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Fortress Youth Development Center in Ft. Worth, Texas

by: Stafford North | February 12, 2015

We've had a great year at Fortress! Your volunteer and financial support helps us fulfill our mission to ignite change in the lives of Near Southeast Fort Worth's beautiful kids by engaging them today and equipping them for tomorrow. Through programs to ignite spiritually, engage emotionally, and equip academically, our goal is to provide resources to help our kids and their families escape the cycle of generational poverty.

Your support helps us foster relationships with and infuse hope in 105 kids and their families each and every day. Because of YOU, Fortress kids are growing up to be leaders, mentors, college graduates, and wonderful parents. It starts when they're kids; it continues when they return to enroll their own children. That's a powerful testimony!

Three stories illustrate the direct impact your support is making on this ministry, in our neighborhood, and on our great city.


The foundation of everything we do is "God is real, He loves you, and He has an amazing plan for you. But you still have a role to play in that plan. You have decisions to make along the way. We're here to help you make good ones." Our daily Bible Lab uses science, art and history projects to bring Bible stories to life and make them relevant to our kids.


We have always believed that building strong relationships with the children and families who participate in our programs is the key to igniting hope, affecting change, and making a lasting difference in our community. We accomplish this through IGNITE (our mentoring program) and through EQUIP (our parent engagement program.)


Our after-school program provides a safe, fun place to be during peak youth crime hours, as well as offering academic and physical support. Low literacy is the biggest reason children stay in poverty as adults. Our preschoolers enjoy a strong foundation which prepares them for academic success. Our reading and math labs boast an average 2-grade level increase each school year. Daily homework help is top priority, and art programs and special projects keep kids engaged and eager to learn.

Fortress is one of the outstanding inner-city works among churches of Christ.  To learn more about their work, call 817-335-1007 or go to their website at