Big Thought’s programs and services are designed to make imagination a part of everyday learning for under-resourced students. Each program has been uniquely developed to address a specific facet of the opportunity gap – we call these our Big Opportunities. Together with our partners, we tackle each Big Opportunity with programming and interventions that give students unprecedented access to imaginative experiences.
Creative Solutions: Creative Solutions is a partnership with the Dallas County Juvenile Department and Southern Methodist University to help students on probation develop life skills through performing and visual arts programs.
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.
DaVerse: DaVerse is a spoken word program that helps high school and middle school students find their voice and express themselves creatively.
The Challenge – The lack of access to performing arts and other modes of self-expression, plus the absence of safe havens for creative exchanges, widens the opportunity gap for young people.
The Solution – In collaboration with Journeyman Ink, we use empathy and imagination to help middle and high school students find their voice through a tailored teaching curriculum, after-school clubs, workshops, and DaVerse Lounge spoken word events at Life in Deep Ellum.
Dallas City of Learning: Dallas City of Learning is a citywide initiative to ensure all students have access to high-quality summer learning programs that stem summer learning loss.
The Challenge – Many children do not have access to summer learning, widening the opportunity gap as hours of learning loss accumulate from K through 12.
The Solution – Dallas City of Learning is a public-private citywide partnership between the Big Thought, the City of Dallas and Dallas ISD to ensure all students have access to summer learning opportunities that stem summer learning loss. Dallas City of Learning builds a powerful network of neighborhood, community, and city partners to connect students to valuable local and digital resources.
Learning Partners: Learning Partners provides public school educators with high-quality programs and field trips that help teachers bring learning to life.
The Challenge – Public school programming offers increasingly less exposure to real-world experiences outside of the classroom in the arts, humanities and sciences, which expands the opportunity gap.
The Solution – Learning Partners, in partnership with Dallas ISD, is an initiative that provides public school educators with thousands of imaginative, high-quality programs and field trips through our partners to help teachers bring learning to life.
Library Out Loud: Library Out Loud is a partnership with the Dallas Public Library to bring free programs that give families a chance to foster a love of reading.
The Challenge – When children lack access to literary experiences, their vocabulary and reading comprehension skills are significantly lower than their peers, further deepening the opportunity gap.
The Solution – The public library remains a neighborhood-based resource for endless imaginative opportunities that foster a love of reading. We partner with the Dallas Public Library to bring free, interactive programs that give children and their caregivers the chance to explore and learn through storytelling.
Thriving Minds: Thriving Minds after-school and summer programs provide enriched creative learning experiences that support academic and social-emotional learning.
The Challenge – The opportunity gap prevents many students from expanding their curiosity and discovering their potential during the critical after-school hours in a safe, supportive and engaging environment.
The Solution – Thriving Minds after-school and summer programs provide enriched creative learning experiences uniquely tailored to support and develop academic and social-emotional learning. Each program is individually designed to fit the needs of schools and community centers.Big Thought Programs