Around the State

Around the State
Around the State – Graphic by Robyn H. Jimenez/The Dallas Examiner


Special to The Dallas Examiner


City officials to participate in National League of Cities’ racial tension seminar


City of Dallas officials will participate in its 2020 Cities Responding to Racial Tension National Technical Assistance Cohort developed by The National League of Cities’ Race, Equity and Leadership Department. The Dallas team will consist of Honorable Paula Blackmon, City Manager T.C. Broadnax, Chief of Equity and Inclusion Liz Cedillo-Pereira and Dallas Police Department Major Reuben Ramirez.

This training opportunity, which aligns with our resilience and equity work, will consist of a comprehensive agenda to reflect, share, and grow in preparedness for and response to racial tension in selected cities. Additionally, all attendees will participate in three content rich webinars focusing on three key areas of focus outlined in the Municipal Action Guide: Responding to Racial Tension in Your City. In addition to Dallas, participating cities include: Boulder, Colorado; Charleston, South Carolina; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Tempe, Arizona.


Young voices become amplified through Dallas Youth Commission


The city of Dallas Youth Commission hosted its second annual MLK Youth Summit, Jan. 25 at the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum. The event featured a youth town hall, sessions exploring MLK’s legacy and impact and how youth can apply those ideals into their own communities. The theme of this year’s summit was “Dissent.”

The DYC is a group of civically engaged and diverse youth located in Dallas. It is governed by 15 board members in grades 9-12 from high schools in each district. The DYC aims to serve their community while gaining the tools necessary to become effective and dedicated leaders in the future. It has spearheaded numerous projects that include youth forums, community service events, crime prevention programs, a smoking ordinance, and a youth resource guide.

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Grants awarded to 67 organizations in the Southern Sector


The State Fair of Texas announced Jan. 23 that it awarded more than $483,000 in grants to 67 organizations in the Southern Sector of Dallas last year.

The State Fair received a competitive pool of grant applications during its three annual cycles for 2019. Applications were reviewed by a committee composed of State Fair of Texas board members and community members with expertise in nonprofit and grant review processes. Applicants are selected according to their alignment with the Fair’s focus on education, capacity building, and economic development targeting our neighboring ZIP codes. Criteria for approval assess the program’s impact in the South Dallas area, collaborations with other local entities, program design along with its implementation and evaluation methods, and overall sustainability of the program. Those receiving funding will allocate the money strategically to build stronger communities in the South Dallas/Fair Park neighborhoods.

“Giving back to nonprofits in the local community is essential,” said State Fair of Texas Vice President of Community Affairs and Strategic Alliances, Dr. Froswa’ Booker-Drew. “It is not only a part of our mission to be involved in our local community, but we are also committed to providing resources that help organizations better serve and build their capacity in the process. In addition to our funding, we also provide signature programs, training, and technical assistance to support schools, nonprofits, and local businesses in the South Dallas/Fair Park area.”

Representatives from the State Fair of Texas stated it has several initiatives that it has developed and continues to invest in, as well as grants and sponsorships. Since the creation of our Community Affairs and Strategic Alliances department in 2016, it has invested nearly $1.8 million in support of many initiatives, sponsorships, and partnerships within the South Dallas/Fair Park area.

The next grant cycle will open Feb. 24, with a submission deadline of March 6. To learn more, visit


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