The Blueprint

April 2018 Edition

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"At the end of your life you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child or a parent."

-Barbara Bush

Celebrating the Life of Barbara Bush

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Houston's First Lady of the United States

Houston, TX

1925-2018


The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery recognizes the life of Barbara Bush with a photograph by Diana Walker taken in 1989.


Admired for her candor and down-to-earth approach to public life, Bush enjoyed considerable popularity as the nation’s First Lady during the presidency of her husband, George H.W. Bush (1989–93). Just 16 when she met the future president in 1941, she married him four years later and embarked on a life that would include raising six children, one of whom, George W. Bush, became the 43rd president. During her tenure as First Lady, Bush championed efforts to combat illiteracy. In 1989, she established the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and later directed proceeds from the publication of Millie’s Book—a behind-the-scenes look at White House life from the perspective of the Bush family’s beloved springer spaniel—to fund literacy initiatives. The First Lady and Millie appear together in this photograph, which was taken on the White House grounds.


Source: Smithsonian

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On April 18th, MBK Houston was a featured partner of the Houston Public Library’s “Groomed for Literacy” program on Channel 11 evening news. The news feature spotlighted the legacy of the late Barbara Bush through the Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation. “Groomed for Literacy” aligns to MBK Houston’s Milestone 2 (reading by 3rd Grade) and Milestone 3 (graduating school academically able) by aiming to close the literacy gap for underserved youth, with specific emphasis on young boys of color and promote a love for reading by expanding access to quality books in communities identified as having high populations of individuals with low literacy, low income and low access to quality books. The program supports placement of Little Free Libraries stocked with books in barbershops.

In The News & Updates

African American News: The Omowale Story

One of our beloved community involvement coordinators Omowale Lithuli Allen is deeply rooted in the community doing work under Milestone 6 (Reducing Crime and Violence and Providing a Second Chance) was featured in the April African American News.


“The whole phenomena of men abandoning their families, intercommunity random and gratuitous violence that’s taking place in our communities – this is something that government can help with, but can’t solve. It’s something that we have to do ourselves. I want to applaud all of the efforts that’s taking place for mentoring and empowering of boys and girls. All of these efforts that are trying to break this Jim Crow reincarceration of so many people of Color. But at the same time, most of the deficiencies that we find in the general society start in the family. The ruin of a nation begins in the homes of its people… We have to correct the rot and corruption that we have internally in our own communities, until we do that, we are constantly are going to be placing an anvil on our backs. We must air some of our dirty linen out and begin to address some of our internal deficiencies.” -Omowale Lithuli Allen


From sitting down as a child in his living room watching the funeral of Emmett Till; to recounting the political assassinations of: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Medgar Edwards, Malcolm X; to recalling the brutal murder of Carl Hampton by HPD officers in the 70’s; Omowale Lithuli Allen reminisced of the pivotal events that transformed the way that he came to understand social systems at an early age. During an exclusive interview, the international and national human rights activist and veteran of the struggles for peace, justice and democracy, took [Rebecca S. Jones from African American News] on a mental historical ride which will never be forgotten.


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Walmart Foundation Invests Nearly $250K in Cities United Roadmap Academy

Walmart Foundation announced a nearly $250,000 investment in Cities United’s Roadmap to Safe, Healthy & Hopeful Communities Academy Planning Labs. Cities United joins 11 other finalists who are all implementing solutions to the nation’s most pressing challenges and exploring innovative approaches to reach diverse communities who persistently lack equal access to opportunity


Cities United supports a growing, national network of 122+ mayors committed to working with their communities to create solutions to cut the homicide rate of young Black men and boys in half by the year 2025. Cities United’s Roadmap Academy partners with mayors and city leaders from across the country to accelerate their comprehensive public safety plans that will establish safer, healthier and more hopeful cities for everyone. The mayors involved in Cities United bring together all corners of the community—city agencies, businesses, faith leaders, public safety officials, community members and young people most impacted by violence—to implement a comprehensive strategy to countering violence.
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Building a Community of Practice

Mayor Turner's #FamilyFunDay

Thank you to all the families and individuals who came out to this year's #FamilyFunDay on April 14, 2018. Frank Garcia represented the Houston Health Foundation and promoted registration for the Y-ABC (Young Adults Building Communities) leadership program and had fun activities for all ages to enjoy. We had a giant tumble tower, bag toss, and a special photo opp guest appearance with Swatson from the Sugar Land Skeeters!

