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Our Background

ABOUT US

Creative Visions Social Services is a Non-Profit 501 (c)(3) Charitable and Educational organization. The organization began serving clients in June of 1997 and obtained its 501 (c)(3) status in September of 1998.

 

OUR INSPIRING MISSION

Creative Visions Social Services and Consultants, Incorporated, (CVSS) mission is to engage individuals, youth, families and communities by providing leadership skills & opportunities for self-sufficiency.

 

Meet the Founder, Derinda Stewart

 

Derinda Stewart is the CEO and founder of Creative Visions Social Services & Consultants, Incorporation, (CVSS). Mrs. Stewart’s credentials include a Masters of Science in Social Work (M.S.W.) degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and a an Associates of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation.
 

Creative Visions Social Services & Consultants, Incorporated, (CVSS) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable and educational organization. The organization began serving clients in June of 1997 and obtained its 501 (c)(3) status September of 1998. CVSS is committed to serving all people in need regardless of race, gender, economic background. The agency’s mission is to engage youth by providing leadership skills and opportunities for self-sufficiency.

 

These services emphasize individual, family, and community programs and activities. CVSS programs are designed to provide structured, developmentally appropriate services that meet the needs of its community in the areas program development, community development, youth development and training & workshops. Mrs. Stewart has over 28 years of experience working with youth, families and individuals in various communities. She is a native Texan with a solid performance and background in management, administration, youth development, supervision, program development and program evaluation. Mrs. Stewart was awarded the African American Business Leader of Excellence award for 2008 by the Xi Theta Omega Arlington Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Derinda is very dedicated to making a difference in the lives of youth, families and within her community.
 

I have faith “I Can Do All Things through Christ Who Strengthens Me.” Life to me means Trusting in God who will supply for all my needs. I think of myself as an outgoing, direct, and a blessed person. The things I love most in life are my relationship with God, my husband, family and sports.

SERVICES WE OFFER TO THE COMMUNITY

Creative Visions Social Services (CVSS) efforts are to offer charitable and educational services that are committed to providing meaningful life changes. The areas of focus are Program Development, Community Development, Youth Development and Training/Workshops

Creative Visions Social Services and Consultants, Inc. is an organization that is committed to serving all people in need regardless of race, gender, or economic background.

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Prevention:
Leadership Development
Job Readiness Skills / Job Training
Case Management
Counseling / Assessments
Invention Strategies
Mentoring
Education
Prevention Strategies
Cultural Enrichment
Outreach Service
Intervention:
Assessments
Case Management
Counseling
Referrals
Program Evaluation

PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT

Leadership Training
Parenting Classes
Mentoring
Job Training
Job Skills Preparation
Support Services
Community Services
Educational Development

TRAINING, SEMINARS, AND WORKSHOPS

Seminars/Presentations/Conferences
Computer Classes/Professional Training
Job Training/Job Skills
Preparation
Professional Training
CPR/First Aid Classes
Workshops

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Group Work / Planning
Community Assessment
Community Organizing
Advocacy
Community Mapping
Special Event

Creative Visions Social Services and Consultants, Incorporated (CVSS) concept emphasizes multipurpose flex prescriptive programs. We are committed to serving individual and community needs, and to provide and develop quality activities for youth, adults and neighborhoods that are safe, educational, and meaningful. Activities promote educational and youth development.

 
 
 
 

2022 CVSS  Executive Board Members

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Nadajalah Bennett, MPA, PMP

Board Member

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Miss Nadajalah Bennett is from Arlington, Texas. She holds a Master in Public Administration degree from the University of North Texas and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Communication from the University of Texas at Arlington.

 

Nadajalah currently works as a Strategic Planning Manager for a local and nonprofit. She has served on the CVSS Board since 2016. Her favorite quote is "the best preparation for tomorrow, is doing your best today." 

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Andrea Johnson

Board Member

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Andrea Johnson joined CVSS in 2016.  She serves as an Employee Relations Consultant with Wells Fargo, having spent the past 26 years in the Human Resources field, serving organizations locally and abroad.  Andrea holds a B.S. in HR Management as well as two Associate Degrees and professional certifications.    Andrea is most fulfilled when she is being of service to other people.  Andrea has two adult daughters and two beautiful grandchildren.  Andrea enjoys volunteering in her community, reading, playing softball, traveling, and spending quality time with family and friends.

