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Education is the foundation of all advancement in society, and strong schools are the bedrock for a strong community.

Investment opportunities in education range from early childhood education programs, K-12 and postsecondary education, as well as after-school and summer learning programs. Whether investing in the education of underprivileged youth, funding scholarships of aspiring college students or donating to your own alma mater or your children’s schools, education is a strong passion of CFT fund holders.

Below you can find information about education nonprofits in North Texas and projects that you can help fund.

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Our Mission is to empower young people through collaborative planning and comprehensive family and community partnerships | Leading Community Partner Core programs include ""I Rise"" Summer Program, a intervention reading academy that focuses on reading strategies infused with STEM for struggling readers. Our Every Step Mentoring Program focuses on positive youth development & school to career guidance. We also offer preparatory teen workshops. We successfully secured a partnership with Arlington ISD. We served 70 students in Arlington and Dallas. Our students did not want our program to end. Funds are needed to support the purchasing of supplies needed (Technology, books, food, STEM supplies, LEGO) to host our I Rise & Saturday programs.
 

Aberg Center for Literacy builds richer lives, stronger families and better communities through dual generation education for adults and children. The Aberg Center offers programs in English fluency, Spanish and English high school equivalency preparation, early childhood education, and family literacy. Their model provides parent education and intergenerational learning to help parents increase earning power and children overcome delays. In FY2019: The Aber Center served 310 adults and 63 children from 57 families, had an adult retention rate of 67.44%, and had a 29.6% of returning adult students.

Aid for Educator's mission is to directly support teachers in providing materials, not provided by the school district, for their students and classroom. Core programs include awarding Staples or OfficeDepot/OfficeMax gift cards for supplies and other items needed by requested teachers, and they order and ship requested classroom books and materials to the teacher's school. In 2019 through October, Aid for Educators served 57 teachers with awards of $8,802, an increase of 21.3% from 2018. Funding is requested to award teachers with submitted applications and increase program advertising and fundraising materials.

Alice Givens Jones Foundation (AGJF) is committed to improving the quality of life by supporting the social, emotional, and economical challenges of legally blind students. Core programs include providing adaptive technology to colleges with visually impaired students, scholarships and awareness for blind college students. AGJF has a college graduation rate of 94% and have awarded over 50 scholarships. They provide adaptive technology to directly to schools. Funding is requested to support scholarships for blind college students, adaptive technology for college campuses, and bringing awareness to their campuses

The Alliance for Choice in Education (ACE) seeks to provide children of low-income families with scholarships to private schools in grades K-12, and to advocate for expanded school choice. Core competencies include the K-12 Scholarships Program, Public Policy & Government Affairs efforts, which protect and advance their families’ interests while advocating for school choice initiatives, and the Family & School Engagement strategies which elevate student, family, and alumni voices. ACE provided 1,220 scholarships in Texas during the 2018-19 school year - 290 in Dallas, 73 in Fort Worth, 813 in Houston, and 44 in San Antonio. Funding will support more scholarship money allocated to low-income communities throughout Texas.

The Alliance of Elite Youth Leadership (AEYL) is dedicated to the development of diverse youth; including low-to-moderate geographic areas to cultivate exposure and build positive perspectives of life and education on the importance of a stable community. Core programs include teaching life skills, academic monitoring, parent education and support, truancy prevention/intervention, Juvenile Advocacy, and GED Preparation and Testing (New 2019 Service). In the past year, AEYL has received the 2019 Quality of Life Award in McKinney, opened a GED Testing Center, and assisted over 250 individuals with achieving their HS Diplomas. Funding will support general operating costs for the Follow. Lead. Succeed. Juvenile Diversion Accountability and Adult Literacy Programs.

Anti-Defamation League's mission is to stop the defamation of the Jewish people, and secure justice and fair treatment to all. Their core programs include No Place for Hate® (NPFH) an anti-bias/anti-bullying program for students grades K-12; Managing Implicit Bias training for law enforcement, designed to reduce the influence of bias in interactions and decision-making and contribute to improved police-community relations. Their 2019 NPFH Youth Summit tripled the number of participating schools, giving local middle schoolers the opportunity to learn how to be an ally. Funding will support training on hate crimes and extremism to law enforcement, and increase programs and support for K-12 NPFH campuses.

Arlington Classics Academy's mission is to equip a diverse student body with a comprehensive education with a special focus on Western civilization. Core programs include high-level instruction creating life-long learners, strong character education designed to develop engaged, responsible, and compassionate leaders, and diverse liberal arts-based extracurricular activities providing creative outlets for students to pursue their interests. Demonstrating high academic performance and fiscal responsibility, ACA has earned a 5-star rating for the past five years from TXSmartSchools.org. Funding will support student safety through equipment and facilities upgrades and the expansion of math and reading literacy resources.

