Get to know Tara Bollinger

Dallas City Coordinator & Contributing Editor

Tara Bollinger is the Founding Executive Director of Inspire School Programs. She developed a passion for empowering youth while competing in pageants in college. As Miss Missouri USA, she traveled as a full-time youth motivational speaker, impacting over 100,000 young people in one year.

From her experience in working with schools, Tara knew that weekly programs were needed to help young people discover value, find purpose, and build strength. She moved to Australia and piloted a program that served as a foundation for the organization. Upon her return to her hometown St. Louis, Tara began training facilitators, writing curriculum, meeting with schools, and with no funding started Inspire School Programs.

In the Fall of 2012, on crazy faith with less than a week’s notice, she moved to Dallas to pilot an Inspire/local church partnership. Since then, Inspire programs mentored over 15,000 schools in five ISDs as well as put on events for more than 30,000 students. She now trains other organizations to do Inspire in their states and advocates for church/community partnerships with local schools. She resides in Cedar Hill where she also fulfills the role of mom and driver to two very active teenagers.

Inspire provides classroom mentoring, assemblies, curriculum and events to create a safe environment to help students develop skills to achieve success in all areas of their life. Inspire works with local schools to determine their specific student issues and address them in mentoring programs. Inspire’s approach to student mentoring includes developing life skills and emotional well-being to help students achieve academic and personal success.

2022-23 City Calendar


Sept 26-27
(Overnight Retreat)
Jan 23
April 18


Oct 11
Nov 8
Dec 13
Feb 21
Mar 21
May 23


June TBD

Case Study: Inspire School Programs

INSPIRE School Programs provides quality Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) programs to empower middle and high school students to reach their potential and achieve academic success. INSPIRE mentoring programs encourages self-esteem, healthy relationships, respect, positive choices, mental wellness, resilience, mindfulness and leadership. INSPIRE offers classroom (and virtual) mentoring programs in the Dallas communities of Cedar Hill, Duncanville and South Oak Cliff. More.

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