The Power of Words

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“If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.” – Maya Angelou It is the desire to introduce students to the million different realities through the power of words that in 2004 ignited Carolyn West to found the organization “Thank You Darlin’.” Any young student who has participated in Thank You […]

Conversation with Fort Worth newsmaker, Carolyn West

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In the latest installment of our occasional conversations with Fort Worth newsmakers, Carolyn West, founder and executive director of The Thank You Darlin’ Foundation, spoke with arts and culture editor Marcheta Fornoff about the organization’s youth poetry slam. This conversation has been edited for length and clarity. For the unabridged version, please listen to the […]

Enhance the students’ social, personal and academic skills

“TYDF has been resourceful in having high quality teaching artists staff to enhance the students social, personal and academic skills beyond the traditional school day. TYDF has provided a unique way to engage students in reading, writing, and expressing themselves articulately and confidently through the vehicle of writing Poetry.” – Charlece Thomas James, Coordinator for […]

Join Our Team and Inspire Creative Minds

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Watch a child’s face light up with new knowledge. It’s an amazing experience that you can be a part of TYD Foundation as a Teaching Artist. Using the Voice2Youth™ poetry and literacy curriculum, you can help strengthen students’ creative thinking, reading, writing and public speaking skills. Become a Teaching Artist!

Thank You Darlin’ Foundation Returns With A Slam

Thank You Darlin’ Foundation’s Voice2Youth™ Poetry Slam returned for its 14th year with students grades 3 – 6 performing original poetry at I.M Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA on April 16, 2022.

Rhyme and Reason

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Poet Educator, Carolyn West, believes that bending words generates the power to change young lives. Spot Light article from 360 West Magazine, March 2022.

Timber Creek HS Students Raise $3,000 for Nonprofit

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Theater students at Timber Creek High School in Keller held a benefit performance to raise funds for Thank You Darlin’ Foundation – a Fort Worth nonprofit that uses the arts to help disadvantaged youth find academic and personal success. Wake Up to Something Good: Every morning, NBC 5 Today is dedicated to delivering you positive […]

Generous Donation From First Rate, Inc.

Corporate Donation Helps Kids Thank You Darlin Foundation received a $500.00 corporate donation last week! It was as a result of Dr. Tina Le requesting a contribution from the corporation she works for. We want to acknowledge the FIRST RATE, Inc. and Dr. Tina Le for their support and generosity. We would also like to […]