Project 16 is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering minority youth through three fundamental pillars. Firstly, we provide comprehensive life skills training through education, equipping young individuals with the tools and knowledge necessary to navigate various aspects of life successfully. Secondly, we facilitate exposure opportunities that enable minority children to experience life beyond the confines of their neighborhoods, broadening their horizons and fostering a sense of possibility and ambition. Finally, we offer free mental health therapy sessions led by licensed professional counselors of color, ensuring that teenagers in need have access to culturally competent support and guidance. Through these three pillars, Project 16 aims to uplift and empower minority youth, enabling them to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally, thus paving the way for a brighter and more equitable future.

We chose the number 16 for a few reasons. The first, we knew our core focus would be on teenagers and 16 is a sweet spot with teens. Hence why society makes such a big deal celebrating the Sweet 16.

However, the most important reason why 16 is so important is because it is the number of descriptives used in 1 Corinthians 13:4 when Paul was breaks down what love is and is not. Love (is):

  1. Patient
  2. Kind
  3. Does not envy
  4. Does not boast
  5. Is not arrogant
  6. Is not rude
  7. Is not selfish (insisting on its own way)
  8. Is not irritable
  9. Is not resentful
  10. Does not rejoice at wrongdoing
  11. Truthful (rejoices with the truth)
  12. Resilient (bears all things)
  13. Faith (believes all things)
  14. Hopeful (hopes all things)
  15. Endures all things
  16. Never ends

Our founder wanted the core of every activity, every meetup, every volunteer, and every interaction, to be centered in [God’s] love so when you see Project 16 you are really seeing Project “Love.”

There is no cost associated with being a part of Project 16 for any of our teens or their families. We are fortunate to have incredible donors and sponsors who generously support our mission, enabling us to provide all our programs and experiences completely free of charge. This ensures that every teenager in need has equal access to our life skills training, exposure opportunities, and mental health therapy sessions, regardless of their financial situation. We are deeply grateful for the support of our donors and sponsors, as they play a vital role in making our work possible and impacting the lives of minority youth in our community.

We open applications to apply at the beginning of each year.  Occasionally we have a graduate or someone who moves so will solicit for teens to apply when that occurs Please follow our Instagram account @project16dfw and visit our website for the most accurate updates on applications.

Yes, we are a 501(c)3 organization under the US Internal Revenue Code that allows for federal tax exemption. 

Every donation you make to our organization qualifies as a tax write-off for the person or organization making the donation.

We accept electronic and check donations.  If you would like to donate electronically you can simply click the donate button at the top of the page.  If you would like to mail a check, you may do so at:

Project 16
7750 North MacArthur Blvd, Ste 120, #352
Irving, TX 75063


Please make all checks payable to: Project 16

Since the inception of Project 16, no board member or officer has ever been a paid position.  Everyone involved has volunteered their time to pour into our future leaders.

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No matter how you choose to get involved, your support is essential in empowering the next generation. Together, we can create a positive and transformative impact on the lives of teens in our community. Join us in shaping a brighter future for them.

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