Our Founder

LaTara Thompkins
LaTara Thompkins is the founder of N.I.A. Kids Youth Service Organization. N.I.A., which stands for “Nurture. Inspire. Affirm.” Kids, is a performing arts program for youth and teens located in DeSoto, TX. The organization affords youth and teens opportunities to experience theatrical production and
performing arts training, as well as, mentoring and youth development.

For more than a decade, LaTara has impacted the lives of youth and
teens by providing positive programs and arts enrichment to give
 youth excellent training in the arts while mentoring them socially and emotionally, and developing their talents. Her organization is designed to address the concern and need to provide productive activities for youth and teens in the community to help transform their free time from a threat to their safety and security into opportunities to participate in enriching, life-changing programs.

LaTara works tirelessly to provide consistent programs and opportunities that enrich the lives of young people. These programs afford youth and teens opportunities to participate in arts education classes, performing arts training and access to workshops, professional theatrical productions, Summer Theater, and quality after school arts programs. Ms. Thompkins produces stage plays for these youth where they learn to audition, and perform at an excellent and professional level. They are trained at a level where they can go anywhere and audition for professional roles. These opportunities many of them otherwise would not have.

LaTara has established N.I.A. Kids as a well – known organization in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex. Her organization is known for excellence and highly revered in the community. N.I.A. Kids has been a featured story on Channel 8 news, local radio stations, and featured in Dallas’ largest newspaper, The Dallas Morning News. She has received numerous awards for her commitment to the community. Among them, she was a recipient of Ebony Magazine’s “Unsung Hero” Award and was featured in their magazine in 2010. She received the Community Service Award– 2015 awarded by the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club, Inc.; Women of HOPE Award – 2016 Awarded by the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc.; and I’m Every Woman Activist Award – 2016 awarded by Stand for Sisterhood. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

As the Founder of N.I.A. Kids, LaTara continues to use her creativity to implement programs and opportunities for youth to receive formal training in a variety of artistic disciplines, as well as, mentoring and youth development. Through the programs of N.I.A. Kids, LaTara is determined to make a positive impact in the lives of youth and teens.