About UsWho We Are
Dallas Community Lighthouse is Founded
Partnership with Deerfield Apartments
Dallas Community Lighthouse began operating at the Dallas Deerfield Apartments owned by Bank of America. The property provided its’ clubhouse as our dedicated space at no cost to us, a measure of their foresight and commitment to the community. We began offering after-school tutoring in Math, Language Arts and Reading with 32 students (the maximum number of students the space could hold), four staff members, and an unparalleled excitement that would propel us forward to providing a necessary service for a desperate community.
The Program Expands
It only took a few months to realize the students’ needs were greater than we had imagined and the environment posed a greater challenge to the children than we thought. Our site quickly became a haven where students gathered with caring adults to receive homework assistance, tutoring, afternoon snacks, and most importantly encouragement. As a result, it was quickly determined that an after-school program was not enough: the children would also need something to do in the summer, families needed to become a community, and the environment needed to be safer. The solution? You guessed it — we added summer programming, monthly community dinners and a Neighborhood Crime Watch program to our offerings.
Dallas Community Lighthouse becomes Kids-University
In 2013, DCL changed its name to better reflect its mission. Affectionately known as Kids-U, Dallas Community Lighthouse became Kids-University with the same mission, vision and goals as before. By that point Kids-U was serving over 200 students at eight sites. In 2015, Kids-U completed its’ strategic plan and as a result of much brainstorming and research, Kids-U recalibrated and is now on mission to improve the lives of low-income children by concentrating on education while addressing issues that affect the whole child.