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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

37 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.

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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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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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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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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

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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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met Jan while attending Hillcrest Church in the 90's. She is an amazing, godly woman who is so committed to her relationship with the Lord and to her ministry, Dare to Dream. Jan is very diligent and persevering and as a result the children she touches in her ministry are experiencing the love of God, and for many, for the first time in their life. She is a wonderful role model in many ways. Many blessings and prosperity on Dare to Dream so Jan can continue to bring joy and hope into the lives of so many kids who feel they've been left behind. Live on Dare to Dream!

1 John49

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was lucky enough to meet Jan in 2000. I participated in mentoring of youth at several locations in the DFW area. I was impressed with Jan's heart for children and her compassion when it came to helping them get through their tough times growing up. It was a pleasure being a part of her organization and being able to be a positive influence on the children that we mentored. If you have a heart for seeing the lives of today's youth changed, then DTDCF is one organization that you can support and know that a difference is being made locally and around the world with Jan's help.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

No one cares more about kids with disfunctional backgrounds than Jan Tennyson. I found that out when I first volunteered to be a part of the Dare To Dream "Team." Prison Ministry is a strong calling for me. I talk to lots of adult inmates who come from unhealthy environments, many of whom would not have continued on their path of lawless behaviour had someone like Jan come into their lives when they were teenagers.

Jan is unflagging in her determination to continue to make a difference in the lives of young people. It is an honor and a privilege to serve with her in that effort.

Bill Kushnir

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered to be on one of the many teams that Dare to Dream operates in the county of Dallas, Texas. The detention center houses up to 100 children ages from 7 up to 17 awaiting their trials or release dates. You can see the same faces for several month until their cases are determined. I talked privately with them to find out their greatest need, which for many was someone to listen to them and prayed with them. Some accepted Jesus Christ as their savior with tears in their eyes, many needed more time and understanding because the world had roughly treated them robbing many of their innocence. They are all a work in progress because of their environment, but Dare to Dream makes a significant impact while they are incarcerated. The world I live in is very troubled and it's up to me to help change the youth's attitude that each person can Dare to Dream of a better, more loving and caring world tomorrow. I am now a resident Missionary to Haiti.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have known Jan Tennyson and her work with the children's foundation since 2000. As she and the teams she trains reach out to youth in detention centers, orphanages and the foster care system, I have seen the effect her message of faith, hope and love has brought to hundreds, perhaps thousands. She inspires and builds self esteem in youth who see no hope, have received little love and possess little self esteem. Her teams share from their heart and there is always a positive response by the youth who see someone who genuinely cares about them. This organization has reached out for 20 years to lift up disadvantaged youth. I am proud to be a friend of Jan Tennyson's and to have had the privilege of volunteering in Dare to Dream.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dare to Dream Foundation has made such an impact in my life because of the volunteers associated with this organization. The founder and the volunteers are all solid individuals who are truly impacting the youth of this generation. They not only reach out with their acts of service, but they really love and care for them. You can see it in the way they communicate with the youth. I have seen different youth's lives be changed and transformed because of the work they are doing. The volunteers are sensitive to the youth and what they have gone through but are not afraid to boldly speak life into their lives and to speak truth into their spirits. The founder is the most loving person I know. She makes the foundation different and unique because of her love for God and her love for youth and all people. She is an inspiration for all and any youth that comes in contact with her can't help but be touched by her love whether they know it or not.