Attitudes & Attire® is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting personal growth for women seeking self-sufficiency. Our program provides the tools that raise self-esteem, promote ethics and build the confidence necessary to develop successful life skills. Our vision is to build confidence and change lives of the women we serve. Since 1996, more than 21,000 women have transformed their attitudes and restored their confidence through our three programs – Job Readiness Workshops (Self-Esteem and Core Program), Hopeful Smiles™ (Restorative Dental Program) and Boots to Heels (Women Veterans Program). We serve women emerging from difficult situations of transition, including domestic violence, addiction, incarceration, illness and chronic unemployment. Through a unique combination of self-esteem workshops and professional clothing, we teach women to recognize their own self-worth. After attending our program, our clients are able to break barriers that previously stood in the way of their success.
Camp Sweeney, operating for over 65 years, is regarded as one of the largest, most effective diabetes educational facilities in the world for children and youth. We offer the only three-week residential diabetic life skills training program in the United States. Children who have diabetes learn to recognize early warning signals to be able to treat dangerously high and low blood sugar levels. Camp Sweeney equips this generation with specialized treatment and education and readies them to be good candidates once a cure is available.
Catch Up & Read (CAR) is a Dallas based 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to catch at-risk elementary students up to grade level reading by 3rd grade. CAR provides the highest caliber of literacy intervention possible by equipping teachers to use leading edge literacy practices throughout the school day and providing teacher-directed tutoring for lagging students, after-school. By training teachers, CAR develops the solid instructional foundation that meets the needs of every child in the classroom for years to come. This leveraged model enables CAR to reach more children and achieve long term, scalable impact. Our dual generation model ensures effective instruction and student achievement that meets the challenges of today’s public school children.
The mission of Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC) is to improve the lives of abused children in Dallas County and to provide national leadership on child abuse issues. Since opening its doors in 1991, DCAC has served more than 45,000 of the most severely abused children and their non-offending family members in Dallas County. Our clients are both male and female of every race, ranging in age from 0-17, from every residential zip code in Dallas County. DCAC’s average client is a nine-year-old girl who has endured sexual abuse at the hands of someone she knows and trusts. In the 2016 calendar year, DCAC served the largest number of children and non-offending family members ever, reaching over 5,000.
Since 1984, Dallas Children’s Theater (DCT) has inspired young people to creative and productive lives through theater. DCT is the largest children’s theater in the Southwest, honored by TIME Magazine as “one of the top five family theaters in the nation.” Every year, we serve an average of 250,000 children and adults through a critically-lauded mainstage season, a national tour, and an extensive Arts-in-Education Academy program. In 2014, Dallas Children’s Theater piloted a sensory-friendly performance initiative to serve children who need an adapted production due to different sensory needs, and their families. Many parents had not brought their children with special needs to experience live performances because of their low tolerance for sitting still, crowds, loud noises, darkness, flashing lights, and other similar sensory input challenges. Our goal is to make Dallas Children’s Theater a primary accepting, safe resource for children with autism and other developmental disabilities and their siblings.
The mission of Family Compass is to build healthy families and a strong North Texas community by preventing child abuse and neglect. Everything we do is done to protect the innocence of children as we believe that every single child has the fundamental right to a healthy family and environment, and is entitled to the opportunity to succeed in school, and experience a life without violence. Our mission resonates through our nationally accredited Growing As Parents Program which has been serving teen mothers and their children for the past 17 years in poverty-stricken communities within North Texas. The program has the fundamental goals of 1) preventing child abuse, 2) ensuring proper development and readiness of children to enter school, and 3) mentoring teen mothers to ensure their health and educational attainment through completing high school and pursuit of higher education.
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Our overall goal is to improve the quality of life for children suffering from progressive, degenerative, malignant or other life-threatening medical conditions and we accomplish this goal by providing a joyful experience that positively influences their emotional and physical health.
The mission of ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship is to help children and adults with disabilities move beyond their boundaries through the healing power of the horse and the dedication of a professional and caring community. Founded in 2007 by community leaders Bill and Priscilla Darling and their daughter, Landon Darling Schneider, ManeGait is a PATH Premier Accredited Equine Center located on 14 acres of rolling pasture land in North Texas. ManeGait provides weekly therapeutic horsemanship programs to 140 adults and children with physical, emotional, cognitive, sensory, and behavioral disabilities, delivering more than 4,000 hours of services each year. Certified instructors lead our programs with the assistance of 20 therapy horses and a team of over 275 volunteers each week. As a result of ManeGait programs, riders are reaching milestones they once thought impossible. They are learning to move, walk, and connect with others and their environment in new and exciting ways.
Readers 2 Leaders works with West Dallas students who are reading below grade level so they can achieve their goals and succeed in school. Through a combination of small group tutoring with professional instructors and one-on-one practice with community volunteers, students receive the help they need to accelerate their reading goals and catch up to grade level. In 2016-17, students in Team Read, our main tutoring program, gained an average of 11.3 months of reading skills in just seven months of instruction. R2L is also home to a lending library with 6,000 books and hosts Saturday Storytime events and Parent Prep classes to help our families support their children’s educations. We are thankful to serve more than 700 students per year and to promote a love of reading among West Dallas families!
The mission of Youth With Faces is to give young men and women in Dallas County’s juvenile justice system a second chance at being more than a statistic. By learning and practicing the skills to live positively in society, they can break the cycle of incarceration and create more promising futures – for themselves and our entire community. Founded in 2001, YWF is dedicated to helping juvenile offenders, ages 10 to 17 years old, reach their law abiding potential and to diverting them from further involvement with the juvenile justice system or progression to greater offenses. We are committed to putting positive outcomes within their reach and bolstering the success of the work done by the Dallas County Youth Village, Medlock and Letot programs.