Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County & Jackson-Shaw Partner to Launch $1.5 Million Youth Development Kitchen

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FORT WORTH, Texas, Jan 4, 2022 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County (BGCGTC) begins construction on a $1.5 million project, Blue Door Kitchen, as a holistic solution to prepare youth for culinary/restaurant employment, provide 3,500 fresh daily meals to Club members, and engage with partners in the community.

“Covid challenged us to innovate in ways we help kids succeed, and working with community partners throughout the region quickly illustrated how leveraging our collective strength and resources can create real solutions in how children and families eat every day,” said BGCGTC CEO & President, Daphne Barlow Stigliano. “Jackson-Shaw has shared in the commitment to help kids reach their full potential from day one, and we are incredibly grateful to their support.”

Jackson-Shaw has made a significant contribution towards the full commercial kitchen renovation with a social enterprise restaurant space at BGCGTC’s Martin Branch (3123 Avenue G. Fort Worth, Texas 76105). Construction is expected to complete in April 2023. Limited operating and capital partnership opportunities are available.

“Jackson-Shaw has partnered with Boys and Girls Clubs in Tarrant County and other cities for many years. Our team is passionate about helping young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their potential,” said Jackson-Shaw President and Chief Executive Officer Michele Wheeler. “Also, good corporate citizenship toward the communities and commercial real estate sectors in which we operate is always top of mind.”

Additional Facts:

  • Culinary Connection – Workforce Development program that introduces students, 13 and older, to various cooking techniques, taught by local chefs. Aimed at providing students the knowledge and skills needed to work in a professional kitchen. The first cohort was held in July 2022. Applications for the next cohort are expected to be released in Spring 2023.
  • Feeding Club youth – Cooking and delivering food in-house allows BGCGTC to increase food quality for members with fresh daily meals. Hot meals and nutritious snacks expand young people’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors to nurture well-being and capacity to learn.
  • Restaurant Enterprise plans – BGCGTC plans to open a social enterprise culinary business in Fall of 2023.

About Jackson-Shaw
Jackson-Shaw is a national real estate development company headquartered in North Texas with 50 years of experience mixing practical knowledge with solid entrepreneurship. Since its founding, the company has developed more than 62 million square feet, including hospitality, industrial and residential projects. Diverse markets where Jackson-Shaw develops include Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Charlotte, Denver, Las Vegas, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Jacksonville and Washington, D.C. Visit

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