.dallaslutheranschool.com
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Dallas Teacher Residency
Dallas Teacher Residency's (DTR) mission is to recruit, prepare, and retain aspiring career teachers to become effective in urban schools. The organization was founded in 2013 in collaboration with Texas A&M University - Commerce, Dallas ISD, and Mesquite ISD and emphasizes teacher preparation for difficult-to-staff positions in STEM, early elementary, and bilingual education. Funding is requested for tailored professional development in English, language arts, and writing for 20 elementary teachers in Dallas ISD. Professional development will include the training, ongoing support, and resources needed to implement a balanced literacy framework in the participating teachers' classrooms.
www.dallastr.org
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Dallas Theological Seminary
Dallas Theological Seminary strives to equip Christian servant leaders to proclaim God's word and build worldwide ministries. It currently enrolls more than 2,100 students from 58 countries. Support is requested for general operations; scholarships for students; and online classes in Mandarin Chinese, as well as expanding course offerings to include Arabic and Spanish. Capital funding is also requested for a new chapel for student worship and special speakers and events to support spiritual growth.
www.dts.edu
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Dallas Urban Debate Alliance
Dallas Urban Debate (DUD) Alliance is committed to providing every DISD student with an opportunity to participate in rigorous academic policy debate in order to become an articulate and informed leader in his or her school and community. DUD offers school day, afterschool, and summer debate programming to about 1,000 DISD middle and high school students each year. In order to grow the pipeline of students participating in the middle school debate program, funding is requested for additional staff needed to increase the number of weekend debate tournaments from six to ten in the 2016-17 school year. Funding is also requested for DUD’s residential summer camp, which serves 80 students each year, and for the Annual Awards Gala that recognizes outstanding students and coaches.
www.dallasurbandebate.org
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Design Connect Create
Design Connect Create works to empower young women to be successful in STEM courses in order to close the gender gap in STEM careers. To this end, the agency offers two-week summer physic camps to high school girls to keep them on the path to high-demand and high-paying STEM careers. The camps serve an average of 76 young women annually, most of whom are from Dallas ISD. Funding is requested for the lab equipment and staff necessary for an additional summer physics camp session in 2017 that will serve an additional 40 young women from mid-city districts in Dallas and Tarrant Counties. Funding is also requested for marketing and social media efforts to reach young women who would benefit from participating in a camp.
www.designconnectcreate.org
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Education is Freedom
Education is Freedom (EIF) works to transform students' lives through comprehensive college access and career planning services. The agency offers three core programs: the middle school program assists students with the transition to high school and educates their families about state graduation requirements; the high school program offers College and Career Connection Centers on 10 Dallas ISD campuses that assist students with scholarship and college applications, SAT and ACT registration, and career exploration; and the college persistence program connects students with mentors once they enter college. Support is requested for the middle school and high school programs, as well as the workforce development training curriculum EIF uses to prepare students for employment.
www.educationisfreedom.org
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Education Opens Doors, Inc.
Education Opens Doors (EOD) empowers students to purposefully navigate through high school to college. The agency uses its proprietary Roadmap to Success program to provide students with the college knowledge and soft skills they need to achieve post-secondary success. EOD currently partners with 35 sites (primarily public, charter and select private schools in Dallas County) to serve about 5,000 students in grades 6-9, 85% of whom are from low socio-economic backgrounds. Funding is requested for Roadmap to Success program delivery and data collection at both existing and new partner sites; parent workshops that offer valuable information about types of high school options available in North Texas and state graduation requirements; and new technology for engaging students and families after they have completed Roadmap to Success.
www.educationopensdoors.org
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Educational First Steps
Educational First Steps works to improve the quality and availability of early childhood education for economically disadvantaged children by equipping the providers - in preschools, daycare centers, and homes - with proven tools and techniques that transform caregiving into teaching. The agency celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2015 and currently serves 4,800 children and more than 750 early childhood teachers and program directors. Support is requested for the Four Steps 2.0 program, which assists daycare centers with achieving national accreditation; Child Development Associate classes that offer professional development and mentoring to more than 100 early childhood teachers; and small business development to strengthen the long-term economic viability of the agency's partner centers.
www.educationalfirststeps.org
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First Baptist Academy
First Baptist Academy provides a Christ-centered, Biblically integrated, college preparatory education to develop the next generation of Christian servant leaders. The school was founded in 1972 and now serves about 200 students in Pre-K through grade 12. Capital support is requested for a new school campus in East Dallas that will accommodate up to 300 students. Funding is also requested for the school’s tuition assistance fund, which offsets the cost of tuition for 30% of the student population.
www.fbacademy.com
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Fort Worth Aviation Museum
The Fort Worth Aviation Museum tells the story of the aviation heritage and accomplishments in North Texas since 1911. The Museum greets about 6,000 people each year and serves 13,000 through outreach programs. Funding is requested for the pilot of the STEM Aviation Education for Girls program, a two-day summer camp for teen girls that will offer one day of flight ground school and a second day of actual flight experience. Funding is also requested for additional special collection storage space and the “Free Wednesdays” pilot program that offers complimentary admission to low-income families and senior citizens during the summer months.
www.fortworthaviationmuseum.com
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Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History engages its diverse community through creative, vibrant programs and exhibits interpreting science and the stories of Texas and the Southwest. It first opened its doors in 1941 as the Fort Worth Children’s Museum, and today reaches 700,000 people of all ages each year through on-site exhibitions, distance learning, afterschool programs, and family science festivals. Funding is requested for the Morningside Children’s Partnership Museum School, a 30-week program that offers both Museum- and classroom-based experiences to 600 Pre-K and kindergarten students enrolled at elementary schools in East Fort Worth. Nearly 90% of children served are economically disadvantaged, and the program is designed to encourage development of language, social, and behavioral skills.
www.fwmuseum.org
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Fred Moore Day Nursery School
Fred Moore Day Nursery School offers quality, safe and affordable childcare to families in Denton County. The school cares for children ages six weeks to five years, 93% of whom are from extremely low-income families. Support is requested for indoor gross motor materials such as balls, games, and small bicycles for the newly completed activity room; furnishings and educational materials for infant and toddler classrooms; and general operating expenses.
www.fredmooredaynursery.com
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Friends of Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy
The Friends of Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy invest in the development of young leaders to enable achievement without limits. The organization supports programs and enrichment at the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy, a Dallas ISD school located in South Dallas that serves about 400 young men in grades 6-12. Funding is requested for summer enrichment opportunities for students (including STEAM courses on-campus and study abroad experiences), professional development opportunities for faculty and staff, and library materials for both student and faculty use.
www.leadershipmagnet.org
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Friends of the Dallas Public Library
Friends of the Dallas Public Library exists to support the mission of the Dallas Public Library system in its delivery of resources, services, and information to the Dallas community. The organization has raised funds for the library's facilities and programs for more than 60 years and today receives support from 500 member families. Funding is requested for the Books for Dallas Babies program, a pilot program established in partnership with Parkland Health and Hospital System to provide bilingual books to 10,000 newborn babies in 2016. In addition, the program educates new parents about available literacy resources and the importance of reading aloud to children from an early age. Funding is also requested for the 2017 Dallas Book Festival, a free, community-based event promoting reading, literacy, writing, and discourse that will welcome an estimated 3,000 individuals.
www.fodpl.org
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Friends of the University Park Public Library
Friends of the University Park Public Library support the library by raising operating support, providing trained volunteers, and hosting and sponsoring community programs and events. Support is requested to expand the library's collection of downloadable eBooks and audiobooks for youth and to develop educational and social programming for senior citizens in collaboration with the University Park Parks and Recreation Department.
