Chamber members partner with many local agencies to nurture, mentor and educate our youth. Finding and keeping skilled employees is a top concern for businesses, and the success of future generations ensures economic prosperity for our region.
ACH Child and Family Services
formerly All Church Home for Children
3712 Wichita Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76119
Phone: (817) 886-7108
Fax: (817) 335-4043
Notes: Protecting Children. Preserving Families. Since 1915.
Notes: The Big Brothers Big Sisters mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
Notes: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth provides enriching programs in safe facilities for youth from disadvantaged circumstances to develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens-making Fort Worth a better, safer place to live. You can work with tomorrow’s leaders through the Mentor Volunteer Department of the Club.
Breakthrough Fort Worth
formerly known as Summerbridge at Fort Worth Country Day School
4200 Country Day Lane
Fort Worth, TX 76109
Phone: (817) 302-3280, ext 294
Fax: (817) 302-3281
Notes: Breakthrough Fort Worth benefits middle school students from the Fort Worth Independent School District and prospective teachers. Breakthrough Fort Worth is a tuition-free program where talented high school and college students teach promising young middle school students, instilling in them a love of learning and the academic skills they need to succeed in school and in life.
Notes: Camp Fire First Texas has been a cornerstone of youth development in North Texas since 1914. Our programs provide high quality early education opportunities for preschool children, camping and outdoor education for school age children and ensure that at-risk youth graduate high school.
Notes: Cassata High School is a private, nonprofit outreach school of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth that is committed to providing young people with another chance at success. Cassata’s mission has been the same since its inception in 1975: To provide an effective, quality education that enables students of all backgrounds to raise their educational level and complete their secondary education.
The Cassata Connections mentoring program links students with community role models. Mentors meet with students twice monthly for lunch to help encourage them to do their best and positively influence the choices they make.
City of Fort Worth, Parks & Community Services
4200 S. Freeway, Suite 2200
Fort Worth, TX 76115
Phone: (817) 392-5755
Fax: (817) 392-5724
Notes: A variety of educational, cultural and recreational programs are offered for youth throughout Fort Worth. 18 community centers offer after-school programs and 20 sites plus 4 mobile recreation sites host summer day camp. Computer labs and learning centers with Internet access are available.
Notes: Clayton YES! provides before and after school enrichment activities that centers on positive development of the whole child by integrating strategies for physical, intellectual, emotional and social development. Programs are licensed by the state of Texas and are on-site in more than 80 schools in Fort Worth, Birdville, and Keller ISDs.
Communities In Schools - Fort Worth
6707 Brentwood Stair Rd., Suite 510
Fort Worth, TX 76112
Phone: (817) 446-5454
Fax: (817) 446-4664
Notes: Communities In Schools connects needed community resources with young people in schools to help them successfully learn, stay in school and prepare for life.
Notes: CLC, Inc. is a 501c(3) organization that provides skills training services that lead to career progressive jobs for people with barriers to employment and provides employers with qualified workers to meet their workforce needs.
Dancing Classrooms North Texas
1506 W. Pioneer Parkway, Suite 114
Arlington, TX 76013
Phone: (817) 496-6099
Fax: (817) 496-6093
Notes: Our mission is to build social awareness, confidence and self-esteem in children through the practice of social dance.
Through standards-based, in-school residencies, we use the vocabulary of ballroom dance to cultivate the positive feelings that are inherent in every child. The maturity necessary to dance together fosters respect, teamwork, confidence and a sense of joy and accomplishment, which we hope to bring to every child. Ballroom dance is the medium we use to nurture these qualities and build social and physical development.
Notes: Easter Seals Greater North Texas serves more than 4,000 children, adults and families. Visit www.ntx.easterseals.com to learn more about Easter Seals services for people with disabilities.
Family Pathfinders of Tarrant County, Inc.
Mark Boerger, Second Chance Mentoring Coordinator
2601 Clover Lane
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Phone: (817) 731-1173 ext 210
Fax: (817) 731-1207
Notes: Our mission is to strengthen the community by empowering families and individuals to attain self-sufficiency. To submit a volunteer application, click here.
