Urbanade Update

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We are pleased to share with you some recent publicity we have received through the success of our amazing entrepreneurs and their creation of Urbanade! 

Urbanade was featured in the recent print edition of Preston Hollow People, as well as on the Park Cities People website. The article includes Urbanade in a summer round-up, sharing with the Park Cities community fun ideas to take part in this month. In total, this placement garnered a total viewership of 22,620+.

Read our spotlight here- 

http://www.parkcitiespeople.com/community/three-things-to-do-in-june/  

Posted on June 6, 2018 .

Urbanade Lemonade

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This May the students in our Entrepreneurial Program have the great privilege of participating in Lemonade Day in Dallas for the second year in a row. Lemonade Day is a program where youth have the opportunity to experience entrepreneurship by setting up lemonade stand businesses during their city's community-wide Lemonade Day.

On Saturday April 28th, our talented entrepreneurial team (made up of students Samuel, Daisy, Kxzari, and Keisei who attend our Kids Club programming consistently) attended an invitation-only competition at Northpark Center to compete against other local entrepreneurship teams. They showcased their signature lavender lemonade, cleverly called Urbanade, which was made in collaboration with East Hampton Sandwich Co. Not only was this day an incredible learning experience for our talented entrepreneurs, they took home the grand prize, the title of Best Tasting Lemonade!

This team of four talented students competed last year in the Lemonade Day competition and were disappointed not to place in any category. Our kids showed their resilience and were not deterred from putting in hard work all year to plan and be prepared for competition this time around. Fortunately, those efforts paid off this year!

Starting in January this year, they begin learning about budgeting and planning. With each student taking ownership of their specific role, the team worked together as a high functioning unit. The team then met with East Hampton Sandwich Co owner, Kyle Brooks, to choose their flavor of lemonade - lavender!

When asked what they learned the most from this experience of preparing and then competing, Keisei said that she grew the most in getting up the courage to go and talk to people, introducing their product and not being afraid to speak with new people. Kxzari shared that she, and the team, learned how to talk things out to work together better.

This Saturday, May 5th, the team has a chance to showcase their award-winning lemonade yet again at East Hampton in Snider Plaza! The Urbanade entrepreneurial team will be at the East Hampton restaurant from 11am - 5pm to sell their delicious lemonade! Come on by and taste it for yourself!

Behind Every Door is proud to be a part of this experience with our students with East Hampton Sandwich Company through Lemonade Day. Learn more at https://behindeverydoor.org/urbanade.

Posted on May 4, 2018 .

Kids Fine Arts Showcase

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Saturday was filled with creativity, performances, and fun as kids from all three communities we serve through Behind Every Door came together to display their work at our first ever Kids Fine Arts Showcase!

Built on creativity, discovery, and imagination, the Behind Every Door enrichment program, a component of our out-of-school-time kids club, seeks to help students explore their creative side through art, dance, cooking, science/technology, and more.

After working hard on artwork and musical performances all semester, Kim Elmore (Enrichment Coordinator) gave the children a chance to display their work and perform at our Community Center in Roseland Townhomes. During the Showcase, one room was converted to an art gallery with display boards featuring children’s artwork from drawings and paintings, to photography and sculpture, and the PEROT museum brough tech trucks to build and launch rockets.

To kick off the showcase, kids from Village Oaks starred in three performances.

Performing first was a group of teenagers who wrote their own Musical Bible Verses presentation:

Up second, was a performance of the books of the New Testament:

Lastly, a group of students performed an incredible dance number:

The whole showcase was a huge success incorporating and displaying all aspects of the enrichment program and giving the attendees of our kids club a way to showcase the results of all the hard work they have put in. In closing the event, Chris Griffin (Assistant Community Director) said, “Our kids are dedicated. Our kids are special. They put in the work day in and day out. They have something special inside them and it’s our job to draw it out.”

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on April 16, 2018 .

Valentine's Day Lunch at Village Oaks

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Love filled the air as members of Village Oaks Apartment community gathered together on Wednesday, February 14th for a Valentine’s Day lunch, held on site at the community center. Spirits were high as joyful memories were shared between senior adults who have called this place home for many years.

Reminisces of past neighbors were recalled with smiles. Murmurs of “Do you remember Jack who had all those plants? His daughter was so sweet!”, followed by, “Oh, yes! I hadn't thought of them in a while!” interlaced conversations about current happenings.    

The occasion was special for those in attendance and was a delightful time of fellowship. Knowing that many may not be spending Valentine’s day with their special someone they have in years past, the comradery of being with their long time friends lifted corners of mouths into smilies.

As Behind Every Door, we exist to bring the fullness of the love of Jesus to transform lives in underserved neighborhoods. We believe that this love is: patient, kind, does not envy, does not bost, is not proud, is not rude, is not self seeking, is not easily angered, and keeps no records of wrong. We believe this love does not delight in evil, but rejoices in the truth, that it always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. The love of Jesus never fails (1 Corinthians 13:4-8).

It is this love we strive to foster throughout all communities we serve, from the kids all the way to a special Valentine's Day lunch for the senior adults of Village Oaks.   

