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DCT Helps Neighborhood Friends Discover Creativity

Kind Friends, Good Neighbors, HCC kids1

Having friends in your neighborhood is a comforting feeling. Frog and Toad are a great example; they live down the road from each other, and instead of hopping in the car, they can simply walk down the street if they want to hang out with each other.

Activities like playing outside on a warm summer day or baking cookies on a Friday night, or even spending the night at a friend’s house is always exciting. But for some of our neighbors here in Dallas, those activities are harder to do because they may not have a stable home to go to each night.

Housing Crisis Center (HCC) is aiming to change that for hundreds of Dallas families. HCC’s purpose is empowering people to transition out of homelessness and into a secure household. “We don’t just house our clients—we actually work with them to help them develop the life skills they need to keep from ever being homeless again,” said Sue Latham, Development Associate for HCC.

As part of HCC’s goal to provide a holistic approach to help their kids heal from the trauma of not having a stable home to return to each night, they’re using art projects and cultural experiences to help them imagine their futures and to HCC kids2teach them how to make their dreams come true. Latham says HCC wants to reach the potential ballerinas, budding musicians, or would-be actors, but knows that kids can’t dream about things they haven’t been exposed to.

Access to new experiences, like attending opening night of A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD, helps to broaden the children’s definition of success. When you aren’t sure where you’ll be sleeping each night, the first priority is always finding food and shelter. But with HCC taking care of the shelter aspect, the kids who participate in their housing programs can focus on other things, like this fun, new experience.

Join DCT in supporting our neighborhood friends at HCC during the run of A HCC1-1YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD by bringing in blankets or books, recommended for ages 3 through 12. True friends can communicate with each other through facial expressions, just like the actors on our stage. DCT is proud to put smiles on the faces of our neighborhood friends.



Frog&Toad2015Music by Robert Reale
Book and Lyrics by Willie Reale
Based on the books by Arnold Lobel
Originally presented on Broadway by
Bob Boyett, Adrianne Lobel, Michael Gardner, Lawrence Horowitz and Roy Furman
World Premiere at The Children’s Theatre Company Minneapolis, Minnesota

January 29 – February 28, 2016

Recommended for ages 4 and up

Get your tickets today at www.dct.org

An Open Letter to the Parents of Young Men:

doctor-bobo-headshotI have been asked to share my thoughts as a male on the issue of dating violence. Much of what has been written in the past (in this forum and others) has directly addressed the victims or perpetrators of these violent acts. I would like to address another audience.



Dear Parents of Young Men,

You and your son may not know this, but in the next romantic relationship he is in, he is (statistically speaking) more likely to be a perpetrator of violence than the victim. How could your sweet young man—school president, star varsity athlete, honor student—commit an act of violence (physical, emotional) against his partner? He probably didn’t begin his relationship with those intentions. But let’s be honest— who is he modeling his relationship from? His father who yells at his mother or sometimes sometimes loses control? His friends that brag about violence against women using dehumanizing language? Or maybe it’s just the general culture around him (TV, movies, sports, music, pornography) that floods his psyche with images of aggression towards women?

Let’s be honest, those are just excuses. Influences, possibly. But still excuses. Your young man must take personal responsibility for his own actions. But as a parent, you can play a role. No, you must play a role. Your influence can make it easier for your son to make the right choices.

  • Model loving behavior. Show your teenage son how men and women in relationship should treat each other. When you fall short of your standard, point out to your son what you and your spouse could have done better. Easier said than done, I know. But even if you struggle modeling the right behavior, perhaps you could surround your son with other people who do? That might include pruning away some his “friends” who are already in unhealthy dating relationships.
  • Observe his behavior. How do you know what to correct if you don’t know how your son acts? How does he talk to the women he is closest to in his life, his mother, his sisters? Is there behavior that can be corrected at home? When he does eventually bring that young woman home (and you should be meeting the young women your teenager is dating), please watch his behavior. Take mental notes on the way he treats his date.
  • Don’t just talk—teach. If he’s in a relationship, ask him privately how things are going. Instruct him on how to handle certain situations. Discuss appropriate boundaries and how to adhere to them. Teach him that it’s not ok to ask a girl to send pictures of her naked body. And then to send those pictures out when she refuses to have sex. Warn him about the dangers of alcohol and drugs. Teach him that it does matter if she or he is drunk or under the influence. Teach him that it doesn’t matter what she’s wearing. Teach him that no ALWAYS means no.
  • Get help. If you’re not sure how to manage your son or if he’s already been a perpetrator, find help. Talk to his doctor. Find him a therapist. Connect with online resources. Your son may not be the only one who needs help. Mom and Dad, do your own intimate relationships need a hard look in the mirror? Helping your son may mean helping yourself first. Be courageous.

Though your son is ultimately responsible for his actions, you are responsible for how you raise him. Have you given him the tools to be the type of young man who treats women with respect?

I am writing this letter as a man. As a man with three daughters. Who may someday date your young man. You love your son, and I love my daughters. And I love all the young men who come through the doors of my clinic. I love them like sons. During my visit with these young men, when I talk to them about their romantic relationships, I make a point to discuss the very issues I mention above, because I want them to be men of character, men of honor. So I implore you—don’t take my letter as an affront. We have the same goal. Together, let’s raise a generation of young men who honor women.

Please share this letter with those in your life who you think it would benefit most. A spouse? Your son? Even your daughters. Your daughters should know that they deserve to be loved and respected. That violence has NO place in any intimate relationship.

Dr. Blankson is a part of Girls to Women Health and Wellness in Dallas and launched Young Men’s Health and Wellness in 2015.  He will be participating as one of the volunteer experts as part of DCT’s talkbacks after the show.


dontuluvme2016Teen Scene Players Present

dont u luv me?

By Linda Daugherty

February 12 – February 21, 2016

Recommended for ages 13 and up – NOT suitable for children under 13-contains strong situations and language

Tickets and More information – www.dct.org