Create Champions Initiative

An initiative that matches high school students with caring and knowledgeable guides, helping students identify the best post-secondary school opportunities that set them up for success

Core Elements of Create Champions Initiative

  • Assist in developing invaluable life skills such as communication, teamwork, and time management
  • College & Postsecondary Preparations
  • Support, guide and advise on wrap around resources
  • Build and bolster relationships with Scholars and their parents/guardians throughout the transition from high school to college

Create Champions is currently accepting applications!

Community CHAMPIONS’ Corner

Your voice can have an impact on young creators. Check out these conversations with some of the Champions in our community:

134 Youth served annually
2608 Student & Champion Connection hours annually
30% Enrolled in a post-secondary program

Create Champions FAQ

Champions are expected to connect with their Scholar weekly through scheduled virtual interactions. All interactions will take place via our secure messaging tool, Palette. Through those sessions, Champions determine the kind of support that will be most useful for their specific Scholars, including college planning, general career advice, personal encouragement and more.

Create Champions play 4 key roles:

  1. Encourage high school students
  2. Help students navigate and prepare for post-secondary
  3. Guide and help students with post-secondary choice
  4. Help inspire and empower students to set career goals and life aspirations

Champions connect with their students virtually on a weekly basis using the secure Palette tool. Throughout the year Champions spend 1 to 2 hours each month assisting a student as they prepare for post-secondary. With just a few hours of your time, you can make a world of difference in their life.

The Create Champions Initiative is currently at 15 high schools within Dallas Independent School District and 1 within Desoto Independent School District. Those schools include:

David W. Carter HS
Emmett J. Conrad HS
Just F. Kimball HS
Lincoln HS
James Madison HS
North Dallas HS
L.G. Pinkston HS
Franklin D. Roosevelt HS
W.W. Samuell HS
Seagoville HS
South Oak Cliff HS
H. Grady Spruce HS
Sunset HS
Thomas Jefferson HS
Wilmer-Hutchins HS
Desoto High School



A Create Champion should expect to spend roughly two hours per month communicating and connecting with their assigned student(s). We encourage each Champion-Scholar pair to build a relationship and communication flow that meets both of their schedules and interests.

We ask our Champions to make a commitment of at least 8-12 months in order to ensure that the student is able to fully benefit from the relationship. If a Champion must leave the relationship early, we request a one month notice.

No. Create Champions will not engage with their students in any business transactions, and communication will take place via our secure messaging tool, Palette.