J Erik Jonsson Community School: We’d like to introduce you to the J Erik Jonsson Community School, a Commit! partner that is dedicated to providing an engaging, high quality education to economically disadvantaged students in Oak Cliff. Stemming from the century-old Salesmanship Club of Dallas, the J Erik Jonsson Community School opened its doors in 1997 and now serves approximately 232 children from pre-K through 5th grade. The School not only sets high academic expectations for its students, but also focuses on molding them into socially and emotionally developed global citizens and life-long learners. They place a strong emphasis on building solid and caring relationships between teachers, students, their families, and the community, and maintain a thriving culture of parent engagement. The J Erik Jonsson School is committed to sharing and learning through an open exchange of ideas, and the data they collect and analyze is used with the goal of improving not only their own program, but also those of other area institutions of learning – a strategy and spirit that Commit! commends.
The Concilio: Please welcome The Concilio, one of our valued partners that has served DFW families for over 30 years! The Concilio is a community-based nonprofit whose mission is to build stronger communities by empowering parents to improve the education and health of their families. Through the multifaceted Parents Advocating for Student Excellence (PASE) program, parents learn their responsibilities and rights within the school system, gain knowledge and skills to enable better navigation through the academic world, and are encouraged to be actively engaged in their children’s education. The Concilio displays true dedication to improving the quality of life and learning for local students and their families, and we look forward to furthering that mission side by side!
University of Texas at Dallas: Please say hello to the University of Texas at Dallas, a valued Commit! partner that has been a presence in the community since 1969. UTD attracts diverse, bright minds with its first-tier reputation, wealth of undergraduate and graduate degree offerings, world-class science, engineering, and business programs, and its focus on research. UTD’s Office of Diversity and Community Engagement puts great effort into reaching out to underserved local students and forging lasting partnerships with local organizations, businesses, and community colleges, and school districts. They offer free tutoring and mentoring programs in many Dallas high schools, and lead enrichment programs like Introduce a Girl to Engineering at the Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, which encourages middle school girls to pursue scientific interests. We love UTD’s dedication to growing minds of all ages, and their enthusiastic participation in TxCAN and Commit!’s greater partnership is much appreciated!