Education

In Fall 2017, the Communities Foundation of Texas expert philanthropy team reviewed the following nonprofit agencies and offers them for your funding consideration:

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1 $ Wiser Consumer Education, Inc.
1 $ Wiser Consumer Education empowers individuals to take control of their personal finances and fiscal responsibility through consumer budgeting, credit, and personal finance education and counseling. Funds are requested for Know Before You Owe - Student Loans Program that will educate high school students and parents throughout Texas on the real costs and pitfalls of most of the financing options available for higher education.
www.1dollarwiser.com
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A+ Academy Secondary Charter School
A+ Academy is a tuition free public charter school. They are seeking funding for 1) New Black Box Theatre; and 2) "State of the Art Furnishings" to support its Pathways to College Program. It currently serves 410 students and has a 100% graduation rate. A+ Academy started in 2011 with 14 students. Currently serves 96 students (585% increase over 5 years).
www.apluscharterschools.org
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Aberg Center for Literacy
The Aberg Center for Literacy has programs in English fluency, Spanish and English high school equivalency preparation, early childhood education and family literacy. It primarily serves low-income Spanish speaking Latina mothers of DISD students. It is seeking funding for its: 1) Family Literacy Program; 2) Early Childhood Program; and 3) Dual-Generation Program.
www.abergcenter.org
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Academic Success Program Dallas
The Academic Success Program (ASP) focus is on getting students into college and helping them obtain adequate funding for college. It provides individualized college counseling to students. It primarily serves students in DISD schools. In total they serve students at 20 high schools in the DFW area. It is seeking funding for: 1) Support for three events in the coming year College Kickoff, College Signing Day and the Symposium for Multicultural Recruitment; and 2) day to day programing needs.
www.aspdallas.org
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Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies at UT Dallas
The Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies at UT Dallas serves students and the DFW community by teaching the history and legacy of the Holocaust. They are seeking funding for a new collaborative interactive citizen history project called "Confronting Our Histories, Changing our Future". The project's goal is to explore, document and curate the history of hate and racial/ethnic violence in DFW.
www.utdallas.edu/ackerman
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After-School All-Stars North Texas
The After School All Stars North Texas provides comprehensive after-school programs that keep children safe and help them achieve in school and life. the program is grounded in 3 pillars - academics, enrichment and health & fitness. They currently serve 565 students at five high need schools in Dallas County. They are adding one additional school site in the Fall of 2017. They are seeking funding for: 1) its STEM Expansion Program; and 2) CampUs-College Immersion Camp for rising 9th graders. At camp they are submerged into a college campus participating in high school readiness and college planning, career exploration and leadership training, and a business competition.
www.asasnorthtexas.org
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Alice Givens Jones Foundation
The Alice Givens Jones Foundation provides scholarships, technology, mentorship and support for visually impaired college and trade students. They are seeking funding for: 1) providing financial assistance in the form of scholarships, to visually-impaired college and trade school students in Dallas County; 2) creating a database of resources and mentors based on visual impairment, academic institution and demographic variables; and 3) funds to investigate changes in academic success based on the provision of technological needs of visually impaired students. Project collaborators include UNT and the Perot Museum.
www.agjfoundation.org
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Alpha Parent Support
Alpha Parent Support (ALPS) strives to further the McKinney ISD's Gifted & Talented program through communication with the community, schools, and school board and to create expanded opportunities for gifted students in MISD. They are seeking funding for 1) a Gifted Girls STEM conference; 2) a Gifted Boys STEM Conference; and 3) ALPHA Digital Learning Commons.
www.mckinneyalps.squarespace.com
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Army Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
The Army Scholarship Foundation provides educational college scholarships to the sons and daughters of those who have served our nation honorably as soldiers in the US Army. It also provides college scholarships to spouses of enlisted soldiers serving on active duty. Have awarded 300 scholarships since founding in 2001. They are currently seeking funds specifically for 1) Scholarships for Army Family Members; 2) STEM Scholarship funds for high school graduating girls; and 3) Scholarships for Nursing Students.
www.armyscholarshipfoundation.org
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AZAR Foundation
The AZAR Foundation's mission is to meet the needs of homeless children and at-risk youth. Through their Education and Enrichment programs they provide young people with health, wellness, civic and leadership skills, entrepreneurial, career and college planning programs and physical fitness activities. It is seeking funding for 1) its U-Connect program which is an 11-week after school and summer camp focused on STEM programing for high achieving girls; and 2) Social and Emotional Learning Skills programs.
www.azarfoundation.org
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BAC Education Foundation, Inc.
The BAC Education Foundation supports the activities of the Ft Worth Business Assistance Center (BAC), which is a division of the City of Ft Worth. They sponsor complementary or low cost educational programs to small, women and/or minority owned businesses. They are currently seeking funding for 1). Entrepreneurial Summit - which is a one day networking and learning set; 2). counseling opportunities through FW BAC and IDEA Works FW; and 3) website design and implementation.
http://fwbac.com/bac-education-foundation-inc-2
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Behind Every Door Ministries
Behind Every Door works collaboratively to improve underserved communities, with a concentration of partner organizations in education, employment/financial health, physical/emotional health, spiritual health, social issues and role models. The organization presently serves two locations, one in Vickery Meadow and one in Willow Pond at the edge of Vickery Meadow. Funds are requested for the tools necessary to support 150 students in literacy efforts, namely WiFi, software licenses, tech support and staff implementation. In addition, funds are requested to hire a Friendship Coordinator to support mentoring efforts by building relationships with community members, leveraging knowledge from on-site staff, and using these two resources, enhancing the abilities of volunteer mentors through training and assistance.
www.behindeverydoor.org
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Big Thought
Big Thought brings relentless optimism and innovation to the biggest problem facing education today: the opportunity gap. Its mission is to make imagination a part of everyday learning. It has achieved national recognition and numerous awards. It is seeking funding for 1) Dallas City of Learning (DCOL), which is a public-private citywide collective impact initiative. Big Thought serves as the fiscal agent and managing partner for DCOL; 2) Dallas Youth Voice Initiative, which is focused on building a sustainable field of youth development programs throughout the city; and 3). Mobile Tech XPerience which is a retrofitted RV equipped with the latest technology that travels around the city to bring accessible STEM learning to girls and boys.
www.bigthought.org
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Bishop Dunne Catholic School
Bishop Dunne Catholic School empowers each student to explore, inquire, lead and serve through a college preparatory education in a joyful community of faith. They serve a diverse community from sixth through twelfth grades in southern Dallas. They are currently seeking funding for 1) a strength and conditioning gym to better serve the formation of well-rounded scholar-athletes; 2) a Geo Tech Lecture Series to bring in renowned speakers and experts; and 3).Student Outreach and Readiness (SOAR) Program, which is a comprehensive after school program.
www.bdcs.org
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Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington's mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us the most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The are seeking funding for the 1) Implementation of a DIY STEM program for low-income youth at East and Kromer Branch locations to serve Arlington's low income areas; and 2) capacity building renovations at the Don Kromer Branch to be able to serve an additional 300 youth.
www.bgcarlington.org
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Camp Fire First Texas
Camp Fire's purpose is to provide opportunities for children, youth and those who care for them, to realize and become caring, self-directed individuals responsible to themselves and others, and to improve those conditions in society that affect them. They are seeking funding for: 1) Camp Fires School Readiness Program, which is a rigorous, sustained, integrated professional development model for early childhood educators; 2) El Tesros de la Vida, which is the only week-long camp for grieving children in the region. This summer camp allows kids (6 to 17) to spend a week in Granbury, TX and experience summer camp along with structured grief therapy activities; and 3) Camp Fires Child Development Center, which is a demonstration school that is a resource for early education professionals.
