The After8toEducate Collaborative invited Dallas Independent School District administrators, teachers, counselors, Dallas ISD police, and other staff to preview the drop-in center at the Fannie C. Harris Youth Center on March 5, 2019.
During the event, After8toEducate Executive Director Hillary Evans introduced the Collaborative and shared the vision for the Fannie C. Harris Youth Center. Ashley Marshall, Manager/District Homeless Liaison for Dallas Independent School District , described the high number of homeless students in the District and how this new Center will bolster Dallas ISD’s existing drop-in centers to serve these students. CitySquare TRAC Director Madeline Reedy informed attendees of current drop-in services at TRAC and outlined the drop-in services and programming at the Fannie C. Harris Youth Center. Tasha Johnson, Director of Residential Services at Promise House , described Promise House’s programs and elaborated on the future residential component at the Center. After8toEducate’s Site Manager Billy Lane and Project Coordinator Lydia Dubose revealed theCenter’s outreach materials that Dallas ISD schools will distribute to students. These wallet cards and posters will inform students who are unsheltered or at risk of homelessness about the Fannie C. Harris Youth Center. The evening’s events concluded with a tour of the drop-in center.
Attendees included educators and staff from 13 high schools, other middle and elementary schools, and several officers from Dallas ISD Police. Nearly 1,500 wallet cards and 40 posters were distributed at this event!