Everyday in Dallas County, over 97,000 children are left alone to care for themselves between the hours of 3-6 p.m. Far too often, kids left alone fall prey to negative behaviors with large societal consequences and become another negative statistic. 85% of juvenile defenders are illiterate, and the number of Dallas high school dropouts exacerbates this local challenge – over 5,000 students in Dallas County drop out each year. Furthermore, studies show that an overwhelming 1 in 3 Dallas County fourth graders do not read at a level on track for college readiness. Consequently, these struggling readers are four times more likely to drop out of high school than are proficient readers. Finally, by the year 2030, it is estimated that the number of functionally illiterate adults in Dallas County will reach 1 million, with this number outpacing population growth. It is obvious that illiteracy is increasingly becoming a challenge that requires a highly relational, long-term course of action.
New Horizons of North Texas is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping at-risk children and teens growing up in environments of poverty, academic failure, and hopelessness. As a result, we are on a mission to tell kids a different story!
Some of the most vulnerable members of our community are provided with the opportunity to choose a different course for their lives through the variety of our no-cost programs.
As an affiliate of New Horizons Programs, Inc., New Horizons of North Texas serves the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex through after school tutoring and mentoring. Our afterschool learning communities emphasize our core values of honesty, integrity, and personal responsibility in daily character education lessons and mentor relationships.
We hope you will get to know more about us as you browse through our website. Be sure to contact us for further information, volunteering, or the many others ways you too can be a part of changing a life forever!
A NEW STORY.
Our mission is to empower at-risk youth to reach their full potential through tutoring, mentoring, and faith-building.
We envision all at-risk youth completing high school with a plan for the future to become contributing members of society.
Hope for the future.
Safe community for youth.
High school graduation.
Christian character development.
Celebrate individual strengths.
In 2002, Bob and Ellen Nichols saw a need to reach children with the message of Jesus Christ in a small neighborhood in Bonita Springs, FL. Ellen was local elementary school teacher, and Bob was a professional boat captain. They began their ministry by going door to door inviting kids to come to the “Super Kids Church,” which would meet every Sunday morning at Manna Christian RV Park. This kids-only church became a huge success!
The Nichols’ began praying for God’s direction on how to reach more children. Seeing the problems in the neighborhoods and recognizing the tremendous need to help the children from non-English speaking homes with their school work, Bob and Ellen were led to find a place to provide free after school tutoring.
In January 2003, they opened the first Super Kids Club in Rosemary Park and also founded New Horizons of Southwest Florida, a non-profit organization. From its first day with 20 children meeting on Wednesday afternoons, New Horizons Super Kids Club has expanded to four locations open Monday through Thursday. The Super Teens Club opened in 2006 in order to continue meeting the needs of students through high school graduation.
As the impact in Southwest Florida expanded, New Horizons Programs, Inc. was created in 2015 to launch the first affiliate location – New Horizons of North Texas. The visionary efforts of Tom and Nancy Cooper were instrumental in bringing the affiliate organization to their home town of Dallas to create faith-based after-school programs throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
By God’s amazing grace, New Horizons now includes eight different programs that operate throughout the year providing more than 60,000 hours annually of tutoring, mentoring, and faith to over 500 at-risk youth in Southwest Florida and North Texas.
While calling a small town in Arkansas home, Seth decided to pack his bags and move to Texas to attend Southwestern Assemblies of God University. In 2005 Seth married his high school sweetheart, Lacey, and they now have two young daughters.
Seth has filled a variety of roles on church staffs in North Texas, San Antonio, and Tulsa, OK, with a focus on youth, church operations, involvement, and organizational infrastructure and systems. He graduated from George Fox Evangelical Seminary with a Masters of Ministry Leadership in 2014.
Seth’s passion is to ignite redemptive hope and purpose in others to see a city transformed by God from the inside out. He desires to see a love for education stirred up in kids sparking confidence and self-worth.
When you can’t find Seth wearing himself out with his OCD side, you may find him recharging with a run or catching scores on ESPN, attempting to swing a golf club, or reading a good book at a coffee shop with his favorite drink in hand… a vanilla iced coffee.
Lacey is the program director for New Horizons of North Texas. She is a passionate educator who earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary English Education from Southwestern Assemblies of God University in 2007.
After teaching in both urban and suburban schools for seven years, Lacey decided to leave the classroom to fulfill her life dream of community development work. She is passionate about her faith in Christ and her belief in the power of education and mentorship in changing the lives of students.
Lacey enjoys spending time with her husband Seth and their two children. The busy mom of two girls also enjoys trying out new recipes from Pinterest, reading with a good cup of coffee in hand, exploring new cities with her husband, and training in preparation for her next race. She loves kids and youth and feels honored to get the opportunity to ignite hope and purpose through education and faith.
STAFF & LOCATIONS
Our staff serving students from Alex Sanger Elementary include Cammie Avers, Chelsea Criss, Priscila Delgadillo Saenz, Joya Bustamante, Taylor Weaver, and Kevin Okoyomo.
Our staff serving students from Victor H. Hexter Elementary include include Amaris Salazar, Jake Saenz, and Allison Finley.