http://www.uptexas.org/Government/UP-Public-Library/Friends-of-the-Library
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Friends of Wednesday's Child
Friends of Wednesday's Child works to transform the lives of children in foster care through education. Funding is requested to serve an additional 50 children with the Success in School program, a holistic academic intervention program that currently works to improve educational outcomes for 50 children in foster care who are significantly behind academically. Funding is also requested for the annual third-party evaluation of Success in School, as well as for general operating expenses.
www.wedchild.org
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Frontiers of Flight Museum
Frontiers of Flight Museum strives to educate, motivate, and inspire all ages in North Texas by presenting aviation and space flight history and innovation through comprehensive exhibits, collections, programming, and its STEM curriculum. Support is requested for a 16-foot portable planetarium for the Space and Astronomy Distance Learning program pilot. During the pilot year, 600 middle and high school students will experience the portable planetarium, but the Museum anticipates serving 3,000 students annually with the planetarium once the program is fully operational. Support is also requested for transportation costs of the Young Women's STEM Leadership Initiative, which brings 2,600 young minority female students from low-income neighborhoods to the Museum to learn about STEM principals in aerospace as well as STEM- and aerospace-focused career opportunities.
www.flightmuseum.com
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Girls Incorporated of Tarrant County
Girls Incorporated of Tarrant County inspires girls to be strong, smart, and bold. The agency uses research-based curricula delivered by trained mentors in a positive all-girl environment to help girls navigate gender, economic, and social barriers. Funding is requested for Operation SMART, which provides more than 3,200 girls with engaging activities and mentoring to showcase STEM topics and career opportunities. Funding is also requested for the Literacy Initiative, an afterschool partnership with Arlington ISD that works with 75 economically disadvantaged, primarily Hispanic girls in grades K-3 to build strong literacy skills.
www.girlsinctarrant.org
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Good Shepherd Episcopal School
Good Shepherd Episcopal School inspires children to learn with confidence, serve with compassion, and lead with courage. The school is located in Dallas and serves students in pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade. Funding is requested for the K-12 Educator Design Thinking Workshop, a partnership with Stanford University's Hasso Plattner Institute of Design and Momentous Institute. The workshop will teach 60 educators from public and independent schools about the design thinking process, a flexible framework for creativity and innovation that can be used with any subject matter.
www.gseschooldallas.org
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Great Hearts Texas
Great Heart Texas operates a network of K-12 public charter schools founded upon the classical ideals of truth, beauty, and goodness. The Great Hearts Irving campus currently serves more than 700 students in grades K-8. Funding is requested to expand the grade levels and number of students served in North Texas; purchase the Spalding Phonics and Singapore Math curricula, which will include teacher training, coaching, and teacher and student textbooks; and offer financial support for uniforms, school supplies, books, and afterschool programming for students from low-income families.
www.greatheartstx.org
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H.O.P.E. Tutoring Center
H.O.P.E. (Helping Our Pupils Excel) Tutoring Center, located in Arlington, provides free tutoring to children in grades 3-8 in a safe learning environment. The agency began as a community outreach project of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in 1996 and now provides tutoring to about 170 students at six afterschool sites and to 95 students during four summer programs. Support is requested for part-time staff salaries; summer program supplies, including snacks, rulers, calculators, pencils, and flash cards that students get to take home; and office supplies for mailings, volunteer training, and student registration.
www.hopetutoring.com
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Head Start of Greater Dallas
Head Start of Greater Dallas provides children with the foundation of skills and knowledge they need to be successful in school and life and fosters self-reliant families and communities. The agency serves more than 4,100 children and their families at 42 childcare centers in low-income areas across Dallas County. Funding is requested for professional development for teachers on educating children who are dual language learners, upgraded security systems at 16 childcare centers, and a new school bus for use during field trips.
www.hsgd.org
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Heart House
Heart House is a free year-round academic enrichment program that provides safety, education, and opportunity to 120 refugee and economically disadvantaged youth in the Vickery Meadow community of Dallas. Funding is requested for the parent engagement program, which educates newcomer refugee community members about parental rights, roles, and responsibilities in the U.S. education system and assists them with becoming involved in their child(ren)'s education. Funding is also requested for the Head, Heart and Hands (H3) program, an afterschool program that encourages children to explore academics creatively, strengthen reading and English skills, and develop strong social emotional health.
www.hearthousedallas.org
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Hendrick Scholarship Foundation
The Hendrick Scholarship Foundation provides low-income youth who have overcome adversity with support for success after high school. The organization was founded in 1991 in honor of Dr. H. Wayne Hendrick when he retired as superintendent from the Plano Independent School District and currently supports about 50 students who graduated from one of Plano's three public high schools. Funding is requested for student scholarships, life skills workshops for scholarship recipients, and general operating expenses.
www.hendrickscholarship.org
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Heritage Farmstead Museum
Located in Plano, the mission of the Heritage Farmstead Museum is to collect, preserve and interpret late 19th century Blackland Prairie history, while making use of the authentically restored Farrell-Wilson Farmstead, a designated historic site. Funding is requested to support the museum's $9 million site restoration and plan to improve existing education areas, creating new interactive learning stations to teach visitors about the importance of farming and agricultural science. The multi-phase project is expected to be completed by 2021.
www.heritagefarmstead.org
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Heritage School of Texas
Heritage School of Texas provides a challenging, Christian education to students of average to above average ability who have learning differences. The school is located in North Dallas and serves about 50 students in grades 1-8 each year. Funding is requested for language and math curricula, as well as workbooks and materials to support instruction; a school-wide iPad program, which will increase access to visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning opportunities for each student; and language-focused professional development for teachers and language therapists on staff.
www.heritagestx.org
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Irving Schools Foundation
Irving Schools Foundation provides financial resources to maximize educational opportunities for teachers and students in Irving ISD. The Foundation funds programs, scholarships, and activities that enhance creativity, leadership, and academic success. Funding is requested for accessible technology to help visually impaired students develop literacy skills during out of school time; a summer technology enrichment camp for visually impaired children, which offers an opportunity for 56 students to learn how to use accessible technology and build skills for independence; and Braille translation technology that would allow teachers to convert standard worksheets and documents into Braille for visually impaired students.
www.irvingschoolsfoundation.org
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Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Museum
The Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Museum was established in 2014 to honor the legacy of Mrs. Kathlyn Joy Gilliam, one of Dallas’ most courageous civil rights leaders and a champion for quality education. The Museum is housed in late Mrs. Gilliam’s former home in South Dallas and displays her awards, books, writings, and photos. Once fully developed it will also provide a space for computer literacy initiatives, youth and adult literacy initiatives, a youth debate program, and community events. Funding is requested for three smart televisions for the Museum’s reading resource room and ten laptop computers to support programming for both youth and seniors. Funding is also requested for general operating support.
www.kathlynjoygilliammuseum.org
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KidLinks
KidLinks works to reduce the trauma of childhood hospitalization and chronic illness through Therapeutic Music Entertainment (TME). KidLinks has provided TME to 75,000 children in Dallas-Fort Worth-area hospitals over the past 32 years and now offers its musical experience at no cost to children, parents and hospital staff via the online Hugworks Children’s Network. Funding is requested to develop a library of online storybooks that explore themes with meaningful therapeutic value; translate six KidLinks songs in Spanish and produce high-quality recordings by native Spanish speakers; and create affordable, online continuing education opportunities for board-certified music therapists.
www.thekidlinks.org
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Kids On the Land
Kids on the Land (KOL) is an outdoor education program designed to teach children about the region where they live, connecting them to the land and a more sustainable future. KOL serves 1,250 students statewide and reaches about 660 North Texas students each year, 98% of whom qualify for free and reduced lunch. Funding is requested for general program support, as well as for creating a sustainable outdoor learning area at the Harmony School of Nature in southwest Dallas.
