- Weekly Virtual Meetings
- Assist in developing invaluable life skills such as communication, teamwork, and time management
- College & Postsecondary Preparations
The Promise champions initiative
A one-to-one advisement initiative matching caring adults with high school students to guide their post-secondary journey.
Core Elements of the Promise Champion Initiative
- 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
Promise Champions is currently accepting applications!
“…what I didn’t understand until I actually got to college was that other families supported their children in ways that I never had. But it wasn’t that my family didn’t want to support me, they just didn’t know how. This was the case for many of my peers as well, even the ones who didn’t get to go to college.”
“The reality is too many students miss out on these opportunities because financial aid applications are either not filed or not correctly submitted. Without it, a student may never know if their dream school is a viable option for them and their families.”
For Molly Salomon, a first-year volunteer Champion and the Assistant Director – Special Programs, Outreach and Marketing, Strategic Initiatives at Dallas College, the process has been a rewarding one.
Promise 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.
Promise Champions play 4 key roles:
- Encourage high school students
- Help students navigate and prepare for post-secondary
- Guide and help students with post-secondary choice
- 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 Promise Champion 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
James Madison HS
North Dallas HS
L.G. Pinkston HS
Franklin D. Roosevelt HS
W.W. Samuell HS
South Oak Cliff HS
H. Grady Spruce HS
Thomas Jefferson HS
Desoto High School
A Promise 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. Promise Champions will not engage with their students in any business transactions, and communication will take place via our secure messaging tool, Palette.