According After8toEducate Executive Director Ara Grimaldo Saintus,
“It has often been noted that collaboration is key to the success of any organization, and this has been the case at After8toEducate. After8toEducate is the umbrella organization that has brought together various partner organizations, community organizations, philanthropists, foundations, and volunteers to address the needs of homeless youth. In addition, the participation in North Texas Giving Day has been instrumental in raising funds to serve our homeless youth.
“After8toEducate is housed in a former elementary school adjacent to Fair Park in Dallas. The Fannie C. Harris Youth Center has two components: a drop-in center for youth and a 35-bed full-service shelter for youth. The shelter side has 35 beds that equate to over 200 youths served annually as they reunify with family or become a member of a foster family.
“Ensuring that homeless youth have a safe place to go to has been a driving force behind the creation of After8toEducate. As you walk through the facility, you will be able to see that the design of the building always had the youth in mind. This goal would not have been possible without the support of adult and youth volunteers who spent countless hours meeting to ensure that the kids were at the center of the project.
“Collective impact has been imperative in ensuring that After8toEducate continues to thrive and serve our homeless youth in Dallas. We are extremely grateful to all partners who have poured their time, talent, and treasure into After8toEducate. As we continue to serve students, we welcome the support of all individuals and ask for their participation in this year’s North Texas Giving Day!”
* Photo credit: Ara Grimaldo Saintus ** Photo credit: Ayda Sow *** Photo credit: Young Men's Service League **** Graphic provided by After8toEducate
In 12 years, Communities Foundation of Texas’ North Texas Giving Day has pumped more than $375 million into the North Texas community. In 2020, more than $58.8 million was raised through more than 106,000 donors benefiting over 3,200 area nonprofits.