www.kidsontheland.org
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Kids Vision for Life
Essilor Vision Foundation is committed to eliminating poor vision and its lifelong consequences. Its primary program, Kids Vision for Life, works to establish strategic, local partnerships in communities throughout the U.S. to increase access to vision services for underserved students. Funding is requested for city-wide Vision Fests in Dallas, Farmers Branch, and Fort Worth that will promote awareness of vision impairment prevention and offer vision examinations and glasses to up to 1,000 students in Dallas and Tarrant Counties. Funding is also requested for annual maintenance and repair of the Greater Dallas Mobile Vision Clinic, which provides vision screenings to more than 27,000 students in Dallas-area Title I schools, 5,000 of whom receive full eye exams and glasses. Finally, funding is requested for the costs of conducting screenings and exams at more than 300 school sites in Dallas and Tarrant Counties.
www.essilorvisionfoundation.org
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Lake Country Christian School
Lake Country Christian School (LCCS) prepares students to be respectful and informed citizens, creative critical thinkers, and strong leaders. The school serves 450 students in Pre-K through grade 12 from across Fort Worth. Funding is requested for a new service project that will provide “blessing bags” containing nutritious, non-perishable food items to 200 economically disadvantaged students in either Saginaw ISD or Eagle Mountain Lake ISD. Students in the LCCS Lower School will deliver the bags each Friday that school is in session.
www.lccs.org
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Lakehill Preparatory School
Lakehill Preparatory School challenges students to navigate a diverse and ever-changing world by providing them with the opportunity to develop robust academic skills and to cultivate unique talents. The school, located in East Dallas, was founded in 1971 and serves students in kindergarten through grade 12. Capital funding is requested to expand and renovate the original school building. Plans include adding 16,000 feet of new space that will include new classrooms, administrative offices, meeting rooms, and labs.
www.lakehillprep.org
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Leadership ISD
Leadership ISD recruits, informs, and empowers citizen leaders to advocate for public schools. Funding is requested for its Fellows Program, a 10-month civic leadership program that will train 40 community and business stakeholders this year. Funding would allow Leadership ISD to add a Saturday cohort to make the program more accessible to young professionals and educators. Funding is also requested for Leadership ISD Governance 201, a development and support network that provides school board trustees and trustee candidates with data, research, and access to Leadership ISD alumni and current Fellows. Finally, funding is requested for the Emerging Leaders and Family Engagement program, a six-month training program for up to 50 parent advocates and community liaisons focusing on advocacy skills, resource management, and community building.
www.leadershipisd.org
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Liberty Christian School
Liberty Christian School was founded in 1983 with the vision of offering a quality preparatory education in a Christian environment. The school is located in Argyle and enrolls almost 1,300 students in preschool through grade 12. Funding is requested for a 1,000-seat worship and performing arts auditorium that will be used for performances, monthly chapel services, guest lectures, academic competitions, student and parent orientations and community events.
www.libertychristian.com
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Life Schools
Life School’s mission is to train leaders with life skills for the 21st century through strong academics, character training, and a parenting program. The public charter school network is comprised of seven campuses that serve more than 5,300 students in Dallas and Ellis counties. Funding is requested for a tablet for each of the 560 students in grades K-4 and a laptop for each of the 970 students in grades 5-12. Funding is also requested for musical instruments for the middle and high school bands and construction of a new gym at the Cedar Hill Elementary campus.
www.lifeschools.net
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Literacy Instruction for Texas (LIFT)
Literacy Instruction for Texas (LIFT) works to enhance lives and strengthen communities by teaching adults to read. The organization was founded by the Greater Dallas section of the National Council of Jewish Women in 1961 and now provides three core programs: Adult Basic and Literacy Education, GED preparation, and English as a Second Language. Ninety-eight percent of LIFT's 3,000 students live at or below the federal poverty line, and 93% are racial minorities. Funding is requested for a smartphone game app designed to teach low-literate adults to read, which LIFT is developing in collaboration with the SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Guildhall, SMU’s digital game development education program. Funding is also requested for LIFT’s first ever public awareness campaign that will address rising adult illiteracy rates in Dallas and offer LIFT’s programs as the primary solution.
www.lift-texas.org
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Love Never Fails International
Love Never Fails International (LNFI) exists to provide “a hand up, not a hand out” to at-risk and impoverished children through positive, caring relationships and educational support. LFNI anticipates providing afterschool care to over 240 children in Fort Worth ISD this year. Funding is requested to establish a new in-school mentoring program for elementary students that will focus on improving educational outcomes and decrease the number of discipline referrals at school.
www.lnfi.org
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Lucas Christian Academy
Lucas Christian Academy strives to transform lives through academics, athletics, servant leadership, and the arts. Established in 1999 in Lucas, Texas, the school offers a Christian education to about 450 students in grades K-12. Capital funding is requested for the new secure, technologically equipped school campus. Funding is also requested for a four-year faculty and staff professional development program that will focus on integrating technology with curriculum. Finally, funding is requested to purchase computers and photo and video editing software for a new multimedia small group for female secondary students that will offer instruction on media organization, video editing and production, and print design.
www.lucaschristianacademy.com
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Lumin Education
Lumin Education’s mission is to transform education by starting young, involving parents, and creating learning environments to inspire children from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds. The organization operates four early childhood learning centers in Dallas neighborhoods that struggle with poverty, illiteracy, and high dropout rates. Funding is requested for the Before Age Six (B4Six) Program, which provides more than 450 children under age six with a foundation for success in both school and life through personalized and group instruction for parents and children. Capital funding is also requested for new classrooms at campuses in the Bachman Lake and West Dallas neighborhoods and a new building in the Old East Dallas neighborhood, all of which will allow Lumin to increase its capacity to serve additional students.
www.lumineducation.org
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Making Connections
Making Connections, Inc. is a cultural education organization dedicated to ensuring children’s success by connecting families with schools, teaching parents the importance of participating in their children’s education, embracing cultural heritage to increase children’s self-esteem, and building youth leadership. Funding is requested to present “La Cultura Cura,” a community-based multi-cultural education program that teaches youth and parents the importance of valuing cultural heritage and continuing their education, at L.G. Pinkston High School in West Dallas. The training will be presented as a series of weekly cultural education workshops and will reach 974 students, 72% of whom are Hispanic or Latino and 27% of whom are African American. Funding is also requested to present “Caribbean Roots,” a cultural program that offers hands-on activities that support learning about art, mask making, history, geography, storytelling, and dancing, at four Dallas ISD schools. “Caribbean Roots” has been presented at St. Philips School and Community Center, Arcadia Park Library, West Dallas Bataan Center, and several Dallas ISD schools.
www.makingconnectionsinc.org
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Mary Immaculate School
Mary Immaculate School operates within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas and strives to provide academic excellence in a Catholic and Christ-centered environment. The school was established in 1959 in Farmers Branch and has grown to serve about 475 students in Kindergarten through eighth grade, 350 of whom hail from Dallas and Denton counties. Capital funding is requested for electrical and security system improvements to the 55-year old junior high school building. Funding is also requested for Love and Logic Training for teachers, which offers positive techniques for maintaining calm and effective classrooms, as well as grade-specific field trips and speakers to enrich what students learn in the classroom.
www.mischool.org
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McKinney Education Foundation
McKinney Education Foundation’s (MEF) mission is to inspire and assist McKinney ISD students and teachers to achieve excellence. MEF was established in 1991 to better coordinate scholarships being offered by local businesses and organizations and has grown to offer scholarships, classroom and professional development grants, fellowship opportunities for McKinney ISD alumni, and on-campus college advising. Funding is requested for grants for teachers who are piloting innovative new programs or who are seeking additional professional development; MEF Advisors, higher education admissions specialists at each McKinney high school that guide parents and students through college, scholarship, and financial aid applications; and college scholarships for McKinney ISD graduating seniors.
