AVANCE-Dallas Inc.

Unlocking America's Potential

aka AVANCE-North Texas   |   Dallas, TX   |  http://www.avance-ntx.org

Mission

AVANCE breaks the cycle of inter-generational poverty through innovative, two-generation education and support for families with young children.

Notes from the nonprofit

Thanks to our supporters, AVANCE-North Texas is nationally recognized as one of the most successful intervention and prevention family support nonprofit organizations for low-income, high-risk families. We are proud to offer our program in Texas since 1973 and in Dallas since 1996. Free of charge, our evidence-based program teaches parents on the importance of creating concrete, healthy development in their children during the vital first three years of life. The program emphasizes to parents that they are their children’s first and most important teacher and that the foundation for education begins at home.

Ruling year info

1974

Executive Director

Ms. Vanessa Maldonado

Main address

2060 Singleton Blvd., Ste. 103 www.avance-ntx.org

Dallas, TX 75212 USA

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Formerly known as

AVANCE Inc. - Dallas Chapter

EIN

75-2699260

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Hispanic population is growing exponentially and will become the majority population of the region in the next few years. This population will bear an increasingly greater burden to keep North Texas thriving. But today, on the whole, they are performing far behind in education and have far fewer resources than most of their peers. The achievement gap among Hispanic students in Dallas is rooted in children’s earliest years. If a student starts behind, he or she often stays behind or drops out. These children have the capability to succeed, but lack the necessary educational foundation. If we prepare low-income Hispanic children early in their lives, we will give them the opportunity for a successful experience in high school, college, and life. Investing in building a strong educational foundation for the Hispanic community is essential for the long-term economic health of the nation.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Parent Education Program

The AVANCE Parenting Educational Program teaches parents on the importance of creating concrete, healthy development in their children during the vital first three years of life. The program emphasizes to parents that they are their children’s first and most important teacher and that the foundation for education begins at home. This core program is a nine-month bilingual program for at-risk families with children under the age of three. Parents meet weekly for four hours while their children are cared for in an age-appropriate educational setting. Graduates of the AVANCE-Dallas Parent Education Program are not only better parents, their increased appreciation for education leads them to improve their own literacy and professional skills.

Population(s) Served
Parents
Economically disadvantaged people

The Early Childhood Program develops successful Hispanic families in Dallas by equipping children early on to attain success in elementary school, which gives them a foundation for success in high school, college, and beyond. Children birth to age three meet once per week for four hours at one of our local sites while their parents attend Parent Education classes, and the program provides 150 hours of intensive services over nine months. AVANCE-Dallas teachers create an environment that develops children’s language abilities, their cognitive and social skills, and their interest in learning about the world around them. Children emerge ready for kindergarten.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Economically disadvantaged people

Our Book Clubs build on our expertise of developing strong literacy skills in low-income Hispanic families, which we've demonstrated through our 18-year-old Parent-Child Education Program, which meets for 150 hours over the course of nine months. The Book Clubs take a less-intensive structure that makes them both low-cost and highly replicable. They are short, cost-effective educational sessions (1 hour/week for 24 weeks) that join parents and children together in reading activities, promoting frequent reading in the home as a preparation for and complement to formalized schooling.

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

The Leadership Academy is designed as a second year program for AVANCE-Dallas graduates. The focus is to develop interpersonal skills and civic responsibility.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
People of Latin American descent

Promotes community awareness, mental health and shares of AVANCE's message.

Population(s) Served
People of Latin American descent
Economically disadvantaged people

An Early Childhood Summer Program that teaches Science, Technology, Arts, Engineering and Math with an addition of healthy living initiatives and conscious discipline.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

AVANCE, Inc. Listed in Top 25 Hispanic Nonprofits in the U.S. 2014

Hispanic Business Magazine

Excellence in Human Service Programming Award 2004

Community Council of Greater Dallas

Nuestra Gente Honoree 2003

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and Channel 39 Telemundo

Community-Based Organization of the Year Award 2001

Dallas Concilio of Hispanic Service Organizations

Luminary Award (for AVANCE Inc.) 2012

Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University (SMU)

Family Literacy Program of the Year Award 2000

Dallas Reads

Affiliations & memberships

United Way Member Agency 1999

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

AVANCE-North Texas aims to advance at-risk Hispanic children and families to educational success.

Our evidence based program equips parents and their children with the necessary tools for academic success from cradle to college.

AVANCE's network of programs supports these broad aims by providing Hispanic parents additional resources to further their families and our communities.

Our overarching goal is that North Texas Hispanics will become a people that values and produces top-performing students, involved parents, and leaders in educational excellence, enriching the whole community and beyond.