www.campfirefw.org
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Camp Fire Lone Star
Camp Fire Lone Star's mission is to provide young people with the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice and discover who they are. The local chapter has a goal to serve more than 1,000 youth annually in the area. They make it a priority to serve low to moderate income youth attending urban schools. They are seeking funding for 1) Camp on the Go, which is a mobile camp utilized during the summer which can be unpacked and settled within a park or even a parking lot; 2) a traditional afterschool program for John Neely Bryan Elementary school (a DISD elementary school in south central Dallas); and 3) Urban Family Cookouts - whereby it would work with the City of Dallas Parks and Rec Division to utilize city parks (Klyde Warren and Fair Park) to host family campouts.
www.campfirelonestar.org
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Cassata Catholic High School
Cassata Catholic High School's mission is to provide an effective, quality education that enables students of all backgrounds to raise their educational level and complete their secondary education. Most of their students have difficulty in traditional schools and face serious challenges to graduating high school, including poverty, mental and emotional health, academic issues, teen pregnancy and abuse. Cassata offers progressive solutions to these challenges including morning and afternoon sessions, remedial classes, small class sizes and an individual, self paced curriculum. Funds are requested for general operating support.
www.cassatahs.org
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Catch the Next
Catch the Next is a national award winning not for profit college readiness and completion organization with the mission to empower students to catch college and career dreams. They began working with UNT-Dallas in 2016 and Eastfield College (part of the Dallas Community College District) in 2017. It is seeking funding to scale up its Dream Catchers program in Dallas by adding 3 additional community colleges to the network of schools served. The Dream Catchers program has many components, but at its core is literacy. Professional Development is also at the core of its model.
www.catchthenext.org
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Catch Up & Read
Catch Up & Read's mission is to equip at-risk students for long-term reading success by providing high quality, data-driven programming for students and empowering teachers through targeted professional development to improve literacy instruction. Funds are requested to 1) respond to a request to provide Catch Up & Read on all elementary campuses in the WT White and Bryan Adams (DISD High Schools) feeder patterns; and 2) to provide summer training and professional development to its tutors.
www.catchupandread.org
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Chestnut Square Historic Village
Chestnut Square Historic Village was established in 1973 and has grown to a 2.5 acre site in downtown McKinney. The village preserves history and brings it to life for its 50,000 annual visitors through buildings that span the time period from 1854-1930. In addition to the oldest home in McKinney (c. 1854), the village includes a general store, an historic chapel, a replica of a one-room school house and a visitor center. Funding is requested for repairs to the Dulaney House, a prairie-style home built in 1916 that is the focal point of the village. Funding is also requested to expand the reach of 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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ChildCareGroup
The mission of ChildCareGroup is to promote, deliver and expand the best early care and education programs for children, parents and early childhood professionals. Funding is requested for 1) operating six early care and education center programs which help provide high quality early childhood education; 2) a fund for the Healthy Start , Healthy Children program to bring about a systematic change to childhood obesity through intervening in child care centers and at home; and 3) to update the website to maintain functionality and to integrate multiple on-line portals. CCG affects the lives of over 50,000 children, parents, and child care professionals in north Texas every year. Early Care and Education Center Programs addresses the needs of 627 children and their 850 parents living in poverty in east, south, and West Dallas and Southeast Garland. HSHC directly impacts approximately 40 centers per year, indirectly affecting 4,000 children a year.
www.childcaregroup.org
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Children's Craniofacial Association
The mission of Children's Craniofacial Association (CCA) is empowering and giving hope to individuals and families affected by facial differences. CCA is the premier organization addressing the medical, financial, emotional, psychosocial, and educational issues related to craniofacial conditions. Funding is requested for the Choose Kind initiative to educate children about craniofacial conditions and help prevent bullying. CCA serves about 20,000 families per year.
www.ccakids.org
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City Year Dallas
City Year is an education-focused organization dedicated to helping students graduate from high school , ready for college and career. City Year Dallas is dedicated to improving educational outcomes for low-income students in Dallas. Funding is requested to support the Whole School Whole Child program , through which 60 talented idealistic young people are currently serving in seven public schools within DISD. Funding this year would help grow into an eighth school beginning in the 2017-18 school year which would require at least one additional staff member and approximately 14 additional AmeriCorps members. For 201-17 service year , 60 City Year Dallas AmeriCorps members are serving over 7,000 students in seven schools.
www.cityyear.org/dallas
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CLC, Inc.
The Community Learning Center (CLC, Inc.) was founded in 2000 to provide high-wage employment opportunities to people with barriers to employment. The agency provides training, such as aircraft assembly and welding, based on specific and timely industry needs and shortages. They target people, such as veterans or at-risk youth, who have barriers to employment. Currently, the agency seeks funding to complete a capital campaign for its new facility. To date, the agency has served 8,000 individuals, 6,400 of whom have gained the skills needed for high-demand, high-wage positions, and over 2,000 of whom are veterans or immediate family.
www.clcinc.org
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Commemorative Air Force
The Commemorative Air Force was established to preserve American military aviation history. In 2011, the agency launched a national education outreach program; a traveling exhibit that tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, America's first black military pilots. The agency seeks funding to provide this program to Dallas area schools at no cost. Since its launch, the exhibit has received over 500,000 visitors, and aims to reach 3,000 Dallas students in 2018.
www.commemorativeairforce.org
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Commit!
Commit! helps to improve educational outcomes in Dallas County by leveraging data and community expertise. Commit! works collaboratively to measure what matters, identify best practices and share what works best across all Dallas schools. Funding is sought for two ongoing initiatives. First, the Early Matters Initiative works to increase the access to and quality of early childhood education. Additionally, this initiative works to increase parent awareness of the importance of early education. As a result of their awareness and registration campaigns, 1,000 more 3- and 4-year-olds enrolled in high quality Pre-K. Second, Commit! seeks funding for its Human Capital Initiative, a long-term strategy to expand the next generation of highly-qualified educators.
www.commit2dallas.org
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Communities in Schools of North Texas
Communities in Schools of North Texas (CISNT) provides dropout prevention services to at-risk K-12 children in Dallas, Tarrant, Denton, Collin and Rockwall counties. The agency seeks funding for operations as well as their core program, which provides an on-campus case worker to identify and address the comprehensive needs of at-risk children. Additionally, the agency seeks funds for mental health services to complement their ongoing core programs. Last year, CISNT served 37 school campuses across the Dallas area, directly serving 4,010 children. Of those served, 99% stayed in school and 95% were promoted to the next grade level and/or graduated.
www.cisnt.org
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Communities in Schools of the Dallas Region
For more than 30 years, Communities in Schools (CIS) has provided dropout prevention services to at-risk K-12 children across the country. Last year, the Dallas Region (CISDR) served 75 school campuses across the Dallas area, directly serving 7,697 children. Of those served, 91% saw improved behavior, 96% were promoted to the next grade level and 95% of eligible seniors graduated. CISDR has experienced an increase in students with mental and behavioral health issues, and seeks funding to increase clinical intervention and support. Additionally, the agency seeks funds to launch a teacher training program, in response to a survey of teachers that indicated a desire for tailored teacher-based intervention training. Finally, CISDR requests funding to administer the Children's Provider Collaborative, which would leverage the extensive knowledge of the agency, bringing together its many community partners to share knowledge and resources.
