The LNESC center of Dallas, TX, was established in 1998 in response to community grassroots requests for program services and support from major corporate partners including the Southland Corporation (now 7‐Eleven, Inc.) and the ExxonMobil Corporation. Since its inception, the LNESC center of Dallas, TX has grown to provide the following federal and privately‐funded programs: GM Science Corps, Washington Youth Leadership Seminar, two (2) Upward Bound projects funded by the US Department of Education, LULAC National Scholarship Fund, Time Capsule Project, The Ford Driving Dreams Scholarship Program, Empowering Hispanic America with Technology (EHAT) powered by Toyota, the Nissan campus tours, and other educational programs.
LNESC Dallas operates out of its offices in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas which is well known within the communities that it serves as it originally housed the original 7-eleven store and is recognized as such throughout the community and the world.
Similar to our national organization, LNESC Dallas's mission is to create a cadre of Life-Long Leaders and Life-Long Learners within the Latino community who possess a "Servant Leader" mindset that values service to community and vigilance in defense of civil rights for all Americans.
The students we serve
The latest LNESC Dallas Annual Performance Report (APR) shows that over 95% of the students served were considered low income and first-generation, which means that the taxable family income was at or below 150% of the poverty level for the continental United States as established by the federal government and that they are the members of the first generation in their family to potentially earn a bachelor's degree.
Description of services
Since its inception in 1978, LNESC Dallas has established many partnerships with governmental, educational, corporate, and nonprofit partners to allow it to provide pre-college academic enrichment programs at middle and high schools throughout North Texas. Given LNESC's objectives of increasing the number and percent of low income and latinx students who earn a bachelors degree, LNESC has partnered with its parent organization (LULAC) to establish a Vertical Mentoring Program in coordination with the LULAC Collegiate, and High School Youth Councils that provides an academic mentoring program for university students to reach out to community college students and high school students who in-turn reach out to younger students to promote educational attainment. LNESC Dallas, in collaboration with its national headquarters staff, is one of the largest providers of scholarship programs to Latinx students partnering with national, regional, and local corporate partners to annually deliver nearly one million dollars in scholarships to Latinx youth since 1978.
LNESC Dallas currently operates two (2) Upward Bound Projects serving one hundred and twenty-five (125) students at Moises E. Molina, L.G. Pinkston and Sunset High Schools in the Dallas ISD, as well as middle school outreach programs sponsored by the GM Foundation at J.I. Carter Middle School in Arlington ISD, and our leadership programs at area high schools sponsored by a grant from the NISSAN Foundation.
As a pre-collegiate/leadership development program LNESC Dallas receives $527,875 in funding from the US Department of Education to implement our Upward Bound Projects. This represents approximately fifty-one (51%) percent of our total $1,027,965 at our Dallas LNESC Center.
Overall, LNESC Dallas impacts between eight hundred to one thousand students annually to motivate themselves to prepare for a more challenging life as life-long leaders and life-long learners.