The Army Scholarship Foundation provides college scholarships to children of US Army soldiers, and to spouses of active-duty enlisted soldiers. Core Army Scholarship Foundation programs include college scholarships to sons and daughters of those who have served the nation honorably as US Army soldiers, college scholarships to spouses of enlisted soldiers, STEM scholarships for girls graduating from HS, and nursing students scholarships. Over 90% of their scholarship recipients graduate from college, vs a 60+% nationwide average. The Army Scholarship Foundation has awarded over 900 scholarships since 2001. Funding will support additional scholarships, as the Army Scholarship Foundation can only award to 50% of qualified, deserving military family member applicants today.

AVANCE breaks the cycle of inter-generational poverty through innovative, two-generation education and support for families with young children. Core programs include AVANCE’s Parent and Child Educational Programs (PCEP), a nine-month, 150-hour program for families with children from 0 to 4. Parents in the PCEP meet four hours once a week for nine months while their children are cared for in an age-appropriate, stimulating educational setting. In the past year, AVANCE served 1,174 parents and 1,075 children last year. 97% of child graduates, ages 3 to 4 mastered the skills to be kindergarten ready by the end of the program. Funding will support growing the program at at-risk and undeserved neighborhoods in North Texas. Funding will support general operating costs.

Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) prepares Baccalaureate and Graduate level nurses within a Christian community, for professional practice, healthcare leadership and worldwide service. LHSON's core programs include: BSN achieved through a Traditional or FastBacc® program; online MSN Leadership and Innovation program; online DNP program including tracks as, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwifery and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner plus, DNP Executive Nurse Leadership program. Ranked in the top 50 U.S. nursing schools, 2019 marks LHSON's 110th birthday with fall enrollment at 1,044 students, led by 132 faculty/staff. Funding will support the completion of the academic building capital campaign, student scholarships and simulation equipment.

Beacon Hill Preparatory Institute's mission is to provide holistic child development through academic, cultural, and life-skill programs with active parental involvement. Core programs include In-school, After-school, and Summer reading and math tutoring for PK-12th grades, Summer Bridge Math and Reading Program (all ages), Enrichment programming (all ages), Parent Prep Academy (all parents), and a College Prep Program (9th-12th grade). In 2018-19, they tutored 954 students in After School, In-School, & Summer programs. 92% maintained or improved their reading and/or math grade level. $50 provides 1 Scholar Welcome Kit (T-shirt, Back Pack, Timer, & Supplies) and $150 sponsors 1 child to attend Summer Bridge Camp for Reading and Math.

Benetech creates software for social good that enables inclusive access to information for everyone. Core programs include Bookshare, the world’s largest accessible ebook library for students with reading barriers; Mathshare, an inclusive, online math problem-solving tool; and Imageshare, a shared platform for educators to find STEM tactile graphics and 3D objects for multi-modal teaching. Bookshare has enabled 7,700 TX students to access over 60,000 books and trained teachers across the state (and country) to meet student reading needs. Funding is requested to support student reading and STEM mastery by training educators to use our extensive library collection for inclusive education in grades K-20.

Bishop Dunne Catholic School's mission is to empower students to explore, inquire, lead, and serve through a college preparatory education in a joyful community of faith. Core programs include College Ready Academy, a college preparation program for first-generation college students and their families to succeed in college. Merit-based scholarships and need-based tuition assistance are imperative for families who lack financial resources. Of 100 graduates, 78% of the class of 2019 earned over $20 million schoarships to colleges and univeristies. They have a 97% college acceptanec rate. Funding will support the College Ready Academy and merit-based and need-based scholarships for students who qualify and desire academic excellence.

CAR's mission is to catch at-risk elementary students up to grade level reading by 3rd grade. Core programs include Teacher Training & Mentoring, weekly teacher training that equip teachers with research based best literacy practices targeting at-risk elementary students; and After-School Tutoring, approximately 50 at-risk children in grades K-3 are selected to participate. CAR served over 507 students in the 2018-19 school year. Of these students, 92% (438) showed improvement and 66% (290) Advanced 1 Tier or more. Funds are needed to support Teacher Training & Mentoring and After-School Tutoring Program.

ChildCareGroup's mission is to champion a two-generation early childhood system that teaches children, trains early childhood professionals, & assists families. Core programs include Early Childhood Education programs for children ages 0-5 that serve more than 1600 children annually; parent services that provide education in kindergarten readiness, positive discipline, and health & safety; & continuing education programs for early childhood caregivers. CCG launched NorthTexasFamilies.org to help families access services & earned 2 federal grants to serve 788 additional children annually. Funding will support new ISD partnership initiatives in Dallas and Navarro Counties and will help support the NorthTexasFamilies.org website.

Chris Howell Foundation’s (CHF) mission is to provide programs and services to vulnerable communities that address disparities in health, wellness, and financial literacy. Core programs include Healthy Dollars, teaching individuals and families to B.E.T. on Yourself, (B.E.T stands for Building Banking Relationships, Elevate Your Savings, and Taking Action in Credit Management). The education is offered in the community and through their online platform. Healthy Dollars has serviced over 200 individuals, and 80% of those 200 developed a budget and became more aware of how they are spending their dollars. Funding will support general operating costs for the Healthy Dollars program.