Fort Worth Can Academy
4301 Campus Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76119
Phone: (817) 431-4226
Fax: (817) 531-0443
For more information contact Terri Neal
325 W. 12th St., Ste. 250
Dallas, TX 75208
Phone: 1 (214) 944-1955
Fax: (214) 944-1930
Notes: The mission of Fort Worth Can Academy is to provide the highest quality education for all students, especially those who have struggled in a traditional high school setting, in order to ensure their economic independence. Since its founding in 1985, Texans Can Academies have served more than 70,000 students state-wide!
Fort Worth ISD-21st Century Community Learning Centers
2901 Shotts Street.
Fort Worth , TX 76107
Phone: (817) 871-3192
Fax: (817) 871-3162
Notes: To promote a community of lifelong learners. We provide after school programming for the middle school students at our six locations. Classes include tutoring, math labs, computer classes, martial arts, dance, music, art, car club and more. Evening classes are available for parents and community members as well. GED, ESL, cooking, computer classes, sewing, art, self-defense, job skills, exercise, and conversational spanish are some of the adult classes offered. All six schools are open Monday through Thursday until 9:00 p.m.
Fort Worth ISD-Comprehensive Truancy Initiative Program (CTIP)
5701 Meadowbrook Dr.
Fort Worth, TX 76112-1360
Phone: (817) 815-2900
Fax: (817) 815-2905
Notes: The Comprehensive Truancy Initiative Program which is a division of the Department of Student Engagement and School Completion is designed to encourage all students to graduate from high school as well as bring together educators, parents, academicians, businesses, community leaders and volunteers in support of at risk students. CTIP works closely with FWISD’s Academic Acceleration program to directly affect positive change in the lives of our student body. The programs primary function is to address truancy.
The goal of the Comprehensive Truancy Initiative Program is to encourage all students to successfully complete the requirements for graduation from high school. FWISD, in collaboration with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office, City of Fort Worth, Tarrant County Juvenile Probation Department, and other county and city social service agencies established this program in January 2000. Leaving school before graduation limits opportunities for those who drop out and places a burden on the community with significant social and economic costs. We recognize that dropping out of school has many contributing causes and that a coordinated, comprehensive strategy involving a variety of proven approaches will motivate students to stay in school. The goal of this program is to reduce the number of dropouts and truants who are enrolled in FWISD or residing within the City of Fort Worth..
Fort Worth ISD-School Partnerships
100 N. University Dr., NW259
Fort Worth, TX 76107-1360
Phone: (817) 814-2969
Fax: (817) 814-2965
Notes: Partnering companies and organizations provide volunteers and resources that 1) enrich the academic or cultural experiences of students, and/or 2) help students understand the value of staying in school until graduation.
Fort Worth ISD-Student Support Services
100 N. University Dr., NE233
Fort Worth, TX 76107-1360
Phone: (817) 814-2810
Fax: (817) 814-2812
Notes: Student Support Services will address issues of student achievement through programs and services that address personal growth and social competence in a diverse, democratic society. Student Support Services departments include: Guidance and Counseling, Prevention Education, Intervention Services, Fort Worth After School programs, Student engagement and School Completion, Health Services, and Family and Community Resources.
Notes: Groups of students work half-days for a week in businesses so that they can see how what they are learning in the classroom is directly related to success in the workplace.
Notes: It is the mission of The Fort Worth Public Library to welcome and support all people in their enjoyment of reading and recreational materials, and their pursuit of learning and information.
Fort Worth SPARC
Jim Williamson or Judy Perez
P.O. Box 864
Fort Worth , TX 76101
Phone: (817) 907-9092
Fax: (817) 392-7734
Notes: The vision of Fort Worth SPARC is that “All Fort Worth children and youth will have access to quality Out-of-School-Time programs that promote intellectual, creative and healthy development leading to engaged, productive citizens.”
Fortress Youth Development Center
Dani Kocur, Volunteer Coordinator
712 E Stella St
Fort Worth , TX 76104
Phone: (817) 335-1007
Notes: Fortress Youth Development Center...igniting a brighter future for urban youth by engaging them today and equipping them for tomorrow. We feel called to bring hope to the lives of at-risk children by providing resources that will help them break the cycle of generational poverty. Our programs are designed to ignite spiritually, engage relationally, and equip academically.
Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains, Inc.
Adam Hunter-Development Director
4901 Briarhaven Road
Fort Worth, TX 76109-4499
Phone: (817) 737-7272 ext. 1102
Fax: (817) 732-1261
Notes: Mission statement: "Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Celebrating the 100th anniversary in 2012, Girl Scouts is the preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls - all girls - where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in the real world. In partnership with committed adults, girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives - like strong values, social conscience and conviction about their own potential and self-worth." Girl Scouts is committed to helping today's girls become tomorrow's leaders for the next 100 years.
Girls Incorporated of Tarrant County
Amy Rasor, Development Director
2820 Matlock Rd.
Arlington, TX 76015
Phone: (817) 468-0306
Fax: (817) 557-3008
Fort Worth Office
Becky Balarin, Senior Program Director
2100 N. Main Street, Suite 214
Fort Worth, TX 76164
Phone: (817) 259-1050, ext. 224
Notes: Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold!
Notes: JA is the world’s largest organization dedicated to empowering young people to own their future economic success. Through activity-based, interactive instruction that focuses on entrepreneurship, financial literacy as well as college and career readiness, JA ignites the spark in young people to experience opportunities and meet the realities of work in a 21st century global marketplace.
Notes: The mission of Lena Pope Home is to help create hope, happiness and success for children and families. Impacting over 20,000 individuals a year, we focus on early intervention and prevention through counseling and education using evidence-based, research tested techniques with the children and families we serve.
Dr. Cheryl Kimberling, President
Adena Cytron-Walker, Vice President Programs
500 West 7th St., Suite 1707, Unit 15
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Phone: (817) 332-3271
Fax: (817) 332-3272
Notes: The Mission of the Multicultural Alliance is to promote inclusion, diversity and understanding while working toward eliminating bias, bigotry, and oppression in our community.
Recovery Resource Council
2700 Airport Freeway
Fort Worth, TX 76111
Phone: (817) 332-6329
Fax: (817) 332-2828
Notes: Created in 1957, Recovery Resource Council is a non-profit agency that provides substance abuse and behavioral health prevention, intervention and treatment services to children, youth, individuals, families, veterans and homeless. Their mission is to promote wellness and recovery from alcohol, addiction and mental health issues.
Rising Stars Youth Leadership Academy
Daphne Brookins, HSS/Special Projects
4200 S. Freeway, Suite 2200
Fort Worth, TX 76115
Phone: (817) 392-5784
Fax: (817) 392-5779
Notes: Rising Stars is a Nationally Recognized leadership-based, academic enriched program. It emphaxizes the development of hands-on leadership training, career development, life skills building and problem solving skills.
Notes: Our mission is to provide accessible and innovative prevention, intervention, and counseling services to those youth and families most in need. In addition to providing a number of school based programs, we accept community referrals to provide Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to adolescent females and the Strengthening Families Program offered at various locations throughout the community for youth ages 9-16 and their families.
Notes: Our mission is to encourage and collaborate with North Texas educational professionals and community members to help K-12th grade students build a foundation for success in school and future endeavors through academic mentorship and incentive programs designed to enhance reading skills, promote solid citizenship, and increase self-esteem.
Tarrant County 4-H
Phone: (817) 884-1291
Fax: (817) 884-1941
Phone: (817) 817-884-1291
Fax: (817) 884-1941
Fax: (817) 884-1941
200 Taylor Street, Suite 500
Fort Worth, TX 76196
Notes: The 4-H program provides opportunities for youth to participate in positive learning experiences while developing life skills, which enable them to reach their full potential while growing into responsible adults.
Tarrant County Youth Advocate Programs, Inc.
Kimberly Brandon, Director
4019 Woodland Park Blvd., Suite 103
Arlington, TX 76103
Phone: (817) 801-1612
Fax: (817) 801-1646
Notes: Our mission is to provide individuals who are, have been or may be subject to compulsory care with the opportunity to develop, contribute and be valued as assets so that communities have safe, proven effective and economical alternatives to institutional placement.
