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.

of after-school participants assessed showed improvements in English and Math


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


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.

Thriving Minds Has a Presence at These Locations

DeSoto ISD Schools

Cockrell Hill Elementary
425 S. Cockrell Hill Rd
DeSoto, TX 75115

Frank D. Moates Elementary
1500 Heritage Blvd
Glenn Heights, TX 75154

Ruby Young Elementary
707 Young Blvd
DeSoto, TX 75115

The Meadows Elementary
1016 The Meadows Pkwy
DeSoto, TX 75115

Northside Elementary
525 Ray Ave
DeSoto, TX 75115

Woodridge Elementary
1001 Woodridge Dr
DeSoto, TX 75115

DeSoto East Middle School
601 E Belt Line Rd
DeSoto, TX 75115

DeSoto West Middle School
800 n Westmoreland Rd
DeSoto, TX 75115

McCowan Middle School
1500 Majestic Meadow Dr
Glenn Heights, TX 75154

Dallas ISD Schools

Nathan Adams Elementary School
12600 Welch Rd
Dallas, TX 75244

Highland Meadows Elementary School
8939 Whitewing Ln
Dallas, TX 75238

Martha Turner Reilly Elementary School
11230 Lippitt Ave
Dallas, TX 75218

Victor H. Hexter Elementary School
9720 Waterview Rd
Dallas, TX 75218

Uplift Education

Uplift Mighty Preparatory
3700 Mighty Mite Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76105

Behind Every Door

Willow Pond Apartments
6003 Abrams Rd
Dallas, TX 75231

Village Oaks Apartments
3550 E. Overton Rd
Dallas, TX 75216

Thriving Minds contact:
James Adams, Programs Manager
[email protected] or 469-621-8992

About Thriving Minds

Thriving Minds After School is supported in part by: The Pollock Foundation; Roy & Christine Sturgis Charitable Trust; City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs; Pizza Hut/YUM! Brands; The David M. Crowley Foundation; The Wallace Foundation; Target Corporation; Sid W. Richardson Foundation; Best Buy; AT&T Aspire Mentoring Academy; Sammons Corporation; and Theodore and Beulah Beasley Foundation.

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

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