Creative Solutions

The Challenge

Once juveniles are convicted of a crime, the opportunity gap widens exponentially, making it even more difficult for youth to chart their own path.

The Solution

We partner with the Dallas County Juvenile Department and Southern Methodist University to re-ignite the imaginations of these high-potential young people through performing and visual arts, including a culminating theater event and art exhibit. Together, we instill skills associated with job and college readiness such as teamwork, decision-making, problem-solving, critical thinking and communication.

The Dallas County Juvenile Department has the lowest recidivism rate in the state, which they have attributed in part to the success of Creative Solutions.

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*2014/2015 Annual Report

**Recidivism is based on the number of youth who receive new referrals to the juvenile system up to 180 days after their date of enrollment into the contractor’s program.

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Program Lead

Allison Caldwell , Program Specialist,
[email protected] or 469-621-8976

Major philanthropic support provided by: Dallas County Juvenile Department, Dallas County Juror’s Fund, Anonymous, Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts, ExxonMobil, Mr. and Mrs. David Chortek, Ms. Serena Simmons Connelly, Mr. Tom Connelly, Elizabeth Toon Charities, Hillcrest Foundation, Sammons Enterprises, Inc., The M.R. & Evelyn Hudson Foundation, Mr. Jay Judas, Texas Bar Foundation, The Junior League of Dallas, TurningPoint Foundation, Katherine C. Carmody Charitable Trust, Ms. Eliza Solender, Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and The Ellen Wood Fund.

Big Thought is proud to be an ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program Agency for 2016.

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