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The Magdalen House - a nonprofit organization helping women achieve sobriety and sustain recovery from alcoholism at no cost and based on 12-Step spiritual principles - invites members of the community to their signature Game, Set, Match event hosted on Saturday, May 21, 2022, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Lakewood Country Club located at 6430 Gaston Ave, Dallas, TX 75214.

In celebration of The Magdalen House’s 35th Anniversary, this year’s Game, Set, Match event will be all about the 80’s. Guests are invited to celebrate with a day of tennis and live music from The Vinyl Countdown! With each player ticket, attendees will receive one guaranteed game of Tennis 105, drinks, dinner, and an “ace” of an evening. There is space for all to play with three levels to choose from- beginner, intermediate, and Fast4 Knock-Out tournament (Advanced) with an award ceremony following all play. Spectator tickets are available for those who want to join the fun but don’t want to play the game. To purchase tickets, event sponsorship or for more information please visit, https://one.bidpal.net/gamesetmatch2022/ticketing

The Magdalen House is a nonprofit organization helping women achieve sobriety and sustain recovery from alcoholism at no cost and based on 12-Step spiritual principles. Founded in Dallas in 1987, The Magdalen House remains the only agency in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to offer comprehensive recovery services – without insurance or state funding – 100% free of charge. The Magdalen House is committed to helping alcoholic women achieve long-term, sustainable recovery through spiritually based, comprehensive programming. For more information visit www.magdalenhouse.org.

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For more than 45 years, mouth-watering meat cooked low-and-slow has been the crown jewel on the menu at Soulman’s Bar-B-Que. May is the time to celebrate the 2022 Bar-B-Que season launching in the Lone Star State by continuing the Soulman’s tradition of giving North Texans what they have grown to love and expect from their favorite place for bar-b-que.

“Our family-owned business has been a part of the time-honored tradition of bar-b-que for generations, both within our own restaurant family and those who count on Soulman’s to deliver the best smoked meat and delicious homemade sides to any gathering, large or small. We are passionate about bar-b-que all year long, but love any excuse to celebrate it as a kick-off to summer,“ says Brett Randle, CEO of Soulman’s Bar-B-Que. 

In addition to perfecting the art of deliciously smoked meat, the team at Soulman’s Bar-B-Que has been hard at work perfecting the ways to get it into the hands of North Texans. From the launch of the Soulman’s app earlier this year to streamlined catering and events, to thoughtful upgrades on the in-store and online experience, they continue to show why Soulman’s is considered one of the Top Bar-B-Que Chains in America and the Best Bar-B-Que in Dallas for Takeout and Delivery

“There are few things more satisfying than experiencing an expertly smoked, fall off the bone piece of meat making its way to your plate,” says Randle, “And that’s what we intend to do all summer long.” 

The Soulman’s Bar-B-Que app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

For more than 45 years, Soulman’s Bar-B-Que has satisfied the hardest to please bar-b-que lovers….Texans!  Founded in Pleasant Grove, Texas in 1974, Soulman’s had only a few simple goals—serve great Texas-style BBQ and offer friendly, sincere service.  Soulman’s original family recipes are still the foundation for the company’s success from their 8 different types of meat that are smoked “low & slow” over only hickory wood to their famous homemade sides, including Ranch house beans and Texas style cream corn! Throughout the years, this family-owned and operated company has remained true to its original strive for success and customer satisfaction and is honored to be considered one of the Top Bar-B-Que Chains in America (2018) and Best Bar-B-Que in Dallas for Takeout  & Delivery (2020).

Soulman’s currently owns and operates 18 North and East Texas locations in AllenCedar HillForneyGarlandGreenvilleHurstLancasterLewisville, Mansfield, MesquiteQuinlanRed OakRockwall I-30Rockwall GoliadRoyse City,  Sulphur SpringsTerrell and Van. To learn more about Soulman’s Bar-B-Que, visit them online at http://www.soulmans.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/soulmansbbq.

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The Warren Center, a nonprofit agency providing professional evaluations, therapy services and support to children with developmental delays and disabilities invited the children they serve to celebrate Spring in the Park. The annual event is designed for children and their families to celebrate spring in a sensory-friendly way. Families served by The Warren Center were invited to Woodland Park to participate in fun activities for the entire family including a bubble bus, free snow cones from Kona Ice and much more. 

