Third grade is a critical year for a student’s lifelong success. By the end of third grade, children reading on grade level are three times more likely to graduate from high school, but only about 40 percent of students in Dallas ISD are currently meeting this benchmark.
“Music deserts” occur when students in schools with a higher percentage of poverty lack access to music. They tend to have fewer music teachers, music courses, dedicated rooms for music, and proper equipment. Young Strings works to bridge the gap and fight these inequities by increasing diversity and access to music education across the city of Dallas.
Nia-Tayler Clark radiated a sense of calm as she sat across from me in BLACKLIT, the bookstore that she founded as a safe space to address the lack of minority representation in literature. One would never assume that she had found the locks changed and an eviction notice on her door just a few days prior.
As January comes to a close, we recognize that human trafficking is a year-round issue in North Texas and across the country. Texas is the second-largest state for human trafficking, and Dallas is the second-largest city, only behind Houston. We have put together a list of North Texas organizations that are doing good work to combat trafficking and support survivors.
January is Human Trafficking Awareness month, so the team at Dallas Doing Good sat down with New Friend New Life’s chief program officer, Jessica Brazeal, to hear more about how this issue impacts our North Texas community. New Friends New Life (NFNL) is a nonprofit organization that restores and empowers sex trafficked and sexually exploited teen girls, women and their children, and drives awareness of its prevalence.
Under the artistic direction of Valerie Shelton-Tabor and Carter Alexander, Ballet Dallas performing their newest triple-bill performance, Inspired Voices, on December 14th and 15th. The show is created to reflect the lightness and joy of the holiday season, while sparking heartfelt conversation around life, healing, and honesty.