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Jackie Robinson

Board Member

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 Jackie Robinson is the Founder & CEO of SheBoss Unlimited. She is an experienced success-strategist and expert in leadership and professional development training and has been a certified professional development coach, with and emphasis on diversity and inclusion, since 2003.  Jackie 

offer two tiers of services: organizational development services to businesses and coaching and consulting services to goal-driven, ambitious career women and women entrepreneurs.

Jackie is also a member of the Dallas Independent School District's Industry Leadership Council for their Career and Technical Education program.

Xavier Egan

Xavier Egan

Board Member

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Mr. Xavier Egan joined the CVSS Board in 2022. He is from Houston, Texas, and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is the CEO of Capital Asset Advisors, LLC along with other organizations. Xavier is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and his hobbies include spending time with his family, playing golf and poker. 

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Akili Johnson

Board Member

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Akili received his undergraduate
degree from Abilene Christian University in May 2001 with concentrations in Financial Management and Accounting. His work experience includes roles as an Analyst, Controller, Lending Officer, Consultant and now an Investment Planner with an emphasis on investment management, financial advice, retirement, estate planning and business planning.

In October 2012, Akili was awarded the Presidential Award for Volunteer Service, highlighting his dedication to the community
with more than 500 hours of community
service within a calendar year. He currently is a mentor for the University of North Texas’ Professional Leadership Program and enjoys covering several topics on financial literacy.

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Arlene Perea

Board Member

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Arlene is a current board member for CVSS DFW. She is from San Fernando, CA and currently serves as the Branch Manager for Woodforest National Bank since 2016. Arlene enjoys reading and swimming as some of her favorite hobbies. Arlene is also passionate about financial literary and fund raising. 

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John Thompson

Board Member

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John is a long time supportor and board member for CVSS. He is from North Richland Hills, TX and currently works as the Branch Manager for Woodforest National Bank in the DFW metroplex for over 18 years.

 

In the meantime he has learned many things about banking and giving back to our community. John is passionate about community service and enjoys the fact that CVSS is dedicated to helping the youth by providing leadership skill and job preparation trainings.

 

Program Intiatives We Offer

YOUTH PROGRAMS & SERVICES

The purpose of CVSS Youth Program is to local DFW students primarily in middle or high school with the resources, and education to help promote  the development of strong leaderships skills, essential communication skills, and workshops and conferences that will help them all aspects of life. The Youth Program also helps to address job and interview preparation as well in order to elevate youth to success.

Youth Programs

Juveniles Obtaining Business Skills (JOBS)

The basic approach of the Juvenile Obtaining Business Skills (JOBS) program is to offer youth ages 14-17 an extensive span of opportunities in area such as pre-employment, job readiness, interview skills, and other trainings. Students learn job training and job preparation skills that focus on resumes, applications, interviews, role- playing, office techniques, clerical training, computer training, graphic design, and telecommunication. Training sessions consist of small group interactions, "one on one" individual training, group mentorship, and job shadowing.

Teen Ambassador Program (TAP)

The TAP is a youth advisory committee to CVSS Board of Management. The advisory committee is composed of 25-30 students from local high schools, and provides support and guidance to CVSS from a youth perspective. TAP members participate on various activities which include: providing information about activities at their local schools: participate in planning events, organizing, coordinating, and carrying out carious projects that affect the youth within the DFW Metroplex

Interested in joining a program?

Please contact us directly!

4D’s-Proud Responsible Program (Discovery, Development, Decisions & Determination)

CVSS' 4D’s-Proud Responsible Program (Discovery, Development, Decisions & Determination) is a community and school-based project designed to serve youth that are the most high-risk or vulnerable for pregnancies. The program targets participants with the greatest need, ages 11-18, grades 6th -12th, residing in areas with high teen birth rates located in the cities of Arlington, Fort Worth, Mansfield, and Grand Prairie, within Tarrant County, in the state of Texas. The program incorporates strategies that includes problem solving, critical thinking, and lays the foundation to motivate youth to explore and examine consequences, and become accountable for their actions. These strategies focus on helping students build critical social, emotional and academic skills necessary to succeed in school, career and life. CVSS seeks to create empowerment within youth, enabling them to succeed regardless of their surroundings or environmental situations. 

