Dare to Dream Children's Foundation

Rating: 4.88 stars   58 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Crime & Law, Philanthropy

Location: 6310 Lbj Freeway, Suite 111 Dallas TX 75240 USA

Mission: We pick up the pieces of broken lives of at-risk youth to meet their emotional and spiritual needs - enabeling them to turn the tide of destructive behavior by providing educational enrichment programs to prevent crime and overcome problems of drug and alcohol abuse, juvenile delinquency, teen pregnancy, the school drop-out rate, and teen suicide. Most of the youth we serve are fatherless or have a mom working two jobs. Many have no guidence from a parent and end up in jail or on the streets of our cities.
Target demographics: at-risk youth and the homeless in group homes, detention centers and orphanages
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 1,000 students
Geographic areas served: Dallas Texas and throughout the US
Programs: crime prevention and spiritual development programs including one-on-one mentoring, workshops, and recreational activities. Youth (ages 10 - 18) are provided referrals to job opportunities, positive youth groups, a church, or a school of higher education. With community support we provide Christmas activities and gifts to youth with special needs. Most of our youngsters are fatherless and from low incoming families. We serve more than 1,000 children a year.Please see www.daretodream-dallas.org
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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I can attest to this organization's amazing record, as well as their fearless leader. I have known Jan for so many years, I have lost count. I was there when this vision was just a dream in Jan's head. Then, blessed to see it materialize and develop and truly be blessed of God.

Not for the faint of heart to be diligent in what God calls you to do. From their founder to their board, they live to change the lives of foster children in the world. It has been one of my great blessings to be on the sidelines watching and enjoying what God put together!

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As the Dallas County Juvenile Dept Volunteer Coordinator from the mid 90's to 2002, I interacted with Dare to Dream constantly. The DTD volunteers are a caring group of individuals who treated the youth in the Juvenile system with respect and concern but with good boundaries. Along with their interest and care of the residents in our institutions, they respected the DCJD staff, rules and guidelines. Dare to Dreams's devotion and consistent faithful work is to be commended and praised.

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We have worked with Jan, and the Dare to Dream Group for over 15 years. Dare To Dreams' work is on the cutting edge of change, unmatched in emphasizing God's plan for redeeming the Worlds' children. Their services combine the two best elements for transforming kids' lives, God's Divine Plan and "mentorship" between business executives and disenfranchised youth. Their work with Texas' most difficult offenders is changing communities world wide. I am proud to recommend them to the world.

-Travis Wortham, Jr., Owner, The WORTHAM Group
(Retired-Superintendent, Texas Juvenile Justice Department)

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

add more workers so more impact can be made with children. They need money to broaden their causes. We need to help them with fundraising.

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Life-changing

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2013

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Children who know the pain of childhood without the security of a loving, intact homelife or foster care have an advocate. The founder of Dare to Dream Foundation carries their banner with faithful conviction that dreams really can come true! She began life herself being thrust into fostercare and knows what a difference one caring person can make. The foundation has many years of proving trained volunteers can help to spark new hope in young lives. Without a vision, people will perish. Dare To Dream brings vision of new ways to live life. I've personally seen the sparkle of new hope in young eyes. There's nothing more inspiring. Dare to Dream is making a difference, one child at a time!

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Life-changing

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2012

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Thanks so much Betty. Your words are inspiring and I truly appreciate your comments. Many blessings to you. Jan Tennyson

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As Director of Nursing at an Adolescent Drug Treatment Residential Program in NY, and a foster child in the Brennen Home with Jan all those years ago, I can attest to the healing power of this story. It is a primer on how to rise above the challenges we face in the classroom of life and this book is written by a master trainer. As we say in the addiction field, your story matters! Nothing in this world happens by mistake and I am proud to have lived a part of this story with Jan. Joan Lohnes,RN,BS,ADS,LMHC.

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Life-changing

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2012

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Dare to Dream is a top rate organization that has born abundant fruit in the lives of not only the multitude of children she and her team have touch and have given much support for them to succeed in life, body, soul, and Spirit. I recommend anything that Jan puts her hands and heart to will be given a hand up, not just a hand out. Testimonies of many children will verify this recommendation. When a child comes from a broken and dysfunctional home they need to know that there is someone who believes in them and their dreams. She and her team will be there when the need and the open door is presented. I have been a long time friend and supporter if this ministry and also been the recipient to help disadvantaged children in my own ministry of Rejoice Africa where I too was given opportunity to help many children and adults have hope and dreams again in their lives. Yes, I highly recommend Dare to Dream to be highly honored for all the years they have worked tirelessly to equip many to see their dreams come true.

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Life-changing

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My wife and I met Jan Tennyson in Hillcrest Church in the late 1980s. I was an Elder & Secretary of this Non-Denominational Evangelical Christian Church which Jan attended. We became her friends and observed her raise up the Dare To Dream Ministry & Children's Foundation, over these many years. She is a hard worker, in earnest and effective in helping needy children. I am a retired CPA and the Executive Director of Anchor Line Ministries, Inc. which helps needy Ministries & others solve their problems. I endorse Ms. Tennyson's Ministry & Foundation, Mr. Barry L. Burton, O.P.

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Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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I am recently retired from the Adult Probation Dept.after 27 years on the job.For almost 17 of those 27years I have known Jan Tennyson and the Dare to Dream Foundation.I know what the Foundation has done and means in the lives of young people of Dallas County and what Jan means to the Foundation. I have gone with Jan and sometimes with other volunteers to speak to young people incarcerated in the Detentation Centers throughout the city,and each time,I have gotten back more than I gave.Jan help me understand that my purpose/my ministry was to see that no child would end up in the Adult system. Therefore,for all the speeches I made and parades I marched,I focused on that premise. Jan has been my inspiration and in a way,my rock.Because as I discovered years back,just starting as an Officer,instead of one(1)person trying to make the differance with 100 people on a caseload,I found 100 people to make the differance with the one person,one-at-a-time. THANKS Jan and the whole entire Dare to Dream family.

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The personal sharing and testimonies. Seeing young people confess their faith and accept Christ. The commradarie and fellowship with other Volunteers. Marching in the Parades

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I had possibly had time to be more active.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-5-01

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