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Key Programs: Outreach

The Department of Outreach & Community Development partners with a number of education, non-profit and corporate entities to deliver a variety of programs to the community.
 
Some of the outreach key programs include:
 
The District Department of Outreach & Community Development partnered with Project Still I Rise, Inc., Senator Royce West’s Office and University of Texas at Dallas, along with other community partners, to plan the first-ever African American Male Academic Bowl (AAMAB) in Texas. The bowl is made up of two divisions: Elementary (4th – 5th grade) & Middle School (6th- 8th grade) teams answering questions in rounds in a single elimination academic tournament which tests them on a wide range of topics. The tournament is designed as a game quiz show testing two teams within a designated time frame. All participants receive a certificate, but the winners and their respective coaches receive a special award. The day also includes workshop sessions reflecting on college readiness, financial literacy and much more; the tournament is usually held in January.
 
DSO Express
The District Department of Outreach & Community Development partners with Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra to provide a program called DSO Express to DCCCD college students. This program connects students to cultural opportunities that they may otherwise miss by providing them with free access to symphony concerts. Not only do students hear great music, but they also have an opportunity to speak with symphony musicians and hear what it’s like to perform with one of the best orchestras in the nation. DART provides a free bus ride to and from each concert. Through this partnership, which began in Fall 2013, more than 370 students from Eastfield College, Brookhaven College, North Lake College and Richland College attended concerts at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in downtown Dallas for free.
 
"Keepin' It Real" Youth Empowerment Summit
The District Department of Outreach & Community Development partners with Teen Graffiti Magazine each summer to present “Keepin’ It Real Youth Empowerment Summit” at one of the DCCCD colleges. The event draws hundreds of young people, ages 12-18, who attend breakout sessions addressing life issues and college readiness.  The event concludes with entertainment filled with positive messages.  All attendees leave with a new backpack complete with school supplies from donors and DCCCD.
 
Major Mania
District Department of Outreach & Community Development collaborates with Dallas ISD’s Career and College Readiness Department each summer to organize and present “Major Mania,” an event for recent DISD graduates who may not have acted on college plans. Hundreds of students and parents participate in the one-stop-shop event held at the El Centro College West Campus. All DCCCD colleges staff information tables, and career programs set up interactive displays. DCCCD staff provide online assistance for participants so that they can complete the admissions, financial aid and Rising Star processes as well as select a major. Dallas ISD representatives print official final high school transcripts on location. Attendees leave with a free DCCCD bag for their participation in the productive day.