For Our Learners
When you create boldly and dream big, you’re bound to accomplish great things! Do you want to be an animator, biomedical engineer or high school teacher? Maybe you’ve thought about being a game designer, pastry chef at an international hotel or fashion designer? Or maybe an astronaut, author or entrepreneur and run your own business? All of these career options are possible — if it’s in your imagination, it’s possible! Imagination helps you build your creativity, understand your emotions, develop social skills and shape your unique voice!
We design and deliver high quality programs to best equip our learners with the resources you need to thrive in an ever-changing society. We have programs for nearly every age of youth, so take a look to see which program is most fitting for you!
- Creative Solutions
- The Fellowship Initiative
- Thriving Minds
- Dallas City of Learning
Our learners are the reason behind everything we do at Big Thought. Check out these stories from youth in our community that have been empowered to discover their own greatness.
Christian is a Creative Solutions student who worked with us for more than six years. Through the program, Christian found his voice, his platform and a way to harness his emotions in positive ways.
The learners of our Artivism program get to share stories in many creative ways. This brief video was produced as an invite to a gallery opening. Watching this, you can get a sense of the power in our students’ voices.
Learners who participate in Dallas City of Learning get to do all kinds of cool things, including reading to shelter animals. Reading helps the animals improve their behavioral development through socialization and engagement.
Students who participate in The Fellowship Initiative get to visit colleges to experience what it’s like to be on campus and get a front row seat to lectures and other events. One class got to visit the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
For many students, DaVerse Lounge is a safe haven for self-expression. This student was able to use his spoken word performance at DaVerse Lounge to share his perceptions on the inward and outward manifestations of love.
What to Expect – FAQs
Being a learner at Big Thought means you will be empowered to achieve the greatness that already exists within you. Our programs are designed to help you imagine and create your best life and world.
Take a look at our FAQs to learn more about what to expect as learner at Big Thought:
BIG THOUGHT is a nonprofit that works to provide our learners with the skills and tools you need to imagine and create your best lives and a better world. We never want you to believe that greatness is supposed to look, act or be a certain way. Greatness is inside all of us and Big Thought wants to empower you to find that greatness.
Most of our programs are free of charge to our learners, although some Thriving Minds and Dallas City of Learning events may have minimal fees. Be sure to have your parent or caregiver check the registration form of the program you are interested in to learn more. Our programs and services are designed to build your creative muscle, in after school, during school and summer learning opportunities. Together, with our partners and supporters, we are able to give our youth access to these learning experiences.
Each Big Thought program has its own participation guidelines and requirements. The programs that you and your parents have direct access to sign up for are the Thriving Minds After School and Dallas City of Learning summer enrichment activities and programs.
Please coordinate sign-ups for these programs with your parent or caregiver!
Thriving Minds (offered at designated Dallas ISD school campuses):
Dallas City of Learning (offered in the summer):
Do I have to enroll for a Big Thought program through my school or can I enroll through Big Thought directly?
Most of our programs are through designated school campuses and your school will communicate directly with you regarding scheduling and availability. To find out if your campus is participating in one of these campus-specific programs, check out the pages for Thriving Minds and DaVerse.
The programs that you and your parents have direct access to sign up for are Artivism, The Fellowship Initiative (coming Spring 2020) and Dallas City of Learning summer enrichment activities programs.
Please coordinate sign-ups for these programs with your parents!
Thriving Minds (offered at specific Dallas ISD school campuses):
Dallas City of Learning (offered in the summer):
Additionally, some summer camps through Dallas City of Learning are location based. You can find out what camps will be available beginning April 15 at dallascityoflearning.org.
Big Thought is here to help prepare you for further education, work and life. We use programs and learning systems that cultivate creativity, develop social and emotional learnings skills and assist you in developing your own voice. We believe these skills will help assist you in developing your options and empower you to navigate real life changes.
Learners, if you have questions about Big Thought programs you are already participating in, or if you want to learn more about our programs have your you can contact us!
Director of Out of School Programs
Director of Creative Voices
Sasha Maya Ada Davis
Dallas City of Learning
Senior Manager, Learning Systems
Creative Solutions Specialist
The Fellowship Initiative
Program Manager, The Fellowship Institute