Who We Are
Too many young people grow up in environments that do not empower youth to discover their own greatness. Income, community resources, race, and English proficiency largely determine opportunities for success.
Youth in marginalized communities can be left to believe that greatness is supposed to look, act and be a certain way – and they can never achieve it.
The truth is, GREATNESS is in all of us.
That belief is at the heart of our work at Big Thought.
Who We Are
BIG THOUGHT is an impact nonprofit that closes the opportunity gap by equipping all youth in marginalized communities with the skills and tools they need to imagine and create their best lives and a better world.
Building on the strong foundation provided by family and caregivers, we are allies in young peoples’ growth, helping to prepare them for further education, work and life.
Our most vital partners are the youths themselves. We help them determine and drive their own outcomes by equipping them with tools to navigate real life challenges.
Founded in 1987 by Dallas civic leaders Edith O’Donnell and Mitch Jericho as an affiliate of Young Audiences, the organization began innovating education from its inception by bringing arts and cultural performances into classrooms at a time when the arts had been marginalized or even eliminated from public school curricula. As we grew, our mission and work expanded and in 2004, the name Big Thought was adopted to reflect the broadened scope and vision.
Today, we are a recognized leader in arts education, after school programming, summer learning, juvenile justice, learning systems and social and emotional learning.
How We Do It
Big Thought designs, curates, and delivers HIGH IMPACT PROGRAMS that are built upon hands on experiential learning. Because we understand the harsh challenges many youth in marginalized communities face, we embrace trauma-informed methodology.
At Big Thought, we aim to help all young people MAXIMIZE THEIR POTENTIAL in a twenty-first century world. Our programs offer pathways to build skills relevant to thrive in work today and in the future.
Three Main Ways We Work
Our Program Model
The Big Thought team and our partners are able to achieve success in our community through our social and emotional focus, experiential learning, community-centered partnerships, equity lens and future focus.
Big Thought Partners
We love our partners.
Big Thought works with partners in everything we do. Together, we are closing the opportunity gap.
Our Program Partners facilitate and deliver their own curriculum as contractors at Big Thought programs and activities. A Program Partner can be either individuals or organizations.
Looking to learn more? Reach out to us directly and we are happy to spark a conversation!
Director of Out of School Programs
Director of Creative Voices
Big Thought Institute
Director of Consulting Services, Big Thought Institute
Sasha Maya Ada Davis
Senior Manager, Learning Systems
Chief Big Thought Institute Officer
Chief Programs & Systems Officer
Manager of Learning Partners