Did you know that...

Black teens who face mental health crisis are less likely than their whites counterparts to receive professional treatment due to the negative stigma within the Black community and affordability?

studies are showing that minority children experience a distinctive trauma due to the effects of tragic headlines such as the murders of George Floyd and others?

suicide is now the second leading cause of death among Black youth ages 10 to 19 and that rate is rising faster for them than any other racial or ethnic group?

studies are showing that depression can be different in White and Black kids? In Black kids, depression often shows up as being angry or what adults interpret as being “disobedient”.

Project 16 is passionate about improving the lives of teens in the Dallas/Fort Worth area through meaningful programs and educational opportunities.

As a result of the global pandemic, our focus in 2021 shifted toward providing professional counseling support and resources to help teens process their feelings and heal emotionally during this challenging time through our latest initiative, TIME TO TALK.

TIME TO TALK is a counseling initiative to pair teens with professional therapists of color completely free of charge.

Program Overview

  • Offer: Six (6) private therapy sessions for DFW teens, delivered virtually by licensed professional therapists
  • Sponsored by: Project 16
  • Cost: Completely free of charge


  • Male or female, ages of 13-17
  • Live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area
  • Have Internet access
  • Be experiencing any of the following symptoms: racial trauma, anxiety, test and performance anxiety, school issues, depression, low self-esteem, term dating, stress, grief, friendship problems and/or family conflict

How to Apply

  • Complete the online application by the deadline
  • Selected applicants will be notified by email.

Fall 2021/Spring 2022 applications will reopen soon. Check back for updates.


Project 16 is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Dallas, Texas and founded by Jade “Lady Jade” Burrowes. Our mission is to equip and inspire youth ages 10-16 to realize the broad spectrum of educational paths and career options available to them beyond what they may see in their immediate surroundings. Through our programs and community partnerships, we seek to offer up close access, eye-opening experiences and educational tools to help children and teens aspire higher than their circumstances, and to dream big.



Videos from our many programs and events over the years

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