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September 27, 2010

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September 27, 2010

As a former staff member and current volunteer with the Central Dallas Ministries education department, I have been consistently challenged and inspired over the past 6 by the commitment, innovative thinking, and quality programming provided by the leaders of this organization. I am most familiar with the work of the education department led by Dr. Janet Morrison. Dr. Morrison ensures that members of the community play the most important role in the goals and work of the programs under her leadership. The education department maintains a focus on the capacity of the parents and students in the community to find solutions and to improve neighborhoods themselves. Therefore parents and students are engaged and connected in meaningful ways. There is a serious focus on innovative ways of supporting and supplementing quality education, through creative uses of technology and project-based learning within the after school and summer environment. The education department seeks to build rapport and relationships with the neighborhood school and advocates for students by raising awareness about various public policy issues and concerns. The education department emphasizes college-readiness and consistently guides students toward those goals through college-visits and tours in all programs and other college-readiness efforts in the MTU and Teen U programs. Dr. Morrison ensures that the education department is committed to excellence in every aspect, from the staff chosen to lead the programs, to the professional development of the staff, to the evaluation of staff as well as program outcomes, to the implementation of research-based practices and innovative technology, to valuing and engaging the parents, students, and community in every way. All programs are based on an unwavering belief that all children have the capacity to learn and that all children deserve opportunities to receive a quality education and go prepared to college, regardless of income level or background. From the After School Academy, summer program, to Teen U, to Mid-Teen U, to Digital Connectors and Connect U, to the Roseland Library/Bookstore, the CDM education department is doing wonderful things in the Roseland community and making good use of all resources designated to these programs. I highly recommend this organization and its goals and work.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing students who were involved in the program in middle and high school go on to pursue college

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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October 4, 2008

One of the most innovative and entrepreneurial social services organizations in the Southwest, CDM is leading the charge to shift the sector away from charity and towards sustainable change in the lives of our low-income neighbors.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the lives of its neighbors (i.e. clients), which have been forever changed by its combination of compassion to meet their basic needs, connection to opportunities to take care of their own lives and advocacy for changing the system around the lives of those who struggle with poverty.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the genuine connection to neighbors with a wealth of social capital but a lack of financial resources.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

compassionate advocates for those who struggle with poverty while also being innovative social entrepreneurs.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

leverage those funds many times over to not only deliver an extraordinary level of service in the community, but also develop sustainable improvements in the community's infrastructure in the form of affordable housing and economic development initiatives.

Ways to make it better...

more members of our community knew about CDM and supported its work.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

an overwhelming number of opportunities compared to the capital required to fund those initiatives.

One thing I'd also say is that...

there is no better place to invest your time, talents or treasure if you have any interest in making a difference in the lives of those who struggle with poverty.

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2008

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