T.D. Jakes Foundation Weekly Update – August 3, 2020

August 3, 2020

To help you navigate these uncertain times, we’ve compiled timely news and resources related to small business, education and connectivity. We hope this provides both information and comfort as we continue to weather these challenges.

T.D. Jakes Foundation in Action

To celebrate the end of STEAM Academy 2020, the T.D. Jakes Foundaton produced a closing video with a song, entitled Get Up Get Up There, written by Thadworld and featuring members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the DSO Young Strings Program with highlights from the STEAM Academy, an amazing five-week virtual learning experience! Click here to watch the video!

Are you a displaced worker looking for job opportunities? We’ve compiled job opportunities in essential sectors such as grocery and drug stores and restaurants, along with remote opportunities in technology. Find them here.

Owning a business is never easy, but it’s even more challenging now, with so many owners unable to meet overhead or pay salaries. Click here to learn more about the resources available to small-business owners.

Looking for a job?

As the upcoming school year approaches, Dallas Independent School District (Dallas ISD) is hiring substitute teachers to aid in-person and virtual learning. The candidates must have a minimum of 60 college hours or a bachelor’s degree without the requirement to be certified. Learn more and apply.

Self Care

With COVID-19, most of our daily routines have been disrupted. The American Psychiatric Association Foundation is providing practical tips during this time of uncertainty to help us take care of our mental health and wellness. Find more resources.

Education Update

With COVID-19 still on the rise, the Texas Education Agency is giving Texas public school districts the option to keep their campuses closed into the fall by offering online-only instruction for their more than 5 million students. To find the current schedules for the more than 100 North Texas school districts, visit NBC 5’s website.

Child Care

COVID-19 has already put a strain on parents who have lost their previous childcare provider. But with most public schools planning to continue online learning in some form this fall, parents are being forced to improvise. NPR tells us what some families are doing to help support themselves, their jobs, their families, and their children’s academic progression.

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter started as a love letter by Alicia Garza following the George Zimmerman verdict in July 2013. With her letter, Garza was saying that in a society where it feels like Black lives don’t matter; Black lives do in fact matter. #BlackLivesMatter started as a hashtag, but has grown into a rallying cry at protests, online and globally. Read the story in CNN.

In support of a more inclusive campus, the University of Texas at Austin has announced the renaming of Robert Lee Moore Hall, which was named after a UT mathematician who refused to teach Black students. The renaming of the science building creates high hopes of increased recruitment of STEM scholars of color. Read the story in The Dallas Morning News.


Together, we can and will get through this.


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