City Year Dallas' mission is to serve under-resourced schools by helping high-need students stay in school and on track to graduate, ready for college and career. Through their Whole School Whole Child program, teams of AmeriCorps members are deployed to 10 DISD schools to provide students with support in math, literacy, attendance, social-emotional development and school culture, acting as tutors, mentors and role models, for under-served children and youth. In 2018, they served 8,400 students in nine DISD schools, who outperformed students at non-City Year schools in 9 of 13 academic indicators. Funding is requested to support their Whole School Whole Child program, specific program components, and expansion of their services to more DISD schools.

Collin College Foundation supports and enhances Collin College through philanthropic support for student scholarships, critical capacity needs and programs of excellence. The Collin College Foundation helps provide access to high-quality education through scholarship assistance, vital student program assistance, and support for innovation across their campuses. The Collin College Foundation awarded 556 scholarships for 2019-2020, raised $1.3 million in support, and launched an alumni involvement initiative. Funds are needed for student scholarships as well as program support for technical programs like auto, welding, construction, nursing & cybersecurity.

The mission of CISDR is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. CISDR provides student support responses with vetted resources to address the effects of poverty and trauma in children. They increase school, family and community knowledge of how trauma affects student development, educational engagement & behavior by identifying mental health needs of students. CISDR supported over 7000 students' individualized success plans in the 2018-19 school year. CISDR is expanding to reach even more students in 2019-20. Funding will support the CISDR SafetyNet project for the overall student support services for educational and behavioral/mental health development.

The mission of Cornerstone Crossroads Academy (CCA) is to develop urban youth through transformative education, equipping future leaders to impact their communities for Christ. Core programs include providing an accredited high school diploma educational opportunity to young people ages 16 - 25 in a family-like atmosphere, engaging the students in community service projects around South Dallas, and case management for students who are overcoming huge obstacles. Cornerstone Crossroads Academy has 120 graduates to date, 85% of whom are working and/or going to college.
CCA seeks to expand services to 100 students a year. Funding will support the teachers, curriculum and instruction, case management, and school expansion.
 

Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep provides economically disadvantaged students with a Catholic college prep education enabling them to become people of purpose and service. In the Corporate Work Study Program, students work in businesses in Dallas to help pay for tuition to Cristo Rey and to develop business skills. Other core programs include extensive mental health services, a four-year college guidance program and a college prep curriculum. Cristo Rey celebrated the first 105 graduates in 2019 with acceptances to 119 universities and colleges and more than $8 million in merit-based scholarships. Funda are requested to support general operating cost that closes the tuition gap that is not funded by the work study program and parent contributions.

The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum teaches the history of the Holocaust and human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, & indifference. Core programs include School tours for grades 6 – 12, including scholarships for economically challenged students; Workshops and conferences to train educators on teaching the Holocaust and human rights topics; Public programs on the Museum's exhibitions to deepen understanding of the Holocaust and human rights. In the past year, the new Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum opened and the Museum Experience fund provided 18,400 scholarships. Funding will support the Museum Experience Fund scholarships, education programs for teachers, and public programs including special exhibits, lectures, and films.

The Dallas Urban Debate Alliance aims to provide every Dallas ISD student the opportunity to participate in rigorous academic policy debate to become articulate and informed leaders. Core programs include planning and administering weekend debate tournaments; hosting student and teacher workshops; providing in-school support to teachers and students; hosting a free one-week residential summer debate camp for 50 high school students; and a summer debate clinic for teachers. Serving 1,000 middle/high school students annually, 90% of debaters graduate on-time and high-risk students are more likely to test as college-ready. Funds are needed to support the overall debate program; comprehensive teacher training; and the summer debate institute.

Dare to Be Brave’s vision is that people everywhere will remain committed to their purpose. Core programs include the Brave Scholars Cohort, which assists high school students with their academic/professional goals; the Dare To Be Tech Program, providing technology-based programs; and Dare To Have a Voice, assisting with the development of public speaking, business presentations, entrepreneurship, leadership, and team-building skills. In the past year, Dare to Be Brave assisted with the launch of Brave Scholars University which serves over 1800 students and served over 85% economically disadvantaged youth. Funding will support the operating costs of the Brave Scholars Cohort, and continuing implementation of the Dare To Be Tech Smart Programs.

The mission of DataReady is to grow data and data science knowledge among area residents, especially minorities, women, and low income individuals. They work with individuals of all ages including K-12 and adults through both long term hands on project based training as well as individual events. The data science skill set offers an alternative to traditional vocations often presented as alternatives to college entry to low income individuals. DataReady recently obtained their first two large donations since launching as a nonprofit and established partnerships with Girl Scouts, DISD, and Skill Quest. Funds are needed to purchase laptops that program participants can borrow while in the program and to hire staff, since they are currently 100% volunteer run.

