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Children at Risk Newsletter
Children at Risk

June, 2014



We hope that you are enjoying the sun and getting some relaxation in! We love the summer time because it is the perfect opportunity to look back on the first half of the year to evaluate where we are in reaching our annual goals and set steps for the remainder of the year that will lead us to success. You are a key driving force behind each of our goals, as a donor, partner, or active advocate. Here’s a snapshot of where we are:
Goal

1. Ensure that 20,000 students, who were eligible for the free or reduced price breakfast program but not receiving it,will start their days full and ready to learn.

2. Educate 2,500 North Texans on the issues facing our children, including food insecurity, human trafficking, public education, and parenting and family well-being. 

3. Establish the Center for Parenting and Family Well-Being in North Texasin order to ensure that North Texas’ parents have access to evidence-based parenting classes. 

4. Set ourselves up for success in the 84th Legislative Session, including, but limited to, the completion of the Pre-K Study and survey distribution, which will equip us to better advocate for pre-k standards for our children.

5. Expand our efforts into Fort Worthin order to better serve North Texas by adding Board members, hosting educational events, securing office space, and establishing partnerships in the area. This includes the production of the second edition of the Texas School Guide in both Fort Worth and Dallas, its distribution, and making district data available from across the state on its website.

6. The North Texas office set the goal ofraising $516,000 in 2014 to sustain its work and growth.

7. Expand the Human Trafficking Database to include 200 partners to encourage collaboration, connect those in need of services to those providing them, and better utilize resources.

Status

1. Exceeded this goal by helping to ensurethat more than 30,000 students will start their days full and focused next school year!

2. Educated about 844 North Texans. To get us the rest of the way, we will hold at least four more educational events and participate in several speaking engagements.

3. Launched the North Texas branch of the Center and have already established 50 partnerships around parent education and involvement, as well as begun work on evaluating the gaps and opportunities of North Texas’ parenting class offerings. 

4. Educated more than 150 staff members at the capitol through two educational events, received responses from 630 Texas school districts representing almost 80% of Texas' students through the Pre-K study survey, and are collaborating with key partners across the state to set our legislative agenda in human trafficking, education, parenting, and health and nutrition. 

5. Added our first Fort Worth Board member, Larry Tubb with Cook's Children,held three workshops, met with seven public office holders, have begun collaborating with more than 10 organizations in Forth Worth, and started research for the second edition of the Texas School Guide. 

6. With your support, we have raised about $360,000. To help us meet our goal, we are participating in North Texas Giving Day on September 18th, hosting the Breakfast for Dinner Fall Fundraiser on October 9th, and much more!

7. The Human Trafficking Database now includes 155 partners and we are currently collecting new information from partners to make this resource even more useful.

We are working on some very exciting things and feel that we're on track toward making positive change for our children! As we look toward the fall, we will also begin new efforts around eliminating food deserts and ending the demand for human trafficking. We hope that you will keep an eye out for updates on these projects and where we are in reaching our goals in future newsletters.

All my best,

Jaime Hanks Meyers
Managing Director, North Texas
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