www.cisdallas.org
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Community Storehouse
Community Storehouse is dedicated to serving low-income children in a 300 square mile area, primarily in Tarrant and Denton Counties. While the agency provides a variety of services, its focus is addressing the educational needs of the children it serves. Participants are identified by elementary school counselors; all are low-income and reading below grade level. The agency requests support of its summer reading program, which serves approximately 150 children each summer.
www.communitystorehouse.org
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Coram Deo Academy
The mission Coram Deo Academy is to train ethical servant-leaders and wise thinkers who will shape culture for the glory of god.Funding is requested for: 1) towards the capital campaign for Flower Mound campus to complete the building (not furnishings); 2) to create a Performance Stage for the Fine Arts Program; and 3) continued education for faculty and staff. In academics last year , 58 graduates were offered over $6.5 million in scholarships; 88% of the senior class received scholarship awards and 93% were accepted to their first-choice college.
www.coramdeoacademy.org
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Cornerstone Crossroads Academy
Cornerstone Crossroads Academy (CCA) develops urban youth in South Dallas through transformative education. CCA's goal is to help students who have given up hope, dropped out of school, and live on the verge of homelessness, develop physically, socially, intellectually, and spiritually, so that they may graduate with a high school diploma and be prepared to enter the workforce or go to college Funding is requested for:1) student transformation program to provide at-risk, South Dallas students with the education, mentoring, leadership and social services that they need to graduate from high school and become self sufficient member of the community; 2) program and technology expenses for students with barriers to reading due to learning differences; and 3) student leadership house: opening in 2018, the program will provide family-style, residential housing and discipleship for young men, ages 17 and older, who are completing their high school diploma, working, and beginning college or trade school. CCA serves 25 students in the program at any point throughout the year.
www.cornerstonecrossroads.com
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CR Smith Museum Foundation
The C.R. Smith Museum exists to preserve the history of American Airlines as well as educate children about the history, science, and engineering of and careers in flight. The agency seeks funding to continue its Flight Workshop, a hands-on aviation education that also highlights its many career opportunities. This program serves approximately 15,000 children per year, and anticipates that at least 6,500 of those children will be from Title I schools and, therefore, served free of charge.
www.crsmithmuseum.org
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Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep
The mission of Cristo Rey Dallas (CRD) is to provide socio-economically disadvantaged students of all faiths with a Catholic college-preparatory education enabling them to become men and women of purpose and service. Funding is requested to help fund the Education Funding Gap. This gift will serve five deserving CRD students. 100% of CRD graduates are admitted to college, and Cristo Rey alumni graduate from college at four times the rate of their low income peers. The signature component of CRD is the Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP) through which students work at salaried positions one day each week in 70 premier Dallas companies including AT&T, Hunt Oil, and PwC.
www.cristoreydallas.org
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Dallas Afterschool
The mission of Dallas Afterschool is to improve the quality and availability of afterschool and summer programs in our community.Funding is requested for: 1) the Afterschool Training Institute to develop the current training offerings into a systematic, organized, sequenced set of offerings that enable the teachers and staff of out school time programs to learn skills and methodologies to teach youth the academic, social and emotional skills they need to be successful; and 2) the Literacy Intervention in Afterschool program to expand literacy cohort to provide staff training, curriculum, student assessment, and professional learning circles to expand their ability to help students who are behind grade level in reading and help them to grade level. The Literacy Intervention in Afterschool programs delivered intensive literacy intervention for 500 K-3rd grade students during last summer. 64% of the children had no summer learning loss and 57% stayed on grade level or grew 5 percentile points.
dallasafterschool.org
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Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society
The mission of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is to build and maintain a public venue that promotes the art, enjoyment and knowledge of horticulture, while providing opportunities for education and research. Funding is requested for 1) Extended After-School STEM-Integrated Life and Earth Program: for engaging at-risk elementary and middle school students in high-quality life and earth science exploration, problem solving, and learning; and 2) Robust STEM-Immersion program: for guided field trips in the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden during which poverty-level elementary and middle school students connect and learn in the living world of nature and fundamental sciences. In 2016, through the After-School program, Arboretum educators reached 7,787 poverty-level students.
www.dallasarboretum.org
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Dallas County Community College District Foundation
The mission of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCD) Foundation is to enhance the level of achievement and excellence of DCCD by providing scholarships, supporting the professional development of faculty and staff, and fostering innovation in educational programs. Funding is requested for: 1) creating a LevelUP scholarship endowment that provides students over 21 with last dollar funding for tuition and book costs not covered by financial aid to enroll in fast-track, high-demand career programs ;2) a fund to expand El Centro's Food & Hospitality Institute to meet culinary workforce demands across North Texas; and 3) to grow Early Childhood Education across the colleges of DCCD in order to meet education, community, and workforce gaps through providing high-quality, affordable education to future caregivers of our community's children. 75% of students that attend DCCD remain in Dallas County after completing their education, helping to fill the local economy's middle skills gap.
www.foundation.dcccd.edu
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Dallas County Medical Society Alliance Edith Cavell Nursing Scholarship Fund
The mission of Dallas County Medical Society Alliance Foundation (DCMSAF) is to promote health education through community programming. The purpose of the DCMSAF Edith Cavell Nursing Scholarship fund (ECNSF) is to aid, financially, any young man or woman in Dallas County who desires to become a nurse, can meet the academic requirements, demonstrates the type of personality and character necessary to be a successful nursing career. Funding is requested to help finance the ECNSF scholarship program so it can continue to increase the number of nursing scholarships given while it develops a successful endowment campaign to ensure the fund's future.Since its inception in 1954, ECNSF has awarded $573,476 to 899 scholars.
www.dcmsaf.org
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Dallas Firefighters Museum
The Dallas Firefighter's Museum strives to provide the City of Dallas a well-attended historical and educational asset that teaches fire safety, honors fallen heroes of the Department, and preserves firefighting heritage. Funding is requested to professionally restore, enlarge, enhance, and frame photographs of historic fires, Dallas history, and the life of firefighters from the Museum's collection. The Museum would also work with the City Archivist, history teacher, and museum curators to create narratives for the photos. It estimates 3,000+ viewings a year. It had over 4,000 visitors last year, half of whom were children, many through school groups and summer day camps.
www.dallasfiremuseum.com
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Dallas Holocaust Museum Center for Education and Tolerance
The mission of the Dallas Holocaust Museum is to teach the history of the Holocaust and advance human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference. Funding is requested for 1) a 5-month special exhibit highlighting the achievements of African Americans during WWII and how the war was a catalyst for African Americans seeking social change and equal rights; 2) a series of 3 speakers with stories of courage that extend awareness of world wide human rights issues; and 3) a fund to pay for admission and transportation costs for financially disadvantaged students. The museum hosts more than 83,000 annual visitors, half of whom are students grades 5-12.
www.dallasholocaustmuseum.org
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Dallas Meditation Center
The Dallas Meditation Center provides mindfulness, medication, and wellness educational programs that are open to all persons, regardless of faith, on a donation basis. Funding is requested to 1) expand meditation workshops/classes; 2) community education and outreach for the organization's new location; and 3) replace meditation cushions and mats. Currently classes are fully booked several months ahead and cannot keep up with demand. Regular attendees report increased peace and well-being. The Center serves more than 5,200 people a year.