The curriculum consists of abstinence education, adolescent development, financial literacy, educational & career success, healthy life skills building, and abstinence & contraception practices for the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV/AIDS. Through implementation of the 4D’s-Proud Responsible Program each youth will experience a learn-apply environment that reflects a core value which supports the learning and acquisition of skills, while improving decision-making attitudes and motivation regardless of conditions and socioeconomic background.

Student Outreach Services (SOS)

This program is designed to utilize youth as valuable resources in giving back to their community. The selected youth participate

in a one-year community service project designed to improve the lives of families and promote the understanding of problems, issues, and programs within their community. Each student is asked to volunteer at least 40 hours during the school year.

Teen Youth Council (TYC)

The TYC is an innovative youth program composed of 25 students from local junior high schools. Members participate in various activities that include providing information about local school activities activities at their local schools, and volunteering to assist in planning, organizing, coordinating, and carrying out various projects. The program is designed to provide youth in grades 6-8 with the opportunity to explore their minds and discuss issues that can and will have an impact upon their lives.

 

FAMILY PROGRAMS & SERVICES

The purpose of CVSS Family Focus Program is to provide people the resources they need to break out of the cycle of dependence and achieve a higher quality of life. These needs are defined as emergency in nature, i.e., homelessness, clothing or food assistance, and counseling services. Families or individuals are required to provide proof of a crisis and/or must qualify under Federal Income Poverty Guidelines. The Family Focus Program addresses the needs of individuals living within the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex.

Family Programs

Adopt A Family (AAF)

This program focuses on CVSS as an organization adopting at least two families within the local DFW community to assist with any needs a family may have during various times of the year and holiday seasons. The program length varies in duration throughout a twelve month period. CVSS assesses the needs of families, and through local partnerships and personal donations helps to provide to families in their time of need.

Feed A Family (FAF)

FAF program supports families in the community that are in need of assistance by providing canned goods and non-perishable items for those in their time of need. CVSS strives to emphasize individual, family, and community programs and activities, and are designed to meet the needs of the community and families. 

If you are interested in participating in a program, or know a family who would like to participate. Please contact us for additional information.

Business Enterprise Summit & Training (BEST)

BEST is a one day summit that introduces youth to entrepreneurship. Facilitators and speakers educate participants on what it takes to own a business. They inspire, share ideas, and instruct the participants on how to start a business. The "BEST" Summit will provide students with an opportunity to learn how to create, own, and operate their own successful business. The summit consists of interactive breakout sessions, panel discussions, and general sessions for students to attend. For more information please view our tenetative  flyer.

BEST Topics include:

  • Youth Financial Literacy

  • Business Education Planning

  • How to Write a Resume/Business Plan

  • Business & Technology

  • Healthy Habits

  • Leadership Development/Life Skills

  • Money Matters & Entrepreneurship

  • Conflict Resolution/ Cultural Diversity

  • Dress for Success

  • Community Services & Business

  • Jump Start Your Business

Youth Leadership Conference (YLC)

The Teen Leadership Conference is a high school leadership conference designed to enhance the development of high school leaders to guide, teach, and motivate them to become effective leaders. Students who are leaders in their school will be invited to attend this event. The goal is to have highly motivated students who are active in their schools or communities to strive to improve leadership skills, and be willing to explore new learning experiences. The purpose is to equip, empower, and inspire high school students with valuable leadership skills that will benefit them in their daily lives. Students will leave the conference embodying characteristics that will help them become productive, efficient leaders. The objective is to show the students that leadership is more than a responsibility, but rather a lifestyle. Students will have opportunity to hear from speaker’s first-hand personal experience with leadership, development, and motivation. Students will be divided into informal discussion groups with other attendees to talk about issues addressed by speakers.

Sample Topics of Discussions:

  • The Three P”S : Purpose, Passion, & Potential

  • The Value of Education

  • Moving from Rumors to Relationships

  • Elevating you to achieve success

  • The importance of Cultural Diversity

Teens Networking Together Conference (TNT)

This one day conference for middle school and high school youth, provides them with an open forum to expand upon “SELF”, Spirituality, Education, Leadership and Faith. The TNT Conference started to help educate students within the metroplex to discover (or rediscover) things they may or may not know about cultural diversity, develop key decision making skills, instill communication skills, and to acquire leadership skills through interactive workshops and small group participation. The conference exposed over 200 youth to professional leaders from various areas of the community, such as faith-based organizations, education professionals, and business leaders. With this conference the students were motivated to accept the challenge of improving themselves to continue to achieve success.

