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jan Tennyson

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Review for Dare to Dream Children's Foundation, Dallas, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Growing up in the foster-care system in New York City has caused me to be passionate about children subjected to abuse. I started Dare to Dream Children's Foundation in 1987 and in 2007 earned the Governor's Lonestar Achievement Award. Knowing that there are people in the community who care and will be involved in helping those less fortunate gives them hope for a positive tomorrow. More at

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By attending education and inspirational session in detention centers, youth shelters, group homes, and orphanages, the impact Dare to Dream has on those who truly need encouragement is amazing. Testimonial letters are available for all to read.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have more people praying for children who need hope. I would never give up encouraging people who need someone to believe in them. Continue teaching principals found in the Bible.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The faithfulness of he volunteers and those who believe that at-risk youth with the right support can become productive citizens of tomorrow.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated and enthusiastic about the Mission of Dare to Dream. They know the history and respect the future dreams to continue this ministry for many years to come. People who have their priorities in order - God, their family, and then their profession.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Start Dare to Dream teams encouraging at risk-youth all over the counry. Publish inspiring stories that would give people hope against all odds. Build a home for those exiting the foster care system that would provide a 2-year bridge to society.

Ways to make it better...

There were more funds to have administrative staff, and the know-how to wrie fund raising grant requests. More volunteers who could work during day time hours who have excellent skills.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Lack of funding for permanent staff. Because of working with at-risk youth, it is difficult to keep track of them over the years.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I appreciate all the time, talent, finances, prayers and effort that the Dare to Dream organization has received since 1987.

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Role:  Board Member & Recruit volunteers to positively impact the lives of at-risk youth temporarily living in group homes, detention centers, shelters and orphanages.

It was a wonderful Dare to Dream session this past Thursday at a Dallas County Juvenile Detention Center. Most of the youth never had a chance to sing Christmas carols with their families. For the first time, many teenagers were smiling and lifting their voices singing The First Noel, Silent Night, Away in the Manger and more. When asked what they liked most about our volunteer time with them - one boy said "I guess we do really still have some joy inside." Another said, "You've reminded us of the real meaning of Christmas.