In the past few weeks, North Texas was thrust into the spotlight when a teen from this area ran away and became so alienated from her family and social support, that she was mistakenly deported to a South American prison. Although the scenario was extreme, displaced youth numbers are growing throughout the nation, and North Texas is not immune to this epidemic. Dontania Bradford founded Dreams Do Come True, Inc. to aid at-risk youth in under-served communities.
Headquartered in Dallas, Dreams Do Come True, Inc. is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization founded in 2006 to help provide shelter and basic necessities to at-risk and displaced youth in the Dallas/Fort Worth community. DDCT strives to assist in reuniting adolescents with their families when possible, as well as aiding older displaced youth who cannot return home in their transition to adulthood.
Displaced youth are a particularly vulnerable sector of the Dallas/Fort Worth community. Many disenfranchised teens have been raised in abusive households, experienced neglect, abandonment or severe family conflict. At this challenging intersection in their lives, DDCT provides resources and services for an adolescent population that remains at a higher risk for continuation of destructive patterns, victimization, and criminal behavior. DDCT engages adolescents through outreach, education, and support.
Dontania’s personal triumph fueled her desire to find, stabilize and assist Displaced youths improve their lives. As a teenager, Dontania became the primary caregiver to her younger brother after the sudden absence of her mother.
Dreams Do Come True, Inc will host the 3rd Annual Models of Confidence Fashion Show featuring a “Night in Paris” fundraiser on Saturday, March 16, 2013. All youth and teen models were selected from the local high and middle schools. This fundraising extravaganza is designed to aid in expanding the available Models of Confidence Program for displaced youth to build Confidence. DDCT is a hands-on organization that carries out its mission through grant and community funding and additional volunteer support.