www.mmeeff.com
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Mi Escuelita Preschool
Mi Escuelita Preschool provides comprehensive early childhood education to low-income, at-risk children in the Dallas area. The organization uses an English language immersion approach to prepare students from all cultures for academic success in English-only Kindergarten classrooms. It will enroll over 600 students during the 2016-17 school year, about half of whom come from families with incomes lower than $24,850 and receive significant tuition support from Head Start. The remaining students, who come from families considered to be “working poor,” enroll on a private pay basis but typically pay just under 40% of full tuition costs. Funding is requested to cover the tuition gap between what families pay and the actual cost of services.
www.miescuelita.org
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Momentous Institute
Momentous Institute works to build and repair social emotional health in children and families who experience toxic stress due to poverty or trauma. The agency directly serves more than 6,000 Dallas area children and family members annually through mental health and educational programming, including a Pre-K-5 school in Oak Cliff, and is also expanding its reach by investing in training and research for dissemination to education and mental health professionals nationwide. Funding is requested for two additional Huddle Up program group leaders for Momentous’ eight-week, in-school therapeutic group interventions for students with emotional and behavioral difficulties; two additional trainers to provide professional development on building and repairing social emotional health to educational professionals; and renovations to Momentous School’s library that will provide students expanded access to digital technology.
www.momentousinstitute.org
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Montessori Institute for North Texas
Montessori Institute of North Texas (MINT) strives to better the lives of all children through teacher training programs accredited by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) and to expand the awareness of Montessori principles in society. MINT has existed for more than 10 years to train and certify North Texas teachers in the Montessori method, which is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning, and collaborative play. Funding is requested for MINT’s professional development program for 270 Montessori public school educators in Dallas ISD, Garland ISD, and at Lumin Education schools; furniture, equipment and teaching materials for a new Montessori elementary teacher certification course that will begin in summer 2017 and certify between 140 and 300 teachers; and scholarships to offset training costs for Montessori teachers who will work with low-income or vulnerable student populations.
www.montessori-mint.org
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National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity
National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) works to build educators’ capacity to implement effective solutions for increasing educational equity and workforce diversity. NAPE has a strategic focus on STEM subjects, and has demonstrated measurable impact on academic performance of students taught by NAPE-trained teachers. Funding is requested to provide the STEM Equity Micromessaging program, which trains teachers on how to create equitable learning environments where each student can thrive, to 50 education staff from Dallas-Fort Worth-area nonprofit agencies with STEM/STEAM priorities. Funding is also requested to offer the new Action Research for Equity (AR4E) toolkit and workshop to 40 in-service and pre-service educators locally, with the goal of training educators to solve equity issues reflectively and collaboratively. Finally, funding is requested to certify 10 educators as “Local Collaborative Equity Leaders” to facilitate professional learning communities aimed at improving equitable classroom practices in their schools.
www.napequity.org
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National Center for Policy Analysis
Established in 1983, the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) is a non-partisan think tank, designed to promote innovative, free-market solutions to public policy problems. In addition to educating policymakers, media, and the general public about the nation's policy challenges, NCPA feels strongly about the importance of empowering tomorrow's leaders by supporting youth who are eager to participate in the public policy discourse. Since 1996, NCPA's Debate Central has provided free resources to middle and high school debaters and coaches. In 2015, more than 2.9 million debaters and coaches used Debate Central as a resource. Multi-year academic studies show debaters are more likely to graduate on time, more likely to meet ACT college-readiness benchmarks, and had greater gains in cumulative grade point average over the course of high school relative to comparable peers. Funding is requested to host "Train the Coach" workshops as part of Debate Central and to continue providing support services to debate coaches in low-income Dallas ISD schools.
www.ncpa.org
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North Central Texas College Foundation
North Central Texas College Foundation connects North Central Texas College (NCTC) students with scholarships, programs, and activities that promote student success and institutional excellence. NCTC was established in 1924 as Cooke County College and now serves students at five campuses in Cooke, Denton, and Montague counties. Funding is requested for a no-cost academic rescue course for students who are at risk of withdrawing from the associate degree of nursing program; scholarships for at least 10% of enrolled students from Denton County, including scholarships to nursing students and to female students pursuing STEM fields of study; and a new endowed student emergency fund that will provide aid to students who experience a financial crisis while enrolled at NCTC.
www.nctc.edu/Foundation
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North Fort Worth Historical Society
North Fort Worth Historical Society was founded in 1976 to preserve and perpetuate the rich history of North Fort Worth and the Fort Worth Stockyards. The Society established the Stockyards Museum in 1989 to educate visitors about the significance of the livestock and other industries, and it serves more than 25,000 visitors annually. Funding is requested to expand the Museum’s inventory of books and souvenirs available for sale and for the Saints and Sinners Annual Cemetery Tour, an annual fundraiser held each October. General operating support is also requested.
www.stockyardsmuseum.org
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Notre Dame School of Dallas
Notre Dame School educates students with intellectual disabilities and facilitates their integration into society. Funding is requested for a Financial Aid Program for up to fifty qualified students. In addition, funds are requested for 20 iPads and reading apps, opening up a world of accessibility for students who have difficulty using a mouse. Notre Dame currently serves 150 students.
www.notredameschool.org
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Perot Museum of Nature and Science
The mission of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is to inspire minds through nature and science. The Museum is located in Dallas’ Victory Park neighborhood and serves 1.2 million people annually, half of whom are children, through its permanent exhibit halls, temporary exhibitions, digital films, outreach in schools, summer day camps, special programs for both children and adults, and professional development workshops for educators. Funding is requested for the STEM Teacher Institute, which provides 160 teachers each year with high-quality professional development to increase their confidence, competence and creativity in teaching STEM subjects. Funding is also requested to provide financial aid for field trips and school-site programming for schools with large economically disadvantaged student populations. Finally, funding is requested for the Community Partners Program, which increases access to museum experiences among economically disadvantaged families by offering $1 summer admission.
www.perotmuseum.org
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Plano ISD Education Foundation
Plano ISD Education Foundation (PISDEF) is committed to helping all students in Plano ISD achieve their full potential by providing financial support for educators and student programs. PISDEF was founded in 1993 and continues to support programs that are not included in the annual district budget. Funding is requested for a new robotics program, which will feature 27 competitive robotics teams on nine elementary and middle school campuses; the Plano Family Literacy School, a program designed to develop life, literacy, and parenting skills among families living in poverty; and tuition costs of the annual three-day experiential Outdoor Learning Camp that serves 4,000 fifth graders each year.
www.pisdeducationfoundation.org
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Project Standup
Project Standup was founded more than 15 years ago to empower disadvantaged learners from a variety of backgrounds to be successful in schools, college, careers, and communities. The organization provides tutoring, educational seminars, parenting workshops, job and career assistance to disadvantaged youth and adults, from a variety of at-risk environments. Funding is requested for club membership scholarships, which provide access to tutoring, computer portals, and IT support etc. Funding is additionally requested for equipment and incentives for students such as small tokens and prizes awarded for good work. Funding is finally requested for printing expenses for workbooks and software.
www.projectstandup.org
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Readers 2 Leaders
Readers 2 Leaders (R2L) works to develop and grow the reading skills of West Dallas children ages 3-10 so that they succeed in school, graduate, and leave school prepared to live productive lives. Funding is requested for the Team Read in-school program, which provides children on five Dallas ISD campuses with 120 minutes of reading tutoring each week for 35 weeks; the Team Read afterschool program at Booktown, R2L’s family literacy center, that provides eight hours of afterschool reading tutoring to students in grades K-5 each week; and the purchase of new books, computers and technology, and Saturday Storytime programming at Booktown.
