AVANCE-Dallas provides family support and education services to at-risk, economically impoverished families. During our 18 years of service, we have furthered the education of more than 26,000 North Texans, and we have grown to 38 sites in 2014.
The term “avance” [ah-vahn-say] is a Spanish verb that means “to advance,” and we advance the lives of more than 4,000 children and parents annually.
Your financial support helps people like Joel (pictured right). Joel graduated from the AVANCE-Dallas program in 2000 when he was four years old. In June 2014 he graduated with a 4.0 GPA from the Judge Barefoot Sanders (JBS) Law Magnet at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center. Today, he's a freshman at the University of North Texas.
Joel dreams of becoming a lawyer and aspires to do “bigger and better things in life.” And he attributes his success today to the foundation he received as a preschooler: “AVANCE has set the basis for my education. It has taught me that my education is a powerful weapon and something no one else can take.”
With your donation, you will help more low-income moms get equipped to read with their children and support their children in school and more at-risk children get prepared for lifelong achievement.
Together, we can make a difference for children.
Without the early nurture and intellectual stimulation of parents, children step into school unprepared for the academic expectations they must meet. Starting kindergarten behind leads children on a path to school failure, low income, drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, and crime. But parents can bypass these problems by setting the stage for educational achievement during a child’s years from birth to age five.
AVANCE-Dallas seeks to address school failure and its drain on society by focusing on an ethnic group particularly at-risk for low academic achievement—Hispanics. Furthering the education of Hispanic children from their earliest days is perhaps our most pressing task for ensuring a strong future for Dallas County. Hispanics make up the largest ethnic population in Dallas County, but have the highest poverty and school attrition rates, making our city’s success intertwined with theirs.