Design Connect Create's mission is to empower young women to be successful in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math courses. Core programs include a 10-session summer physics camp for girls from 8 school districts in four cities, and physics teacher training that helps teachers learn inquiry-based activities and pedagogy to improve students' science knowledge retention. 295 girls attended physics camps; 93% reported they were more prepared for college/career choices and participants scored higher on AP physics exams. Funding will support disadvantaged young women to attend the camp at no charge and general operating costs.

Education Opens Doors seeks to activate all students to determine and pursue an informed future. They utilize a train-the-trainer model to equip teachers with the tools they need to effectively increase expectations, motivation, and college and career knowledge in their classrooms. Their program includes an interactive student guidebook and teacher curriculum supports, and has served over 45,000 students across over 100 partner schools. Data shows that their program results in higher test scores. Funds are needed to support development of our virtual programming, expansion into additional schools, and a longitudinal study.

Empowering Women as Leaders is dedicated to supporting women in achieving their highest potential through scholarships, mentoring, and networking. Core programs include: 1) four-year scholarships; 2) 1:1 mentoring for each scholarship recipient while she gains her degree and two years after she enters the workforce; 3)educational workshops to aid with topics such as resume building, job sourcing, and financial acumen. In one year's time, they issued $36,500 in scholarships, launched a new chapter in Fort Worth serving a broader community, and held their first alumni event. Funds are requested to support 13 scholarships in addition to providing educational workshops. They aim to award our 100th scholarship since inception.

Excellence by Design Education Center's (EDEC's) mission is to help eradicate child poverty through programs and services that address educational, social, cultural, and economic needs. Programs includes: 1) Reach One Teach One that provides literacy and tutoring instruction; 2) the Connect the Dots Program that provides college and career prep and student internships to youth; and 3) the Village Outreach program that provide school supplies, uniforms and essential packs to families in need.
EDEC served over 400 students in 2019 in tutoring, college and career readiness internship program, summer enrichment camp and back to school fair. Funding is requested to support operating costs, academic programs and provide food, clothing, school supplies and basic needs resources for families in need.EDEC served over 400 students in 2019 in tutoring, college and career readiness internship program, summer enrichment camp and back to school fair. Funding is requested to support operating costs, academic programs and provide food, clothing, school supplies and basic needs resources for families in need.

First Baptist Academy provides a Christ-centered and Biblically-integrated education to develop the next generation of Christian servant leaders. Core programs include teaching all academic subjects as well as a regularly taught Bible class. Their academic tests follow national-norms in addition to providing weekly chapel programs to help students grow in their Christian faith. First Baptist Academy’s enrollment has grown this year, due to the completion of a new campus and athletic fields. In addition to a larger enrollment, First Baptist Academy has seen a rise in average ACT scores. Funding will support tuition assistance, general operating costs, and transportation.

Friends of Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy's (BOMLA) mission is to invest in and empower endangered young men in order to develop leaders and role models for the community. Core programs include support for individual student achievement like college tours, cultural immersion, and leadership development for faculty. In addition, they sustain and expand school programming by providing access to state of the art tools, software, equipment. Of the DISD students who received TCU Community Scholarships, 5 out of 8 were from BOMLA. They have a 100% graduate rate of seniors and 100% are dmitted into 4-year colleges. Funding will support general operating costs for programming, faculty enrichment and college and career readiness.

Frontiers of Flight Museum educates, motivates and inspires all ages by presenting aviation and space flight history through our exhibits and STEM-focused education programs. Their education programs serve over 42,000 students and include the Youth STEM Initiative, an outreach education program serving 2,800 at-risk students in 4 Title 1 schools. Other programs include a portable planetarium with astronomy and earth science programs provided on-site and at schools, and educational Museum tours. The Museum received the 2018 Stand Up for STEM Award from the Million Women Mentors - Texas for successful efforts broadening awareness of STEM. Funds are requested for education programs for 25,000 underserved youth: Youth STEM Initiative; student field trips; and portable planetarium programs.

Gifted Abilities Technical Institute provides technical vocational training to assist 20+ adults with High Functioning Autism gain employment in the high-tech field. In addition to providing training in web development using C# programming language, Gifted Abilities Technical Institute offers other services (job counseling services, resume building, preparing for interviews, et.) designed to help their students apply for jobs, prepare for interviews, and ultimately succeed in the workplace. One student has mastered the C# programming language after one year of participation in their program and obtained an internship with a local employer. Funding will support renting an office/classroom space for one year, hiring a part-time tutor for 10 hours per week, and ordering books and virtual labs for programming projects.