Since our founding in 1975, our expertise and passion have been in serving deep-end, multi-need and cross-system youth and families, though we have success across a continuum of needs and challenges. We provide safe, cost-effective services to youth and families involved in numerous systems, including the Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities, Education and Adult Systems. We serve over 13,000 families a year in more than 100 programs across 17 states in rural, suburban and urban areas including 25 major metro areas. Since our beginning in 1975, 100% of our programming occurs in the home communities of the people we serve.
Notes: A planning and advocacy organization whose goal is to mobilize Tarrant County resources in developing programs to prevent, intervene and treat substance abuse. Because We Care/Prevention Programming and the Tarrant Youth Recovery Campus are examples of programs for youth initiated by Tarrant County Challenge.
Tarrant County College Corporate Solutions & Economic Development
5901 Fitzhugh Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76119
Phone: (817) 515-2506
Fax: (817) 515-2505
Notes: Enhancing the economic development of our region is an important part of Tarrant County College’s mission; therefore, a specialized unit of the college was created, TCC Solutions and Economic Development, whose role is to provide customized workforce training.
Tarrant County Juvenile Services
2701 Kimbo Road
Fort Worth, TX 76111
Phone: (817) 838-4643
Fax: (817) 838-4646
Notes: Provides a continuum of services for youth who have broken the law. Services span the range from prevention (example: Neighborhood Conference Committee), immediate interventions (example: victim-offender mediation), intermediate care (example: Tarrant County Advocate Program - see above), residential care (placement into residential treatment), and after-care (family support).
The Learning Center of North Texas
Leslie C. James, Ed.D.
Mallick Tower in West Fort Worth
101 Summit Avenue, Suite 612
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Phone: (817) 336-0808
Fax: (817) 338-4752
Brenda Worley, Co-Director of Schools Attuned
Bronwyn Rew, website contact
Notes: The Learning Center of North Texas offers practical, accessible, and affordable resources to increase the success of individuals, including those with learning differences and disabilities.
Notes: UMOJA-Conducts a behavior modification program for students of all ages at 11 schools 6 hours daily. Youth are resourced to UMOJA - not to their homes. The program includes numerous interventions, such as home visits, tutoring and mentoring, which are provided in both group and one-on-one settings. UMOJA also sponsors a summer camp, as well as an annual conference for 700 - 1000 boys.
United Community Centers, Inc.
1200 E. Maddox
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Phone: (817) 927-5556
Fax: (817) 924-3992
Notes: Provides many services for at-risk youth, such as Awareness Changes Tomorrow (ACT III) for youth 11 - 18 - focuses on leadership, job skills training, community service, and academics; Kid Café, a collaboration with the Food Bank to provide hot evening meals to children 4 - 17 during the school year; after-school child care for youth 4 - 12 - tutoring, family skills, etc.
Volunteer Center of North Texas Serving Tarrant County
4137 Stadium Dr.
Fort Worth , TX 76133
Phone: (817) 927-7172 ext. 256
Fax: (817) 927-3280
Homepage: www.vcnt.org www.voly.org
Notes: The Volunteer Center offers a variety of programs and services to meet the needs of volunteers and the nonprofit agencies that need their help. VOLY.org, powered by the Volunteer Center, connects youth and adults with opportunities to put their passion to work in our community.
Notes: Volunteers of America Texas, a faith based non-profit organization, is committed to serving people in need, strengthening families, and building communities, and the organization provides mentoring and service learning opportunities for high school youth as well as school and community based youth prevention and parenting programs for younger children and their families.
Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County
1320 S. University Drive, Suite 600
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Phone: (817) 413-2802
Fax: (817) 222-8290
Notes: Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County partners with businesses and community groups to prepare the future workforce and enhance the skills of the current workforce, including specialized programs to serve youth. Our goal is simple to Keep Tarrant County Working! If you are a youth ages 17-21 and you would like assistance entering into a successful career path, please visit our website to find the workforce center near you or call 817-413-4400.
For more information contact:
Cynthia Fisher Miller
Senior Director of Workforce and Education