TOGETHER WE THRIVE aims to connect at-risk, homeless, foster, and sex trafficked youth across North Texas with their community. We commit to walk beside these youth while helping them rewrite their future. We seek to replace labels of loneliness and hopelessness that once defined them with opportunities and the ability to get to a place of sustainability. TOGETHER WE THRIVE because we know we are Better Together!!
"No young person deserves to do life on their own, and especially in the community we call home."
In 2017, Tracey launched the Texas chapter of an out-of-state nonprofit organization focused on removing all labels of homeless and at-risk youth. From there, Tracey surrounded herself with an Advisory Board of Directors that bring great leadership and wisdom from attorneys to successful business owners and leaders, and TOGETHER WE THRIVE was born from that effort as a Texas-based 501(c)3 organization in December of 2018. What began as a support role with local foster operations grew into something greater in the spring of 2019 when Tracey launched what has become an ongoing effort within the Dallas Independent School District. She recalled the transition in a 2019 interview.
“I think my eyes were opened the first day I stepped into J.L. Patton. A young man came in who was not in any type of situation to be in school, and he says, “Are you a mom?” Ugh. And I said, “I am,” and he said, “I’d give anything if I had somebody that I could call my mom.” And he just wept for about five minutes. And it was in that moment I thought, “OK, we need to rally.” They didn’t choose this story, so we need to help them rewrite this story.”
Rallying is just what Tracey has done. Today, TOGETHER WE THRIVE is coaching in its third DISD assignment, will launch in Frisco ISD soon, and also serves at The Ebby House in Dallas.
Meet the Team
"It’s invaluable the many opportunities that I’ve had with Together We Thrive to see where the dedication of ones love and time can drastically alter the direction of a youth's life. Navigating through high school into your early adult life is difficult, and no one should go through that alone. ."
"The most rewarding feeling for me as a Life Coach is when these girls that have been taught, told, and trained to fend for themselves and constantly have their guard up, let me in; when they realize that together is better and that there are people that want to fight for them and see them succeed, not fail."
Meet the Board
Frequently Asked Questions
At-risk youth, are also adolescents who are less likely to transition successfully into adulthood and achieve economic self-sufficiency. They are youth that aren’t ready for job readiness or financial independence. Characteristics of at-risk youth include truancy, lack of interest in academics, and disconnection from the school environment. The major predictor are children who come from low-income families. Poverty is a huge risk factor for children, and unfortunately, it 's all too common.
Yes, all donations to Together We Thrive stay local to North Texas and go toward keeping our Life Coaches in the schools we currently serve and to expand our team to support districts that are in desperate need of our help.
"Couch surfing" is a term used with youth that are in homeless situations that share housing with others temporarily. They will often welcome the invitation to sleep on a couch over navigating the streets because of the lack of shelters for youth. But, Coach Surfing can be dangerous, unstable and unreliable.
There are 3 basics reasons as to why youth become homeless….family problems, economic problems and residential instability. Many youth will leave home after years of physical and sexual abuse, strained relationships, addiction of a family member and parental neglect. Many will also leave the foster care system so they can navigate life better on their own.
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act provides important protections and rights for homeless children and unaccompanied homeless youth. Any student experiencing homelessness must be immediately enrolled in the school of origin or the school in the attendance zone that the student currently resides.