Thriving Minds

Our Big Opportunity

The opportunity gap prevents many students from testing their curiosity and discovering their potential during the critical out-of-school time hours in a safe, supportive and engaging environment.

Our Big Thought

We make imagination central to after-school and summer learning programs, creating periods of enrichment that are stimulating yet rigorous.

Our Innovative Approach

We strategically connect partners and resources across the city to address the specific educational needs of students and families. No two programs are alike because they are tailored to the communities in which we serve.

Our Impact
Thriving Minds After-School

  • Between 2011-2015, Big Thought has served 39 sites, enrolled more than 21,500 students, engaged 6,800 parents and caregivers through our parent engagement initiatives, provided more than 5.3M student and adult hours of programming and partnered with more than 100 organizations to provide high-quality programming.
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of after-school participants assessed showed improvements in English and Math

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of after-school participants showed better classroom behavior (principal survey)

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of after-school participants moved from “non-proficient” to “proficient” on state-mandated tests

Thriving Minds Summer Camp

  • Thriving Minds Summer Camp launched in 2010 and has since provided programming at up to 17 elementary and 9 middle school campuses, served more than 23,00 students (K-8) and delivered close to 4M hours of programming.
  • Thriving Minds Summer Camp programming was offered to 8,500 students at 60 partner sites in 2014 and 2015.
  • Students participating in Thriving Minds Summer Camp enter the fall with a meaningful advantage in math.*
  • Among students who attend at least 22 days or receive 39 hours of reading instruction also enter school in the fall with a meaningful advantage in reading.*
  • 71% of parents say that if this summer camp program were not available, their child would be at home or at a neighbor’s house (Parent/Caregiver Survey, 2014).
  • 52% of students assessed showed positive gains in Relationship Skills competency (Devereux Student Strengths Assessment, 2014).

Ready for Fall? Near-Term Effects of Voluntary Summer Learning Programs on Low-Income Students’ Learning Opportunities and Outcomes, 2014, The Rand Corporation.


Our After-School Program Sites

Dallas ISD Elementary Schools
George Washington Carver Learning Center
3719 Greenleaf St.
(972) 794-3600
Site Manager: Yasmin Lockett

Casa View Elementary
2100 N. Farola Dr.
(972) 749-7700
Site Manager: Judy Danielson

Lorenzo De Zavala Elementary
3214 N. Winnetka Ave.
(972) 892-6400
Site Manager: Melissa Hurtado

Anson Jones Elementary
3901 Meredith Ave.
(972) 794-4700
Site Manager: Jose Sosa

Jerry R. Junkins Elementary
2808 Running Duke Dr.
(972) 502-2400
Site Manager: Joanna Rodriguez

Dallas ISD Middle Schools 

Harold Wendell Lang Sr.
Middle School

1678 Chenault St.
(972) 925-2400
Site Manager: Nikomo Logan

Thomas C. Marsh Middle School
3838 Crown Shore Dr.
(972) 502-6600
Site Manager: Shianne Patrick

Francisco Medrano
Middle School

9815 Brockbank Dr.
(972) 925-1300
Site Manager: Christopher Vining

Community Sites
Uplift Luna Preparatory
2020 N. Lamar
Dallas, TX 75202
(214)442-7882
Site Manager: Val England

Behind Every Door (BED)
Village Oaks Apartments
3550 E. Overton Rd. Dallas
Site Manager: Kea Westbrook, kea.westbrook@bigthought.org

Bath House Cultural Center

521 E Lawther Dr, Dallas, TX 75218
(469) 621-8992
Site Contact: James Adams
james.adams@bigthought.org

Thriving Minds at Dallas Independent School District schools contact:
Dolores Raivzee-Bell, Sr. Program Manager
dolores.bell@bigthought.org or 214-520-0023

Thriving Minds at Uplift Education and community partner sites contact:
James Adams, Programs Manager
james.adams@bigthought.org or 469-621-8992

About Thriving Minds

Major philanthropic support is provided by: ACE, City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, The David M. Crowley Foundation, Dallas ISD, Lockheed Martin, Roy & Christine Sturgis Charitable Trust, Target, Texas Instruments Foundation, The Pollock Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, Sid W. Richardson Foundation, United Way

Thriving Minds at Village Oaks also receives funding generously provided by: Rees-Jones Foundation, The Hillcrest Foundation

Latest News

Thriving Minds Summer Camp sites will be announced and registration opens in late spring.

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