Conferences & Summits

 

Interested in Joining CVSS?

Apply to be a Volunteer or to become a Board Member!

CVSS is currently looking for board members. Please review the information below. If you would still like more information you can review the CVSS Overview Presentation.

Organization: Creative Visions Social Services & Consultants, Incorporation (CVSS)

Title: Member, CVSS Board of Managers

Purpose: To serve as a voting member of the group with authority and responsibility to assist in the implementation of policies, procedures, and regulations for the conduct Creative Visions Social Services & Consultants, Incorporation; to raise funds through personal contributions and participation in the campaign structure to finance the organization and its programs.

Term: Three Years - (Unless elected to fill an expired term).

Meetings Attendance: Regularly - Bi-monthly board meetings (average 6 monthly), Annual Board Retreat, Standing Committee Meetings Special Events (as scheduled), Occasionally CVSS program events (as a board Representative).

Responsible to: Chairperson, CVSS Board.

Resignation: In writing to the board chairperson.

Please submit completed applications via email. If you have any questions, please email us, and let us know.

Upcoming Events, Contests, and Scholarships

2021 RAYS Award Program

The RAYS Program is designed to help provide for the spiritual, mental, and physical enrichment in the lives of participants to help them achieve their highest potential, and have a positive impact on their family and community.

The RAYS Program is aimed to:

• Provide exciting opportunities to youth by involving them in their community.

• Offer educational development and the opportunity for personal and social achievements.

• Develop self-esteem through participation in activities and experiences that are wholesome and rewarding.

• Recognize and acknowledge the achievements of youth and how they make a difference with the community.

• Honor the accomplishments of youth, and challenge them to expand their aspirations to do well in school, work, and community service.

2021 CVSS Essay Contest

CVSS 2017 Essay Contest offers students an opportunity to stand out based on their writing abilities. Students will be evaluated by how they transfer their thoughts on paper. The essay competition represents an opportunity for creative students, those with good ideas and those capable of in-depth research to stand out. 
 

General Guidelines for the Essay Contest:

  • Entrants must be current high school students. All entries must be received by the contest deadline to be considered. 

  • Entries must follow the contest guidelines in terms of length, adherence to theme/topic, and portrayal of “Harmony through Personal Acceptance” The things that I will do to make the world a better place!!! 

  • All entries must be the original work of the entrant. 

  • Essays become the property of CVSS and may be used in print, digital and web-based promotional materials by CVSS. 

  • Prizes and awards prizes will be presented to the top three essays as follows:

  • 1st Place: Apple iPad Mini & $200 Gift Certificate

  • 2nd Place: Beats By Dre Headphones & $100 Gift Certificate

  • 3rd Place: Amazon Kindle Fire & $50 Gift Certificate 

  • The judging and selection process is at the sole discretion of CVSS and the committee(s) chosen for such purpose. Submissions may be disqualified for any reason the committee sees fit, and the selection process will remain confidential. Decisions of the judges are final and binding.

  • Entrants are responsible for complying with these guidelines. 

  • Essays will be judged based upon the following criteria: adherence to theme, grammar/spelling, clarity of message, and creativity/uniqueness of message. 

 
 
 
 

HELP US ELEVATE OUR YOUTH
Donate  Today.

Make an Impact

Creative Visions Social Services & Consultants Incorporated, (CVSS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. No goods or services are to be provided in exchange for your generous financial donation. CVSS can only achieve its goals with the assistance of generous donations from members of our community. Without these donations, serving those in our area would not be possible.

 

There are many ways to give to CVSS. You can become a sponsor or donate today by completing the CVSS Donation form and returning it via email or via Paypal. For more specific advice on how to meet your personal charitable giving goals, contact CVSS at cvssdfw@gmail.com With your help together we can make a difference in the lives of our youth, families, and communities.

 Thank you in advance for your generosity. 

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Below are some of the moments we have shared throughout our tenure in the local community. If you have any photos you would like to share with us from past events please send us an email.

 
 
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