LINC NT's mission is to empower and disciple materially poor families so that they and their communities thrive.
LINC North Texas was started in 1999 as a faith-based organization focused on new and creative ways of serving those in urban areas. Its initial strategies included art galleries, after-school programs, and multi-cultural churches. Many of these efforts were successful, but did not yield long-term results. The challenge was finding and training capable leaders who could take the ministry efforts to a point of sustainability. In 2007, Oscar Benavides was hired as the new Executive Director. After evaluating the programs LINC NT was running, he decided to refocus LINC NT's energy and resources into programs that saw significant,strategic, and sustainable change. This focus included targeting not only children but also families. It became clear to LINC NT's leadership that in order to see sustainable long-term change for students it would be necessary to develop their home environments as well. They knew that parents must be involved in the education of their children, and in the Latino community, it is especially critical to get fathers involved in their children's lives. Therefore, LINC NT developed a strategy targeting students while improving familial structure and involvement. In 2009, LINC NT became a 501(c)(3) organization. Due to the foundational problems of the organization in its first ten years, LINC NT now places a high priority on having integrity. Much of the last three years have been heavily invested in building a solid foundation for the organization. From financial records with audits and clear policies and procedures to improved fundraising methods, as an organization it is clear that LINC NT cannot stand without a solid foundation to build on. Also in 2009, Benavides piloted a program in the Carrollton/Farmers Branch Independent School District that taught leadership training and character development to middle school students at Ted Polk Middle School. This program came to be called the Student Advancement & Leadership Initiative (SALI). SALI works inconjunction with the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program. Both programs work in tandem to inspire students and their parents to succeed through education. LINC NT was endorsed by the AVID state office in Dallas, Texas. The AVID teacher at Polk Middle School was so impressed by the program that he recommended it to the District administration. As the staff of LINC NT was preparing in the fall of 2010 toteach SALI at a few schools, the Carrollton/Farmers Branch ISD surprised LINC NT by asking them to teach SALI at 7 schools. SALI also launched at Gaston Middle School in DISD. In the spring of 2011, LINC NT operated SALI at 8 schools. The AVID teacher at Gaston was so impressed that she recommended the program to AVID teachers all across Dallas ISD in the spring. In the fall of 2011, SALI is operating at 13 schools, including two in Tarrant County.
Desiring to serve and collaborate with students, families, and churches, LINC North Texas is teaching character development and leadership training in local middle schools and high schools. Furthermore, LINC North Texas believes it is strategic to fight dropout rates of all kinds, not just out of school, but also out of family relationships and out of faith communities. LINC NT believes that it is the restoration of family relationships that will not only change teenagers and parents, but also communities. Therefore, LINC NT partners with AVID in the public schools. AVID is a life-changing organization that has succeeded in training students to excel, graduate from high school, and get into college. AVID serves 100 schools in north Texas and 4700 schools nationwide. Although AVID serves all students, it focuses on the least served students in the academic middle. What differentiates AVID from other educational reform program is its astounding success rate. Of the 22,210 AVID seniors in 2010 who reported their plans, 91.3% intended to attend a post-secondary institution. SALI does not replace AVID, but supplements what they are already doing. LINC NT sees two needs for improvement in most school programs. The first is the lack of effective leadership and character development of students. Second, there is a lack of successful parent training and involvement in the lives of their students. LINC NT’s program addresses both issues as it supports the work of AVID. The program is offered in the classroom every other week. In the classroom, two teachers hired and trained by LINC NT teach a biblically-based curriculum developed internally that provides the essential character and leadership training that these students aren’t receiving. The juniors and seniors in high school have a curriculum of community development designed to encourage them to reinvest in their homes. Three times per year, the school helps to invite the parents of the students to the school for a two-hour event that includes a meal, a parenting seminar, and games that get the parents and students playing with each other, often for the first time in years. These families often leave in smiles, communicating more openly with each other. After the Parent Nights, all parents are invited to join small groups to get more in-depth into parenting issues. The church planter who teaches the small groups is also available for one-on-one meetings to give pastoral care to families going through crisis. Many families have approached LINC NT’s church planters for this type of guidance. In the future, these small groups will begin to form the core groups of church plants. Currently SALI is in 14 schools and serves over 1300 students in Carrollton, Farmers Branch, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Haltom City. The SALI launch in Ft. Worth is through a new leadership class instead of AVID, and a possibility is opening up to partner with the athletics department in a middle school in Dallas. Church planter Beto Alzate has also begun to meet with 6 different small groups through the relationships he formed at Parent Nights, and has already transitioned three of them into Bible Studies. He hopes to begin a church soon in south Carrollton and Farmers Branch.
Mission: LINC NT's mission is to launch faith communities where families are transformed through spiritual, educational, and economic development.
[01/29/18] We are so excited to start off a new semester of Faith & Finances courses at Holy Cross! We have two classes, and have close to 20 students between them. Please pray for God to pour out wisdom on our students. #Faithandfinances
We love watching our students put what they are learning into action. Last semester, we had students who were able to make great progress.
One student saved $620 during class, and opened a savings account.
Another student went from saving $100/ wk to $400/ wk. Another student was able to bring their electric bill down from over $100 to $38.
We kick off our spring semester of Faith & Finances this month, starting with orientation TONIGHT!!! Please pray for our new students this semester!! #faithandfinances #lincnt
One of the principals and goals of Faith & Finances is to restore relationship with self. Through stories and evaluations at the end of the semester, it was so evident the students understood more of God's heart for them and how He views them. They are empowered to believe in themselves, and trust God with their finances.
LINC NT: End your year with a gift for North Texas families.
LINC NT: Making a difference for North Texas families with SALI
Faith & Finances Graduation and our year-end giving.
[12/01/17] "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope." Romans 15:13 #LINCNT #Scripture #Truth
Happy Thanksgiving from LINC NT! #lincnt #thanksgiving
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We have our SALI parent night for Creekview High School TONIGHT! Please be praying for the leaders of our parenting seminars and for families to be able to break down barriers and connect with each other through games, fellowship, and fun!!
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There is a When Helping Hurts Conference at Christ Fellowship in Mckinney THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY! This will be a great learning experience designed to transform your approach to poverty and equip you to help the materially poor without hurting them–or yourself.
eventbrite.com WHEN HELPING HURTS CONFERENCE | NOVEMBER 3RD – 4TH Friday: 7pm-9pm (Free open buffet will start at 6:30pm) Saturday: 9:00am -12:00pm (Free breakfast 8:30am) Where: CF Worship Center We invite you to join us for a weekend learning experience designed to transform your approach to poverty and equip yo...
[10/31/17] Our staff is praying this week that the Lord would make us to be Kingdom bearers, bringing His Kingdom here as it is in Heaven in all we do at LINC NT. What do you think it looks like to live a legacy of faith and bring the Kingdom here, now?
We're getting back to our roots. See what's happening at #LincNT, and get a glimpse of what is ahead during our time of transition!
us16.campaign-archive.com Rachel Frugé has served in a variety of roles at LINC NT beginning as a SALI Instructor in 2011, and most recently as our SALI and Operations Director. She is excited to step into the role as Interim ED and continue the important work in the community for which LINC NT is known. Together with the bo...
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