Attending Bright Futures allowed Shae to realize new career dreams and build a better life.
HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY (HSE)
Classes are designed for women who do not have a high school diploma or General Educational Development Certificate (GED). This program provides individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to pass the HSE test in the areas of Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. These on-site classes are facilitated by our partner, Dallas College, who also provides full-ride scholarships for post-secondary education to students who achieve their GED.
An inability to effectively communicate in English is a great barrier for some of the families Bright Futures serves. Navigating daily life is difficult if you cannot read, write or speak English. It severely limits your job choices, and it renders you unable to advocate for yourself or your family.
Bright Futures offers ESL (English as a Second Language) classes to improve our client's ability to speak, listen, read and write in English. Volunteers teach the Ventures curriculum which meets the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS).
BRIGHT FUTURES© PROGRAM
The Bright Futures Personal Empowerment training course is a one semester program designed to empower women to live up to their fullest potential by teaching them skills such as visioning for the future, setting personal goals, and overcoming obstacles. Other elements of the curriculum include: time management, mindset assessment, communication/collaboration, and job/college readiness. Participants also receive professional financial literacy training through one of our partner organizations. This program incentivizes students to enroll in higher education by providing those that complete the course with scholarships to Dallas College.
CHILDREN’S LEARNING CENTER
The Children’s Learning Center provides preschool education by trained teachers to children ages 0-5 while their mothers attend programming. Having an on-site preschool program removes child care barriers and encourages dual-generational learning. The structured curriculum helps prepare children for success in kindergarten. Our learning center program follows Texas Childcare standards, with lower child-per-teacher ratios than most settings. This gives Bright Futures’ children a strong foundation to begin a life of learning.
Through partnerships with The Warren Center and the UT Dallas Crece Conmigo (Grow With Me) program, our enrolled children are evaluated annually for early detection of development delays or other needs.
Parenting classes are taught on-site weekly through a partnership with Methodist Children’s Home. Evidence-based curriculum is used including the Nurturing Parenting program, and Circle of Security, an attachment-based curriculum. Parenting education promotes the use of positive parenting practices, such as using positive language, planned discipline, and family routines. It also encourages nurturing behavior and increases parents’ knowledge of child development and communication.
MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING AND CASE MANAGEMENT SERVICES
Our mothers meet individually with a staff member to develop a personalized plan, including setting family goals and analyzing needs. A licensed marriage and family therapist offers both group and individual on-site counseling to both adults and children that are served by our ministry. We also connect families with outside resources that help them meet immediate needs such as food, clothing, utility assistance, furniture, medical and mental health services.
Bible studies pour hope into our mothers by sharing Christ’s love and His intentional pursuit of them in grace and mercy. These classes also give participants a means of learning how to grow spiritually individually and in a group. If language support is needed, participants are grouped with native language assistants.