Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County hosts a panel discussion on the future of Tarrant County youth. Join leaders in Tarrant County for a compelling discussion on what it takes for young people to believe in their futures. The discussion will highlight obstacles that Tarrant County youth encounter today and how, as community members, we can be a disruption in the seemingly endless cycles of poverty, low expectations, crime, and neglect.

Much of what we all read, hear and absorb about our young people is negative: drop out rates, teen pregnancy, and even a spike in suicides. They face not only challenges with academics, but incredible pressures coming at them from every angle from friends, social media, and their families. It is often our kids’ struggles with these issues that yield the most heartbreaking results. The last few years have seen lots of productive conversation around the critical importance of early childhood education and third-grade literacy as predeterminants of a child’s future. These focus areas are key ingredients to the youth development recipe. What else needs to be added to the mix as we help our kids move through middle and then high school? There are positives and success stories to share. What do we really want to see happen with kids in our communities? What do we hope for them, and for ourselves? There are things that are working well, and there are opportunities for us to come together on solutions.

Event is open to the public. No ticket required. Please RSVP to Chelsea Tibbitts:

817-834-4711 ext. 203


Bill Zeeble, Reporter, KERA News

Panel Members

Lucille O’Neal, Author, Boys & Girls Clubs Alumni, and mother of Shaquille O’Neal
Dr. Marcelo Cavazos, Superintendent, Arlington ISD 
Mandy Kizer, SVP, Bank of America 
Jennifer Limas, President & CEO, Girls Inc. of Tarrant County
Dr. Kent Scribner, Superintendent, Fort Worth ISD
Gloria Starling, Managing Partner, The Capital Grille
Daphne Barlow Stigliano, CEO & President, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County

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