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Trinity River Mission

Dolores Sosa Green, Executive Director of Trinity River Mission took time to submit this successful program profile.

Program Background
Trinity River Mission is a non-profit, volunteer-based community learning center serving the intergenerational education needs of children, youth, and families in West Dallas.  This organization began in the early 1960s as an outreach ministry of a local church. The mission became a non-profit organization in 1988 and focuses on developing educational success among children, youth, and families. The mission serves nearly 450 children and their families a year.

Program Overview
Trinity River Mission provides children in grades K-12 with homework help, literacy and math tutoring, reading buddies and a Kids Café.  Homework help is provided both by staff and volunteers. Volunteers are trained in house and offer assistance with homework as well as enrichment activities for children and their families. Responding to a need identified by local educators, TRM has started to offer math tutoring. This program provides an individual one-hour a week session via online with a live tutor of focused math lessons. Training and lesson plans for this tutoring program are provided by Ed2Net Learning. Students also enroll in Tutor Power Hour to help improve literacy skills. This program is well-known among Dallas educational circles and is used as a model for other programs. Tutors are volunteers recruited from local businesses, universities and volunteer websites.  Each tutor is trained in house and is given a manual written by staff at the mission. Younger children, paired with middle and high school students, participate in Reading Buddies which helps them develop fundamental reading skills.  TRM also has a Kids Café where children enjoy hot meals and snacks 4 days each week. This program is provided by a partnership with the local food-bank and is corporately sponsored. The missions Believe & Achieve program partners with Big Brothers, Big Sisters, a mentor program to reiterate the importance of academic success, improve self esteem and encourage children to pursue higher education. Youth who complete all aspects of the program receive a scholarship from the mission. This scholarship is funded primarily by a local church who hosts a golf tournament each year. In addition, the mission has a scholarship available for parents and others affiliated with TRM who would like to return to school.

Best Practice
To encourage families to give back to their community, Trinity River Mission has started Family Connection. This program encourages families to complete community service to give back to the community. Families can earn community service hours by volunteering at the food bank, taking ESL or GED classes, attending PTA meetings at their child’s school. All families who meet the minimum hour requirement receive school supplies and uniforms in August and holiday gifts for the whole family in December.

For More Information

Trinity River Mission: http://www.trinityrivermission.org
Big Brothers Big Sisters: http://www.bbbs.org
North Texas Food Bank: http://www.ntfb.org

Profile Written by Kate Cromwell