👇🏾👇🏾 Why 21? ~ Here's why! 👇🏾👇🏾
Co-founder, Reggie Dupard loves inspiring youth through his life story of vision, hope, education and hard work. As a young boy growing up in the Magnolia projects of New Orleans, Reggie had family support but he often faced challenges of ridicule among his peers because he was always smaller than his classmates.
Recreation playground football was his love and he was not shy about sharing his dream to become a NFL player. One day in elementary school the teacher asked each student to tell what they wanted to be, Reggie shared that he was going to be a professional football player and one of his classmates laughed hysterically.
Reggie remembers the embarrassment then a burning desire to prove his classmate “the doubter” wrong. He then used the negativity as motivation to work harder. He could have easily allowed his classmate to change his belief but instead he decided to continue discovering and believing in his dream.
Reggie chose the number “21” during his recreation playground years and used #21 to fuel his dream from playground, high school, college to fulfilling his dream of playing in the NFL when he was drafted by the New England Patriots in the 1st round of the 1986 draft.
Today, #DiscoverU21 is a symbolic message and reminder to students that hard work, never giving up and giving back to others makes dreams a reality!
📣 #DiscoverU21 helps students discover their life goals and dreams through vision trips, college tours, careers, life coaching after school programs!
Inspiring vision trips and summer camps for youth to experience other environments in hopes of fulfilling their dreams.
2019: New York City - July 24th-28th
2018: Natchitoches, Louisiana
2018: Camp Ascend Experience
2017: Washington, DC
Note: Funding for trips are made possible through generous private donors, corporate donors and those who contribute to our annual fundraising!
Oak Cliff Boys & Girls Club of Greater Dallas
2907 Linfield Road
Dallas, TX 75216
Dates: Tuesday's & Wednesday's
Time: 4:30pm-6:30 pm
Note: Our camps are FREE and open to ages 7-19. Because we are a partner of Boys & Girls Club of Greater Dallas you must me a club member in order to participate in our FREE camps. If your child is not a member, please call the club at 214.372.4661 to become a member or contact Glenda Lyons firstname.lastname@example.org 214.397.7400 Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm to find a location near you.
In 2018, FFL introduced Jonas Garden program. Named for co-founder Reggie Dupard’s father, the Jonas Garden resides in a Tower Garden that can be used in indoor and outdoor spaces, allowing students and adults to grow food from beginning to end. Kids eat what they grow ! For information about how you, a family or an organization can qualify for a Tower Garden, call our office at (214) 397-7400.
Mentoring and life coaching in groups or one on one is offered to students of all ages. They will gain clarity about what they want, improve confidence, overcome obstacles, fears and insecurities. Recognize possibilities, create plans to reach their goals and have someone as a champion to help discover their life purpose.
We start introducing our community youth to enrichment/vision trips as early as 8 years old. These trips are valuable to individuals because students learn there are other ways to improve on life. Our ambassadors are now setting goals for college and take less risks at making bad decisions because they have a future to look forward to.
Education tours to inspire students toward higher learning!
Long Term Success
By introducing our community youth to college and career opportunities, students begin to see life with hope and positive change.
Short term Success:
Individuals lose sight of hope when they have no support. By introducing youth to possibilities, we create a vision for working toward goals of either a college education or a trade career alignment.
In partnership with Planned Parenthood, students learn about body anatomy, sex education, setting boundaries and healthy relationships plus so much more...
Bootcamp, boxing, yoga, 5k races, mindfulness, fitness games and other classes. These classes are many of our students first time being involved in weekly activity.
Healthy marriages are key to healthy families! Cofounders, Reggie and LaChanda Dupard host an annual experience for couples to reconnect, relax and renew relationships.
This class is designed to create a better YOU with a max of 8 -10 people and a (1) month commitment.
Health Coach: Donetta Beasley, LCSW
Life Coach: LaChanda Dupard
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