Pasos for Oak Cliff, a non-profit, is set up by Jesse Acosta, a high school teacher, and Alejandra Zendejas, a math tutor. We both consider ourselves sneakerheads.
As sneakerhead educators and members of the community, we are fully aware that parents and guardians struggle to supply some basic necessities for their children - this is especially true when it comes to shoes.
As a result, we decided to turn our LOVE for sneakers into a proactive start up - Pasos for Oak Cliff. The goal of Pasos for Oak Cliff is to give students new shoes. The lack of good quality shoes leads to discomfort, ridicule, bullying, and isolation. We can prevent that from happening, but we cannot do it alone, we need YOUR SUPPORT.
SNEAKERS ARE AN OPPORTUNITY
At Pasos, new stylish sneakers are an opportunity to increase confidence and academic achievement. Children with worn-out shoes are more likely to experience bullying, isolation, and low morale. Our shoe drives intentionally target children from families experiencing temporary financial hardships or that are unhoused.
Our handpicked stylish shoes help student feel ready to learn.
Of guardians reported an
increase of confidence in
Of guardians reported that
their child wanted to go back to
school after receiving new shoes
of children loved their
new stylish shoes
"You have taken one less stress from me with this help for my kids."
- Single mother of four children
HOW IT WORKS
Although we provide shoes year round in the Dallas-Fort Worth region, the bulk of our shoes are given out in sneaker drives. One is hosted before back to school and the second is hosted before Christmas.
We partner with local schools, community members, homeless shelters, nonprofits etc. to identify the students that need our assistance.
Due to our small size, every year there is a waitlist.