This has been a momentous week for Social Venture Partners Dallas, our city, and the most vulnerable youth in our community.
A tragedy of enormous proportion, Texas currently has the third-highest number of homeless students in the nation, and Dallas ranks highly within the state. Three years ago, Dallas Independent School District identified 3,500 students who called our community home but did not have one, spending their days in our schools and spending their nights in cars, in abandoned buildings, on couches, and under bridges. Hundreds of those youth were identified as unaccompanied, living without shelter or any adult guardian. Those numbers have not changed and headlines have continued to call attention to this injustice.
In just a year’s time, many of these young people will have a place to find the shelter, care, and support they need to complete their education and reclaim their future toward positive life outcomes. We are proud to say that SVP Dallas has played a key role as an incubator for After8toEducate to develop a comprehensive solution for these youth.
Approved by an 8-0 vote of DISD Trustees on Thursday, October 26, 2017, DISD will partner with After8toEducate to create a first-of-its-kind shelter and drop-in facility for homeless youth in DISD. The District is allowing the currently vacant Fannie C. Harris Elementary School near Fair Park to be renovated into the shelter facility. The facility will provide 35 beds for overnight shelter, 24/7 drop-in services with showers and hot meals, and the education and support services these young people need.
After8toEducate is an umbrella organization for the collective effort of multiple, local organizations collaborating to provide this solution, specifically City Square, Promise House, SVP Dallas, and now DISD.
We are proud to say that After8ToEducate is powered by SVP Dallas. We are even more proud to see our community taking a massive stride toward providing safe harbor for some of the most vulnerable youth in Dallas.
Read more about the DISD vote and After8toEducate through the articles linked below or visit the After8toEducate website
News About After8ToEducate and SVP Dallas:
- Dallas ISD will donate shuttered campus to create first-of-its-kind shelter for homeless HS students – Dallas Morning News
- Dallas ISD Must Help End Youth Homelessness – written by SVP Dallas Partner Jorge Baldor – Dallas Morning News
- Dallas ISD considers proposal to help house homeless students – North Dallas Gazette
- More That 1 Million K-12 Students Are Homeless. What One District Is Doing About It. – Education Week