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Causes: Child Abuse Prevention, Children & Youth, Crime & Law, Domestic Violence, Foster Care, 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.

Results: See awards Dare to Dream has received for their work at www.daretodream-dallas.org on the Awards Menu

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

84 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.

Donor

Rating: 5

Jan Tennyson has a heart of compassion and empathy for the hurting, wounded and broken-hearted youth who have lost hope that life will ever improve. She knows how to help them change their perspective over time, and truly dream big dreams.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Jan’s heart for founding Dare to Dream is absolutely inspiring. She has led by example with such grace, resilience, and faithfulness. Her life has been a wonderful example of how we can thrive despite any challenges we face and how we can choose to respond to those challenges with grace instead of bitterness. Most importantly, her story shows us that we can, and should, strive to impact the people around us, especially those who may be facing the same challenges we have overcome. 

I think it’s often easy to forget that we were created with purpose for a purpose but the legacy Jan has created through your life serves as a reminder to live our life from a place of victory and purpose. So thankful for leaders like Jan and organizations like Dare to Dream who make a difference in people’s lives by giving them hope and love.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wednesday night baptisms have a special place in my heart. Being the pianist on Wednesdays gave me an up close & personal view into the young men lives coming to be baptized. The last house on the block being "Dare to Dream". Dare to Dream (as ordained by
God's providence) had intersected their seemingly hopeless situation and relayed God's lavish love and kind mercies to them. ALL lives matter to Jesus, ALL are worthy of Christ' lavish love & forgiveness.
I remain in awe at Dare to Dream's
commitment to point to Jesus as true
Hope to the needs of the broken.
Broken is a beautiful thing when touched by The Great Hope in Jesus.
Sarella Fleenor

bsharple

Donor

Rating: 5

I met Jan Tennyson years ago. As I learned more about her foundation, Dare to Dream Children's Foundation, her commitment and dream has been evident and tireless. Through the years her dream has been realized in the lives of the children and the young women she serves. Her vision to sow hope and life instead of abuse and hopelessness had made the difference in many lives faced with lack and terrible abuse near as Dallas and as far as Rwanda. Additionally, Jan multiplies that dream into the lives of everyone she meets. Her constant message is to allow God to help you define and realize your greatest dreams and desires. In other words with a big God you can dream big dreams regardless of your background. Her foundation is definitely the good soil spoken of in Matthew that can produce 30, 60, and 100 fold. I am honored to sow into this foundation.

Please consider Dare to Dream Children's Foundation if you are looking for a place to invest that can make a difference in the world and multiply hope as well as help in a time of need.

Brenda Sharpless

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dare To Dream Children's Foundation is dedicated to opening the doors to the hearts and minds of children who have lost hope an vision. Jan Tennyson works tirelessly and effectively to give them vision and improve their outlook on the the world around them. An organization that does what it claims and deserves support.

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1 sroubinek

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

How do you begin to tell the story of a very longtime friendship with this charity's founder, Jan Tennyson! Approaching thirty years of greatness on a global level! Jan, a fearless leader and prayer warrior at her best. You have got to purchase her book, DARE TO DREAM ! Her story is awesome. Jan, you will always be my hero. Your heart and graciousness you put into everything you do including relationships ! Please support this organization so they can continue to bless countless lives of children all over the world! The graphic below is A perfect description of my friend Jan!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

2 ss00777

Donor

Rating: 5

A+ Non Profit for troubled youth that are looking for purpose and the right doors to open in their lives. Amazing! Excellent use of resources, money, and a magnificent foundation to donate, invest, and give back to. Bravo!!!!

2 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!

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4 Jack61

Donor

Rating: 5

Having known Jan Tennyson for over 15 years, we were quite familiar with her work and her compelling compassion to help the children who can’t help themselves.
Today more than ever we need solid faith based people and organizations that will step up for those in need that can’t yet care for themselves. People and organizations that won’t hesitate to help and speak life into the lives of those who are in need. Dare to Dream Foundation is one of those organizations. Thank you for being there and for being available. We are excited to be a small part of your work.

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4 John402

Advisor

Rating: 5

Dare to Dream is a charity that makes a difference for at risk youth, and can truly make our world a better place. Sharing God's word and life through Christ with music, caring, and heart felt stories in small groups and 1 to 1 can be all some people need to change the direction of their life. I joined Jan as an advisory board member many years ago and have been blessed by a long association.

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4 Rita39

Donor

Rating: 5

The Dare to Dream Children's Foundation has impacted the lives of many children in their time of need!

