PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay North America will announce a $1 million grant to support the expansion of Southern Dallas Thrives, an initiative with United Way of Metropolitan Dallas to drive meaningful change in the city’s southern sector.  The program prepares kids for kindergarten, provides nutritious meals to communities in need, prepares high school students for college or a career, and creates new job opportunities.  The $1 million Pathways by PepsiCo grant will focus on workforce readiness and development programming for women in Southern Dallas.

PepsiCo Foundation funding will also create the Dallas Center for Arts and Technology, a first-of-its-kind program for Texas, through Social Venture Partners Dallas.  The new arts and technology center is expected to open in spring 2021.  It will provide families in Southern Dallas free childcare for children up to five years, arts after-school programming, and in-demand workforce training to adults. 

WHO             Steven Williams, CEO, PepsiCo Foods North America, Jennifer Sampson, President and CEO, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Tony Fleo, CEO, Social Venture Partners Dallas

WHERE        Paul Quinn College, site of bigBANG! 2019, 3837 Simpson Stuart Road, Dallas, TX 75241, Student Union Building, Carrington Room

WHEN           Thursday, October 31, 2019 Noon – 12:30 PM

WHY              Nearly one in three adults and nearly four in ten children live in poverty in Southern Dallas, and the unemployment rate is more than triple that of the Dallas/Fort Worth average.  In addition, less than three out of ten students graduating from high school are prepared for success in college and/or a career.  Launched in October 2018, Southern Dallas Thrives aims to address these needs by improving education, income and health in Southern Dallas, putting opportunity in the hands of all North Texans.