www.dallasmeditationcenter.com
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Dallas Secondary Education Academy
The Dallas Secondary Education Academy was the first school in Texas established exclusively for students with learning disabilities. Funding is requested for 20 iPads with TacScreens to increase student engagement in their multi-sensory reading program. TacScreens are bumpy film screen covers that provide tactile stimulation for students with dyslexia, autism, dysgraphia, ADHD, and other conditions. With small classes, innovative and proven approaches, individualized attention, accountability, and creative activities, the school's graduation rate is 45% higher than the national average for students with learning disabilities (64% nationally vs 93% at the school). The school serves 200 students each year.
www.dallas-academy.com
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Dallas Theological Seminary
Dallas Theological Seminary's mission is to glorify God by equipping godly servant leaders for the proclamation of His Word and the building up of the body of Christ worldwide. Funding is requested for general scholarship; "last year free" scholarships for free tuition for the final 24 required hours of the 4-year Master of Theology program, which encourages students to pursue this deeper ministry preparation program; daily operating expenses; online classes in Chinese; DTS in Spanish training program; and a new chapel. Enrollment per semester is around 2,400 students, who have gone on to author books, lead conferences, and serve in ministry.
www.dts.edu
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Dallas Urban Debate Alliance
Dallas Urban Debate Alliance is committed to provide every Dallas ISD student the opportunity to participate in rigorous academic policy debate, so that every student has the opportunity to become an articulate and informed leader in the community. Funding is requested for the core high school debate program with on-campus coaching and increasing tournaments from six to ten next school year. This will allow more students to participate and ease the long wait list. Other funding requests include the summer residential camp, staffed by top university debate coaches that coach and recruit seniors, and the Mayor's cup public debate whose 2017 topic is "education vouchers leave the most needy students behind," a very timely issue. Debate increases high school graduation, standardized test performance, and GPA. This year over 1,500 students were touched by this organization, and there is a long wait list.
www.dallasurbandebate.org
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Design Connect Create
Design Connect Create empowers young women to be successful in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) courses in order to reach gender parity in STEM careers. Funding needs include 1) expansion of the existing 2-week summer physics camps for girls on the pre-AP track to introduce them to key physics and math concepts before taking advanced physics high school courses, 2) expansion of the new student-led after school physics clubs which was piloted at Irma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School last semester, and to develop and deploy a social media plan to recruit more students. Funding is requested for expanding the after school physics clubs, which provides a supportive learning community for girls, provides leadership opportunities, and continues STEM activities after summer camp concludes. Camp participants had 15-20% point higher pass rate on the AP Physics exam compared to girls who didn't participate.
www.designconnectcreate.org
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Education is Freedom
Education is Freedom (EIF) is a comprehensive, school-based, year-round college planning and access program to increase college access and career success. Funding is needed for 1) their College and Career Access Program that ensures underserved students are capable of enrolling and succeeding in college and careers; 2) EIF Mobile to provide technology for students to research career pathways, postsecondary opportunities, and scholarships, and to allow advisors to track and maintain students' individualized progress; and 3) funding is requested for the College and Career Access Program. Its reach has expanded from 3 to 14 high schools in DISD, reaching over 44% of the DISD student population. Last year EIF reached 20,000 students.
www.educationisfreedom.org
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Education Opens Doors, Inc.
Education Open Doors (EOD) aims to empower students to purposefully navigate through high school to the college or career option of their choice, turning college aspiration into reality. Funding is needed for 1) general funds to support main Roadmap to Success Program, centered around the Roadmap to Success manual and in-school support, 2) Virtual Roadmap online learning management system, and 3) parent workshops and parent manuals. Funding is requested for the Virtual Roadmap program, which will digitize its curriculum to expand to districts in and surrounding DISD, who have been requesting access to their program for years. EOD has empowered over 23,000 students. Last year students averaged 47% increase in college knowledge.
www.educationopensdoors.org
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Educational First Steps
Educational First Steps (EFS) aims to improve the quality and availability of early childhood education for economically disadvantaged children. It does this by working with resource constrained daycare centers in at-risk neighborhoods to improve the quality of their caregiving to become nationally accredited centers, free of charge to the centers and parents. Funding needs include 1) expansion of support services for centers after accreditation that include marketing, website/social media, and best business practices to increase enrollment and economic viability, 2) playground equipment for up to five centers most in need to reach four Star/National Accreditation standards, and 3) an Annual Teacher/Director Conference. EFS is currently working with 93 partner centers and 5 licensed/registered homes, in over 485 classrooms, serving more than 5,700 children and 850 teachers/center directors. Its support services for accredited centers with low enrollment has increased enrollment from 30% to 65-75%.
www.educationalfirststeps.org
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Excellence by Design Education Center
Excellence by Design was founded in 2014 to provide after-school and summer programs designed to support academic success. Programs serve children living in West Dallas. Current needs include funding for middle-school summer programs, middle-school afterschool programs and high-school college/career readiness programs.
www.excellencebydesignedcenter.com
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Explorium Denton Children's Museum
Explorium Denton was established in 2012 to provide an interactive and educational museum experience for the local Denton community. To date, the museum has been providing a hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) experience via its traveling program. With a growing number of visitors, Explorium seeks funds for a capital campaign to open a permanent facility. Funding would be used specifically for consulting design costs, the cost of exhibits and ongoing operations. The museum serves more than 5,000 annually.
www.exploriumdenton.org
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First Baptist Academy
First Baptist Academy of Dallas provides a Christ-centered college preparatory education to 207 students living in 76 unique zip codes across Dallas. After 45 years at the main church campus in downtown Dallas, the school will be relocating to a 22 acre campus in East Dallas. This project broke ground in January of 2017 and classes began in August of 2017. Funding is requested to complete the capital campaign; $1 million is still needed to complete this $4M project.
www.fbacademy.com
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First3Years, Youth with Faces, and Café Momentum
First3Years was founded in 1980 as a statewide effort to advocate for and advance the healthy development of young children. Funds are sought in support of the agency's program, Just Beginning, which provides parenting support for teen fathers in the juvenile justice system. This program serves 30 teen fathers each year, giving the young men tools to communicate and build a positive relationship with their child(ren). In the first two years of programming, 100% of participants who completed the program reported a better understanding of how to parent and be responsive to their young children.
www.first3yearstx.org
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Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is dedicated to lifelong learning, engaging the community through programs and exhibits that interpret science and the stories of Texas and the Southwest. The museum has served the metroplex since 1941 and currently receives 700,000 visitors of all ages each year. The museum requests funding for Sensory Awareness Activities, the Morningside Children's Partnership and professional development. The Sensory Awareness Activities target children on the autism spectrum, providing them with a safe museum experience. The Morningside Children's Partnership is a pre-k and kindergarten educational program specifically for the underserved Morningside community. Finally, the professional development programs provide educators with knowledge and strategies to improve classroom STEM instruction.
www.fwmsh.org
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Foundation for Responsible Television
The Foundation for Responsible Television produces The McCuisition Program, an issue-based educational television program that has been aired by KERA for the past 27 years. Viewership is estimated at 30-50,000 households weekly, and each season includes 24 thirty minute programs. Funding is sought for the production of next season's episodes. Additionally, the organizations seeks funding to digitally archive past programs, making them searchable and usable by educators as well as students.
www.frtv.org
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Friends of Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy
The Friends of Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy support programs and enrichment at the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy (BOMLA), a single gender, college preparatory DISD magnet school serving young men in grades 6-12. Located in the southern sector of Dallas, BOMLA serves a diverse group of 436 young men from each of the high school feeder patterns in DISD. Funding is requested for college tours, faculty and staff professional development, and technology improvements. The second graduating class of BOMLA was in 2016; 100% of the young men graduated and 100% were accepted into a four year college/university.