4 Jordan39

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a world changing idea that is executed through the love and compassion of its leader. Wonderful people with honest hearts acting out the love of Jesus to men, women, and youth that need it the most. I highly recommend any Dare to Dream to anyone and everyone who has a chance to donate money and time to this established organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

For almost 15 years, I have known and been associated with Jan Tennyson, Founder of Dare to Dream Children's Foundation. She is the real deal. Jan's upbringing inspires her to reach out to disadvantaged and at-risk children, and share hope for a better future. The awards, community support, and changed lives speak for themselves. Dare to Dream is worthy of your support!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I just recently met Jan Tennyson founder of Dare to Dream. After reading the story of her Dare to Dream journey that spans nearly 3 decades, I cannot believe what one person sold out to a passion can accomplish!
Changing the destiny of at-risk youth all over the world has been nothing but phenomenal for this firecracker of a lady. Even in her Senior years she continues to champion the cause of these forgotten ones of society.
If you have the opportunity to support this organization, do it! Your reward will be great!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with DTD for over 15 years and have been amazed at the work God has done in the lives of the children. Jan Tennyson faithfulness and commitment to the vision God placed on her heart has changed the lives of so many. It's a great organization to get involved in if you really want to make an impact that really matters and makes a difference.

6 Annette29

Volunteer

Rating: 5


My note to Dare to Dream Founder-Jan Tennyson:
Words cannot express what it means to me to call you my friend and mentor.
Attending your last volunteer brunch at your home was an eye-opening experience. My heart was touched as I listened to each person tell their story about how they started out as a volunteer and are now passionate about sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Volunteers spoke about how much Dare to Dream has impacted not only the lives of troubled youth but also their own life as well. You Dared them to Dream to step out of their comfort zone and now, many are leading their own ministries.

Your diligent trust in the Lord for all your needs is one of the examples that gave me the courage to step out in faith and start a new Journey at Christ for The Nations as a student studying and being trained to be a missionary in short term missions projects. I value your wisdom, your faithfulness, and your determination. Most of all your transparency when witnessing to others and winning the lost to Jesus Christ is what I aspire to be.
Annette Boardman
Co-founder, I Was Hungry Project Dallas

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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.

5 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 Tony54

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was privileged to serve with DARE TO DREAM CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION, as a volunteer, Mentor and Chaplain for approximately 7 years and it was one of the most fulfilling times of my walk with the Lord! DTDCF has been a fruitful ministry for over 22 years, where teenagers whom have been abandoned, abused, neglected, deprived and have gotten into trouble as a result, can find hope, healing and restoration. Many are baptized into Christ and find their way as a result. I am so blessed to have met and have worked under its Director Jan Tennyson. A woman after Gods's own heart when it comes to injured children! She knows their heart, for she herself came out a foster home! God always chooses the right person for the right job! HaleluYah!

4 Rachael R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Rachael Royal and I am a volunteer for the Dare to Dream Children's Foundation. When I first met the founder of Dare to Dream Children's Foundation, I was truly amazed at the humility and attitude of service by it's founder Jan Tennyson. She took out time to share some of her vision with me and I was immediately excited to join the team. She has touched the hearts and souls of the world's most disadvantaged and discouraged children. The Dare to Dream Children's Foundation has instilled a sense of hope and accomplishment in the hearts and minds of the young people it services by reminding them that they are greater than their current circumstances. Jan Tennyson has a spirit of excellence and her warm and positive attitude is infectious in all of us who are so privileged to help out in the organization. I am moved by the testimonies of not only the children who have been helped by this organization , but also the numerous testimonies of past and present volunteers who have gained so much by giving so much to this blessed organization. Jan Tennyson has personally inspired me to reach for the stars and follow my dreams. Anything is possible....if you just believe. I am eternally grateful for the ministry and blessing she and the Dare to Dream organization has been to my life.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The founder of the program is the reason I support this foundation wholeheartedly. I have been present as she has boldly tells her story. Her story has been not only used as a testimony for His Glory but also as the fertile soil for healing of others. She did not wallow in her pain but saw her pain as the avenue to prevent the same kind of pain in others. I am inspired as I see her consistent work for God's Kingdom. Brenda

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

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Donor

Rating: 5

Jan Tennyson has a heart for young people especially young teenagers who have been incarcerated or orphaned. Jan works so hard to connect them with our group so that they can hear first hand outstanding testimonies of Christian businessmen who can help show them a way to rise above their circumstances and become productive.