The CDC estimates one in six children have intellectual or physical disabilities or delays. In Dallas County alone, over 102,000 children have a developmental disability. The period between birth to five years is a time of rapid development. The earliest possible intervention is critical due to the accelerated brain development during these first years of life. The Warren Center provides professional evaluations, therapy services and support to children with developmental delays and disabilities. The center serves over 1,000 children each week as well as their families. Services include speech, occupational and physical therapy; developmental services; and nutrition as well as family education and support. The Early Childhood Intervention Program serves the entire northern half of Dallas County in 48 ZIP codes. Founded in 1968, 2018 marked The Warren Center’s 50th anniversary. For more information, please visit https://www.thewarrencenter.org or follow The Warren Center on Facebook and Twitter.

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Each April, the National Council for Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) sponsors Alcohol Awareness Month to bring awareness of the causes and treatment of the nation’s biggest public health problem: alcoholism. In honor of the month, The Magdalen House, the only North Texas non-profit agency to offer comprehensive, no-cost services to help women achieve and sustain recovery from alcoholism, wants to shatter the stigma of alcoholism by refuting common assumptions regarding alcoholism.

“Many people do not understand that alcoholism is a disease that impacts all walks of life. People are often quick to think of alcoholism in severe situations, but alcohol use disorder is a disease that stems from a variety of factors such as genetics, mental health conditions, exposure to trauma and more,” says Lisa Kroencke, executive director of The Magdalen House. “Although the stigma surrounding alcoholism may not seem like a big deal to most people, it has more implications than many people realize including preventing alcoholics from seeking treatment. It is imperative that we shatter the stigma associated with alcoholism to help those find the treatment they need.”

Myth: If she just loved herself, her family, her spouse, her parents, or her kids enough, she would stop drinking.

Alcoholism is not about choices, it is not a behavior problem. The main problem of the alcoholic centers in her mind. “At a certain point in the drinking of every alcoholic, [s]he passes into a state where the most powerful desire to stop drinking is of absolutely no avail.” *  As a result, there is no ability to make a choice to not drink. The question is not about consequences or circumstances. The question is can they quit entirely when they honestly want to?

Myth: She doesn’t look like an alcoholic, she has a job and a family.

1 in 11 women in the US is an alcoholic. There are over 250,000 alcoholic women – mothers, sisters, wives, daughters, friends, and coworkers – in Dallas Fort Worth alone. Alcoholism is not defined by an individual’s income, social consequences, outward appearance, or the like. 

Myth: At least she’s just drinking – that's nowhere near as serious as doing drugs.

Excessive alcohol use contributes to 261 deaths per day in the United States. Totaling over 95,000 deaths each year, it is the third leading preventable cause of death and kills 1.4 times as many adults from drug overdoses.

Myth: If she would just stop drinking, then she would be okay.

Recovery is more than sobriety alone. While being sober means that an alcoholic is no longer drinking and living under the influence of substances, it doesn’t equate to being “recovered.” Recovery is ongoing and allows an alcoholic to 

experience freedom from their disease. In recovery, the alcoholic can see that alcohol wasn’t the problem, but rather a symptom of something larger.

Myth: If it’s not hard to stop when I know I’ve had one too many, why can’t she?

The alcoholic's body is unable to process alcohol normally, causing the inability to reliably stop once they start. As a result, there is a loss of control over the amount they drink. The question is not how often or how much they drink. The question is can they stop once they start?

Myth: She has an excuse to drink.

Alcoholism is a mental health disorder. Although some people may begin drinking because of certain life occurrences or to cope with trauma, alcoholism is a disease of the mind and body and is not caused by external circumstances.

Myth: She’d ask for help if she really wanted it.

Currently, less than 1 in 15 alcoholic women (only 6.9%) will seek formal help. Because women face more stigmatization, shame, family responsibilities, and socioeconomic barriers than their male counterparts and more frequently have co-occurring disorders, they are less likely than men to seek treatment.

Myth: Alcoholism and alcohol use disorder are different. 

The more commonly used medical term for alcoholism is “alcohol use disorder,” which is defined in the most current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) as “a chronic relapsing brain disease characterized by compulsive alcohol use, loss of control over alcohol intake, and a negative emotional state when not using.” Alcoholism and alcohol use disorder are one in the same- a mental health disorder.