Our key strategy for pursuing these goals is continue delivering high-quality educational programs tailored to the needs of low-income and under-served Hispanic families with children from 0 to 4 years old.

The AVANCE North Texas Parent-Child Education Program is an evidence based program that nurtures lifelong change by equipping parents to be their child’s most important teachers from their earliest years by giving children the early brain-molding stimulation that helps them to achieve a lifelong academic success.

In addition AVANCE North Texas has seven collateral programs that reinforce the core program values and at the same time reach more families in need:

-Workplace English Program, teaches English as a Second Language classes for parents to improve their family’s economic status and a workforce entry practicum to assist them in the process of finding gainful employment.

-The Parent-Child Book Clubs Program is focus on the critical activity of reading by training parents the drama of reading and motivating them to read daily with their children in the home starting from birth.

-The Promotora Program conduct home visits to share the key AVANCE educational message and community awareness.

-Full STEM Ahead Program. Is a summer program that teaches STEAM and health initiatives.

-Leadership Academy promotes personal development, civic responsibility and community service.
HOPES. Is an intensive home-based case management to prevent abuse and neglect in children.

-Texas School Ready, focuses on Preschool teacher’s instruction and quality of teacher interaction.

Since our launch in 1996, we have grown to a size of 42 staff members, serving 25 sites throughout the Metroplex. We also maintain a strong network of partnerships with over 30 organizations. Some of our key partners include the Dallas, Irving and Fort Worth Independent School Districts, which loan us space to deliver our programs in the low-income neighborhoods of our target families.

AVANCE-North Texas has a solid base of financial support from government, foundation, corporate, and individual funding sources. And we seek to uphold the highest standards in accountability and stewardship to make the most of our supporters’ investment in our program and families.

AVANCE-Dallas is also one of five chapters in Texas partners of AVANCE Inc., established in San Antonio in 1973. Our parent organization has been awarded a 2012 Luminary Award from Southern Methodist University’s (SMU) Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development as a leader in developing new ways of enhancing children’s education. It has also been recognized by the S&I Index 100 as one of the top 100 nonprofits in the U.S. that shows evidence of making an impact.

In addition, the AVANCE model has been nationally recognized by the broader community as an effective educational strategy. The AVANCE-Dallas program itself has been featured in two research studies on education and immigrant outreach (Early Childhood Education Journal, April 2007; Zero to Three, November 2008).

This nonprofit fills a unique niche in North Texas, while many organizations focus solely on children or solely on parents, our agency works with children and parents together, which actually advances children more effectively at a much lower cost.

WHAT WE HAVE ACCOMPLISHED:
Since the AVANCE-Dallas program began in 1996, we have advanced the lives of more than 33,000 children and parents, giving them the tools to improve their families and succeed in education.

Our program has resulted in transformed lives. Parents read to their children frequently starting at birth and support their children’s learning throughout their school years. Children start kindergarten ready to succeed and excel in high school and beyond.

We have transformed thousands of families during the strategic early childhood years, equipping parents to make a difference in their communities and setting children on a trajectory from cradle to college.

WHAT WE HAVEN’T ACCOMPLISHED:
Due to the limited size of our program, the DFW area is still home to thousands of families who need early educational intervention. We simply do not currently have the resources—financial and human—to reach all the at-risk Hispanic families in Dallas County with our time-tested and innovative educational programs.

With increased support from the broader community, AVANCE-North Texas can expand our programs to advance thousands of at-risk children and families in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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AVANCE-Dallas Inc.

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Richie Heffernan

Principal, Ascher Silberstein Elementary School

Felicitas Cadena

Community Affairs Univision

Richie Heffernan

Principal - Ascher Silberstein Elementary School

Rust Reid

Senior Partner, Thompson & Knight LLP

Alvaro Saenz

CEO, Medical Group

Maria Jaramillo

AHOrA Chair

Alice Rodriguez

Vice President Community & Business Development JP Morgan CHASE

Ryan Ramirez

Vice President, IT Infrastructure Kimberly Clark, Inc

Douglas Cowen

Cowen Boguslawski PLLC

Trayce Robinson

MD Parkland deHaro-Saldivar Health Center

Amando Rodriguez

International Finances BRIGGS Equipment

Fred Gaona

Partner, Gray, Reed & McGraw, P.C.

Santiago Jorba

CEO, Creu Capital LLC.

Julia Dodd

Vice President, Lockton Dunning

Maria "Marifer" Aceves

Attorney at Law, Law, PLLC

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/02/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/02/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.