The greatest gift we can give a child is the gift of an education. The greatest hope for ending poverty is through education. With these two beliefs, the Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation was created to provide educational and enrichment opportunities for the 7500 low income children living in Vickery.
The mission of Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation (VMYDF) is to provide resources and opportunities for children and youth in the Vickery neighborhood allowing them to achieve their full potential.
Vickery Meadow is a highly diverse, low income neighborhood in the northeast section of Dallas. The neighborhood is framed by Northwest Highway on the south, Royal Lane on the north, Central Expressway on the west and Abrams on the east. More than 35,000 people live in Vickery Meadow apartments and more than 40 different languages are spoken.
In the summer of 2007, John Neill and other friends of the Vickery Meadow community provided soccer and basketball programs for the neighborhood children. In the process, they experienced firsthand the joy of these children, while realizing their many needs. Their experiences that summer ignited a passion to develop a strong, organized, and evaluated effort to provide a continuum of educational and enrichment programs to carry children from birth through high school and into higher education.
Funds to develop programs for youth in Vickery Meadow were accumulated through the 1st Annual Great Investors' Best Ideas Foundation's ("GIBI") investment symposium in October of 2007. John Neill and Shad Rowe created this annual seminar which brings together the best minds of the financial world to share information with the attendees. Renowned speakers donate their time, money, and insights to help raise funds for the Vickery Meadow youth and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for research on Parkinson's disease.
Due to the success of the investment seminar, the Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation was founded. All funds donated to the Foundation are used for youth programming in Vickery Meadow and board members provide the funds for administrative costs.
For information and tickets for The Great Investors' Best Ideas financial symposium, visit www.gibidallas.com