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hope for teens


EMBRACE  |  EQUIP  |  EMPOWER

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hope for teens


EMBRACE  |  EQUIP  |  EMPOWER

 
 
 

We embrace, equip and empower teens to overcome adversity and live purposeful lives...

Since 2004, Journey to Dream has positively impacted the lives of more than 85,000 teen-agers in North Texas.

Journey to Dream, a North Texas based non-profit, has been dedicated to supporting teens and allowing them to reach their full potential. Through curriculum‐guided, non‐judgmental support groups, Journey to Dream delivers a safe haven for teens and helps them build the skills to overcome adversity within their lives.

Our organization is open to all teens regardless of background and circumstances. We provide community outreach, support services and homeless programs, including our new emergency youth shelter for unaccompanied teens: Kyle's Place, located in Lewisville, Texas – the only one of its kind in North Texas.

 
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Our Vision and mission


Journey to Dream believes that ALL teens have an opportunity to realize their potential and pursue their dreams.  We embrace, equip and empower teens to overcome adversity and live purposeful lives.

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Our Vision and mission


Journey to Dream believes that ALL teens have an opportunity to realize their potential and pursue their dreams.  We embrace, equip and empower teens to overcome adversity and live purposeful lives.

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EMBRACE

After working with teens for over a decade, we found the one thing they all seem to have in common is the need to be accepted. So many have their world turned upside down by divorce, abuse, death, or addiction. Journey to Dream aims to provide a safe place where teens feel accepted and understood. 

EQUIP

The very word "equip" means to make ready or to furnish what is needed for the job. In our case, the "job" is becoming a self-sufficient, productive, healthy adult. That can mean anything from teaching a teen how to cope with difficult emotions, how to communicate well, write a resume or set goals for the future.

EMPOWER

Whether sharing a testimony of hope to inspire others or gaining confidence through positive peer influence; JTD teens are taught to not only make a difference but to be the difference. Teens experience increased self-worth, a safe place for second chances, the support and skills needed to pursue their God-given dreams.

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WHAT WE DO


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WHAT WE DO


PEER-TO-PEER PREVENTION ASSEMBLIES

Students create dynamic, peer-to-peer presentations to educate and empower their peers in abstaining from destructive behaviors. Age appropriate performances include relevant music, powerful videos, student dramas, and stories that successfully engage and impact students with a message of hope and overcoming.  

SUPPORT GROUPS

Support groups provide a safe haven for teens to share life, finding acceptance and understanding, while gaining education and life skills necessary to make positive choices. Journey to Dream curriculum provides program facilitators with everything they need and covers topics such as substance abuse, bullying, healthy boundaries, coping skills and more.

KYLE'S PLACE

In 2016, Journey to Dream will open Kyle’s Place: a home for unaccompanied youth.  In addition to the support services we’ve honed over the years working with students; Kyle’s Place will provide unaccompanied youth with a safe place to sleep, out of harm’s way of human traffickers and violent offenders. Kyle’s Place will prove the rule that housing the homeless costs far less than leaving them on the street. The value gleaned from keeping these kids in school, empowering them with life skills, and returning them to the community where they can apply their God-given talent, is limitless. 

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Become a Dream MAKER


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Become a Dream MAKER


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Did You Know?


            

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Did You Know?


            

  • American teenagers are the most stresses out age group in the U.S. according to a 2013 American Psychiatric Association Stress in America survey.

  • Only 50% of teens report feeling confident about their ability to handle their personal problems.

  • Rates of suicide attempts are significantly higher in adolescents (ages 13 - 17) than in emerging adults or adults according to a study about depression published in 2012 in the journal Clinical Psychological Science.

  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death among persons aged 10- 14, and the second among persons aged 15-34. (CDC 2015)

  • Among students in grade 9-12 in the U.S. during 2013, 17% of students seriously considered suicide in the previous 12 months.

  • One in every 30 children in the U.S. are homeless - a historic high. (National Center on Family Homelessness)

  • Up to 40% of homelessness school-age children have mental health problems requiring clinical evaluation.

  • Since it's beginning in 2004, Journey to Dream has reached hundreds of thousands of young people in North Texas.

  • Journey to Dream provides the only youth homeless shelter in Denton County.

  • Unlike any other youth homeless shelter, Journey to Dream's Kyle's Place serves unaccompanied youth.