Over 1.8 million nonprofits and charities for donors, volunteers and funders

2016 Top-Rated Nonprofit

Dare to Dream Children's Foundation

Claim This Nonprofit

More Info

Add to Favorites

Share this Nonprofit

Donate

Volunteering Oportunities

Nonprofit Overview

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

37 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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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!

3

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.

4

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.

3

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.

2

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!

Previous Stories
1

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.

1 Jose9

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.

2

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

Comments ( 1 )

profile

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

2

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.

2

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.

2

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.