“If you’re an alcoholic who can’t stop drinking or a concerned loved one of an alcoholic, the first step in recovery is education and access to resources. In North Texas, The Magdalen House provides residential recovery, detox, group meetings, structured programs, family support groups, and tools designed to help grow and sustain recovery,” says Kroencke. 

 

The Magdalen House is a nonprofit organization helping women achieve sobriety and sustain recovery from alcoholism at no cost and based on 12-Step spiritual principles. Founded in Dallas in 1987, The Magdalen House remains the only agency in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to offer comprehensive recovery services – without insurance or state funding – 100% free of charge. The Magdalen House is committed to helping alcoholic women achieve long-term, sustainable recovery through spiritually based, comprehensive programming. For more information visit www.magdalenhouse.org.

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Uplift students’ individual and collective strength is a result of the social and economic challenges they face every day.  We come together at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas to celebrate this resilience and the bright future of our students.

Uplift Education is excited to announce the 12th annual Senior Decision Day (formerly College Signing Day), which will honor 940 high school seniors in the class of 2022 on Monday, April 11th at 11:40 a.m. (doors open at 11:00 a.m.) at AT&T Stadium. Senior Decision Day is the opportunity for Uplift soon-to-be graduates to announce their college and career plans to nearly 8,000 family, friends, classmates and VIPS in attendance.  This high energy event is the culmination of years of hard work, dedication, and focus for Uplift students, and a tradition that is looked forward to by underclassmen. 

100% of Uplift graduates are accepted to college and nearly 90% matriculate to college each year.  Uplift graduates also earn college degrees at a rate of 4X the national average for economically disadvantaged students (80% of Uplift graduates are low income).  While Uplift believes that college success is possible for all its graduates, the network also helps build sustainable futures for those graduates who choose not to go to college, through pathways to trade schools and licensure programs.  Whether their future is college, career, or military service, Senior Decision Day celebrates all those bright futures.

“We are incredibly proud of the way this year’s senior class is maintaining their academic goals, “said Uplift CEO, Yasmin Bhatia, “often while working to help support their family. They have also shown creativity and enthusiasm as they have built new traditions and memories for their senior year during a continuation of our pandemic. We want them to celebrate and to be celebrated by their families, friends and the educators who helped get them achieve their goals.  The class of 2022 is proof that college is a possibility for any student, regardless of their zip code.

We encourage the community to watch via livestream, which can be accessed through our Uplift web site, and post to social media using the hashtag #UpliftSDD to support our seniors.  While we all adapt to this “new normal”, we are confident that NOTHING has changed for our seniors as they prepare for their future.  They are equipped with solid, globally-focused academic knowledge, key critical thinking skills, and strong leadership abilities.

This pandemic has created a critical void across Dallas/FW’s most underserved and challenged communities. Schools play a vital role in every neighborhood and are often the source of stability in a young person’s life, providing education, meals, and a place to stay safe. These students have worked incredibly hard for this and there is no way we can let that go unrecognized. 

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On March 30, AIA Dallas hosted the Say it Louder Gallery Party to celebrate women in Dallas architecture for Women's History Month. The Magdalen House, a recovery community for alcoholic women that provides its services free of charge was showcased in the gallery to highlight the $3.5 million remodel of its new location. In 2017 the nonprofit purchased a condemned 100-year old house in East Dallas to become its new headquarters. Though the project faced many challenges ranging from planning and zoning issues to structural foundations crumbling - the mission of the project team led by Amanda Adler, project architect at Omniplan was always clear: restore the building so the nonprofit may restore women.

“Amanda and her team helped us bring our dream home to life. Our new location offers alcoholic women a dignified space to recover from this disease. Children can come visit, and no one will ever have to feel shame because they reached out for help. Our newly renovated space will help us serve thousands of women for years to come,” says Lisa Kroencke, executive director of The Magdalen House. 

The Magdalen House is committed to helping alcoholic women achieve long-term, sustainable recovery through the following spiritually based, comprehensive programs.

