According to Big Thought Marketing Director Pholesha Johnson,
Once upon a time a little girl growing up in Oak Cliff believed she could fly. She believed if she could flap her lanky arms fast enough that surely, she’d take flight and gracefully soar amongst the big blue Texas skies where she often cast her hopes and dreams.
I, am she.
Fortunate enough to have a crafty mother who allowed me to express myself creatively, those interest were elevated by teachers who also encouraged my unconventional ideas and dreams. Always a big thinker with my head in the clouds I never imagined in my wildest dreams that I’d work in non-profit. Somehow, I landed at Big Thought and I’m glad I did.
For more than 30 years Big Thought’s mission has supported Dallas youth with innovative and engaging programs for little girls — and boys — like me. Now, with new leadership and strategic direction, Big Thought is well positioned to continue ensuring that all youth can not only imagine, but also create their best lives by elevating their innate greatness and equipping them with programs and the tools for success
Big Thought is a place where passion meets professional interest with an eclectic staff whose ages span six generations, each having their own perspective, experiences, insight and ideas. For most employees working at Big Thought is not a job or part of their career trajectory — it’s a lifestyle. From program developers and artists to fundraising experts, support staff at headquarters and campus site coordinators there’s never a day when our workspace isn’t abuzz. The myriad views and ideas all support the organization’s mission of making imagination part of everyday learning.
Day in and day out Big Thought’s creative space in the historic South Side on Lamar building is filled with boxes, supplies, craft and surrounded by some of the best art created by youth. On any given day board members, equally committed, can be found at events interacting with youth, caregivers, educators, partners, funders and/or municipal officials to ultimately ensure that needed resources are available and that all communities are fully and equally equipped with those skills and tools. They are walking advocates for Big Thought.
Like most non-profits, there never seems to be enough time, funds and hours in the day to do the work we’re called to do. We rely on those 18 hours where individuals whose passion for youth, our community and our future are aligned with Big Thought’s work and they can directly contribute to furthering our mission. Like us, they know that they work we do can’t be done alone. It’s not only an honor, but a professional pleasure to know the collective work is not for us and ultimately makes a difference in leveling the playing field where all youth have access to… take flight.
* Graphic/photo provided by Big Thought ** Photo credit: Can Turkylimaz
In ten years, Communities Foundation of Texas’ North Texas Giving Day has pumped more than $240 million into the North Texas community. In 2018, more than $48 million was raised through more than 157,000 gifts benefiting over 2,700 area nonprofits.