3 Theodore C.

Donor

Rating: 5

Dare To Dream: This group reaches out to forgotten youth in state institutions. They are changing lives through their ministry of caring and hope!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I support Dare to Dream because it reaches out to young people, who have been largely forgotten, with the life changing, liberating message of Jesus Christ!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dare to Dream is a foundation for children that fulfills it's name. For over 20 years I've seen it grow and reach out to young people in need. I've seen compassion, encouragement, love and hope given to the youth of this world regardless of race, creed or color. The founder, Jan Tennyson is so passionate about letting every child know that they are valuable and have worth, to not give up, that they are loved and to never let their dream die. Dare to Dream Children's Foundation touches and change lives through mentoring, teaching, fine arts, prayers and the common thread of all humanity, love.

5 Kathy195

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

Dare to Dream Children’s Foundation is 27+ years and still going strong. Volunteers across the land have made this ministry what is today. This awesome ministry has opened the door to many wounded and broken hearts across the world. With that said, many have become productive and amazing citizens across the nation.

3 ggkihlberg

Donor

Rating: 5

I have known Jan Tennyson for over 20 years; and I can say that she started The Dare to Dream Foundation because she has a heart for troubled, neglected and/or abused youth.

I have found Jan to be a kind and sincere woman who has worked tirelessly for others. Dream to Dream Foundation is funded by private donations. Please consider this truly great non-profit organization to be worthy of your donations.

3 Tabitha2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dare to Dream organization is one that has so much purpose and vision for helping abused and neglected youth who have lost hope in their lives. Jan Tennyson, the founder, is a dear friend of mine and she is the most inspirational woman I know. It is a privilege to learn from her. Her vision is to inspire these youth who have lost hope in themselves to dream big! She treats them like royalty. She really believes that their lives can be changed! And because she truly believes in them her actions back up her faith. It is a joy and an adventure to work with her toward changing the lives of these youth!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Clare, I am from Lusaka, Zambia I have been in American for 4 years now. when I first volunteered at Dare to Dream Children's Foundation I had a great experience, it is a great organization I got to work with the children.

Clare M Hanagala

4 Kim_L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dare to Dream is an outstanding ministry that is built on integrity and solid leadership. I have known the founder Jan Tennyson for 20 years. Her heart and calling to reach into the lives of children and help them to see their full potential is amazing. She has touched so many lives by her own story and testimony that they really can dare to dream of a brighter, better and more successful life. Dare to Dream inspires not only the children to achieve more in life, but it also inspires us as volunteers to do so as well. It is truly an honor and privilege to be a part of this amazing ministry.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have seen first hand the wonderful work that Dare To Dream does for children. Young people need to know that they are loved and are important. Dare To Dream provides mentoring and support for some of our most vulnerable children in a positive and meaningful way.

5 Paul138

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dare to Dream is an awesome organization that has, for many years, reached out to not only disadvantaged and disenfranchised children but adults as well. DTD has a long track record of proven success ministering to those cast aside by our society. Jan Tennyson has been a tireless worker for the rehabilitation of children and is a seasoned veteran of working not only with other ministries, but government entities as well, bringing hope and help to many who would otherwise have none.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to serve with Jan and her Dare to Dream team of volunteers when they visit the Juvenile Detention Center in Dallas. Jan is committed to making a difference in the lives of youth and she makes sure that her volunteers are as committed. That's leadership by example if I've ever seen it. There is no doubt in my mind that she is changing the lives of children and the adults (volunteers) who serve them.

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Participating in Dare to Dream Events and volunteering were some if the most meaningful and fulfilling times. I love Jan because she truly has a heart and love for what she does and the children to whom she ministers.

1 Suzanne13

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've worked as a volunteer with Jan, who has such a heart for the children and their lives. She genuinely cares about them reminds them of their individual value and what purposes God has for them. This kind of heart and care is so beautiful and so infectious! I got the privledge to work at Casa Shelter and Marzelle as well as a mission trip to Romania. What an amazing organization! Dare to Dream is special foundation with a great mission to empower our young people!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dare To Dream is an amazing organization led by a remarkable friend, Jan Tennyson. Her heart and passion to encourage children in their lives is infectious! Jan invited me to come and give of my time back in 1997. I had volunteered with some great people and I have seen kids eyes light up with the good news of Christ - and to see that is a just priceless! I've seen hearts and lives transformed because of all that Dare to Dream does for kids. It truly encourages and inspires children to Dream Big with Gods truth of love alongside them.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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)