Harmony Public Schools prepare students for success in their future education by allowing them to have a broad spectrum of options for their future endeavors. Harmony provides a strong STEM-based education, Post-secondary readiness for all students, and a safe and collaborative environment for all students. In the past year, 5 districts across the state of Texas received an A-rating from TEA, and Harmony has a college acceptance rate of 100%. Funding will be used for Alumni Support for college attrition, the Grow Your Own Teacher program, and seat money for more campuses.

The Hendrick Scholarship Foundation (HSF) provides Plano ISD graduates, who have overcome adversity, with scholarship and support services to promote success in life through education. Scholarships offered are up to $15,000 renewable over the 6-yr program term, upon meeting specific requirements. Each student is assigned a Success Coach for guidance throughout the college experience. HSF's Academic Advisor provides guidance on degree plan, course sequencing, career and workshops on life skills. As of October 2019, 66 of their students are attending college, and recipients have a 90% retention rate. Funding is requested for: 1) tuition for Spring/Fall semesters; 2) the Academic Advising & Success Coach program; and 3) student life skills workshops and annual symposium.

JHG Texas helps overcome the critical nursing shortage by enabling education of financially needy nursing students. Core programs include: 1) nursing scholarships, awarded at TWU, DCCCD and UTA Colleges of Nursing; 2) donations of health monitoring equipment and supplies to the DFW FaithHealth Collaborative for use in area churches and temples in the lowest income zip codes; and 3) ramps for invalids. In 2018, they awarded 21 nursing scholarships, totaling $44,000. Funds are requested to support scholarships.

Junior Achievement of Dallas’ (JA) mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. JA Dallas’ core programs include JA in a Day, JA BizTown (JABT), and JA Finance Park (JAFP). JABT is a simulated town where middle school students learn their roles as a consumer, citizen, and employee. JAFP is a simulation for high school students that teaches budgeting and personal finance. In 2019, JA Dallas celebrated 65 years of connecting community and business leaders with North Texas students. Funding will cover costs for fundamental in-class programming and the Capstone programs that give students real-world, hands-on experience.

Leadership ISD’s mission is to equip diverse leaders to improve student outcomes through policy, advocacy, and school board governance. Core programs include Leadership ISD Fellowships, which equip and activate effective advocates and school board candidates, and School Board Support programs that support current trustees and candidates in learning and implementing board behaviors most correlated with improving student outcomes. Fellows have contributed to policies that have led to improved equity practices, TRE passage, and ultimately a 10% increase in grade-level reading. Funding will support scholarships for Fellowships and general operating costs for LISD’s Governance, Equity, and Fellowship programs.

Literacy Achieve’s mission is to equip non-English speaking adults and their young children with English literacy and life skills to promote self-sufficiency and well-being. Core services include formal adult English classes offered in three neighborhood locations in addition to parent workshops and community resources for healthcare, housing, and career training. In the past year, Literacy Achieves provided service to 1,128 adults and 314 children. Also in the past year, 97% of adults improved their confidence to communicate and 100% of children improved their language and literacy. Funding will support the operating costs of the Adult Literacy and Life Skills program, the Early Childhood Education Program, or the student Services Department.

Lumin Education’s mission is to transform education by starting young, involving parents, and creating environments to inspire children from diverse racial & economic backgrounds. Core programs include Parent Education from Pregnancy to Age Five, Montessori Primary & Elementary Classes for Children (ages 3-9), ABC - After and Before School Care, the Fatherhood Initiative, and Play Times - counseling to help children overcome social and emotional obstacles. 96% of their third-grade alumni have successfully completed high school or earned a GED; 89% of Lumin's high school graduates go on to attend college. Funding will support general operating costs for the Pregnancy to Age 5 Program, Parent Education Program, and primary & elementary Montessori classrooms.

Mi Escuelita Preschool was founded in 1978 with the mission to teach English to children from all cultures and prepare them for academic success. Core programs include the Early Childhood Education Program, which provides preschool education to low-income, at-risk children in an English immersion environment, and the ASPIRE program, which focuses on improving student outcomes through parental engagement, teacher training, and child literacy. In the 2019-20 school year, Mi Escuelita opened an additional preschool campus and now serves 850 children across eleven preschool campuses. Funds are needed to support program costs for the Early Childhood Education program and the ASPIRE program.

Momentous Institute works with children and families to build and repair social emotional health so all children can achieve their full potential. Core Programs include Momentous School - educating 248 students from prekindergarten 3 to fifth grade; Therapeutic Services - partnering with 2,500 children and families in Dallas County who have experienced the impact of trauma, abuse, poverty and other adverse events; and Research and Training. 96% of Momentous School alumni graduated high school on time; 81% enrolled in college and 84% of those persisted into their second college year.
Funding will support general operating costs of Momentous School and the Therapeutic Services program.

National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity Education Foundation's (NAPE) mission is to activate equity advocates to transform education and workforce systems and outcomes. NAPE’s educational equity pograms include Leading for Equity, the Program Improvement Process for Equity™, Mircomessaging to Reach and Teach Every Student™, and Coaching for Educational Equity – all designed to improve the success of every student in school and career, with focus on STEM and CTE. Key results include 6th grade accelerated math enrollment growing from 26% to 64% in a diverse, low income feeder pattern, and STEM AP tests passed doubling at a high school. Funding will support developing additional equity programs and classroom resources requested by educators and training/certifying equity instructors.

