2017 Everything Teen Expo

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DeSoto Town Center
211 E. Pleasant Run Road
DeSoto, Texas 75115

120 organizations made connections with over 4,000 teens, parents, and community members in the Best Southwest Area.


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2017 Teen Expo Testimonials



It was a great pleasure to have been able to experience teens hungry for positivity and truth. I thank you for allowing me to pour into them and meet so many bright, intelligent and beautiful teens. It was a great turn out and experience.
Candice Holmes – Rock My Beauty God’s Way, OCBF Youth Minister

Everything Teen Expo is the guiding light that will shine for many years to come for our teens. This event is very instrumental in more ways than one and is definitely needed within ALL communities. Having a one stop shop filled with various resources, fun and live entertainment is AWESOME. We are looking forward to participating in ETE 2018. Kudos to Desoto Public Library Marq Runnels & the Teen Council for a wonderful experience!
Donyan, Modeltude Agency

It was a pleasure to be at the event on Saturday! Although I was only there for the afternoon section, my table was constantly visited by students eager to learn more about volunteering and getting involved in something new. This was a great event and we are looking forward to next year. Thank you again for inviting VolunteerNow to be a part of this event.
Meghan Delaney – VolunteerNow, Community Engagement and Impact Manager

I just wanted to congratulate you on such a successful event and to let you know how much we enjoyed the kids! We were extremely happy to meet, greet and interact with them as this was certainly right up our alley! We look forward to participating in future events. Please keep us in mind for next year!
Cassie Cole, CEO and Founder of ICONIQ Teen Model Management

Thank you so much for allowing Beyond Enough to be part of such a wonderful event. We are super excited about next year and definitely want to be there! Please don't hesitate to reach out if there is anything we can do between now and then! It was such a great day, thanks again!
Shawnda Tate – President and Founder of Beyond Enough Inc.

WOW another year in the books! Every year, the Everything Teen Expo is a success and gets better and better! God bless you for sharing the vision with the community and giving teens a chance to shine. The Natural Hair Boot Camp and Fashion seminars helped so many families and teens. Thank you for extending the invitation; I look forward to 2018!
Xerkell Palmer, Image and Natural Hair Consultant Modeltude Agency

This is one of the most amazing events for our young people so much to see and do it would take a week.
SimpleFunk14 Ent

Great day at the Best Southwest Everything Teen Expo yesterday. #teamNIAKids represented well! Connected with awesome organizations working to make a difference in the lives of our young people. Together we can make a greater impact.
LaTara Thompkins, NIA KIDS

Thank you all so much for having our NG Dance/Performance family out. We had a BLAST!!!! CAN’T WAIT until next year!!!
Becky Upshaw, NG Dance Company

Had an awesome time speaking with the youth at the Best Southwest Teen Everything Expo! I'm so impressed by the articulate young adults I've interacted with today!
Tawni Haynes, CEO of Tawni Haynes Custom Apparel ICONYQ

So blessed to be a part of the DeSoto Teen Expo and meet young ladies interested in being a part of Full on Faith Foundation. This was a great opportunity for teens looking for mentors.
Tiffany Moody, Full on Faith Foundation

We attended the Everything Teen Expo at the Desoto Town Center! We had a goal to register 50 girls but we exceeded that number! By the end of the day we had 245 signatures! Each of these teens made a commitment not use a gun to resolve issues and that they would encourage others not to use a gun as well!
Cathy Felts Taylor, Journey4ward

Thank you to the DeSoto Library for inviting StarFire PRO MCDC to your Teen Expo 2017. My ladies had a great time! Maya Christine, StarFire MCDC Dance Company
GREAT JOB Marq Runnels. GREAT YOUTH EVENT FOR THE SOUTHERN COMMUNITY. Thanks for the Opportunity to serve.
Nicolis Haggerty, Big Team Company

A HUGE THANK YOU TO @everythingteenexpo for your vision & mission for our community and the teens that live within them! We the YOUTH are not just for the FUTURE but for RIGHT NOW! Teens are BRAVE, COURAGEOUS, LEADERS, FOCUSED AND DRIVEN -RIGHT NOW! A big Thank you to @everythingteenexpo & uccmagazine for believing in us!
The Jackson Twins

We attended the Everything Teen Expo at the Desoto Town Center! We had a goal to register 50 girls but we exceeded that number! Glory be to God!
Jai Meeks, Founder of F.R.E.E. Our Daughters

Shout out to Marq Runnels for an amazing job this past weekend at the Best Southwest Everything Teen Expo! Glad to have been apart! Job well done.
Charlette Martin



2016 Teen Expo Testimonials



Thank you so very much for adding Alexa Luckey to the lineup for Saturday's Teen Expo in Desoto. Alexa had a blast and was able to inspire youth, as well as, give encouraging words to a few vendors. We also purchased some great books and received a lot of great information and networking contacts. Great Event!
Amber Johnson


I wanted to thank you for an outstanding Teen Expo. GG's Gown Gallery made some great contacts and met some wonderful people.
Job Well Done!
Debbie McCrary-Eldridge
GG's Gown Gallery



Thank you so much for allowing Parkland Community Health Plan to participate Saturday’s April 2nd, 2016 Teen Expo. I had a real good time speaking to the teenagers who came by to visit and ask questions at my information table.
Terri A. Ibarra
Parkland Community Health Plan



We thank you so much for the teen expo event Saturday. The staff at Bridging the Gap Owens Foundation had so much fun and met a lot of people and learned so much.
Tondra Dennis


Thank you for having me. Yes put me down for next year, I really enjoyed it myself.
Kimesha Coleman
Life Coach



I wanted to reiterate that I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with our teens on Saturday at the expo and in my workshop!! Thank you so much for welcoming me!!! Your team was amazing!! I would love to participate in this event next year. Again you and the teens did a great job!! My heart was full for the rest of the weekend!!
Kimberly Thacker Webb
Degrees of Deception



Thank you so much for having us!! It was a pleasure. The dancers and their parents were so grateful for the opportunity. We are surely interested in participating next year, not only with a performance but perhaps we will be able to set up a booth as well.
Omoniyi Obioha
Academy Director
Dallas Black Dance Theater


Wow! Thank you for sharing this vision with North Texas and helping our communities unite in a way we've all wanted but had no idea on where to start. We were all blessed to see teens and families from different areas come together and enjoy themselves. We are beyond excited for 2017! Modeltude Agency and the Natural Hair Smartshoppe will be there! I thank you for the opportunity to share our work with Desoto and reach such a great crowd. God bless you and all you do!
Xerkell Palmer


Thank you for allowing me to be a participating vendor at the BSW Teen Expo. It was a joy to see the young teens visit A Touch of Style's table. Most of the items I chose to displayed were geared towards teens and they seemed to really appreciate that. Being a mother of a young teenager it makes my heart smile to see events such as the BSW Teen Expo take place. It's imperative that we hold events that focuses on developing these energetic teens into successful adults/entrepreneurs. To be a participating vendor was a wonderful experience. I think it was a great turn out and I look forward to participating next year.
Jaquinthia Stinson