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The Greater Dallas Planning Council has announced its annual Urban Design Award winners, recognizing projects and individuals for excellence and leadership in urban design and urban planning in the Dallas region. Charles English, president and CEO of The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, received the Kessler Lifetime Achievement Award.

English has devoted over 25 years to community service, and with his previous experience as a banker, has volunteered his financial management and leadership skills to improving program delivery to several non-profits, including Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce; Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Clinic; American Cancer Society; St. Philips School Endowment Foundation; Community Credit Union; and church ministries.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas expanded its reach with Dallas ISD to include 17 new on-campus after-school programs, providing additional academic enrichment and experiences for these students. In February of 2020, representatives of the Trinity River Mission (TRM) visited BGCD staff regarding the imminent closure of TRM due to financial challenges that would have impacted over 300 youth in the West Dallas community. To prevent TRM from losing its after-school and summer programs, BGCD joined forces this TRM to continue serving West Dallas youth after-school and summer programs.