Head Start of Greater Dallas:
Did you know that Dallas County has 46 Head Start locations serving more than 4,400 of our low-income, preschool age children and their families? That is no easy task, and we would like to take a brief minute to introduce you to another one of our partners, Head Start of Greater Dallas. The nonprofit provider’s mission is to provide children with the foundation of skills and knowledge they need to be successful in school and life and fosters self-reliant families and communities. They do this through a comprehensive educational approach which also brings in nutrition and parent and family involvement and support. Head Start also has earned bragging rights for being able to list their 8,000 volunteers. If this is an organization which you might want to help serve, feel free to check out their volunteerism page. Head Start of Greater Dallas, thank you for all that you do to benefit our youngest community members.
Bryan’s House opened in 1988 to serve as a safe haven for children and families affected by HIV and AIDS. Named after eight-month-old baby Bryan, one of the first children in the Dallas area to die from AIDS, Bryan’s House initially had a capacity to care for nine children. Since its opening in 1988, Bryan’s House has greatly expanded, and with three locations, they can now serve over 1,100 family members and over 350 children in child care annually. Also, due to medical advancements, Bryan’s House now also reaches out to serving children with other serious medical problems in the community by providing medically managed child care. Meeting the health needs of our students and their families is something that cannot be overlooked, so we embrace our partnership with Bryan’s House!
ScholarShot recognized a problem that thousands of at-risk students in Texas get into college, but unprepared and underfunded, 71% will drop out. This local nonprofit works with high school and college students to help students create a realistic plan, a SuccessMap, and to obtain grants. Sometimes, this means having students consider community college before attending a college of their choice. In May 2012, ScholarShot announced their first graduate. We look forward to learning more about ScholarShot’s success stories and strategies throughout our partnership.