www.bomlafriends.org
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Friends of the Dallas Public Library
Friends of the Dallas Public Library (FoDPL) was established in 1950 to provide philanthropic support for the Dallas Public Library system. To date, FoDPL has raised over $50 million in support for the library, with contributions from 500 member families. Current funding needs include the Homeless Engagement Initiative, the Mayor's Summer Reading Program and the Police Memorial Archives. The Homeless Engagement Initiative served 1,778 people last year, providing assistance with resumes, computer training and job applications. The Mayor's Summer Reading Program has been serving children for 45 years with educational summer programs and incentives that encourage daily summer reading. Across all 29 branch libraries, 11,000 children participated last year, logging over 160,000 hours of reading. Finally, the Police Memorial Archive project is working to archive items from the makeshift memorial that was created in front of the Jack Evans Police Headquarters, following the July 7, 2016 attack in downtown Dallas that left five police officers dead.
www.fodpl.org
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Friends of the Katy Trail
Friends of the Katy Trail was founded to support and promote the Katy Trail as a recreational, educational and transportation resource for the community. Currently, over 1,000,000 people of all ages enjoy the trail. Current funding needs include operating support for ongoing maintenance and management as well as part-time clerical staff. Additionally, the organization seeks funding for new drinking fountains and waste receptacles along the trail.
www.katytraildallas.org
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Friends of Wednesday's Child
Friends of Wednesday's Child (FWC) serves children in foster care, specifically providing academic support to improve the graduation rates of North Texas foster children. Funding is requested for the Success in School (SIS) program, which provides one-on-one mentoring, educational plans, tutoring, and guidance for foster parents. The goal of SIS is to improve attendance and educational outcomes for foster children who are significantly behind academically and at risk of repeating a grade level. Additionally, the agency seeks operating support as well as funding for technology upgrades. Last year, FWC provided 5,000 tutoring sessions; 154 children were provided with a summer camp experience and 1,500 students were provided with extra curricular programs.
www.wedchild.org
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Frontiers of Flight Museum
Founded in 1988, Frontiers of Flight Museum's mission is 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 Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) curriculum. More than 145,000 people visit the Museum annually, with more than 15,000 being children who participate in the Museum's education programs. Funding is requested for a portable planetarium, which can seat up to 40 explorers; additional funding is requested for a three part video series, which will give students a unique view of past, present, and future space exploration.
www.flightmuseum.com
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Girlstart
Since 1997, Girlstart has served over 70,000 girls and 10,000 teachers and families throughout the Texas region. Girlstart’s mission is to increase girls’ interest and engagement in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through innovative nationally recognized informal STEM education programs. Girlstart After School has grown from 4 programs reaching fewer than 100 girls in 2009 to 70 programs in 20 districts reaching more than 1,700 girls each week in Spring 2017, 60 girls in North Texas alone. The agency is requesting funds for Girlstart After School North Texas, which bridges learning and achievement gaps in STEM; additional funding is being asked for a Girlstart Summer Camp North Texas.
www.girlstart.org
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Grace Prep Academy
Since 1993, Grace Preparatory Academy is a beacon of education light as they develop family-centric, college-worthy, character witnesses for Christ. Funding is requested for outfitting two science labs, which will allow Grace Prep to serve an additional 300 families, totaling more than 600 families annually. Additional funding is requested for a state-of-the-art plasma life science table.
www.graceprep.org
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Great Hearts Texas
Since its inception in 2003, Great Hearts has served over 14,000 students varying in backgrounds in Phoenix, San Antonio and Irving. Great Hearts educates young people for a lifelong pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty through a classical liberal arts education. Great Hearts believes that the highest goals of education should be to become good, intellectually and morally. Funding is requested for Teacher Professional Development for Great Hearts Irving. The natural outcomes of trained and committed teachers are superior student achievement and long-term increases in student performances.
www.greatheartstx.org
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Heart House
Established in 2000, Heart House provides safety education and opportunity to refugee and underprivileged children in the low-income Vickery Meadows neighborhood of Northeast Dallas. Services include homework assistance, mentoring, counseling and protection from the negative influences they are exposed to in their daily lives. Heart House serves roughly 120 students each, with 100 percent qualifying for free or reduced lunches at school, and 98 percent of whom live in a family with an annual income under $20,000. The agency is requesting funding for the H3 program (head, heart, hands) which focuses on cognitive learning, formation of character, and building self-esteem; therapy and counseling services; and overall strategic planning.
www.hearthousedallas.org
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Hendrick Scholarship Foundation
Since 1991, the Hendrick Scholarship Foundation provides a unique program that walks through the entire college journey with students who have overcome adversity – providing funding, support and life skills development to ensure that they graduate and start their career well-equipped. There are currently 54 Plano ISD graduates participating in the program. In the three Plano Senior High Schools, there are over 1,500 students living at or below the federally defined poverty level and the numbers have steadily risen over the last decade. Funding is requested for scholarships; an academic advisor; and life skills workshops.
www.hendrickscholarship.org
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Heritage School of Texas
Established in 2011, Heritage School of Texas provides a challenging Christian education to students of average, to above average ability, who have learning differences. Heritage offers flexible grouping which allows students to go as fast as they can but as slow as they must. During the 2016-17 school year, the school served 61 students in K-8th grade. Funding is requested for classroom supplies including language and math curricula for all grades. Additional funding is requested for technology needs, and teacher training.
www.heritagetx.org
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High Tech High Heels
Since 2001, the vision of High-Tech High Heels is to close the gender gap in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. Through its work, there are now three programs operated by independent non-profit organizations. Funding is requested for gender equity training for teachers in Fort Worth. Additional funding is requested for school science and technology programs for middle and high school girls.
www.hightechhighheels.org
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Ignite
IGNITE Texas, launched in 2011, collaborates with key community organizations and leaders to create a movement of young women who are ready and eager to become the next generation of political leaders. This year IGNITE is training over 4,000 young women across the country. IGNITE partners with other non-partisan women’s political training organizations like, VoteRunLead, NEW Leadership, and Running Start on programming. Funding is requested for a Young Women’s Political Leadership conference with elected leaders from across the region for a day of civic and political leadership training.
www.ignitenational.org
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Inspiring Tomorrow's Leaders
Since 2009, the vision of Inspiring Tomorrow’s Leaders (ITL) is to bridge the gap of inequities in the workplace and communities based on gender, race, education backgrounds, exposure and socioeconomic status. Around 1,350 clients are served annually, with about 44 percent of them being between ages 20 and 29 and over 70 percent of their client basis is female. Funding is requested for work readiness skills which is a 51 hour training program; certification programs for high demand industries – finance/insurance; and technology certification.
www.inspiretl.org
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Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies
Inaugurated in 1998, Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies (IRBS) is a theological school which prepares students to become pastors for the Christian ministry. IRBS has become a stand-alone seminary, providing a full program of instruction for the preparation of pastors. Funding is requested for facility setup; faculty support; and library setup.
www.irbseminary.org
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International Leadership of Texas
International Leadership of Texas (ILTexas), founded in 2012, prepares students for leadership roles in the international community by emphasizing servant leadership, mastering different languages and strengthening the mind, body, and character. ILTexas currently serves more than 10,000 students throughout 10 campuses, and has a waiting list of over 8,000. More than half of the student population meets the state guidelines for “economic disadvantage”. ILTexas seeks funding for professional development; Science lab equipment; and fine arts equipment.