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I was a volunteer for Dare to Dream some years ago. I had the opportunity to share my testimony and experiences during several visits to a juvenile prison in Dallas, Texas. It touch my heart to see so many young lives impacted by crime and the lack of positive role models in their lives. The teenagers in this juvenile prison need to hear a message of hope and forgiveness; Dare the Dream served as a venue to help reach out to these kids with love and compassion. It was an honor to work along side with Dare to Dream on this initiative.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife, Anita, and I have volunteered with Jan Tennyson and Dare to Dream for years. Most recently, we help with their outreach to youth in detention. Every time we go, we see kids make decisions to follow Jesus. The practical and spiritual emphasis of this organization is truly changing the lives of young people. Being a part of this is one of the most rewarding experiences Anita and I have had. ...Paul and Anita Kerr

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jan Tennyson 08/16/2013

Paul & Anita - you are such a blessing. Thank you for volunteering with Dare to Dream and for your heart for our young people. Jan Tennyson

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am always amazed by the continuing effect that Dare To Dream foundation has on the lives of young people. Jan Tennyson and her volunteers have given hope to 1,000's of young people in sharing how Jesus has impacted their own lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have known Jan Tennyson, founder of Dare to Dream, for many years. I have experienced the DTD impact as both a volunteer at the office and at their outreaches in various youth detention centers.
When DTD volunteers share their message of hope, encouragement and God's love, it is not only life changing for the youth, it is life changing for all the volunteers who participate! I have witnessed the tears of boys from 16-19 who are so moved just because some people they don't even know have taken time to show they really care about them. Dare to Dream is a wonderful organization that is well run and inspires "at risk" youth to know that they are valuable and can rise above their circumstances to be all that God created them to be. I am proud to be associated with such a great organization. Thank you Jan for Dare to Dream.
Linda D.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dare to Dream Children's Foundation continues to advance God's kingdom by introducing Jesus Christ to disadvantage youth that are struggling to managing their lives in today's hectic world. By doing so under the direction and leadership of Jan Tennyson, Dare to Dream Children's Foundation is creating tomorrows leaders that will lead their families, communities, businesses, and most important, the Church of Jesus Christ. This organization is one of integrity and purpose, and has been recognized by leaders in the community as a nonprofit that truly impacts our society for the greater good.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was the very first volunteer for Jan and the Dare to Dream Foundation. As fate would have it, Jan placed an advertisement in a small newspaper. She was looking for a volunteer to help with administrative assignments. To our amazement we lived on the same street. I lived at the beginning of the street and she lived at the end of the street. I know that God was in this relationship right from the beginning.

I admire Jan and love her because of her commitment and unconditional love for the youth. She has really operated this nonprofit charity without much money but that has never stopped her from finding a way to make her dreams and goals to come true. It takes compassion to continually run a nonprofit to support others when the funding is small.

I know that this pioneer has made a difference in the life of many youth and the volunteers who have served her. She has an infectious spirit which no doubt has drawn the help from volunteers, opened doors for her to take youth to places that most of them would only dream of....I suppose that is why God planted the name "Dare to Dream" Childrens Foundation in her heart...because she wanted the people that she served to dare to dream...and experience the impossible that God made possible.

Della Faye

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to volunteer with Jan and the other Dare to Dream volunteers at the Juvenile Detention Center. I must say that they are a committed and passionate group dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of young people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have known the founder Jan Tennyson and started volunteering with the Foundation over 20 years ago. During that time she has not once wavered from her dedication and heart for the children she serves. Growing up in a foster care system, she reaches out from a very special place of connection. Dare to Dream Children's Foundation is so worthy of this recognition! If you could speak to some of the children she has helped, they would tell you what a difference it has made in their lives.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Jan and Dare to Dream are one of a kind. I was a former member of the advisory board and have watched the amazing work the foundation has done for several years. This is a charity that truly makes a difference in our comunity and the lives of at risk youth.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dare to Dream Children's Foundation is an organization that has made a tremendous impact on our youth in Dallas and across the globe. As a volunteer for over eight years at the Casa Shelter in Dallas, Texas I have personally witnessed the impact this organization has on so many children. I have witnessed awards that have been given to Jan Tenneyson that confirmed those in the community have seen for themselves this wonderful impact. I take pride and grateful for the many blessings I've personally received playing a small part of this wonderful organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have volunteered with Dare to Dream at the Henry Wade Justice Center for teenage juveniles. I have been amazed that this age group is so willing to be attentive and hear good news. They are at a point in their lives when they want to change and The Dare To Dream staff, especially Jan Tennyson, its founder, have a special repoire with youth. Volunteers are able to introduce themselves to the youth and lead discussion and prayer with smaller groups at the end of the evening. Others can volunteer to be the main speaker for the evening. The young people are very receptive to people who show that they really care about them. This age group can be saved from a destructive lifestyle by groups like Dare to Dream who show them another path and help them learn how to pursue that path through support of teachers, churches, and new friends once they are released. Dare to Dream reminds the youth that God loves them and has a marvelous plan for their lives. Many of the youth are eager to receive hope and to believe they can "dare to dream."