 

 

 

Posted on February 21, 2018 .

The Grand Opening

Did you miss the grand opening of The Rose? We made a quick video to catch you up! Enjoy!

Posted on October 10, 2017 .

Bowl-A-Rama 2017

Bowl-A-Rama was a great time this year! Thanks to many of you, we were able to raise $475,000 through the event. Thanks to all of the sponsors who helped make that possible. Enjoy these 20 pictures below!

If you would like to view more pictures, click here to visit our SmugMug page:

https://behindeverydoor.smugmug.com/Bowl-A-Rama-2017/

Posted on September 27, 2017 .

Washington DC Was Special

Do you remember traveling somewhere that had an impact on you? Maybe it was the first time you left the city you grew up in. Maybe it was your first airplane ride. Maybe it was a small town in a far away country. Regardless, seeing how other people live and do things can have a profound impact on us.

We had the privilege of taking 15 kids (from two of our communities) all the way to Washington DC. The experience was exhausting, but worth every bit to see the kids capacity for dreaming expand. So, what was the profound impact the trip had on these kids? Keep reading!

On Day 1 we walked over 7 miles (according to an iPhone). We saw the White House, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, World War II Memorial, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Touring the African American History Museum was an amazing experience. Our kids felt affirmed and connected to significant contributions in our nation's history. See two videos at the bottom of our time at the African American Museum.

On Day 2 we started at the American Studies Program. The kids learned about colleges and career paths, and they heard from two young people with similar stories to their own, who were now working in DC. Again, the capacity to dream was expanding! We took public transit everywhere, and the kids took turns navigating the group. We went through historic Union Station and made a stop at Ebenezer's Coffee House. Then, we finished the day at the National Harbor for dinner, an outdoor movie, and the Ferris wheel.

Ebenezer's is a significant part of this story. In 2016 we read a book as a staff team called Dar the Circle by Mark Batterson. In short, he calls the reader to listen to God's voice and pray in to what you hear. We saw some amazing answers to prayer in 2016, and we decided to do this again in 2017. We began praying for this trip about 6 months ago. All we had were 20 tickets to the African American History Museum, which we happened in to. We prayed and prayed, and things continued to fall in to place. We are still waiting on some final pieces (even now, after the trip), but the hand of God in this was evident to our entire time. So, when we took the kids to get a cup of coffee, we paused to let them know that they were literally standing in an answered prayer. It was a very special moment!

On Day 3 we had breakfast with a judge and learned about her career. Then, we headed to the Capitol building, and we finished the day at the Truckeroo food truck festival at the Navy Yard. After that, the guys and girls split up and had separate outings. We had a fun moment with the boys as they learned about tipping their waitress!

On Day 4 we enjoyed a free day. The group decided to visit the National Zoo and do some shopping.

Throughout the trip there were some neat things going on: each night we came together to talk through 1 Peter 2:9. We focused on Identity and Influence - we must know who we are in order to make the impact God has for us. In several conversations with some of the kids, we could see them begin to step in to who they are (who God says they are, their history, etc.), and as they did they better understood the importance of their contribution to this world. See a video of Kea Westbrook teaching below. Another neat practice we did was budgeting and accounting. The kids managed their own funds for food each day ($40). They had to keep their receipts and at the end of each day they documented their spending, attached receipts, and turned in any left over funds. On the final day, if they did this correctly each day, they received an extra $20 for shopping! See a picture of some of the girls!

This was quite an amazing experience for this group of kids. At the end, as we asked about what was most impactful, there were two consistent answers: flying on an airplane (which took lots of courage for many!) and the food we were able to eat! The simplicity of those answers is wonderful.

Posted on August 7, 2017 .

Prairie View A&M University Tour

Visiting Praire View A&M University was an amazing experience for 22 kids! We were able to see what life on campus is like and visit with some of the students. For many of the kids, this was their first time on a college campus. Many didn't consider college as an option...until now!

We also had an amazing opportunity to visit with Geneva Reed-Veal, the mother of Sandra Bland. She was very kind and generous towards our students, and it was an honor to meet her!

Scroll past the pictures to see one of our students, Karl, producing his own radio show while on the tour!

Posted on July 27, 2017 .

2017 KAA Summer Camp

What a year at KAA! We took 36 kids and 18 made a decision to walk intimately with Jesus! The kids enjoyed blobbing, dancing, ropes course, and so much more. This was a life changing experience for so many! The video below is really special: each time a person makes a decision to walk with Jesus, they ring a bell to signify the decision. This video shows our kids making their decorations!

Posted on July 24, 2017 .

Dallas Champions Academy Football Camp

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We had an amazing opportunity to take over 40 kids to a football camp this week! The camp lasted for there days and the kids were asked to elevate themselves. If they worked hard for the three days, showing respect for themselves and others, they could get invited to day 4. We are so proud of our kids! Out of 149 kids who attended from across the city, 4 of our kids were invited back for Day 4! Enjoy the pictures and videos!

Posted on July 14, 2017 .