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Junior Players Guild

Transforming Kids' Lives Through the Arts

aka Junior Players Guild   |   Dallas, TX   |  www.juniorplayers.org

Mission

The mission of Junior Players is to encourage intellectual growth, mental well-being and the development of life skills in the youth of North Texas through mentoring, creative expression and participation in dramatic and arts activities.

Ruling year info

1968

Executive Director

Ms. Rosaura Cruz

Main address

12225 Greenville Avenue Suite 1020 Suite 104

Dallas, TX 75243 USA

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EIN

75-6061082

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Performing Arts (A60)

Theater (A65)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Non-school hours are the most likely time for adolescents to engage in at-risk behavior. Young adolescents from low-moderate income neighborhoods are least likely to get the support they need, leaving them at a greater risk of teen pregnancy, alcohol and drug abuse, suicide, violence and inadequate education. \r\n\r\nJunior Players art programs in North Texas schools and recreation centers are a vital element in addressing the issues and needs of low-moderate income, at-risk youth.

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?

Discover Ourselves After-School Workshops

Guided by professional artists from the North Texas community, children learn basic skills in theater, art, music, dance, graphic design, mixed media and a variety of other different art forms. Workshops are provided in collaboration with schools, recreation centers, youth agencies and low-income housing developments in low-moderate income areas of the city where there is little or no access to the arts. The majority of the participants receive some form of public assistance based on DISD census tract data and the programs offer significant expanded learning opportunities for the participants in the non-school hours.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Children and youth

Through Junior Players’ Theater Camps, all children are provided with an opportunity to explore their creative capabilities through the theater arts. The summer camps are open to all children ages 7 to 14 from the residential neighborhoods near participating centers. Classes are limited to 25 participants and at most sites the ratio is 1:20. For two weeks, theater instructors work with the students in daily two-hour sessions. Students learn about the various aspects of the performing arts and theater arts specifically. They play theater games, learn improvisation techniques and develop a presentation for a culminating festival. All children in the program receive a free t-shirt for their participation, which also serves as their costume for the Festival of Plays.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Adults

Junior Players' Discover Shakespeare program combines the best of North Texas high-school acting talent with the professional skills of the Shakespeare Dallas staff in a teen production of Shakespeare presented in performances at Samuell-Grand Park.

Population(s) Served
Students
Adults

Junior Players' Winter Musical program combines the best of North Texas high-school acting talent with the professional skills of local professional directors, choreographers and designers in a teen production presented in four performances at the Dallas City Performance Hall.

Population(s) Served
Students
Artists and performers

Junior Players teen and Visions of Peace programs work with high-risk teens who are challenged to write about their life experiences, create and perform their own productions and resolve their conflicts through communication in a non-violent manner. Junior Players' Advanced Acting Workshops and PUP Fest program offer professional training in acting and playwriting for area high school students.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Students

As part of Junior Players' 60th Anniversary, Junior Players produced a new dance production initiative entitled Junior Players Presents: The Transformation Project. The production pairs two choreographers with twelve of North Texas' most talented and well deserving high school dancers. The theme of the performances center around the Junior Players motto: "transforming kids' lives through the arts." The teen dancers come together to discuss some of the most challenging issues facing both themselves and their peers, and how the arts have given them an outlet to deal with those challenges. The choreographers then partnered with the students to set their ideas to music and dance in order to create an hour long dance performance.

The purpose of this project is to provide a safe environment for students in our community to come together and discuss any issues they may be facing either at home, at school or on the streets of our communities. Part of the Junior Players mission is to provide a non-violent alternative for students looking to deal with any personal issues facing them in their day-to-day lives. This program provides students with this opportunity while also exposing them to the process of creating a new work and performing that work for their family, friends, peers and community members.

Population(s) Served
Students
Artists and performers

In 2002, Junior Players and Kitchen Dog Theater started the Playwrights Under Progress Festival (PUP Fest). Over 600 North Texas high school students have now participated in the program, providing them with opportunities for both playwriting and acting. PUP Fest was recognized in September 2003 with a Special Award from the Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum.

PUP Fest allows high school playwrights the opportunity to have their plays produced as a staged reading at Kitchen Dog Theater. They are also mentored by some of Dallas’ most renowned playwrights, including Vicki Caroline Cheatwood, David Goodwin and Erin Burdette. Each script that is chosen is paired with a cast of teen actors and directed by local actors and directors.

Population(s) Served
Students
Artists and performers

Where we work

Awards

Arts Basic Award 2003

Texas Commission on the Arts

National Semifinalists for the Coming Up Taller Award 2006

President's Committee on Arts and Humanities

Affiliations & memberships

National Guild for Community Arts Education 2008

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.

The mission of Junior Players is to encourage intellectual growth, mental well-being and the development of life skills in the youth of North Texas through mentoring, creative expression and participation in dramatic and arts activities. This mission is accomplished through:\r\n-Assisting elementary, middle and high school children in an exploration of their creative potential in free after-school and summer programs throughout North Texas.\r\n-Challenging and motivating teens from high-risk environments to creatively and verbally express their concerns in a non-violent manner.\r\n-Providing professional training opportunities for high school students.

Junior Players art programs in North Texas schools and recreation centers are a vital element in addressing the issues and needs of low-moderate income, at-risk youth. These programs:\r\n-Teach youth to resolve conflicts non-violently, using communication strategies such as listening skills, identifying feelings and brainstorming non-violent solution options.\r\n-Provide educational opportunities and creative alternatives for low-moderate income, at-risk youth during the critical after-school hours.\r\n-Expand communication skills, increase self-confidence and increase self-esteem.

Our goals are accomplished by:\r\n\r\n-Assisting elementary and middle school children in an exploration of their creative potential in free after-school and summer programs throughout North Texas;\r\n\r\n-Challenging and motivating teens from high-risk environments to creatively and verbally express their concerns in a non-violent manner; \r\n\r\n-Providing professional and academic training opportunities for high school students.

In 2016, Junior Players was able to accomplish the following:\r\n-Junior Players provided approximately 7,793 hours of high-quality arts education programming. This breaks down to approximately 21 hours of programming per day throughout the year.\r\n-Junior Players provided more than 4,000 sessions of programming with each session lasting approximately 2 hours. This breaks down to approximately 11 sessions per day throughout the year.\r\n-Junior Players employed more than 100 highly qualified teaching artists.\r\n-Junior Players offered 57 unique arts programs at 150 unique locations.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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

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Junior Players Guild

Board of directors
as of 03/22/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Liz D'Aloia

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 3/13/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/13/2023

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Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.