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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jan Tennyson 11/13/2012

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I love this organization. I get to volunteer with them once a quarter but I travel far to go help as I truly believe in their cause. Jan Tennyson, the Founder, is a professional, caring, and organized lady. This shows in the way all her other volunteers operate. This place is worth volunteers and financial help. If you actually go spend time with the youth in the detention centers, it will change the way you see life and it will be a humbling experience.

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jan Tennyson 11/13/2012

Thanks so much Teresa - You are an inspiration to our youth and we are thrilled to have you on our team. Jan Tennyson

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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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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I met Jan at Hillcrest in the 90's and wanted to volunteer in her organization. She needed office help and at the time, that was all I was able to do after working each day. I know Jan's heart is full of true caring and has shared everything for the cause. Jan is an outstanding mentor and you will not find anyone more devoted to her work. I was truly blessed during my time with her to see the results of her efforts. Dare to Dream has helped so many young people and I have been blessed to be a part of such a great organization.

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jan Tennyson 11/12/2012

Thank you so much Betty - I count on you still to help me with those difficult Excel spread sheets. Thanks for always being available. Jan Tennyson

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The harvest is plenty, but the laborers are few. We learn that the hard way in any group, but what makes an organization special is the ability to do the most with the assets we possess. Jan taught me that I have so much more inside to give and helped me to share that with others to see the greatness that dwells within in each and every one of us. Dare to Dream helps to create oxygen when these children's reserves are running on empty. Hope does not disappoint and neither will those that invest their time and resources to help Dare to Dream Children's Foundation - good luck to all the groups and thanks to all the volunteers in the Non Profit world - the capacity to serve is trully limitless. David A.

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jan Tennyson 11/12/2012

David, your dedication as a donor and as a volunteer is so much appreciated. Watching you grow and marry the woman of your dreams and then to have a precious son, Joseph, warms my heart. Your passion for Christ does not go unnoticed. Many blessings, Jan

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As I was trying to decide between being a Client Served or a Volunteer I was torn because I have had the awesome opportunity to be on both sides of this organization. When I was younger Dare to Dream offered my bothers and I opportunities that our SE status would normally not have been able to afford us. We received gifts at Christmas as well as served other families throughout the year at various events. Now that I am an Educator and the Youth Director at my church, I am able to volunteer with Dare to Dream and serve kids and families allowing them to experience the same opportunities I have had. This is a wonderful ministry to be a part of and I encourage everyone who can to participate in changing the lives of kids forever!

1 Donna68

Volunteer

Rating: 5

While living in Dallas I was blessed to be a volunteer at Dare to Dream. Children big and small receive gifts of love and compassion through this wonderful foundation. May God bless those who help and those who serve, and may He expand the territory and boundaries reached by Dare to Dream.

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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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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I had the great pleasure and privilege to serve at-risk youth with Dare to Dream in the late 90's. Their mission of reaching out and impacting young people heading in the wrong direction was pursued with great passion. Though many at-risk youth were not interested in the efforts of 'do-gooders' trying to help them, it was wonderful to see some respond to the love and care being shown them and begin to turn their lives around. The camaraderie among the volunteers was amazing.

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Donor

Rating: 4

I had a chance to meet Jan 25 years ago when she initially began Dare to Dream. She is a very caring/giving person with a history that truly hits home with her target audience. I am very grateful that I can contribute financially to help her reach kids and let them know that they can have so much more than what they may see in their lives at the moment - she truly helps them to Dare to Dream!!

1 Karissa D.

Donor

Rating: 5

Dare to Dream is an organization that I truly believe in. Jan has made it her life's mission to reach out and help these children. I pray that God continues to use Jan and Dare to Dream to do His work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

God is using Dare to Dream for His plan of redemption. Jan Tennyson has a heart and passion for helping children and her autobiography~~She Dares to Dream~~is highly recommended as inspiration to all! May God continue to bless this organization in its 25th year & beyond! Blessings, Barbie