Journey to Dream (JTD) embraces, equips and empowers hurting, at-risk and homeless teens to overcome adversity and live purposeful lives. JTD's goal is to impact the vulnerable population hurting, at-risk teens, youth in crisis and homeless teens. We know by providing this raising population with basic needs, shelter, as well as empowering them with positive coping/life-skills, they will become self-sufficient, productive, independent adults. Journey to Dream (JTD) has been an integral community leader in the support of this underserved population since 2004, with a mission dedicated to supporting teens overcome adversity, destructive behaviors and live purposeful, productive lives.
To date, Journey to Dream has positively impacted tens of thousands of young people with a message of hope and overcoming adversity through prevention/ intervention assemblies, mentoring, student support groups, shelter, and essential life needs. JTD offers services to a growing population of homeless youth through the open teen homeless shelter in North Texas - Kyle's Place, transitional housing for unaccompanied youth.
Our goal is to impact vulnerable populations explicitly hurting, at-risk teens, homeless, youth in crisis, and those suffering from destructive behaviors and living in dysfunctional environments. Journey to Dream programs address hurting, at-risk and homeless teens providing a safe environment allowing the teens to be themselves, share their fears and concerns and learn skills to gain confidence and become self-sufficient.
Journey To Dream created a Strategic plan with goals of collaborative efforts with school districts, community residents, businesses, like non-profits and governmental entities. Our programs address two primary functional areas, the shelter for homeless unaccompanied teens and on-going services to support hurting, at-risk and homeless teens.
The JTD programs are designed to prevent, identify and serve at-risk and homeless youth through outreach, emergency shelter, family reunification work when safe, connection to education, employment and healthcare, transitional housing, and independent housing resources. JTD plays a unique role in the support and services available to this underserved teen population. At risk teens who do seek assistance and programs are have limited options.
As a LISD student, I first realized I was not the only one who suffered from depression and suicidal thoughts during a JTD school assembly. I was moved by the assembly and powerful message of hope; I joined the JTD program on her high school campus. Through the JTD program, I gained positive and healthy coping skills, as well as receive weekly support and encouragement from my peers. I am now a graduating senior at Dallas Baptist University, crediting JTD for not only saving my life but providing me a renewed self-esteem and skills needed to thrive academically and be effective leased on my college campus.
Anna - Dallas Baptist University Graduate
My name is Andy Eads and I am the County Commissioner for Precinct 4 in Denton County. I am writing this letter to express my support of Journey to Dream and their efforts to support at-risk teens in Denton County.
Journey to Dream provides hope, encouragement, support, education, and inspiration to kids struggling with destructive behaviors, often prompted by issues beyond their control. In addition, Journey to Dream has placed a priority on securing a home in order to provide a safe haven for homeless teens. Many people in our community have only recently become aware of the issue of homelessness affecting hundreds of teens in Denton County and are anxious to help with this endeavor.
I want to reiterate my support of Journey to Dream. The number of at-risk teens in this community continues to rise, and it is only through the efforts of organizations like this that we will be able to make a difference and stop this growing epidemic.
Please don’t hesitate to call my office at 940-349-2801 or email me at Andy.Eads@dentoncounty.com if I can be of assistance or answer any questions.
Commissioner, Pct. 4