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Dare to Dream Children's Foundation

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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.

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

82 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

14

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.

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.

Review from Guidestar

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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5

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!

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

4 Rita39

Donor

Rating: 5

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

3 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.

4

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!

6

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

6

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.

3

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"!