  • First Step program: A two-week, residential program for an alcoholic woman who wants to stop drinking but cannot. She is provided with the education and resources to achieve sobriety and build a foundation of recovery.
  • Next Step program: A three-phase, nonresidential program for an alcoholic woman at any stage of recovery. She is provided with support and structure to sustain her recovery while growing in her knowledge of 12-Step spiritual principles.
  • Meetings and Fellowship: Solution-focused classes, meetings, and workshops are provided for alcoholic women at every stage of recovery, 365 days a year. We also have dedicated volunteers who provide Family Support to families and loved ones of alcoholics.
  • Resources and Education: Community partnerships help us connect alcoholic women and their families to resources that include sober living, counseling, and women’s health. At the same time, education initiatives allow us to reach and serve more alcoholic women.

Learn more about how The Magdalen House can help an alcoholic woman who can’t stop drinking, an alcoholic woman already in recovery, or a loved one of an alcoholic by visiting, https://magdalenhouse.org/.

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Easter is quickly approaching, and busy families everywhere are looking for a stress-free way to celebrate. Soulman’s Bar-B-Que, recognizing the importance of family, friends, and time for fellowship, reminds North Texans that their kitchens will be open to help keep the holidays hassle-free. 

“This Easter, we want families to know that Soulman’s Bar-B-Que is here to help with the cooking.  North Texans can enjoy a complete homestyle meal at their own dining room tables without the fuss and time-consuming preparation and post-meal clean-up,” says Brett Randle, CEO of Soulman’s Bar-B-Que. 

From a traditional Easter ham, the sweet-and-savory signature meat, to a bar-b-que brisket favorite, Soulman’s has families covered this season. They are also offering add-ons for families who want to customize their Easter meals.

Soulman’s is offering a classic Easter feast including 2 pounds of hickory smoked sliced ham, paired with Soulman’s signature sides including homemade mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, dinner rolls, bar-b-que sauce, and an entire pecan pie. The Soulman’s Easter Dinner costs $49.99 and feeds 4-6 people. Add-ons including additional meat, sides, desserts, and drinks are available to order online with the Easter meal. Orders can be cold, ready to reheat, or hot, ready to eat. To order, click HERE. Meals can be picked up on Friday, April 15, and Saturday, April 16. All 18 Soulman’s locations will be closed on Sunday, April 17 in observance of Easter. 

For more than 45 years, Soulman’s Bar-B-Que has satisfied the hardest to please bar-b-que lovers….Texans!  Founded in Pleasant Grove, Texas in 1974, Soulman’s had only a few simple goals—serve great Texas-style BBQ and offer friendly, sincere service.  Soulman’s original family recipes are still the foundation for the company’s success from their 8 different types of meat that are smoked “low & slow” over only hickory wood to their famous homemade sides, including Ranch house beans and Texas style cream corn! Throughout the years, this family-owned and operated company has remained true to its original strive for success and customer satisfaction and is honored to be considered one of the Top Bar-B-Que Chains in America (2018) and Best Bar-B-Que in Dallas for Takeout  & Delivery(2020).

Soulman’s currently owns and operates 18 North and East Texas locations in AllenCedar HillForneyGarlandGreenvilleHurstLancasterLewisville, Mansfield, MesquiteQuinlanRed OakRockwall I-30Rockwall Goliad,Royse City,  Sulphur SpringsTerrell and Van. To learn more about Soulman’s Bar-B-Que, visit them online at http://www.soulmans.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/soulmansbbq.

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Gamiotics Studios, the emerging leader in real-time audience engagement, has seen unprecedented success during its sophomore presentation of The Twenty-Sided Tavern, a live-action Dungeons and Dragons style interactive adventure that played to sold-out houses at The Asylum NYC in New York City. The show is part of a growing stable of products and experiences powered by Gamiotics who is leading the live entertainment market in audience engagement through browser-based software.  Preceding the New York production, The Twenty-Sided Tavern premiered in Philadelphia as part of Philly Fringe to rave reviews.  

“We are in the business of delivering experiences, inventing new ways of telling stories, experimenting with how immersive we can be and discovering the best ways to integrate live performance with new technology in audience experience, “ says Gamiotics founder and CEO David Carpenter “The feedback we got from this was overwhelmingly positive.” 

The Gamiotics team issued a survey to audiences during the limited New York City run, where an overwhelming majority of respondents said they would be Very Likely to recommend the show to their friends. Other feedback received included: “I found the experience to be very enjoyable, and actually a much stronger proof of concept than I expected.”; “Overall, such a great experience! I appreciated the commitment to character and audience participation” and” It took what I love [role-playing games] and made it more amazing!”