www.readers2leaders.org
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REAL School Gardens
REAL School Gardens partners with elementary schools with large low-income student populations to build outdoor classrooms and train teachers to use these outdoor spaces to improve academic achievement. The organization began in 2003 as a program of the Rainwater Charitable Foundation in Fort Worth and has since incorporated as an independent organization and expanded to serve more than 100 elementary schools across North Texas. Funding is requested to expand the program to 17 new partner schools. Six of the new partner schools will receive the "Build & Train" program, which works collaboratively with schools to design and build custom campus gardens and then facilitates three years of professional development to train school staff on how to use the gardens to increase student engagement. Eleven schools which already have learning gardens or outdoor classrooms will receive the "Training & Support" program, a compressed version of the Built & Train professional development that is delivered in two years. Expanded programming at these sites will serve an additional 595 teachers and 8,500 students.
www.realschoolgardens.org
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Reasoning Mind
Reasoning Mind's mission is to provide a first-rate math education for every child. The organization offers an interactive, online mathematics curriculum for elementary and middle school students that is used by more than 100,000 students across 12 states. Program support is requested to deliver the curriculum to 40,000 public, private, and charter school students and 1,000 teachers in North Texas, the majority of whom are second- through fifth-grade students enrolled in Dallas ISD.
www.reasoningmind.org
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Richardson Adult Literacy Center
Richardson Adult Literacy Center (RALC) works to transform lives by providing English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction to adults who live or work in the northern half of Dallas County. Program support is requested for RALC's two core literacy programs: ESL for Parents and ESL for Adults. ESL for Parents works with Richardson ISD parents to improve their English proficiency in order to become more engaged in their children's education. ESL for Adults offers leveled, semester-based classes to adults in the Richardson community so that they can achieve their goals, including obtaining better jobs, gaining greater economic security, and receiving U.S. citizenship. The two programs will collectively serve about 700 adults this year.
www.ralc.org
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RISD Excellence in Education Foundation
RISD Excellence in Education Foundation, Inc. exists to promote enrichment, innovation and excellence in education throughout the Richardson Independent School District. The Foundation raises funds for district initiatives not covered by public funds, recognition of excellent teachers and administrators, and scholarships for students pursuing post-secondary education. Funding is requested to implement the Districts in Action community-focused service learning program, a new initiative developed through a collaboration between the National Center for Learning and Civic Engagement and the National Youth Leadership Council. The initiative will provide professional development to 47 teachers who will then lead 1,087 students in grades 6-8 through inquiry-based projects that address local community issues.
www.risdfoundation.org
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Rivertree Academy
Rivertree Academy, Inc. is a private Christian school in Fort Worth that provides under-resourced students in the Lake Como neighborhood with community-funded private education. The school currently serves 46 students in grades Pre-K-2 and plans to expand to serve 70 students in grades Pre-K-5 during the 2016-17 school year. It is also converting the former Timberview Golf Club into a sustainable farm and ranch operation that will support student curricula and character building activities. Capital funding is requested to construct an additional four new classrooms and designated office space, as well as equipment for establishing the new farm campus. Support is also requested for scholarships to bridge the gap between the sliding-scale tuition families pay and the full cost of educating each student.
www.rivertreeacademy.org
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Royse City ISD Education Foundation
Royse City ISD Education Foundation's mission is to generate and distribute resources to Royse City ISD to enrich teaching, inspire learning and advance innovative and creative programs needed to cultivate a passion for learning. The Foundation primarily makes grants to encourage innovative teaching practices. Funding is requested for the Technology Initiative, which will ensure that each of the 5,200 students in Royse City ISD has a hand held device (i.e., an iPad or similar device) to support engagement in the classroom and at home.
www.rcisdfoundation.com
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Saint Francis Montessori Irving
Saint Francis Montessori Irving was established in 2009 to meet the desire for affordable Montessori education in Irving. The private school educates 67 children ages 2 1/2 - 9 in accordance with the standards of the Association Montessori Internationale, the custodial organization for the Montessori philosophy and pedagogy. It also offers the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a Catholic religious education program, to 60 students from across the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Capital support is requested to fund the costs of the existing campus, as well as to add new classrooms in order to accommodate students currently on the school's wait list. Support is also requested for establishing a scholarship fund for children from families with financial need.
www.stfrancisirving.org
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Sci-Tech Discovery Center
Sci-Tech Discovery Center provides dynamic educational experiences that inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to embrace discovery and innovation through the active exploration of science. Program funding is requested for the Girl POWER (Physics, Outcomes, Wonder, Engineering, Results) program, a new program for 100 girls in grades 2-5 at Central Elementary in Lewisville, Texas. Girls will explore a different scientific field of study each week, including visits from women currently in STEM careers. Funding is also requested for the First Lego League Robotics program, in which up to three teams of eight students in Collin County Title I schools will learn about STEM careers while working together to design, build and program a robot. Finally, funding is requested for Sci-Tech’s Maker Space, where students ages 3-13 can participate in a variety of hands-on design and building projects.
www.mindstretchingfun.org
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Southern Methodist University - Budd Center
Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at SMU works to create and disseminate knowledge and to engage communities in education transformation. The Simmons School’s Budd Center works to equip schools and communities to work together to assess and meet the interconnected needs of children in poverty in order to close the achievement gap. The Budd Center’s flagship program is The School Zone (TSZ), a data-driven, collaborative, multi-year framework through which 32 social service nonprofit agencies and 16 schools in West Dallas work together to meet student needs, improve student performance, raise graduation rates, and increase college and career readiness. Funding is requested for the Resource Management Initiative, which uses regular electronic reports that contain updates on student indicators of academic, social, and emotional well-being to support TSZ nonprofit agency members as they respond to student need. Funding is also requested to train at least 1,000 students at two West Dallas TSZ schools in Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), an approach to developing healthy social and emotional skills. Finally, funding is requested for the Early Learners Excellence Initiative (ELEI), an evidence-based strategy designed to ensure children in Pre-K –grade 2 have a strong social and emotional foundation to prepare them for academic success.
www.smu.edu
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Southern Methodist University - Department of Disability Accommodations and Success Strategies
Southern Methodist University's mission is to be a leading private institution of higher learning that expands knowledge through research and teaching. The SMU Department of Disability Accommodations and Success Strategies (DASS) serves more than 650 students with disabilities, providing resources beyond the legally-required accommodations. Of these students, half are identified as having a learning disability. DASS has recently piloted Kurzwill 3000, an online text-to-speech program that helps those with reading difficulties and also includes a writing and study platform. Based on positive feedback from the nearly 300 students who participated in the pilot, funds are requested to support a multi-year license for all SMU students to access the program.
www.smu.edu
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Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary assists the churches of the Southern Baptist Convention by educating men and women for their respective ministries. The Seminary was established as part of the Department of Theology at Baylor University in 1908 and has operated in Fort Worth since 1910. It enrolls nearly 3,200 students. Capital support is requested for renovations to the music department’s auditorium, including a digital audio and recording system and the installation of a new pipe organ. Capital support is also requested to install 10 blue light security poles in order to improve student access to security personnel in the event of an emergency. Finally, funding is requested for student scholarships.
www.swbts.edu
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St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School was founded in 2000 as an educational ministry of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Keller. The school works to develop each child spiritually, physically and academically in a Christ-centered environment. Currently, 533 students are enrolled in grades Pre-K through 8. Funding is requested for professional development and support materials for faculty who provide differentiated instruction to students with a variety of learning styles, including students with learning differences. Funding is also requested for technological upgrades for both student and teacher devices, as well as for student transportation to the Future Servant Leaders service learning program at Catholic Charities of Fort Worth.
www.seascs.net
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St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic School
St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic School is located in Southwest Dallas and strives to provide an academically rigorous education within the tradition of the Catholic Church. The school was founded in 1958 and has since grown to enroll about 300 students. Funding is requested for two state-of-the-art science labs to support its partnership with Notre Dame University to enrich STEM opportunities for its students. Funding is also requested to renovate the downstairs restroom, as well as to purchase and install a new school-wide intercom system.
