United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Announces the 2020 Class of Social Innovators
by United Way of Metropolitan Dallas | June 27, 2019
Each year, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ Social Innovation Accelerator program accepts 10 promising organizations who are tackling challenges in education, income and health in North Texas. By investing in promising solutions, the program accelerates the impact of these organizations to our community and provides them stability for long-term success.
Since 2017, Accenture has been the presenting sponsor of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ Social Innovation Accelerator. The company has played a pivotal role in helping grow the program with funding, mentorship and guidance to the social innovators.* Accenture’s support is rooted in its belief that businesses have the opportunity and a responsibility to be a force for good in the world, using its impact and innovation expertise to help create more-inclusive societies that offer more opportunities to more people.
The following 10 organizations comprise the United Way Social Innovation Accelerator’s 2020 class of social innovators:
Better Block Foundation
The Better Block is launching a workforce development program that teaches students how to use digital fabrication to reshape their communities while earning a living wage.
EdCor Health is working alongside a Southern Dallas community providing access to health and hope over decades of handcuffs that often plague disinvested communities of color.
Habitat for Humanity of Collin County
Habitat for Humanity of Collin County will build a 35-unit townhome development for LMI (low-moderate income) families using shipping containers, which will provide a cost-effective, durable, sustainable, and eco-friendly solution to affordable housing in McKinney, Texas.
Heart House’s Calm Ambassadors Training & Consultancy, armed with more than 18 years of experience working with trauma-sensitive refugee children in Vickery Meadow, will provide the framework, curricula and on-the-ground support to partners who seek to employ its unique, culturally-relevant approach to their current work with children and families in crisis.
Having served low-income students for 16 years with free afterschool tutoring and summer camp programs, Kids-U will now re-purpose thinking about out-of-school time programs to include Pre-K for students ages four and five, who otherwise would not attend a preschool program.
The Home Visit Project
Because we know no significant learning can take place in the absence of a relationship, The Home Visit Project trains teachers to engage and partner with families to build authentic, trusting relationships through home visits to ensure every child is socially, emotionally, and academically successful.
Trey empowers athletes to become lifelong leaders, unlocking their potential to serve as societal changemakers, representative role models, and influential voices for underserved communities.
* In addition to the presenting sponsor, Accenture, United Way’s Social Innovation Accelerator program is made possible by Santander, Capital One Foundation, Moozie Family Foundation and Hoglund Foundation.
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