The role-playing genre is one of the oldest in the gaming industry. “Role-playing games can transport participants to another land, be reinvented time after time and bring magic into real life,” says Carpenter.  “The Twenty-Sided Tavern brings audiences the ability to experience the journey of a lifetime ‘without ever leaving your seat’ by combining the best of theater, improv and tabletop gaming. The Twenty-Sided Tavern is led by a resourceful gamemaster who encourages collaboration for the Dungeons & Dragons-style experience.”

The Twenty-Sided Tavern concluded at The Asylum NYC on December 15th, 2021 and will be announcing future engagements throughout Spring and Summer 2022.

About The Twenty-Sided Tavern

The Twenty-Sided Tavern, where laughter flows like ale and the story is yours to control. Every night is a new experience where you choose the characters, what paths they take, and how hilarious their hijinks will be. Battle monsters, solve riddles, and be rewarded with a unique ending based on how the game is played. Grab your friends and embark on the journey of a lifetime that might involve dungeons, might involve dragons, and is guaranteed to be unlike anything you've ever experienced.

Built by creators for creators Gamiotics is the ONLY software solution for the live entertainment market that connects the audience and content with zero hassle. It is web-based, there’s nothing for your audience to download, and it’s accessible instantly from the phone in their pocket. 

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For more than 45 years, customers of Soulman's Bar-B-Que, the beloved family-owned and operated purveyor of expertly smoked meats, had to follow the traditional method of call-in or walk-in to get their bar-b-que favorites to go.

Like most businesses in the beginning of 2020, Soulman’s made modifications and operational changes to stabilize their business in a constantly changing environment. “When the pandemic began in early 2020, Texas regulated to only ‘takeaway’ orders. Immediately we knew that our existing model of calling-in orders just wasn’t going to be manageable or efficient. We quickly partnered with mobile apps like DoorDash to fill that need,” said Brett Randle, CEO of Soulman’s Bar-B-Que.  “After six months of success, we felt as though offering our customers the opportunity to order directly from our website at www.soulmans.com, was the next logical step. In November 2020 we began hosting full-spectrum online ordering at www.soulmans.com for our customers to have the choice to order pick-up and delivery in one spot,” he said.

Immediately, Soulman’s Bar-B-Que saw unprecedented success in their sales, especially during the busy holiday season. “We far surpassed our expectations for holiday orders from Thanksgiving through Christmas 2020,” said Baylea Trulove, Director of Marketing for Soulman’s Bar-B-Que.  “Because customers used our website, delivery apps and picked up the phone to call one of our 18 North Texas locations, Soulman’s continued to be the surest way to get down-home bar-b-que to our customer’s homes through the months riddled with uncertainty,” she said.

Fast forward to one year later, in December 2021, Soulman’s Bar-B-Que began the soft launch of their own Soulman’s app which allows North Texans to purchase their favorite slow-smoked bar-b-que through their smartphones.

“The ease of ordering through an app and the leading-edge technology has proven to be the best way to get our menu into our customer’s hands,” said Randle. “In addition to showcasing our great-tasting food, the Soulman’s app is the best place for us to engage with our customers on upcoming promotions and special deals at any of our 18 North Texas locations.”

As part of the December 1st rollout, customers who downloaded the Soulman’s app in December received a coupon for a one-meat plate automatically through the app.

“We are happy to begin the New Year with even more exciting and convenient ways to keep Soulman’s Bar-B-Que  a part of families in North Texas meal-after-meal,” said Randle.

The Soulman’s Bar-B-Que app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

About Soulman’s Bar-B-Que

For more than 45 years, Soulman’s Bar-B-Que has satisfied the hardest to please bar-b-que lovers….Texans!  Founded in Pleasant Grove, Texas in 1974, Soulman’s had only a few simple goals—serve great Texas-style BBQ and offer friendly, sincere service.  Soulman’s original family recipes are still the foundation for the company’s success from their 8 different types of meat that are smoked “low & slow” over only hickory wood to their famous homemade sides, including Ranch house beans and Texas style cream corn! Throughout the years, this family-owned and operated company has remained true to its original strive for success and customer satisfaction and is honored to be considered one of the Top Bar-B-Que Chains in America (2018) and Best Bar-B-Que in Dallas for Takeout  & Delivery (2020).

