Executive Director’s Annual Report

The Thank You Darlin’ Foundation (TYD) delivered over 250 hours of creative expression time for 2,900 disadvantaged youth.  The program reached its goals, which were tied to Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).  TYD operated programs at 8 schools total, 7 Fort Worth ISD schools, 1 Keller ISD school located in Fort Worth, and several community sites, including the Lake Como Community Center, the Summerglen Library, the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, and the Fort Worth Community Arts Center.  Most partakers were eligible for free or reduced price meals (80%); classified as at-risk (65%), and 48% were classified with limited English proficiency.  Programs were conducted during out-of-school times as well as included in the regular school day curriculum. Participants averaged 27 days of engagement in arts and literacy-focused activities.  Positive outcomes included:

  • Eighty-five percent of partakers displayed increased knowledge of poetic forms; demonstrated an understanding of literary concepts including simile and metaphor; and took part in dramatic performances.
  • Two partakers were selected from 80,000 students in Fort Worth to take part in TEDx Talks, an international speaking forum.  Their performance went viral, receiving over 22,000 likes.
  • Two teenage girls who had been sitting in a rat-infested mobile classroom were now sitting in our boardroom deciding the theme for this year’s anthology.  They called it Every Voice Matters, a phrase that empowered many people.
  • Ninety-two youth became published authors (poems published in English and Spanish).
  • Six visual artists were hired and equipped to teach poetry, an English Language Arts subject through a 3-day professional development and training session.

To reach these accomplishments, TYD raised $39,185.37 through merchandise sales, fundraising, public donations, and grants from the Arts Council of Fort Worth, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the Constellation Energy Company.

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