TRM is a safe place where children and youth can complete their homework, receive tutoring services, life skills training, career and college readiness preparation, and eat a nutritious meal after school. The following statistics assert that “the need” for the educational programs offered at TRM play a crucial role in the West Dallas community.
There are 7,708 disadvantaged school age children in the West Dallas community. TRM is currently only reaching less than 10% of these children (American Community Survey, 2006-2010).
- 38% of Dallas County ninth graders will fail to graduate in four years (Beyond ABC).
- Economically disadvantaged students have the highest attrition rate (45%), and Dallas ISD’s is even higher (51%) (Beyond ABC).
- Texas ranks 1st in the country in number of teen births, and 1st in the number of subsequent teen births (Beyond ABC).
- Children are most likely to be the victim or perpetrator of juvenile crime between the hours of 3-6pm (Fight Crime: Invest in Kids).
- Juvenile crime triples from 3-6pm (Fight Crime: Invest in Kids).
- There are 97,000 students in Dallas County between the ages of 5 and 13 who are unsupervised during afterschool hours (Today’s Children, Tomorrow’s Community).
In the state of Texas, 73% of beginning freshman will graduate from high school within four years. However, in West Dallas, only 4% of the 68.4% who graduate within four years will be on track for college. Those students will be applying to colleges with an average SAT score of 773, down from 798 the previous year (Pinkston AEIS Report, 2010-2011).
Literacy can play a critical role in determining a student’s future. Urban legend says: “Texas uses fourth grade reading scores to project the number of prison cells they’re going to need 10 years later.” Urban legend or not, 60% of America’s prison inmates are illiterate; and 85% of all juvenile offenders have reading problems. In West Dallas alone, 56-82% of elementary students require reading intervention (Veronica Martinez-Cantu, Dallas ISD Evaluation and Accountability, 7/24/12). Combine that figure with the 22% drop in West Dallas passing rates from elementary to middle and high school (74.3% to 52%) and it is clear that the need for TRM programs cannot be greater (DISD TAKS scores, 2010-11).
In fact, in a recent Dallas Morning News article entitled “Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline,” a correlation was drawn between a child’s zip code and the odds that they will end up in prison. The zip code served by TRM has one of the highest rates of incarceration and one of the lowest numbers of college-ready high school graduates. With only one, yes ONE, West Dallas grad being deemed “college-ready,” it is essential that TRM provides its services to as many of the more 7,000 students in West Dallas as possible so that our kids do not end up being just another statistic in this cycle in educational poverty.
Engagement in an afterschool program has been shown to improve students’ academic, personal, and social skills and self-esteem (Univ. of Illinois at Chicago, 2007). Teens in afterschool programs are three times less likely to skip classes, use drugs/alcohol, smoke, and engage in sexual activity than teens who do not participate (YMCA of the USA, March 2001).
By providing intervention, homework help, tutoring, mentoring, and a support network of parents, teachers, volunteers, and TRM staff, TRM prevents the likelihood that youth will engage in delinquent behavior and increases the likelihood that they will stay and thrive in school. TRM has proven results that show that 95% of students pass to the next grade, 98% of students are graduating, and an average of 80% are enrolling in college directly out of high school. TRM is an organization that changes mindsets by building strong relationships, providing quality educational programs, and resources for a brighter tomorrow.
The need to intervene and provide targeted education skills and enrichment opportunities is the strategy used to increase academic achievement and success in children and youth.
Parental involvement in a network of support that prioritizes and values education is the critical ingredient to achieving educational goals.
- 90-100% of TRM’s seniors graduate from high school.
- 80% or more of TRM graduates enroll in post-secondary education.
- 95% of children who participate in programs at TRM pass to the next grade level.
- Over 475 children receive academic assistance and encouragement.
- Over 165 children receive homework assistance through the Homework Help program.
- More than 200 children and youth receive literacy and/or math tutoring through the Tutor Power Hour program.
- More than 200 youth in grades 6-12 participate in the Believe & Achieve youth and scholarship program and complete more than 4,000 hours of community service.
- Over 14,000 hot meals are served in the Kid’s Café program.
- Over 485 individuals share their time, talents, and resources as volunteers.
- Over 175 families complete more than 10,500 volunteer hours at TRM or in the community.
- Tutors at TRM volunteer an amazing average of SEVEN years at TRM.