www.saintspride.com
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St. Matthew's Cathedral
St. Matthew's Cathedral is the oldest Episcopal Congregation in North Texas. Its ministries serve economically disadvantaged members of the East Dallas community and include the Aberg Center for Literacy, Mi Escuelita Preschool, and Bishop's Camp. Funding is requested for Bishop's Camp, a summer academic enrichment program that serves 200 at-risk East Dallas students age 6-14, 86% of whom are Hispanic. Participants receive 210 hours of math, reading, arts, and technology education over the seven-week program. Participants also receive a nutritious lunch each day through Dallas ISD’s Summer Meals for Kids program, and parents of participants receive bilingual parent education through the Aberg Center for Literacy family literacy program.
www.bishopscampdallas.org
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St. Philip's School & Community Center
St. Philips School & Community Center strives to provide an unparalleled experience to families in Southern Dallas through faith-based education and community services, with an emphasis on impacting low and moderate income families. St. Philip’s was established as an Episcopal Church in the late 1940’s and has since expanded services to include a Pre-K-6 school, community food pantry, community afterschool care program, and children’s clinic. Capital support is requested for improvements to the school building and gymnasium, including upgrades to flooring, the roof, and ceiling repair, as well as age-appropriate improvements to the campus’ playground areas. Funding is also requested for technology upgrades necessary to expand STEM education offerings. Finally, funding is requested for tuition assistance for students seeking enrollment in St. Philip’s School and/or afterschool care program.
www.stphilips1600.org
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St. Pius X Early Care and Education Center
St. Pius X Early Care and Education Center strives to provide quality, affordable, and loving childcare for working families that is centered on Christian teachings. The Center is located in Mesquite and operates programs for traditional early childcare, preschool education, and afterschool and summer care for children from infancy through age 12. Funding is requested to continue the use of the GOLDplus assessment tool, which is used to assess students in several domains, including social-emotional, physical, language, cognitive, literacy and mathematics progress.
www.spxearlycare.org
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St. Simon's After-School
St. Simon’s After-School works to support economically disadvantaged elementary school children and their families. St. Simon’s currently provides free afterschool care to 700 students at 15 Dallas ISD schools, 90% of whom are Hispanic or African American and 50% of whom have limited English proficiency. Students in the program receive academic support, recreational activities, and a nutritious snack every school day. Students who are behind in reading also receive individualized tutoring. Funding is requested for general operating support.
www.stsimonsafterschool.com
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STAR Sponsorship Program
STAR (Success Through Academic Readiness) Sponsorship Program exists to provide a solid academic foundation for low-income, elementary school-aged children in Tarrant County through scholarships for private education. The organization was founded in 1993 and currently provides partial scholarships to 115 students. Support is requested for student scholarships.
www.starcsffw.org
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Teaching Trust
Teaching Trust envisions a community of leaders who have the capacity to transform schools and eliminate the achievement gap to ensure all children have an extraordinary education. Founded in 2010, Teaching Trust set out to radically rethink how school leaders are prepared and supported as they strive to bring about dramatic and lasting improvements in student achievements. In order to improve DISD schools, Teaching Trust developed three programs to build the leadership skills necessary for transformational change: Aspiring Ed Program for future principals, Executive Ed for Team for school leadership teams, and Ed Fellows for teacher leaders. The agency currently serves 300 principals and teacher leaders in 103 schools, who impact 60,000 students annually. Funding is requested to maintain and grow program capacity to continue serving the teachers and future leaders of Dallas ISD.
www.teachingtrust.org
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Texans Can Academies
Texans Can Academies is a dropout recovery program that works to help all students earn their high school diploma and ensure their economic independence. With 11, soon to be 13, campuses across Texas, Texas Can Academies provides all of its students with free breakfast and lunch, transportation passes, eye exams and glasses, immunizations, school uniforms, and access to early childhood development centers. Texas Can Academies has a 91% graduation rate and currently serves 4,640 students statewide. Funding is requested to expand the agency's use of the Feurstein's Instrumental Enrichment (FIE) curriculum, including the tools and materials necessary for training teachers and implementing the curriculum at all campuses.
www.texanscan.org
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Texas Discovery Gardens
Located in Fair Park, Texas Discovery Gardens demonstrates and teaches organic, water-efficient gardening practices with a focus on native and adapted plants. Since 1941, Texas Discovery Gardens has provided educational programming for both children and adults to help them discover and learn to sustain the natural world. Each year, Texas Discovery Garden teaches 7,500 students valuable science skills and concepts, such as the life and water cycles, plant biology, and environmental science. Funding is requested for the Growing Green program, a new program that emphasizes science skills, natural resource literacy and critical thinking among at-risk students in 4th and 5th grade in Dallas. Funding will support transportation fees, curriculum development, program evaluation, and supplies.
www.texasdiscoverygardens.org
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The Artist Outreach
The Artist Outreach works to change the educational, emotional, and financial futures of students through creative arts programs provided to schools and advocacy centers. Funding is requested for the Streamliners program which provides services to schools as supplemental education through cross-curricular integration, reinforcing teacher lessons with strong emphasis on imaginative and playful techniques.
www.theartistoutreach.org
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Texas Loves Children
Texas Loves Children (TLC) works to improve case outcomes for abused and neglected children by enhancing the quality of legal services they receive. Many children in the custody of the state are abused mentally and physically and live in unstable environments. Attorneys are the only ones who have the ability to advocate for the child's rights, but many attorneys do not have the necessary training and education to recognize abuse and neglect. TLC requests program funding to expand attorney education efforts. Funding will be used to recruit attorneys to serve in the pro bono network, recruit experts to train attorneys, collaborate with other agencies that serve abused children, conduct awareness campaigns directed to lawyers, and prepare resource materials for TLC programming.
www.texasloveschildren.org
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The Cambridge School of Dallas
The Cambridge School of Dallas (CSD) is a college preparatory school committed to fostering a love of learning with a passion for Jesus Christ. Serving grades 6-12, the school is located in Northwest Dallas and currently enrolls children from more than 35 zip codes. 27% of students currently receive need-based financial aid. Funding is requested for updated technology, including 25 new computers for faculty, three library workstations, and two teacher workroom stations; financial aid for students; and the professional development fund, which allows the teaching faculty to pursue additional education and expand their ability to better serve their students.
www.cambridgedallas.org
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The Concilio
The Concilio (The Council) builds stronger communities by empowering parents to improve the education and health of their families. Since 1981, The Concilio has worked with other agencies to provide direct services and programs to help families overcome obstacles that interfere with their health and education. Last year, The Concilio served 11,000 individuals, 100% of whom were Hispanic. Funding is requested for the Parents as Leaders (PAL) program, which educates both parents and children simultaneously to help make families Kindergarten ready. The PAL program helps parents learn their role, rights, and responsibilities when preparing their children for kindergarten. The curriculum for children works to develop vocabulary motor skills, social and emotional skills, numeracy, and literacy.
www.theconcilio.org
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The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture
The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture works to enrich and deepen the practical life of the city with the wisdom and imagination of the humanities. The Institute offers programs for school teachers and principals, general courses of study, public and professional seminars, conferences, and civic involvement opportunities. Funding is requested to plan the renovation of the Institute's campus, which includes two structures built over 100 years ago, in order to ensure its historical integrity and character while increasing program capacity. Funding is also requested for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium, which brings a rich variety of voices offering insight and direction for the future of civil liberties, equality, and race relations. Finally, funding is requested for "What Makes a City," a public event bringing speakers, urban planners, and thinkers together to focus on issues relevant to Dallas and cities in general.
http://dallasinstitute.org/
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The K16 Ready Society, Inc.
