The Rising Blazers Community Youth Development (CYD) Community Strengths Needs Assessment (CSNA) is a tool to help identify local resources and community needs for promoting positive youth development.
The Dallas ZIP codes 75210, 75241, 75216, and 75215 covering South Dallas and Oak Cliff form the most disadvantaged area in Metropolitan Dallas.
If something isn’t done, these problems will stay the same or get worse. Our youth will grow up without the resources to reach their full potential.
Rising Blazers at UNTD provides mentorship, youth leadership, and after-school programs to children and youth in South Dallas and Oak Cliff.
Our goal is to help our students develop academically, socially, and emotionally today—so they can become equipped to be change-makers in their communities tomorrow.
Rising Blazers partners with local organizations to serve youth who exhibit at least two priority, high-risk characteristics. Programs include both intensive services, such as one–on-one mentoring, as well as group activities, such as sports. Students who live or attend school in the ZIP codes of 75210, 75241, 75216, and 75215 are eligible to join in any of these free programs.
Students who participate in Rising Blazers programs feel a sense of involvement and belonging, which improves their mental and emotional health.
As a result, students also demonstrate improved academic performance, increased attendance rates, and a higher likelihood of high-school graduation. They will also be better prepared for life after high school and in a position to work a positive change in their communities.
Become a Rising Blazer to rise up in school and life, and to make a difference in your community.