National Inventors Hall of Fame's (NIHF) seeks to recognize inventors and invention, promote creativity and advance the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. Core programs include Camp Invention, a summer program empowering children age K-6 to generate, select and strengthen ideas that are novel, effective solutions to challenges; and Invention Project, a program for middle school children that blends STEM with business and entrepreneurial skills. In 2018, NIHF impacted over 12,000 students in Texas through STEM enrichment programming and provided 1,500 teachers professional development. Funding will cover participation costs for at-risk, economically-disadvantaged children to participate in Camp Invention, a STEM enrichment program.

Ntarupt’s mission is to improve the quality of life for children, families, and communities by preventing unintended teen pregnancies. Ntarupt provides evidence-based and evidence-informed sexuality education to teens; evidence-based, skill-building education to parents; training to youth-serving professionals; advising and advocating for organizations to select evidence-based and evidence-informed sexuality education. Since July 2015, Ntarupt and their partners educated over 4,700 teens and parents. In February 2019, they launched a public awareness campaign,Talk About It Dallas. Funding is requested to support their work educating teens and parents, training to youth-serving professionals, and to help promote their public awareness campaign.

Out Teach equips teachers with the power of experiential learning outdoors to unlock student performance. Out Teach trains teachers to level the playing field for all students with hands-on outdoor lessons, and they support these lessons by building customized outdoor learning tools on school campuses. 97% of teachers in Out Teach's training report that their students are more engaged when they use their experiential learning methods outside. Funds are requested to support their teacher training so all students, no matter their resources, have access to an education that transforms their lives.

Paul Quinn College prepares students to be servant leaders and agents of change in the global marketplace. Paul Quinn College provides a quality, faith-based education that addresses the academic, social, and Christian development of its students. The Corporate Work Program, WE Over me Farm, Early Talent Identification Program for 1st - 8th graders are among the innovative opportunities at Paul Quinn. The Corporate Work Program has a campus in Plano and 100% of students have jobs upon graduation. Enrollment at the College has increased 250% over 10 years. Funding will be used to create student work program internships and scholarships for low-income Early Talent Identification Program participants.

The Perot Museum's mission is to inspire minds through nature and science. The Museum inspires minds through nature and science onsite via its 11 permanent exhibit halls and traveling exhibitions and offsite through community engagement initiatives, including "on your campus" school outreach programs and neighborhood STEM education opportunities through its TECH Truck. In 2018, the Museum served 1.6 million people, distributed nearly $600,000 in financial aid, and served almost 72,000 people via the TECH Truck. Funds are requested for general operating support.

Read2Win's mission is to increase reading grade levels by providing a reading coach for 1st graders needing help increasing their reading skills. Core program include: 1) reading coaching for over 700 first graders annually, through their 400 trained adult reading coaches; and 2) four multi-site Summer Reading Camps serving as many as 100 students. In 2018, they served five Tarrant County school districts, and 72% of students achieved reading grade level. Funding will support general operating costs and 10% program growth by adding five or more schools and serve 70-100 students/annually.

Readers 2 Leaders (R2L) develop and grow the reading skills of underserved Dallas children ages 3-2 so they succeed in school and graduate prepared to live productive lives. Readers 2 Leaders provides Team Read tutoring to children behind in reading. This high-dosage model will help 591 children in the 2109-2020 school year and summer at schools and community centers. R2L also coaches other nonprofits that wish to impact the reading skills of children in their programs. R2L students gain 1.5 years of literacy skills for each year in the program and 96 % of R2L summer participants do not experience the summer slide. Funding will support Team Read, R2L’s main tutoring program, as well as their growing coaching program, which helps other nonprofits tackle literacy. 

Reading Partner’s mission is to help children become lifelong readers by empowering communities to provide individualized instructions with measurable results. Reading Partners provides high-need K-3 students in under-resourced elementary schools with 1:1 literacy intervention for 45 minutes twice a week by recruiting and training community tutors, books to build their personal home libraries and summer bookbags with literacy enrichment activities. In the past year, 90% of students met yearend literacy goals, 90% of K-2 students mastered foundational skills, and 100% of principles identified Reading Partners as valuable to the school. Funds will support program staffing, curriculum, data analysis, and volunteer training.  

Seeds to STEM's mission is to successfully evaluate educate and develop students in the areas of STEM in the southern sector of Dallas, TX. Seeds to STEM (STS) core programs include hands-on laboratory experiences, large auditorium-based presentations, family science nights, after school programs, out of school time enrichment, virtual presentations, and In-School Field Trips, while highlighting 21st Century STEM related careers. STS successfully generated $150,000 this past summer allowing them to provide free programing for 300 students in South Dallas, West Dallas and Pleasant Grove. Funds are needed to support general operating costs for out of school time STEM and STEAM programs.