www.iltexas.org
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Junior Achievement of Dallas
Since 1954, Junior Achievement of Dallas (JA Dallas) delivers relevant, outcome-based curriculum that establishes a foundation of financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. An average of 74% of students impacted are considered economically disadvantaged, among four of the largest school districts: Dallas, Richardson, Garland, and Irving. JA Dallas has set a goal to impact 52,500 students during the 2016-17 program year. Funding is requested for junior achievement classroom programs; JA Finance Park; and JA BizTown and career exploration center.
www.jadallas.org
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KidLinks
For over three decades, KidLinks provides therapeutic music entertainment and music therapy programs for children and families who are hospitalized with chronic illness. Since KidLinks inception it has provided over 75,000 children in local hospitals and care centers the opportunity to forget their worries. The work of KidLinks is founded on “Unconditional Love and Caring” and uses its core values: quality, integrity, accountability, service and creativity as their cornerstone. Funding is requested for the Hugworks Children’s Network (HCN) program, a multi-sensory therapeutic entertainment service offered to hospitalized children and their families free of charge.
www.thekidlinks.org
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KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth
KIPP DFW equips students from educationally under-resourced communities with the knowledge, skills, and character traits to succeed in college and careers in order to positively impact the community. Today, KIPP DFW serves 2,000 southern Dallas students in grades K-8 at five schools situated on three campuses in the Red Bird, Oak Cliff, and Pleasant Grove neighborhoods of south Dallas. Nationally, only 8% of low-income students graduate college; presently, KIPP DFW is projected to have 43% of its founding class of 2011 graduate from college at the end of the spring 2017 semester. Funding is requested for campus expansions; teacher professional development; and community engagement.
www.kippdfw.org
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Leadership ISD
Leadership ISD, established in 2011, informs and connects leaders to shape policy, lead strategically, and champion change for educational excellence and equity. Leadership ISD believes that education attainment is an incredibly consequential factor in determining whether children will reach their full potential as healthy, self-sufficient adults. Only 13% of students are truly prepared for college or a career after 12 years of education. Leadership ISD seeks funds for recruiting and matriculate cohorts of leaders for the Tarrant County Fellowship. Additional funding is requested for activation of the alumni network, and expanding its role as a leadership and civic capacity building organization.
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. Funds are requested to install a Mac Lab with 25 Mac computers for Middle School and Upper School users. Additionally funds are requested to ensure the schools return to the Bridgestone World Solar Car Challenge in 2019, a competition in Australia in which high schools and colleges design, build, and race a solar-powered vehicle.
www.libertychristian.com
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Literacy Achieves formerly VMLC
Established in 1997, Literacy Achieves 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 Literacy Achieves serves, about half of individuals are developing English proficiency
www.vmlc.org
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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. Funds are requested for: a new database to track clients and donors, helping to achieve growth in both areas; a public awareness campaign to bring rising adult illiteracy to the forefront; and for ongoing development of a mobile game app designed, in collaboration with SMU Simmons School of Education and Guildhall, to teach low-literate and illiterate adults how to read.
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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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. Funds are requested to form Training and Research teams to intensively train 250 teachers and administrators in social emotional health (SEH) practices on an annual basis to allow classrooms to become safe and positive learning environments. Additionally funds are requested to update its website to allow for SEH education on-demand. Finally funds are 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.
www.momentousinstitute.org
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Montessori Institute of 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 200 Montessori public school educators in Dallas ISD, and at Lumin Education schools; furniture, equipment and teaching materials for a new Montessori elementary teacher certification course that will begin in summer 2018 and certify hundreds of 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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Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
For 29 years, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship has been providing programs that inspire young people from under resourced communities to stay in school, recognize business opportunities and plan for successful futures. Of those served, 89% graduate high school and 25% start companies (compared to 11% in the general population). Funds are requested for: a Youth Entrepreneur Rally in which students interact with local entrepreneurs on a college campus and hone their 30-second sales pitch; Camp Lemonade which teaches fifth grade students to craft and run lemonade stands, understand marketing and competitive analysis and to present a 30-second lemonade stand investment pitch; and Start Up Tech which provides middle school students the opportunity to investigate career clusters, identify a problem within a career cluster, and develop a working app to solve the problem.
www.nfte.com
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New Horizons of North Texas
New Horizons of North Texas is a faith-based organization that provides tutoring and mentoring. Funds are requested for its after school programming where 42% improve in reading and 73% achieve a grade of "C' or higher in Language Arts. Additional funds are requested for its summer reading program where students collectively read an additional 20,000 minutes, receive over 2,100 hours of mentoring, and participate in over 40 hours of character teaching.
www.newhorizonsofntx.org
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nonPareil Institute
nonPareil Institute (nP) provides individuals with autism technology and design training, as well as life skills training. Funds are requested for: improving curriculum for adults and making team-based training more like a real-world technology development studio; social engagement both in and outside of nP to connect participants; and a summer camp for high school students that is modeled after the technology training offered for adults.
www.npitx.org
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North Dallas Bulldog Support League
North Dallas Bulldog Support League provides programming for North Dallas High School students to supply the support they need to graduate with the skills necessary to succeed. Funds are requested to expand the services provided for North Dallas High School's homeless teens, specifically adding a medical wellness center, family outreach programs, expansion of the food pantry and paying tutors for after school and Saturday tutoring sessions. Additionally, funds are requested for continued support of extra-curricular student activities, including paying for competition uniforms, supplies, camps and conventions. Finally, funds are requested for transportation for field trips, extracurricular activities, ACT/SAT preparation and job shadowing.
www.ndbsl.org
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North Texas Public Broadcasting (KERA)
KERA serves North Texans through public television, radio and multimedia resources. Funds are requested for: 1) "One Crisis Away" a journalism project that explores life for one in three North Texans who can't weather a financial crisis that lasts 90 days; 2) children's 24/7 programming; and 3) Art&Seek, which provides journalism on the arts and a calendar of community arts events.
www.kera.org
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Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture
Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture inspires and educates people with rich cultural, economic, political and social history of the Dallas County area, showcasing the many cultures that together have formed the Dallas of today. Funds are requested for the third annual New History at Old Red: Democracy - A Conference on Texas, United States, World History. The conference, targeted at middle- and high school classes, is a source to promote history education and new lesson plans by showcasing a keynote speaker as well as six notable session speakers from various history backgrounds.
www.oldred.org
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Pais USA
Pais USA provides free Christian gap year apprenticeships in Youth, Church, Business or Organizational Leadership. Funds are requested for: underwriting apprenticeships; Because You Are Loved, a program that seeks to convey the intrinsic worth of each individual by doing acts of kindness in the community like picking up litter, working in community gardens, hosting games, cook outs and other activities; and for hiring a full-time fundraising/grant writing position.
www.paismovement.com
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Per Scholas
Per Scholas provides technology training for low- to moderate-income adults. Funds are requested for IT Support training, a tuition-free, eight-week training that leads to professional IT certification and entry-level careers. About 100 individuals are served per course.
www.perscholas.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 1.1 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 to provide financial aid for field trips and school-site programming for schools with large economically disadvantaged student populations. Additionally, funding is requested for the Community Partners Program, which increases access to museum experiences among economically disadvantaged families by offering $1 summer admission. Finally, funds are requested scientific field research.
