ABOUT Thank You Darlin' Foundation
We’re passionate dream weavers creating a kaleidoscope of opportunity for every child to unleash their artistic prowess and soar towards academic brilliance. #ArtisticExpression #NurturingSuccess #EveryChildMatters
Our mission is to help fortify essential literacy skills through the arts to help youth from underserved communities better navigate academic and social challenges.
Every child matters
Our participants are vulnerable youth needing encouragement, support, inspiration, enhancement opportunities, and outlets for their artistic talents.
Igniting pathways to literacy through the power of arts
Annually, we partner with local schools to implement high-quality youth enrichment programs. Through these partnerships, we’ve provided 3,500-plus additional educational instruction hours for marginalized students after school. In addition, we have published eight anthologies of original poems written by 3rd through 12th students living in North Texas. As a result, 92% of our program participants experienced improved confidence, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and creative writing skills.
- TYDF poetry curriculum noted for Best Practices in 2007-2008 Texas A & M University evaluation report.
- TYDF received the Outstanding Service Provider Award from the FWISD Fort Worth After School Program.
- We published kids’ poems alongside Dr. Maya Angelou’s poetry in our first anthology.
- TYDF youth performed at the 21st Century Community Learning Centers 2015 Summer Institute Conference presented by the US Board of Education, where 1600 educators and administrators attended.
- TYDF poetry students have performed at several Fort Worth City Mayfest.
- TYDF students’ poetry performance received 457,127 views on YouTube in December 2014.
- In 2018, TYDF poets performed at the FWISD & TCU Racial Equity Summit at Texas Christian University.
- In 2020, TYDF launched its virtual learning poetry and literacy program serving marginalized students at 15 FWISD Title 1 schools.
- In April 2022, TYDF conducted its 14th annual citywide Voice2Youth Poetry Slam at the historic I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA.