Mercy Street exists to cultivate mutually transforming relationships with inner-city youth through Christian mentorship. We desire to see West and South Dallas neighborhoods transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ. Believing transformation best occurs in the context of relationships, Mercy Street began with a humble Mentoring Program in 2003 and has since grown to include a Sports Program and Leadership Program that collectively serve over 2000 youth each year. This year Mercy Street is celebrating 20 YEARS in the community and we are joyfully celebrating 13 graduating classes of mentored students, spanning from 2011-2023.
Mercy Street programs are fueled by a volunteer base of 926 caring, committed volunteers from across the Dallas-Forth Worth metroplex. Our work has enabled youth to improve their educational outcomes by providing long-term mentors and coaches to them in their formative years, from ages 4-18. In recent years, Mercy Street has seen successful youth outcomes with a 99% graduation rate, 99% grade level advancement rate, <1% pregnancy rate, and a 0% incarceration rate. Our program offerings include:
Mercy Street Sports
Our sports leagues provide a positive outlet for youth in West and South Dallas during their critical out-of-school time, as well as offer the accessibility and benefits of sports to those who would not otherwise have access to organized sports. Our sports leagues foster character development, strategy, teamwork, resilience, grit, determination, a competitive spirit, and accountability. Mercy Street currently serves over over 1780 young athletes each year through soccer, baseball, flag-football, basketball, and newly added volleyball and lacrosse camps.
Mercy Street Mentoring
Mercy Street provides long-term, one-on-one mentors to every child in our target schools who desires to have one. Our Mentoring Program serves over 200 youth annually, with long-term mentors provided from the 4th to the 12th grade. Youth.gov and MENTOR report that benefits of mentoring include: increased high school graduation rates, lower high school dropout rates, healthier relationships and lifestyle choices, better attitudes about school, higher college enrollment rates, higher educational aspirations, enhanced self-esteem, improved behavior at home and school, improved interpersonal skills, a decreased likelihood of initiating drug and alcohol use, and stronger relationships with parents, teachers, and peers.
Mercy Street Leadership
Through the Mercy Street Leadership Institute, 30-40 high school students each year are provided paid internship opportunities focused on preparing them for life after graduation. Each summer, students are equipped with workforce development training, theology classes, college and career readiness training, job shadowing, mental health training, financial literacy classes, business exposure trips, college and university tours, and invaluable paid work experience.
COMING SOON: Mercy Street Dream Center
The Mercy Street Dream Center will break ground this fiscal year 2023-2024 and be equipped with: a computer lab, music and podcasting recording studio, photography and videography studio, and much more! Mercy Street will add offerings for high school students outside of school in a safe and supportive environment. The Mercy Street Dream Center will cultivate an environment of learning leaders who are equipped to transform their communities through Science, Technology, and The Arts.
Our dream is to create a multicultural, multiethnic, multigenerational movement of God's people who work together for His glory and the good of our city. Make an impact in the Kingdom by investing in the youth of West and South Dallas today!
1. Mercy Street is committed to making sure that every child gets a chance to play in some of the best sports leagues, even if they don’t have the means. It costs Mercy Street $500 per player each season, while we only charge $50 towards the cost. This North Texas Giving Day, consider sponsoring an athlete to learn the fundamentals of a sport and the fundamentals of faith.
2. Each mentor/mentee match through our Mentoring Program costs $4000 annually. Consider sponsoring a mentor/mentee match as they receive quarterly relationship-building events, ongoing mentor support, training, student support, school support, and a full week of summer camp!
3. The cost of our Leadership Institute is $3500 annually per student. Consider sponsoring a Leadership Institute student this year, providing them with paid internships, financial literacy training, entrepreneurship training, hands-on work experience, college and career readiness classes, mental health training, soft skills training, college tours, and field trips to local businesses.