SMU - The Budd Center’s mission is to equip educational and social sector change agents to engage in equitable communit-driven collaboration and close opportunity gaps. Core programs include Professional Learning Communities, where West Dallas nonprofits receive coaching and student data to transform educational outcomes; and Professional development, networking, and collaboration for 30+ nonprofits at structured quarterly gatherings that include a shared meal. In the past year, The Budd Center has improved nonprofit resources for 2,000 West Dallas children and implemented a best-in-class PLS collaboration model where SMART goals drive positive student outcomes. Funding will provide equity, leadership, and data use training for 30 nonprofits collaborating to improve West Dallas student outcomes in the School Zone.

Braswell provides an environment that enhances interest in learning and independent thinking through developmentally appropriate activities. Braswell serves the low-income neighborhood of Frazier in South Dallas. Core programs include nationally accredited, high-quality daycare and afterschool care for children through age 11; and Braswell offers 3- and 4-year-old pre-school, including two pre-school classes in partnership with Dallas ISD. Braswell is ranked as a Texas Rising Star affiliate of ChildCare Group. 95 percent of Braswell pre-school children are ranked Kindergarten ready. Funding will support afterschool transportation, new laminated flooring, and the introduction of a parent-child reading program.

St. Mary of Carmel School’s mission is to serve students by providing a quality, Catholic education in a safe, nurturing environment. Their goals are college and heaven. Core programs include PreK-8 education using a blended learning model, small and large group counseling with Second Step anti-bullying curriculum, and Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline. These programs target academic excellence, social-emotional learning, and the creation of a safe environment. 82% of last year's graduates are attending a Catholic, private, charter, or magnet school. Funds are needed to support tuition assistance, as almost 80% of St. Mary of Carmel School families qualify for financial aid.

The mission of the Home Visit Project is to help teachers and families form authentic relationships that result in better outcomes for kids. Core activities include training school staff to initiate trusting relationships with families through home visits, and to maintain them through open, honest communication; and compiling and correlating data to assess the impact of school-home relationships on student achievement and wellbeing. In the past year, the Home Visit Project has trained more than 2,700 participants who have conducted 15,000 relationship-building home visits. Funding will support training for participating teachers and school staff, future iterations of the HVP app, and general operating costs.

Teaching Trust’s mission is to build leadership capacity at all levels to transform schools and eliminate the opportunity gap for all students. Core programs include Leadership Teams, training and coaching effective school teams; Aspiring Leaders, developing a pipeline of principals in partnership with SMU; and Community of Educators, providing ongoing learning opportunities for current and former Teaching Trust participants. To date, Teaching Trust has supported 1,500 leaders in 300 schools serving 150,000 students from low-income communities and students of color. Funding will provide general operating support to expand Teaching Trust’s leadership development programs to more school leaders across North Texas.

The Arlington Foundation for Excellence in Education (AFEE) enhances the educational and personal development of youth pursuing higher education. Core programs include YES! (Youth Education Success) Summit - STEM-focused event for students in grades 6-12; The Family Expo; the Dr. Barbara Odom-Wesley Spirit of Achievement Scholarship; the Elzie Odom Leader of Tomorrow Scholarship; and the Winter Emerald & Gold Scholarship Ball and Debutante Presentation. AFEE served over 5,000 students for the YES! Summit in 2019, raised over $50,000 in scholarships, and assisted parents with financial workshops. Funding will support the cost for the YES! Summit which is a STEM event for the youth and scholarships to assist students pursuing higher education.

The mission of The Center for Children and Families is to be a nationally recognized research center that advances the healthy development of children in our community and beyond. Core programs include: Play With Me, a playful learning program serving at-risk children ages 0-3 and their parents; Grow With Me, a developmental screening program for young children which provides referrals for services; and an Annual Forum which disseminates the latest child developmental science. Over 2018, Play With Me served 288 at-risk children and 258 parents. Of the children served, 231 were screened for developmental delays and disorders. Funding will support the continued operations of the Play With Me and Grow With Me programs, both of which are provided free-of-charge for families.

The Commit Partnership's vision is to have our community working together to ensure all students receive an excellent and equitable education. Core programs include Early Matters Dallas, which works to increase access to high quality early childcare, the Best in Class Coalition, a regional partnership to attract, prepare, develop and retain effective educators, and Dallas County Promise, an effort among local entities to increase post-secondary completion. Dallas County Promise is now in 57 high schools helping 22,000 students access post-secondary education, and pre-K enrollment is up 31% since 2012. Funding will support general operating costs for Early Matters Dallas, Best in Class, and the expansion of the Dallas County Promise programs.

