Since 2004 we have positively impacted the lives of 100,000 youth in Dallas-Fort Worth by embracing, equipping, and empowering them.

 

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.


As a mom of teens, I can’t imagine how awful it would be for them to be stranded on their own, with no one to help provide for them or guide them through the difficult teenage days. I’m inspired by the options and care you are providing for local teens, and definitely want to be a part of helping them know they are loved. There is hope and help and a good future for them, and still people who care enough to gather around them for the journey. Thank you for the difference you are making.
— Melanie Carr

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.  

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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.

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HOMELESS PROGRAMS

 

The statistic is eye-opening: One in 30 children in the U.S. is homeless, a historic high. North Texas is certainly not immune to the issue. In the 2014-15 school year the TEA reported that Denton County school districts had over 2,000 homeless students, many of those high school students. Kyle's Place, a ministry of Journey to Dream, is the only youth homeless shelter in Denton County serving unaccompanied youth.

 

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TRAINING AND RESOURCES