Promising Youth Alliance Takes Flight In Closed Hangar

It’s not every day you have a party in a hangar, but then it’s not every day that you officially launch a project that you visualize as going national. That’s exactly what the Promising Youth Alliance team  introduced as their plans to a never-ending crowd Thursday night at Jet Linx. Why Jet Linx? Because one of the driving forces of PYA is none other than Jet Linx CEO/PYA  chair Denny Carreker (pictured).

According to Denny, they’ve been developing this project for a couple of years. “We’re not doing well as a country or a city in overcoming our youth challenges.”

Something like 100,000 kids go home from school in the afternoon and are basically unsupervised. After 3 p.m., a former Dallas police chief has said, “Juvenile crime explodes.”

Presently PYA has three pilot schools in the Dallas area that are proving grounds for the program utilizing Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas and Phoenix House of Texas. The leadership wants to expand it to other schools in the area and, eventually, take it to a national basis.

Celebrating the unveiling of the plans in the Jet Linx hangar with two mighty fine jets on hand (what else would one expect to find in a hangar?) were models displaying William Noble jewelry. While Lezlie Noble (pictured) may have been mistaken for one of the models, she was guesting it with good friend Laura McClung.  . .  And speaking of models, fashion producer extraordinaire Jan Strimple made an appearance with golf instructor/husband Dan. . . . Connie Carreker (pictured center with Jan and Dan Strimple) looked refreshed following her and Denny’s trip to Europe. . . . Surprise of the evening was the TSA not allowing the mammoth doors of the hangar to be opened as the guest body count rose to over 300 as did the glistening factor.

According to PYA President/CEO John Rodgers, the following underwriters are making this dream come true: commercehouse, Ernst & Young, First Private Bank, Heritage Auction Galleries, Jet Linx, McKinsey & Company, Modern Luxury Dallas and William Noble Rare Jewels.

Promising Youth Alliance Patrons Party Goes On Despite Area Tornadoes

With tornadoes getting touchy-feely in Dallas Wednesday afternoon, most hosts and hostesses would have thrown in the towel for a kick-off party. But not Connie and Denny Carreker (pictured with sis-in-law Robin). They weren’t going to let a little old funnel hold them back from honoring the patrons and sponsors of the upcoming Promising Youth Alliance launch on Thursday, September 30.

And the guests like Bill Noble, Carolyn Anderson, Linda and Steve Ivy weren’t going to miss an opportunity to enjoy the fabulous Carreker mansion along Turtle Creek. Speaking of the Ivys, they’re just back from their summer home in Colorado Springs. Here you thought they had been off to Pebble Beach for the Concours D’Elegance where Heritage was a sponsor! No, Linda (pictured) who looked typically flawless was using the time to take a deep breath before they head to NYC to open Heritage Auction Galleries office there. Watch out Christie’s and Sotheby’s.

Also on hand was Modern Luxury Dallas‘ “new kid on the block” publisher Christian Poppert (pictured). Having just moved to Dallas from Chicago, he’s making the rounds of Big D society including the KidneyTexas luncheon earlier in the day.

Ah, but back to the purpose of the party. PYA President John Rodgers thanked the blue ribbon crowd of nonprofit reps, sponsors and community leaders who had put together such a program that with a little effort could easily go national in providing after-school programming for kiddos.

Among those launch sponsors receiving thanks were commercehouse, Ernst & Young, First Private Bank, Heritage Auction Galleries, Jet Linx, Modern Luxury Dallas, McKinsey & Company and William Noble Rare Jewels.

It’s obvious from last night’s showing of guests, PYA’s friends are not the fair-weather types.

Promising Youth Alliance Has Heavy Hitters Leading The Charge For After-School Programs

Promising Youth Alliance may be new to you, but the names leading it are way familiar. For instance, Denny Carreker, John Rodgers, Charles English, Charles Pierson, Clyde Rush and Dr. Tim Bray. Yes, you have the head honchos of Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Phoenix House of Texas plus some very savvy educators and highest-profile business people.

They’re all coming together to provide much-needed, after-school programming. Having completed a pilot program at Sam Tasby Middle School in Vickery Meadow, they’re expanding to an elementary school in the Oak Lawn area and a charter school in West Dallas. As results continue to be positive, the plan can be expanded to other schools and cities.

Its creation resulted from McKinsey & Company‘s Dallas office “assessing successful after-school programs around the country and analyzed the particular needs of Dallas’ youth. Currently, 84% of DISD students are economically disadvantaged, and more than 100,000 students in the community are unsupervised after school every day. Research shows that after-school care can significantly improve the lives of young people and reduce crime and other social problems.”

And McKinsey did this research purely pro bono.

According to PYA Chair Carreker, “The research findings were disturbing. Thousands of our young people, the future of our community, are not being ‘saved by the bell’ but left to their own devices, despite many great programs in Dallas. In PYA great programs are integrated to address the whole child. That is what makes PYA unique: we are a collaboration of the best that delivers superior programming when and where the child needs it.”

Ah, another case of the nonprofit sector getting together with the business community to use creativity to save money and still achieve success.