The Concilio seeks to build stronger communities by empowering parents to improve the education and health of their families. Core programs include Parents Advocating for Student Excellence (PASE), a parent education; Healthy Kids, Healthy Families (HKHF), a dual-generation health education program; and LENA Start, an early childhood program for parents with children ages 0 - 32 months. The Concilio programs served over 4,000 individuals through PASE and HKHF. 77% of PASE parent graduates completed 75% of the homework assignments. Funding will provide operating costs for PASE, HKHF and LENA Start programs.

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. Core programs include undergraduate and graduate curricula and classroom practices that engage students actively in learning, a service learning program that offers students the opportunity to supplement their academic study with internships, and comprehensive programs of academic research. In Fall 2018, UTA had a diverse student enrollment of 60,000 students, including 54% first generation, and conferred 13,700 degrees in 2018-19. Funds will be used to provide emergency assistance to address student hunger, homelessness, or other basic necessities to increase student retention.

The mission of Trinity Basin Preparatory (TBP) is to inspire every student to do more, expect more, and be more. The majority of Trinity Basin Preparatory students are considered English Language Learners. Students need to be able to read and comprehend in order to succeed academically so our mission can only be met by focusing on literacy. TBP's Literacy for Life Program helps ensure literacy is a focus for all subjects. In the past year, Trinity Basin Preparatory has attained a TEA District Accountability Rating of 88 out of 100 and a TEA FIRST Rating of 98 out of 100. Funding will support the purchase of books, After School Program Tuition, and equipment for Project-Based Learning.

United to Learn's (U2L) mission is to unite the community in creating meaningful opportunities for all students to learn and lead. Core programs include Social and Emotional Learning to foster child-centered environments, Campus Environment to promote aspirational cultures, Advocacy to empower thousands of high school students to drive systemic change, and Literacy to provide supplemental resources for greater achievement. U2L's continued growth in literacy places schools above their socioeconomic peers. This progress remains ahead of the district, county, and state. Funding will directly support Literacy and Social and Emotional Learning professional development training for 1,400 Dallas ISD educators.

Uplift Education's mission is to create and sustain public schools of excellence that empower students to reach their highest potential. Core programs include International Baccalaureate for All (college preparatory curriculum), Road To College & Career (program to help students prepare, pursue, and persist in college) and Student Support Services (SEL curriculum, prevention programming, and social counseling). Uplift serves 20,000 students in grades PreK-12 & has the highest overall TEA rating of local urban districts (87%/B) with a 100% college acceptance rate. Funding will support the operating costs for our Road To College & Career as well as pilot innovative programs in support of student success.

Urban Teachers works to improve educational and life outcomes of children in urban schools by preparing culturally competent, effective career teachers. Their programs include a full-year teaching residency, a clinically-focused master’s degree program through Johns Hopkins, three years of individualized coaching, a three-year teaching commitment post-residency, and teacher certification in general ed, special ed and English as a second language. In 2018, their 217 teachers served 9,000 students in 83 schools. Of those teachers, 59% people of color and 92% said the program gave them what they needed to be effective. Funds are requested to recruit, prepare and support teachers for high-need schools in Dallas.

Wesley-Rankin Community Center works to elevate, educate and engage West Dallas. Funding is requested to support 1) the K-12 afterschool program that adds groundbreaking enrichment to academic support, in addition to summer camp, where hands-on STEAM activities combat summer slide; 2) the Academy for Adult Education, where women become teachers and leaders; and 3) the senior program that provides the comfort of community in addition to 9,000 yearly meals.

West Dallas Community School (WDCS) provides students with a challenging educational experience by which they know, love and practice that which is true, good and excellent. WDCS offers a classical Christian education to students Pre-K through 8th grade, and students receive a complete curriculum that includes fine arts, physical education, field trips, Latin, technology, and counseling services. 100% of the WDCS class of 2019 matriculated to some of the top high schools in Dallas and student ERB test scores were the highest in 10 years. Funds are needed to support student scholarships, special programs and capital needs for the campus.

The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth's mission is to educate and engage the local community in national and international affairs. Core programs include the Global Young Leaders education program for high school students; the International Visitor Program, a professional exchange initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of State; and 80+ public events annually featuring experts on international affairs, policy and culture. Last year, the Council welcomed 429 international visitors, served 8,086 high school students, and hosted 84 speaker events for 11,300 attendees. Funds are requested to support general operating costs for Global Young Leaders and public speaker programming, as well as marketing initiatives.

Young Women's Preparatory Network (YWPN) partners with public school districts to create and support 6th – 12th grade all-girls, college-preparatory, public schools across Texas. Programs include the To and Through College Program, which provides crucial college readiness enhancements to the school curriculum ensuring college readiness, and YWPN STEM Initiative, which provides awareness, exposure, and extended-learning opportunities to increase interest in STEM careers. 100% of students graduate from high school and 100% are accepted to college, and their alumnae graduate college at far greater rates than similar peers. Funds are needed to support YWPN general operating costs and College Readiness, Leadership, and Wellness programming for our North Texas students.

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