Youth Center Opens for Homeless Teens

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Four thousand homeless Dallas ISD students continue to attend school but have no house to call home. The Fannie C. Harris Youth Center aims to assist these teens until they can find a home.

An estimated four thousand Dallas Independent School District students are homeless, yet they know the value of education and continue to attend classes.

With the help of After8toEducate and the Community Council of Greater Dallas, the Fannie C. Harris Youth Center has opened, giving homeless Dallas teens a place to get help, sleep, and find hope for their future.

After8toEducate’s mission “recognizes each unsheltered youth as a whole individual with the potential to overcome all aspects of homelessness, not just one.”

As a former Dallas ISD school building, the Fannie C. Harris Youth Center’s Drop-In Center serves homeless youth ages 14-21 with immediate support services, including access to showers, laundry facilities, meals, and clothing.

Currently, there are 35 beds at the youth shelter. There are nine transitional beds for young men ages 18 to 21.

Additionally, 26 beds for boys and girls ages 13 to 18 are available at the Promise House, operated separately from the Fannie C. Harris Youth Center.

Support services include academic, emotional, and social support, such as tutoring, job training, counseling, and family reunification resources, if needed.

If you are a teen in need of assistance, call 888-721-0098 for immediate help. The center is open 24-hours a day. For more information or to donate to continue After8toEducate’s mission, call 469-914-1700.

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