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. Funds are requested for: the Health Sciences Academy, a rigorous academic program for students interested in pursuing careers and furthering their education in the healthcare industry; the robotics program which will feature 43 teams made up of over 700 elementary, middle and high school students who will compete in at least one competition a year; and the Plano Family Literacy School, a program designed to develop life, literacy, and parenting skills among families living in poverty.
www.pisd.edu/about.us/foundation/
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Quality of Life Foundation for Metropolitan Dallas
Established in 1969, Quality of Life Foundation for Metropolitan Dallas seeks to improve the cultural, social and educational aspects of the Greater Dallas lifestyle. Funds are requested for the development of a mobile app, My Amazing Life, that will be a digital career explorer tool, matching students with high-growth, high-salary career options in their local area. Additionally, funds are requested for the expansion of programming, tools and resources for low-income and disadvantaged students and under-employed adults. Finally, funds are requested for addressing college credit loss, often due to transfers, particularly the expansion of early college and early technology colleges, and innovative career and technical academies.
www.dallaschamber.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. Annually the organization tutors over 400 students. 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 featuring minority characters and the purchase or creation of accompanying curriculum.
www.readers2leaders.org
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Reading Partners
Reading Partners helps students far behind in reading get closer to grade level through on-campus tutoring. Presently it serves 800 students in 21 schools. Funds are requested for: salaries and benefits for all program staff; program operations; and community engagement to recruit and train volunteer tutors.
www.readingpartners.org/north-texas
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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 21 new partner schools. All 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. Additionally schools which already have learning gardens or outdoor classrooms will receive the "Training & Support" program, a compressed version of the "Build & Train" professional development that is delivered in two years. Expanded programming at these sites will serve an additional 735 teachers and 11,550 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 140,000 students across 15 states. Program support is requested to deliver the curriculum to 43,000 public, private, and charter school students and 1,100 teachers in North Texas. In addition, funds are requested for building curriculum for Pre-K through grade 1 and middle school to be able to implement Texas Mission to M.A.R.S. (Making Algebra-Ready Students).
www.reasoningmind.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 STEAM for All Initiative, for science, technology, engineering, arts and math on each of their nine campuses.
www.rcisdef.com
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ScholarShot
ScholarShot offers hands-on academic guidance coupled with funding to ensure scholars complete career-ready, vocational, associate or undergraduate degrees. Of scholars served, 100% are eligible for government financial aid, and over 90% are from single parent homes and achieve a higher education or vocational degree. Funds are requested for scholarship funding.
www.scholarshot.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 robotics learning in Title I schools in Collin County. 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.
mindstretchingfun.org
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Southern Methodist University - STEM for Girls Summer Program
Southern Methodist University's mission is to be a leading private institution of higher learning that expands knowledge through research and teaching. Funds are requested for a one-week all-girls STEM summer camp in 2018. The camp will reach 20 girls and the curriculum is being developed in partnership with the SMU Lyle School of Engineering and the Dedman School.
www.smu.edu/Lyle/Institutes/CaruthInstitute
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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. Funds are requested for: tuition assistance, after school care; and a STEM (science technology engineering and math) summer camp.
www.stphilips1600.org
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St. Rita Catholic School
Established in 1954, St. Rita Catholic School serves 189 students from preschool through eighth grade. Funds are requested to support the robotics program, specifically advancing one all-girls team to the next level and adding another lower-level all-girls team. Additional funds are requested to update the early childhood area bathrooms.
www.saintritaschool.net
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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 14 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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Teach for America - Dallas Fort Worth
Teach for America (TFA) Dallas-Fort Worth's mission is to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting promising future leaders to commit to teach two years in a high-needs urban or rural school. Alumni of TFA are lifelong leaders in educational reform. Funds are requested for teacher recruitment, specifically by selecting a diverse pool of 150-200 top college graduates and professionals to serve in critical teaching roles, such as STEM and bilingual, in low-income DFW schools. Funds are also requested for racial equity teacher training to more deeply infuse race, equity and inclusiveness into teacher training curriculum. Finally funds are requested to increase the number of TFA alumni school leaders that are in the DFW pipeline.
www.tfadfw.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, Leadership Teams Program for school leadership teams, and Ed Fellows for teacher leaders. The agency currently serves 300 principals and teacher leaders in 120 schools, who impact 65,000 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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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 Gardens teaches 7,500 students valuable science skills and concepts, such as the life and water cycles, plant biology, and environmental science. Funds are requested for finishing the Children's Natural Playscape, a 7.5 acre area that invites children to play outdoors, problem solve, dig in the dirt and stay active. Elements include hill/rock scrambles and water features.
www.texasdiscoverygardens.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 funding to respond to the Texas legislature's overhaul of foster care laws. TLC will intensely train their judges and lawyers to be aware of and able to work in the new system.
www.texasloveschildren.org
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Texas Woman's University Foundation
Established in 1952, The Texas Woman's University Foundation administers donations to increase the renown, extend the services, improve the facilities, or promote the welfare of Texas Woman's University. Funds are requested for the Frontiers Program which is designed to help improve college graduation rates for students who have aged out of foster care. Additional funds are requested for nursing scholarships.
www.twu.edu
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The Artist Outreach
The Artist Outreach is a regional nonprofit that works to change the educational, emotional and financial futures of those they serve through creative arts with the programs they provide in schools and advocacy centers. It utilizes two programming tracks to provide services. Its STREAMliners programing provides services to schools as a supplemental education and its Inspired Living programing is designed for advocacy centers and other like non-profit organizations. It is seeking funding for 1). its Arts-Integrated Cross Curricular Education program; 2) its Art Design and Music/Math Manipulative Educational Tools Package for 3 campuses; and 3) to add a Full-Time Program Staffer/Developer.
www.theartistoutreach.org
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The Cambridge School of Dallas
The Cambridge School is a Christ-centered, classical, college preparatory school. It is seeking funding for 1) faculty professional development, with a goal to provide stipends to 20 of their teaching faculty members to pursue additional education, attend conferences and learn new ways to serve students; 2) to provide financial aid to students; and 3) funds for campus security to provide for a security officer during school and after school as well.
www.cambridgedallas.org
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The Clariden School
The Clariden School, located in Southlake, Texas, is a progressive, project-based school that emphasizes Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math (STEAM). The school serves 100 students, grades Pre-K through High School and has won numerous state and national STEAM awards over the last three years. Funds are currently sought for two projects: 1) an underwater robotics project, based on NASA curriculum, which teaches children how to build a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) in preparation for an international competition, and 2) a 45 day challenge in which students must build a robot to complete a specific task as part of the Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST) competition. Both projects will serve approximately 60 middle school and high school students.
www.claridenschool.org
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The Concilio
The Concilio was established to build stronger communities by empowering parents to improve the education and health of their families. While open to all families, The Concilio primarily serves Hispanic families, and is recognized as an authority on Hispanic issues and culture as well as community engagement. Funding is sought for the agency's signature education program, Parents Advocating for Student Excellence (PASE). This 9 week program is offered to parents free-of-charge and delivered on local school campuses. Lessons are age-specific for all children K-12. From promoting at-home reading to understanding the education system, parents learn what their roles, rights and responsibilities are at every stage of their child's development and education. This highly regarded 15-year-old program serves 6,200 parents and children at 30 schools across Dallas.
www.theconcilio.org
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The Highlands School
The Highlands School is a 30-year old Catholic, college preparatory school, with a mission to form students both spiritually and academically. Many factors such as GPA, preparedness, and depth of resume are important, however, The Highlands School believes that a student’s character ultimately places him or her in a position of true leadership with an unshakeable foundation of integrity. One third of the student body speaks a language other than English at home. The Highlands School has a 100% college acceptance rate for graduating seniors. Funding is requested for tuition assistance; multi-purpose building project; and a Science lab.