Based in Fort Worth, The K16 Ready Society is a multi-disciplinary, community-based organization that seeks to help at-risk youth in Tarrant County. The K16 Ready Society offers stability, support, intensive case management, and a range of comprehensive services. Funding is requested for the mentoring program that works to correct maladaptive and anti-social behaviors among at-risk males and females ages 10-18.
www.tips-inc.org
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The Ladder Alliance
Established in 2002, The Ladder Alliance provides victims of domestic violence and low-income women with the tools and resources to lead independent and successful lives. Last year, the agency served more than 350 people. Funding is requested for the Basic Computer Skills Training (BCST) program, which includes instruction in keyboarding, Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, e-mail and Internet usage. Funding is also requested for the High School Equivalency Program (HSE) course, which helps women receive the education necessary for long-term employment. Finally, funding is requested for the Professional Office Skills Training (POST) program, which equips participants with advanced computer, business communication, customer service, and job search skills.
www.ladderalliance.org
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The Rise School of Dallas
Founded in 1998, The Rise School of Dallas provides quality education and therapy services to preschool children with and without developmental disabilities. The Rise School is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the only special needs school in Dallas to receive this prestigious recognition. Funding is requested for the Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy (PT & OT) program, which provides therapy services through a group-based therapy model to improve strength, balance, coordination, and sensory processing. The program also trains parents and teachers to carry over the program through the school day. Funding is also requested for financial aid services, which ensure students from all backgrounds have access to The Rise School. Finally, funding is requested for a safe, age-appropriate playground at the new Rise School facility collocated with the Park Cities YMCA.
www.risedallas.org
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The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
Since February 1989, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealy Plaza has chronicled the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy, interpreted the Dealy Plaza Natural Historical Landmark District and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza, and presented the contemporary culture within the context of presidential history. The museum requests funding to become a part of the Blue Star Museum Program, which offers free admission to military personnel and their families from Memorial Day to Labor Day. More than 2,000 museums nationwide take part in this program each year. Funding is also requested to digitize, categorize, and preserve 50,000 historical films, photographs, records, artifacts, and original materials related to the assassination of President Kennedy.
www.jfk.org
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The University of Texas at Arlington
Established in 1895, The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) is a comprehensive research, teaching, and public service institution whose mission is the advancement of knowledge and the pursuit of excellence. The Texas Nursing Workforce Shortage Coalition projects a shortage of nurses in Texas by 2020, and UTA College of Nursing and Health Innovation requests funding for its nursing scholarships and fellowships to meet the growing demand. Last year, the College awarded more than 3,300 nursing degrees and current enrollment exceeds 19,000 students. Funding is also requested for the Girlgeneering Camp, a week-long program which aims to increase interest in engineering careers among girls in grades 5-9 by combating stereotypes, developing relationships with mentors, and demonstrating the real-world social impact of engineering.
www.uta.edu
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Tom Joyner Foundation, Inc.
The Tom Joyner Foundation provides scholarships and partnerships in support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), their students, and their communities. Since its inception in 1989, the Foundation has awarded more than $50 million to more than 30,000 students across the United States and the Virgin Islands. Funding is requested to bring the "Giving Back: the Soul of Philanthropy" traveling exhibit and workshop series, a program designed for both new and seasoned donors, to Dallas. Workshops cover topics including cultural heritage, social responsibility, civic leadership, strategic giving, and community impact. Funding is also requested for the North Texas Student College Fair and Tour, which gives local high school students the opportunity to tour HBCUs. Finally, funding is requested for the Dallas Metroplex HBCU Scholarship Program, which awards scholarships to 150,000 graduating seniors attending HBCUs each year.
www.tomjoynerfoundation.org
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Trinity River Mission
Trinity River Mission (TRM) is a volunteer-based, community learning center that promotes literacy, encourages academic success, and develops life skills among disadvantaged youth in West Dallas. Funding is requested for the Homework Help program, which focuses on each child's personal and social-emotional needs. Participating K-5th grade students have access to daily homework assistance, daily STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) activities, and field trips to colleges and universities. Funding is also requested for TRM's tutoring program, which provides targeted weekly literacy instruction to incoming 2nd and 3rd graders who struggle with reading and beginning literacy tools to K-1st graders to ensure a solid foundation for reading.
www.trinityrivermission.org
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University of Dallas
The University of Dallas (UD) is dedicated to the pursuit of wisdom, truth, and virtue as the proper and primary ends of education. UD seeks to educate its students so they may develop intellectual and moral virtues, prepare themselves for life and work, and become leaders able to act responsibly for their own good and that of their family, community, country, and church. Funding is requested for the Cor Fund, which supports student scholarships, student development, health and wellness services, faculty development, and general campus enhancements. Funding is also requested for scholarships awarded to graduate students who will go on to teach theological studies and pastoral courses. Finally, funding is requested for construction of the new student services and administration facility.
www.udallas.edu
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University of Texas at Dallas - Academic Bridge Program
Founded in 1999, the University of Texas at Dallas - Academic Bridge Program (ABP) recruits and supports first-generation college students from low socioeconomic backgrounds that succeeded in Dallas-area urban high schools but need financial and academic assistance to persist in college. The program serves approximately 160 students annually. Funding is requested for tuition and books for students enrolled in ABP, tutoring to ensure the success of all students in the program, and stipends for interns, who are returning ABP students who serve as peer advisors for incoming ABP freshman.
www.utdallas.edu/academicbridge
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University of Texas at Dallas - Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies
The University of Texas at Dallas Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies offers UTD students and the broader Dallas community the opportunity to study first-hand accounts, literature, philosophy, and cultural and political aspects of the Holocaust and its aftermath. The Dallas Holocaust Museum and the Center have a formal partnership that offers education programs for both communities, teaching opportunities for graduate students, and potential docent training. This relationship provides the Holocaust Museum access to UTD's dedicated research library and resources, highly trained graduate students, and the faculty in the field of Holocaust Studies. Funding is requested to support student internships, expand the existing museum docent training, and a student-led exhibition about the Eichmann Trial, detailing the capture and prosecution of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann.
www.utdallas.edu/ackerman
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UNT Dallas Foundation
The University of North Texas Dallas Foundation (UNT Dallas) mobilizes philanthropic investment to support UNT Dallas' ability to provide an educational experience that transforms lives. UNT Dallas currently serves more than 2,600 students, 87% of whom are from Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, or Denton counties. Funding is requested for the Eureka Summer STEM Camp Program, held in conjunction with Girls Inc. of Dallas. The program presents STEM subjects as cohesive, integrated aspects of everyday life. Funding is also requested for the Caruth Police Institute, a collaboration between UNT Dallas and the Dallas Police Department to provide innovative professional development and leadership opportunities to police officers and other criminal justice practitioners in North Texas. Finally, funding is requested for scholarships and program development at the UNT Dallas College of Law, a new public law school located in downtown Dallas. The College aims to increase access to legal education through lower tuition rates for both full-time and evening students and address the need for legal services in underserved communities.
