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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

16 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.

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

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!!!!

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 Rita39

Donor

Rating: 5

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

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!

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

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!

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.

1

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.

1

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

1 Syreeta B.

Donor

Rating: 5

Dare to Dream is a wonderful organization. I am glad to have donated to the organization to help children dare to dream.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I think I first heard of the sound work that Dare to Dream was providing to children in 1995. It has been a pleasure to be of some support to this organization since that time. Jan Tennyson has a true heart for children, especially those that have been separated from their families. As it has been said, "our greatest ministry opportunities come from our greatest hurts': If you read Jan's autobiography, "She Dares to Dream", it's evident that God was planning to use her in this way from an early age. James 1:27 tells us: "True religion is to visit the fatherless and the widows in their trouble . . ." Jan has been demonstrating true religion for many years and its true that actions speak much louder than words.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Dare to Dream has changed lives for decades. The love and concern for children is phenominal! God's love shines through this director and her volunteers. All have stepped out in total faith to ministry to children all over the world who are hurting and need encouragement to feel good about themselves and live productive, fruitful lives. I cannot say enough good about this wonderful foundation.