 

Soulman’s owns and operates 18 North and East Texas locations in Allen, Cedar Hill, Forney, Garland, Greenville, Hurst, Lancaster, Lewisville, Mansfield, Mesquite, Quinlan, Red Oak, Rockwall I-30, Rockwall Goliad, Royse CitySulphur Springs, Terrell and Van. To learn more about Soulman’s Bar-B-Que, visit them online at http://www.soulmans.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/soulmansbbq.

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Uplift Education is thrilled to announce the launch of the Alumni Board.  Though the students at Uplift receive an exceptional education filled with hands-on learning experiences, it is just as important for them to build relationships with people in the Uplift community who can inspire and guide them as they explore career options for their future.  The goal of the Uplift Alumni Board program is to help innovate and develop new ways to activate, engage, and connect current students and Uplift alumni around the network.  This will help strengthen the relationship between students and alumni as well as providing opportunities for our students to learn and grow as young adults preparing for a career.  

Uplift has graduates who have entered and progressed in a variety of professional fields, including doctors, lawyers, teachers, and myriad of professions. Capitalizing on the expertise of alumni and their desire to give back to Uplift provides younger alumni to be exposed to more career resources and opportunities, and our driving goal to further strengthen and enhance the overall alumni network, prompted the creation of this dynamic initiative. This opportunity is open to any Uplift alumni interested in helping strengthen Uplift’s postsecondary team. Mentoring relationships can lead to stronger work connections, career development, and identity development.

Uplift believes when you build connections, connections build you, it’s that simple. Mentoring gives Uplift students an opportunity to learn and grow from a valuable partnership with an experienced professional who came through our network that they can look up to and connect with. 

Seventy-eight percent of Uplift students are the first in their families to attend college, so earning a bachelor’s degree means traveling a path with many challenges without the benefit of a parent who has been down that path. This is a remarkable accomplishment for Uplift students! This shows that a child’s family circumstance does not have to determine his or her destiny. With the right resources, and support, Uplift students can and do finish college, and have access to greater career choices and opportunities thanks to the support from their Uplift family.

Uplift alumni bring a high value of knowledge and experience. Many of them credit the support they received from Uplift with their success and are ready to pass it on.

Geovanni Murguia, a junior at Babson College and a member of the Uplift Alumni Board, credits his Dean at Uplift Summit, Jonathan Pena, for being his support system.

"He saw something in me that a lot of people didn't," Geovanni said. "He was my mentor. We had deep conversations together and to this day we still stay in contact. The power of someone else telling you, 'Hey everyone else may not believe in you, but I do'; for me, that's what I needed most."

We have 62 alumni who have applied to be part of the board and 32 who attended our first board meeting, and we know this will just keep growing.

Uplift students earn college degrees at a rate four times the national average of their peers and more than twice the average of low-income students in the state of Texas. 100% of Uplift’s eligible high schools were named among the Best High Schools in the nation by the U.S. News & World Report for 2021. All of Uplift’s high schools were within the top 29%.

Uplift was built on a promise that 100% of our students graduate high school and get through college successfully. Uplift classrooms are joyful spaces, where dedicated teachers shared their enthusiasm for learning and challenge their students to excel. We are as committed as ever to doing whatever it takes to help all our students matriculate, persist, and graduate from college, if that is the path they choose. This has been our promise from the start.  We have always wanted our students to have the freedom, choices, and security we believe a college degree can uniquely provide.

Uplift Alum, in residency for internal medicine, “Help develop a robust Alumni network for Uplift, which was a crucial stage in my development”.

Uplift student in graduate school and working full-time in tech, “I would love to start giving back. As a first-generation college student, I know how hard it was to find the right mentors and path. I’d like to make that process easier for others”.

Uplift graduation, operations manager, I want to be another form of support for the up-and-coming generation”.

Uplift Education is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the lives of teachers, families, and, most importantly, students. With a network of 45 college preparatory, public charter schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Uplift offers students of any background the powerful chance to study within a multidisciplinary curriculum and prepare for the college career they deserve. Uplift is the largest International Baccalaureate district in Texas and the #2 IB district in the nation because of the number of holistic extracurricular and educational programs. The incredible educators in the Uplift network guide and teach over 21,000 students in Pre-K- 12th?grades, with the majority being low-income and minority students who will be the first in their family to attend college. For more information Uplift’s mission and their blind lottery selection system, visit?uplifteducation.org?or?facebook.com/uplifteducation