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Youth programs are critical to breaking the poverty cycle.

Research shows that a child who attends college is seven times more likely to move into the middle class

The Salvation Army is striving to change generations by giving children from poverty-stricken environments the chance to get a start in life in a very different place than where their parents may have begun.

The Salvation Army provides safe places and structured after-school programs that enrich the lives of children, ages 5 to 14, under the umbrella of Christian values and leadership.

Programs are planned but fun! We help children with homework but we also teach them how to develop skills in art, music, STEM, martial arts, sports and culinary arts. We use exciting games and activities from Fuel Up to Play 60 to promote health and wellness through play. Our facilities are equipped with computer labs where kids learn financial literacy as well as digital literacy and responsibility.

Salvation Army After-School Programs serve Dallas, Tarrant and Ellis, and Denton and Collin counties. The centers are open Monday through Friday and follow the school district calendar in each county. Hours of operation and program fees vary by location.

Irving Community Center
250 East Grauwyler, Irving, TX 75061
(972) 438-6553 

Northside Community Center
3023 W. 24th Street, Fort Worth, TX 76106
(817) 624-3111

Plano Community Center
3528 East 14th Street, Plano, TX 75074
(972) 423-8254 

Pleasant Grove Community Center
8341 Elam Road, Dallas, TX 75217
(214) 398-6619

The Salvation Army Family Life Center & Youth Education Town
712 W Abram Street, Arlington, TX 76013
(817) 860-1836

Waxahachie Boys and Girls Club
620 Farley Street, Waxahachie, TX 75165
(972) 937-7797 

The Salvation Army partners with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to provide an array of programming opportunities for children and youth. The programs offered, such as Passport to Manhood and Smart Girls, are proven to boost self-esteem and enhance character development which helps strengthen our community. Power Hour and Summer Brain Gain provide academic assistance to help reinforce concepts learned in school.



Ellis County


Many children have talent that will never be developed because their parents can't afford lessons, instruments or art supplies. If cultivated, this talent could one day provide a springboard to a better life.

The Salvation Army's Performing Arts Music Programs give boys and girls a chance to get instruction in music, choir, dance, theatre, and art.

In addition, students receive free loaner equipment and curriculum materials.

The Project Tomorrow program provides full scholarships to Christian preparatory schools for gifted and talented, at-risk, middle and high school students, training them to become instruments of change in the very communities where they grew up.

The students attend Tyler Street Christian Academy, a college preparatory school in North Oak Cliff, as well as Stone Gate Christian Academy in Irving and Dallas Christian School in Dallas.

Students say the schools provide a safe environment where they can learn and embark on a successful career path and spiritually positive life.

95 students have been enrolled in The Salvation Army’s Project Tomorrow program since its launch in 1990. Graduates have gone on to attend universities like: Rice University, SMU, Baylor, UNT, Texas Tech, Dallas Baptist University, and the U.S. Naval Academy.

The future of the program includes the building of a successful network of past alumni who commit to becoming mentors to present scholars and to those currently in college.

Project Tomorrow not only has a dramatic impact on the lives of past graduates, but it is also charting a new course for future generations.

Here, sports are about more than scoring touchdowns or getting a ball through a hoop. Youth athletic programs teach boys and girls valuable lessons about life.

Participants in organized athletic programs learn the meaning of integrity and fair play. They learn that there are rules to live by and consequences for breaking them. They learn how to win graciously, and how to lose without being defeated. They also learn that there are adults who care for them and who are willing to spend their time helping them to be better athletes and better people.

Young people can take these "lessons of the locker room" into their everyday lives and on into adulthood.

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