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By Mariah Terry, Published in Business & Economy on May 24, 2021

In a year that called for extraordinary service, these organizations and leaders stood out.

D CEO has named finalists in its fourth annual Nonprofit and Corporate Citizenship Awards, presented in partnership with the Communities Foundation of Texas and sponsored by Capital One. This year’s program attracted more than 500 nominations. After several judging sessions, a total of 112 finalists were named (81 nonprofit organizations and leaders and 31 corporate citizens).

All finalists will be recognized in a special feature in the August issue of D CEOonline, and at an exclusive awards event, where winners will be revealed.



  • Camp Fire First Texas’ Early Education Apprenticeship Program
  • Catalyst Health Network and Project Unity
  • Dallas Forward
  • Santander Consumer USA and Dallas Innovation Alliance
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About Camp Fire Early Education Apprenticeship Program

The Early Education Apprenticeship Program (EEAP) is an educational and career pathway building program. The first U.S. Department of Labor registered apprenticeship program for early educators in the State of Texas (2019), the EEAP includes paid on-the-job-learning, coupled with educational courses and one-on-one coaching in the classroom from a Camp Fire mentor.

Other benefits include:

  • wage increases;
  • stipends that recognize milestones; and
  • earning up to 21+ hours of college credit.

Completion of the EEAP requires 4,000 hours (2 years of employment) of on-the-job learning, completed at an approved place of employment, and 288 hours of coursework.

The EEAP is offered in partnership with Workforce Solutions for Tarrant CountyTarrant County  CollegeTarleton State University and T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Texas. Funding support has been provided by the George and Faye Young Foundation, The Miles Foundation, Rainwater Charitable Foundation, Sid Richardson Foundation, and United Way of Tarrant County.

About Camp Fire First Texas

Camp Fire First Texas invests in North Texas communities by providing out-of-school time and outdoor learning programs for children and youth while also offering workforce development programs for the educators who care for them.

Our programs stand out as they are uniquely focused on the two periods of greatest brain growth and development: early childhood and early adolescence; leverage the impact of the outdoor environment on the brain to educate and connect children to each other and the world around them; and maintain a continuous improvement loop to maximize community impact.

We envision a community in which every child has equitable access to quality learning opportunities that cultivate the skills they need to succeed and thrive in a rapidly changing world.