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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Crime & Law, Foster Care, Philanthropy, Youth Development - Religious Leadership, Youth Violence Prevention

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

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dare to Dream is an outstanding organization with a true heart for changing the lives of troubled youth for the better. A cadre of dedicated volunteers under the guidance of founder Jan Tennyson give countless hours each week to bring a positive message of hope for a more productive life to these youth who are caught up in the restorative justice system.

1 Simon D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Jan is an amazing woman and her organisation is touching many lives. keep up the great work!

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Dare To Dream shares unconditional love with people to help them learn how to dream again. It's impactful, life-changing and gives hope to others to rise above their circumstances. I am so thankful for the love this organization has shown, even on a very personal level.

4 Eric Tangumonkem

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is one thing to dream, but it takes courage, determination, hard work, faith and the willingness to go where many will not go to make a difference in the lives of others. The dare to dream foundation does not only dare you to dream bigger than your wildest imagination, you are given the support, encouragement and guidance that is needed to dream big and achieve it. I have known the director of this foundation for more than a decade and her steadfastness, tenacity and message of hope has not changed. My 10 year daughter released her book this summer and the director took time out of her extremely busy schedule to come and encourage this budding young author to dare to dream. Her presence meant a lot to us and we are thankful for the work the dare to dream foundation is doing. If you want an organization that will maximize your investment, dare to dream is the place to invest.

3 Rhonda37

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is so important to me when the founder of an non-profit can personally relate to those they serve. Jan Tennyson's story is moving and how she turned what she endured into sowing into the lives of children. Yes, I support and believe in this organization "Dare to Dream Children' s Foundation"!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Dare to Dream is an organization that maintains focus on its purpose of helping at risk children and youth and effectively serves them. They forge strong links in the community that enable them to reach the children who need them the most. The organization's leader demonstrates integrity at all times and is passionate about the cause.

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jan Tennyson 10/22/2015

We are honored to serve God's most vulnerable children and adults. Our volunteers have compassionate loving hearts that touches so many hurting youth and individuals. Jan Tennyson, Fouder

4 Rolanda G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our family loves Jan Tennyson and Dare to Dream. Jan has been through so much and understands the kids she ministers to first hand. Dare to Dream is a powerful ministry to our troubled young people today. Jan is making a huge difference, and it's an honor to support Dare to Dream!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Jan has always had a special place in her heart for all six of our kids adopted out of the foster care system. Over the years I have known her she continues to reach out with kind words of encouragement and personal invitations to stop by her office so she can dare our kids to dream. Numerous times my children have sat with her and received life lessons and inspiration to reach for their dreams and goals in life. Even though we have recently moved away she still reaches out via e-mail and facebook. Jan truly cares for youth and tirelessly works for their future and of course for their dreams.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My Name is Harold Wilson.In january 2009 I retired from the Dallas County Adult Probation Dept. after 27 years of srvice.For 20 of those years I have known and worked and admired Ms.Jan Tennyson.Jan helped me fulfill a dream and a mandate i set for myself as a Probation officer and as a Regional Supervisor which was to find commited community people willing and capable in helping me and my staff make a differance in the lives of individuals under community supervison. In having Jan and Dare To Dream volunteers and staff as both contemporary and friends I have found no shortage, or lack-there-of neither in committment nor willingness to Open Hearts or Hands to those in Need, especially young people.I have been given beyond measure since meeting and knowing Jan and pray that as she moves forward so will her mandate as well as her mission and her ministry.THANKS SO MUCH Jan and Love Always!! Harold.

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jan Tennyson 11/13/2012

Harold - we would love to have you back on the team. Thank you for your years of service. Jan Tennyson

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Countless lives have been impacted through Dare to Dream. Hope is reinstated, courage is found,and a positive, fruitful future emerges . Many thanks to Jan and her team, for countless hours of giving unselfishly to these children and teens.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This woman from the moment I met her was filled with a divine purpose! We were both a bit younger some 20 years ago but Jan's eyes shown with a love and concern for everyone. Especially children! When you read her story, which she has finally and lovingly put in a book....called...She Dares to Dream...you will understand her ambition and drive to find a world of love and peace for all children of God. Her favorite verse is “Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear
nor be dismayed, for the Lord God—my God—will be with you.
He will not leave you or forsake you, until you have finished all
the work for the service of the house of the Lord.”
(1Chronicles 28:20a). Doesn't that describe Jan to you if you know her? And if you don't know her...make it a point to get to know her...you will be blessed!!