www.thehighlandsschool.org
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The Hockaday School
The Hockaday School, founded in 1913, has had a mission to develop resilient, confident women who are educated and inspired to lead lives of purpose and impact. Hockaday is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools, One Schoolhouse, The College Board, The National and Texas Associations of College Admission Counseling, and the Cum Laude Association. The Hockaday School currently has 1,089 students enrolled, 74 of which are domestic and international boarding students. Funding is requested for Small World initiatives course, an innovative undergraduate science program. Additional funding is requested for full or partial financial aid, and a distinguished women in Texas panel series.
www.hockaday.org
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The Kessler School
Since 1999, The Kessler School embodies the ideals of the surrounding community and fosters an environment of acceptance, diversity and love. The surrounding community, North Oak Cliff, is diverse, both ethnically and economically, noted for its great sense of creativity and entrepreneurial growth. Students are offered an innovative academic environment that gives them solid foundations socially, physically, academically, and spiritually. The Kessler School is requesting funding for a new Physical Education Center and Playground that would not only serve the students, but also be a centerpiece in the neighboring community.
www.thekesslerschool.com
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The Learning Center of North Texas
Founded in 2001, The Learning Center of North Texas (TLCNT) provides practical, accessible, and affordable resources to increase the success of individuals with learning differences and disabilities. TLCNT provides a variety of programs including: educational evaluation and support, professional development for educators, parent and educator resources, and adult services. In 2016, 63% served were under the age of 17 and 37% were 18 and older. Funding is requested for comprehensive diagnostic educational evaluation to diagnose learning differences or disabilities. Additional funding requested for bilingual educational diagnostician and bilingual testing instruments; and operating funds.
www.tlcnt.org
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The Links, Incorporated
Established in 1957, the Dallas chapter of The Links, Incorporated prepares young women of color to pursue 21st century STEAM opportunities (science, technology, engineering, arts and science). Nationally there are more than 14,000 professional women of color across all chapters who contribute more than 500,000 hours of community service annually. Funds are requested for:1) four STEAM field trips so participants can see what careers in STEAM actually involve; 2) an SAT summer prep camp; and 3) 8-10 tutoring and skill building sessions in math and science.
www.linksinc.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. Funds are requested to meet a $150,000 match that will support the detailed collection of data to complete a full inventory of the Museum's collection. Additional funds are requested for public programming.
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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The Winston School
Established in 1975. The Winston School provides K-12 college preparatory classes for students with learning differences. Presently the school serves over 170 students. Funds are requested for Learning Ally, a program that will allow students access to over 80,000 audio books, significantly helping those with reading comprehension difficulties. Second, funds are requested for scholarships to defray the costs of tuition. Finally, funds are requested for the Winston Solar Academy in which students build a solar car and compete in the Hunt-Winston Solar Car Challenge.
www.winston-school.org
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Trinity Environmental Academy
Trinity Environmental Academy (TriEA) opened in 2015 as the first public charter/private college partnership in Texas. An environmentally focused charter school located on the historic campus of Paul Quinn College, TriEA currently serves kindergarten, first and sixth grades. The school seeks to provide an innovative, community-based environmental education. Funding is requested to help provide mentoring opportunities for young women of TriEA to engage with women in STEM fields and to renovate a 50,000 square foot science building that sits on the edge of the Great Trinity Forest.
www.triea.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 the Believe & Achieve Scholarship Fund which ensures that students that meet all of the program requirements receive a college scholarship. Presently there are only enough funds for 30 scholarships, despite there being 245 students enrolled.
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 North Texas
University of North Texas is a public university committed to advancing educational excellence and preparing students to become thoughtful, engaged citizens of the world. UNT's Kristin Farmer Autiism Center provides specialized, responsive autism treatment based on data collected from each client. Funds are requested to provide in-home evidence-based behavior analysis and therapy training for low-income families with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Funds are also requested to hire a training director and a director of research. Finally, funds are requested to install an elevator or wheechair lift for access to the Kristin Farmer Autism Center.
www.unt.edu
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University of North Texas at Dallas
The University of North Texas at Dallas was created to fill an educational desert in South Dallas, and offers the lowest tuition among all four-year schools in the Metroplex. The school serves a culturally diverse student body of 3,030 (34% African-American, 43% Hispanic/Latin, and 23% Caucasian, Asian and other). Funds are requested for: its three institutes, the Caruth Police Institute, the Emerging Teacher Institute and Urban SERCH Institute; student supportive services for the College of Law; and increasing the pipeline for mental health counseling by coming together with policy makers to propose a new clinic in the corridor to serve area residents and provide a drop off for those involved in the justice system.
www.untdallas.edu
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Village Tech Schools
Village Tech Schools is a design,science, technology, engineering, art and math (D-STEAM) school that serves 830 Pre-K-12th graders. Of those served 67% are minorities. Funds are requested for a capital campaign to build a new location for the school, specifically funds are requested for building a new Forge area which consists of a makerspace, art studio, build shop, design studio, computer labs and presentation and demonstration space. Additional funds are requested for the costs of design and maker-based labs and classrooms in the new building.
www.villagetechschools.org
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Vogel Alcove
Vogel Alcove provides education for homeless children. It serves about 270 children annually. Funds are requested for: K-5 educational programming; therapeutic early childhood educational programming; and a replacement for its gym floor.
www.vogelalcove.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. It presently serves 146 students in pre-K-8th grade. 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. Finally funds are requested for the early chilhood education and care program.
www.voiceofhope.org
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Waxahachie Faith Family Academy
Waxahachie Faith Family Academy educates a low-income, high-minority student body in South Dallas by emphasizing positive self-esteem, high academic standards, an appreciation for the fine arts and technology, and civic responsibility. Funds are requested for Film Factory, a year-long after school program for 3rd-12th graders that emphasizes filmaking's skills including creative writing, drawing, photography, acting, music, and communication. Additionally, funds are requested to provide all 90 graduating students with a scholarship. Finally, funds are requested for extended learning time whether it be Saturday school or other extensions to improve student achievement, and graduation rates.
www.faithfamilyacademy.org
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We Teach Science Foundation
Established in San Mateo County, CA, We Teach Science Foundation motivates, inspires, and mentors K-12th grade American public school students to achieve excellence in science and math. Of students served, 70% are low-income and 56% are Hispanic. 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: RTM programming specifically for middle and high school girls; and recruiting and training volunteer tutor-mentors.
www.weteachscience.org
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Wesley-Rankin Community Center
Wesley-Rankin Community Center (WRCC) has served West Dallas for over 82 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. To date, 95% of program participants have graduated from high school and 89% attended or currently attend college. Funding is also requested for afterschool programming for K-12th grade students. Students receive homework help, a hot meal, math and reading enrichment, and various recreational activities. Finally, funding is requested for the Academy for Adult Education which empowers underserved women in West Dallas by providing them with educational experiences and leadership opportunities.
www.wesleyrankin.org
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World Affairs Council of Dallas/Ft Worth
Since 1951, the mission of the World Affairs Council (WAC) has been to provide relevant information about global issues, challenges and opportunities while establishing North Texas as a center for international interests and business. Funds are requested for: the Junior World Affairs Council Clubs on high school campuses that help students gain insight and information on international affairs: student attendance at Council events, improving global competencies; and the 20 Under 20 Global Leadership program that recognizes 20 outstanding high school students.
www.dfwworld.org
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Year Up
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. Funds are requested for: 1)transportation to help students travel to their internship; 2) college fees, to help students cover costs at partnered college El Centro; and 3) supporting overall growth of the programs.
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.Finally, funds are requested for the To College and Through College program that ensures the college readiness of its students.
www.youngwomensprep.org
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