West Dallas is one of the most economically disadvantaged communities in the U.S.

of West Dallas residents over 25 never completed high school

of West Dallas residents over 25 never completed high school

of West Dallas residents have a bachelor’s degree

of West Dallas residents have a bachelor’s degree

of incoming high school freshmen drop out

of incoming high school freshmen drop out

of all students are classified as economically disadvantaged

of all students are classified as economically disadvantaged

Readers 2 Leaders recognizes that promoting literacy is a key piece of the puzzle to increasing educational outcomes in West Dallas, and is committed to working with West Dallas youth, families, fellow organizations, and the city of Dallas to make West Dallas continue to grow and prosper. 

Despite the challenges that face West Dallas, it is home to a vibrant community of families, businesses, and agencies.  West Dallas has recently been in the spotlight due to the opening of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in 2012 and development along Singleton Blvd. In addition, West Dallas community organizations and schools have begun to collaborate through The School Zone (a project of the SMU Center on Communities and Education), as well as groups such as the West Dallas Community Coalition. The future of West Dallas is bright, with members of the community as well as outside entities making an investment into its residents.