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Uplift Education
Founded in 1996, Uplift Education works to create and sustain public schools of excellence that empower students to reach their highest potential and inspire a lifelong love of learning, achievement, service, and responsible citizenship. Today, Uplift Education operates 34 schools on 17 campuses located in Arlington, Dallas, Irving, Fort Worth, Desoto, Grand Prairie. Funding is requested to implement the Education Energized program at Uplift Lee. The program is a collaboration with Grand Prairie ISD that allows families to choose one of three educational tracks: Uplift Education College Preparatory, International Baccalaureate program, or the traditional Grand Prairie ISD Dual Language program. Funding is also requested to partner with the Urban Teachers program to strengthen the pipeline of Uplift Teachers and leaders. Finally, funding is requested for the Reading Partners program, which aims to increase K-5th grade literacy through dedicated intervention.
www.uplifteducation.org
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Ursuline Academy of Dallas
Founded in 1874, the Ursuline Academy of Dallas is an independent, Catholic, college preparatory school for young women in grades 9-12. Educating students for 141 years, the Academy is the oldest continuously operating school in Dallas. Funding is requested to hire a professional learning coordinator to lead the Planned Professional Learning (PPL) program, which supports Ursuline educators' continued professional and academic development. Funding is also requested for student tuition assistance. Last year, Ursuline granted more than $1 million in financial assistance and merit awards. Finally, funding is requested for the digitization of archives to preserve Ursuline's most important collateral and historical materials.
www.ursulinedallas.org
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UT Dallas - Center for Children and Families
The University of Texas at Dallas' Center for Children and Families (CFF) was founded in 2008 with the mission of promoting optimal family and child development through research, practice, and outreach. CCF's research, educational, and clinical outreach programming is focused on three key initiatives: parenting healthy children, strengthening interpersonal relationships, and enhancing learning and thinking. Funding is requested for Juega Conmigo (Play with Me), a relationship-centered, playful-learning program for at-risk children up to three years of age and their parents. Juega Conmigo strengthens the child's foundation for school readiness and success by promoting positive parent-child relationships through guided play activities and supportive parenting conversations. Programming is offered in both English and Spanish in the Bachman Lake, Vickery Meadow, Pleasant Grove, and East Plano neighborhoods. Since the program's inception in 2011, Juega Conmigo has served over 800 children and 700 parents.
ccf.utdallas.edu
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Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation
The Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation was founded in 2007 to serve students in the highly diverse, low-income Vickery Meadow neighborhood located in northeastern Dallas. Funding is requested for the Eagle Scholars program, a college readiness program created to address the achievement gap for minority, low-income children. As Eagle Scholars, 7-12th grade students will receive five years of tutoring from a collaboration of community partners, including SMU, UTD, the Dallas Arboretum, and Toastmasters. Funding is also requested for the agency's scholarship program for 25 low-income students to attend higher education institutions. Many students receive tuition scholarships from colleges but are unable to afford the necessary supplies and books. The scholarship program offers funding for these non-tuition expenses.
www.vmydf.com
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VMLC
Established in 1997, Vickery Meadow Learning Center (VMLC) provides English literacy classes for non-English speaking adults in Vickery Meadow, West Dallas, and East Dallas neighborhoods. Funding is requested for the adult English literacy program, which provides free English literacy instruction and empowerment programs to approximately 1,200 immigrants and refugees each year. In the communities VMLC serves, about half of individuals are developing English proficiency. The program also offers free early childhood education programming, multiple levels of daytime and nighttime classes and a team of highly-trained volunteers to equip participants with the English literacy and life skills necessary to gain self-sufficiency. 80% of participants reported gaining, retaining, or improving employment after completion of the program.
www.vmlc.org
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Voice of Hope Ministries
Voice of Hope Ministries provides children living in West Dallas with strong role models, educational support, life skills, and family support services to help them become productive, Christian citizens. Additional resources include Bible study and support services for low-income seniors, and an emergency food pantry and social service referrals for families. Funding is requested for the ASPIRE afterschool program in partnership with the Uplift Education campuses Heights Preparatory Primary, Heights Preparatory Secondary, and Uplift Gradus. ASPIRE offers activities designed for character development, spiritual growth, direct academic instruction, and physical recreation in a supportive, learning environment. Funding is also requested for the summer day camp, established to provide a safe haven for the children of West Dallas in the summer months. Programming includes Bible study, fitness, sports education, arts and crafts, academic support food services, and character development activities.
www.voiceofhope.org
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We Teach Science Foundation
Established in San Mateo County, CA, We Teach Science Foundation motivates, inspires, and mentors K-12 grade American public school students to achieve excellence in the science and math. Lack of basic proficiency in middle school level algebra is a leading indicator that a student may drop out prior to high school graduation. We Teach Science's sole program, Remote Tutoring and Mentoring (RTM) works to solidify the math and science foundation of students that is essential for high school graduation and college readiness. RTM matches STEM professionals with students for online, one-on-one sessions held at the student's school. Funding is requested for recruitment and retention of current Dallas area districts and schools, recruiting and training volunteer tutor-mentors, and the web-based interactive platform used during tutoring sessions.
www.weteachscience.org
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Wesley-Rankin Community Center
Wesley-Rankin Community Center (WRCC) has served West Dallas for more than 114 years through programs designed to address multigenerational needs. Funding is requested for the Wesley-Rankin Community School (WRCS), a Montessori school for students ages 0-5. As of 2015, 94% of program participants have graduated from high school and 89% attended or currently attend college. Funding is also requested for afterschool programming for K-12 grade students. Students receive homework help, a hot meal, math and reading enrichment, and various recreational activities. Finally, funding is requested for B3X (Beakers, Base 10, and the Beat) Summer Enrichment Camp, a seven-week summer camp for incoming 8th grade students. Students learn about science, math, music and art and participate in character development activities focused on social-emotional mental health.
www.wesleyrankin.org
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West Dallas Community School
Founded in 1995, West Dallas Community School (WDCS) provides Pre-K-8th grade students with a challenging, educational experience designed to help them live purposefully and intelligently. Since 2005, 100% of WDCS graduates have gone on to finish high school at some of the top schools in Dallas, including St. Marks, and the Hockaday School. WDCS uses a sliding scale tuition model based on annual household income and number of dependents to ensure every child has the opportunity to attend WDCS. Funding is requested to help cover the gap between the cost of educating each student and the amount paid by each family.
www.wdcschool.org
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Writing Center at University of Texas at Dallas
The Writing Center at the University of Texas at Dallas focuses was established to provide writing assistance to the school's culturally diverse population, which includes a large percentage of international students. During the 2014-2015 school year, the Center conducted more than 2,300 tutoring sessions with nearly 1,400 unique students. However, the Writing Center's services are limited to students only, and the staff would like to broaden its services to include residents of Dallas County. Therefore, the Center requests funding to develop a summer writing tutoring program in public libraries across the city. The program will launch in 2017 and will offer targeted help with college and job applications. The Center particularly hopes this new program will help refugees improve employment, since Dallas ranks as one of the top four areas in Texas for refugee resettlement.
www.utdallas.edu/studentssuccess/writing/index.html
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Year Up Dallas
Year Up Dallas' mission is to close the opportunity divide between young individuals and companies looking for a skilled workforce by providing urban adults with training, experience and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. The year-long program consists of an intensive, semester-long, skill-building experience characterized by intensive support and accountability, followed by a six-month professional internship. Year Up's model, which includes combining marketable job skills development, life skills training, stipends, paid internships, college credit, and a behavior management system, has demonstrated success with putting young people on the path to rewarding careers and higher education. Year Up has launched its newest program site with a cohort of 40 students at El Centro College in Dallas and currently seeks funding to help support launch costs, which include general operating support, student stipends for program participation, and student related costs, such as books, transportation, and child care.
www.yearup.org
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Young Women's Preparatory Network
Young Women's Preparatory Network (YWPN) supports single-gender, college preparatory, public education in Texas, giving young women the academic and leadership skills to be successful in college and in life. YWPN requests funding for the STEM Initiative, which hosts several programs and workshops year round to give girls continued exposure to STEM fields. Funding is also requested for Respect Starts Here - Listen, Learn, and Act (RSH), a communication development program designed to teach young women how to express their opinions and ideas, especially when it comes to sensitive topics such as race, gender, and ethnicity. Programming will be implemented at the Irma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School in Dallas and the Young Women's Leadership Academy at Arnold in Grand Prairie.
www.ywprep.org
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