Vickery Meadow Youth Development funding is limited to programs that impact children and the youth of our neighborhood. The foundation focuses on the following categories:
Book Fairs: Research shows that if children are allowed to choose a book to read during non-school days, they are more likely to read the book and thus less likely to lose the reading progress being made during the school year. Community partners assist the Foundation in gathering books for 400 children to choose one book for each week of the summer and winter holidays.
Tasby Middle School Incentive Trips: Fifty eighth grade students who show the most improvement are awarded with a trip to Memphis and Washington, D.C. Seventh graders enjoy a trip to Austin and San Antonio. Teachers from Tasby Middle School plan and chaperone the trips.
EAGLE Scholars: This program was created and is funded by the Foundation. Each year, 30 sixth grade students are chosen to join the EAGLE Scholars program with the understanding that they will continue in the program until they graduate from high school. Participating in the program means that the child will receive academic support, career and college field trips, enrichment and arts opportunities, college readiness training, and personal lifestyle management courses. In the summer an intensive 6 week program keeps the students engaged academically. Each week the students meet and most weekends enjoy field trips. Students who successfully complete the EAGLE Scholars program are eligible to apply for the Foundation higher education scholarships. Please visit the EAGLE Scholars page to learn all about the program, including internships and volunteer opportunities. Click here to be redirected to more information.
High School Clubs: Conrad High School provides students the opportunity to join Robotics Club, Debate Club, Student Council, and other enriching afterschool activities. The Foundation provides assistance to the programs through funding training, competitions, and material resources. The Foundation is the fiscal agent for the Conrad Robotics Team and for Conrad Supporters.
Education Opens Doors: Education Opens Doors is a curriculum designed to teach middle school children how to plan for college. The Foundation funds the use of the curriculum at Tasby Middle School.
Good Kids Shredding Company: To provide youth an opportunity to learn work skills, the culture of work, and work etiquette, the Foundation runs a shredding company. Students must comply with work site rules and regulations. Students get paid for their hours worked. Libby Colyer is the director of the Good Kids Shredding Company..
After School Programs
Heart House: Heart House provides afterschool and summer enrichment programs for children in the Vickery Meadow neighborhood. Funds have been given to support operations during the school year and to provide transportation for field trips during the summer program.
KidsU: KidsU provides quality afterschool and summer programs in the Town Center Apartments. The whole family is helped by offering opportunities for parents to engage in health family activities with their children.
Soccer Camps: The Foundation has worked with Dallas Independent School District to upgrade a soccer field. This soccer field is used to provide soccer instruction and competition during school breaks and the summer months.
Vickery Summer Reading Academy: Volunteers have worked together to provide an intensive program for students to practice reading skills in the summer. Over 150 elementary age students receive 12 days of reading, writing, and fun. Trained volunteers provide loving care and instruction to the eager participants. Dalene Buhl is the director of the program. For more information, please visit www.vickery-meadow-summer-academy.com.
Higher Education Scholarships: The Foundation provides scholarships for selected students who live in the Vickery Meadow community. Many of the students have volunteer mentors to give them assistance, advice, and encouragement. Even though many students from this demographic drop out of college, the students in this program are successfully completing their course work.
Students in good standing can expect to be supported each year of their college career.
Mom's Group: To strengthen families, Mom's Groups have been started in two apartment complexes to provide information, education, fellowship, and fun for mothers throughout the neighborhood. Involvement in these groups increases understanding of how to help their children succeed in school and also provides information on resources for children.
Parents Anonymous: Parent support groups are provided through a collaboration with Family Compass. The groups give families a chance to talk about the fears, frustrations, and joys of parenting in a safe and supportive setting. Parents Anonymous decreases stress and child abuse.
Triple P Parenting Program: Parent training groups are provided throughout the community to teach parents how to develop, discipline, and encourage their children. The curriculum provides 11 weeks of information and interactive training. Results of the program show a marked decrease in stress, an increase in knowledge, and a decrease in parent/child conflict.
Job Ready: This program prepares parents for employment through supervised volunteer work at their child's school. The school benefits from receiving help in the office, cafeteria, classroom, or bus line. Parents learn that the school is a welcoming place in which they can be involved. A small stipend assists the family.
Early Childhood Development
Avance Dallas: The Avance program has been provided to teach Spanish speaking mothers of young children about parenting and child development. The mothers learn how to be the child's first teacher. Evaluations have shown that the Avance program helps its participants in the following ways: children perform better in school, parents have a stronger bond with their child, and family wellbeing is increased.
HIPPY: The Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) is a home-based literacy program that academically prepares preschool children ages 3, 4, and 5 and encourages awareness within the parents of their potential to impact the education of their children. The HIPPY Program promotes parental involvement through family literacy activities that provide all children, particularly underprivileged children, a fair and equal opportunity to receive a high quality preschool experience.
Teens Teaching Tots: Teens receive training to provide early childhood education to children preparing to enter kindergarten. The youth teach the children using stories, games, and crafts. The children learn their numbers, colors, body parts, animals, and shapes in this 5 week summer program.
Juega Conmigo: This weekly program provides an opportunity for moms and their preschoolers to learn how to play together to develop communication skills, teach healthy parenting, and to strengthen the bond between parent and child. The University of Texas at Dallas directs this program supported by the Foundation.