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The summer of 1998 LaToya walked into our run down, dilapidated warehouse and said, "One day when I grow up I'm going to move out, make some money and shop at K-Mart." 

In that moment I knew that LaToya still had HOPE, something many of the 7 year olds in the room had already lost. LaToya lived in the rundown apartments across the street and her mom was a prostitute. Her dream of shopping at K-Mart was an everyday reality for my daughter. 

Every child has a place in this world and I knew that if people like you and me didn't step up to make a difference in their lives they would give up hope. So Youth World opened its doors in the highest juvenile crime, lowest-family income area of Dallas so that little heart's like LaToya's could dream, learn, and live in the power of HOPE.

LaToya still had hope.

-Darla Shirley, Executive Director





KHVN Heaven 97 Homegrown Honors 2015

KHVN Heaven 97 Heart of Gold Award 2016

Dallas Baptist University Community Partner of the Year 2017

Where Are You Outreach Charity Queen 2019

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