Wainwright Elementary Beautification Project/Earth Day Celebration

Students from Wainwright Elementary worked together to celebrate the grand opening of the new outdoor Habitat Classroom Project. Wainwright Elementary has been rounding up the local community for this project since November 2017 and collaborated with Mangum Manor Civic Association, MBK Houston, Keep Houston Beautiful, community and student volunteers.

COOP Campout Spring Break Brazos Bend Park 3/12/18

Community Outdoor Outreach Program (COOP) photos from the previous events at Campout Spring Break Brazos Bend Park and Equestrian at Williams Ranch. These are free events, with provided food and transportation from Lawn Forest Church! If you would like to sign up for the last COOP event on June 9th and learning how to fish without purchases all materials, then please click the button below!
RSVP for Free Fishing Trip on June 9

This is the last outdoor event! Please RSVP by 5/15/18!

End of the School Year Mobile Food Drops

We have been hosting some End of School Year Mobile Food Drops for 3 participating schools; Scarborough HS, Clifton Middle School and Benbrook Elementary to help fight food insecurities for our families. Below is a video and pictures from the Scarborough and Benbrook Food drops.
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Y2K Enrichment 2018 Easter Hunt

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Letter of Appreciation

Baker Ripley's Disaster Case Manager Antoneshia Stewart sent a letter of appreciation to our Bureau Chief Noel Pinnock after engaging in a thought provoking presentation on behalf of MBK Houston to the "future leaders of Houston located at Texas Southern University."


"In the face of diversity and inequality, I believe it is the responsibility of those able bodied to help build resiliency and empowerment in our youth. I myself aim to build a bridge between today's youth and the power of knowledge particularly emphasizing the importance of self-respect, ambition and love amongst minority adolescents. I am very pleased to hear about the successful work contributed to My Brother's Keeper towards the fight against education disparities and promotion of community empowerment." -Antoneshia Stewart

TX Symposium: Empowering the Next Generation

Houston Health Department delegates from the Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health staff (Katherine Caballero, Tylynn Preston, Dr. AJ Rosario, and Shadawn McCants) attended the Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy's 7th Annual Symposium held in Austin, Texas, April 16-18, 2018 – Empowering the Next Generation! The attendees focused on how to create more opportunities for Texas youth, empower them and help them grow and learn, with one ultimate goal – equipping young people with the tools they need to create a successful future for themselves, their peers and their future families.

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#GoWalkHouston

Here's a fun fact: 2,000 steps equal approximately one mile! So get moving today! Walking is a great way to help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers, and more. So grab your shoes, set your path and #GoWalkHouston! It's about you and your health! See how your city walks at http://bit.ly/GoWalkHou

HHD Harvey Heroes Nominees: Go BYAH!

Our Houston Health Department held an all employee meeting that gave internal news, celebrated years of employment and also recognition to those who have been nominated as Harvey Heroes. We are proud to have 5 of our Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health staff represent 10% of the total HHD nominees. Thank you for your dedication to this work!

MBK Houston Milestone Snapshots

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Milestone 1 Lead: Antoinette Montgomery

The Chief Administrator of the Early Head Start and Head Start Programs and Organizational Support for AVANCE-Houston is Antionette Montgomery. She has been with AVANCE-Houston since July, 2000, and assumed her current role January, 2017.

Antionette has worked in the field of social services and education for the last 25 years, and is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). Antionette is dedicated to supporting underprivileged children and their families, and specializes in providing direct services, as well as program oversight and management.

Holding both a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Louisiana Tech University and a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Houston, Antionette will earn her Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) from Nova Southeastern University in 2018.

Antionette is originally from Little Rock Arkansas. In her spare time she volunteers with a local high school’s college readiness program. She serves as a mentor to students and organizes educational presentations for at-risk students transitioning from high school to college.

Houston Basics: Explore through Movement & Play

Parenting is best when you get back to the basics. Please share these videos with someone you know who has children or works with children. Let's work together to turn unintentional micro-aggression to micro-impressions!

To view more Houston Basic videos click here.

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Milestone 2 Lead: Mary Wagoner

Mary Wagoner is a Team Leader of Special Services at the Houston Public Library since November 2011. She is a Project Manager for the Pop Up Library, Workforce Solutions, Open Job Labs and other initiatives. Supervisor of nine (9) Neighborhood Library locations. Her responsibilities include establishing and overseeing administrative procedures to meet the program's objectives and supervision of site Managers, including reviewing authority for employee performance reviews. Coach, model and mentor Managers and provide support for team. Establish and maintain relationships with other internal and external departments and organization to ensure that services are not duplicated and are mutually supported. Program Launch Manager and Manager of Customer Service Substitute Program. Serve as Budget Manager for Customer Service Substitute Program and No Tape Project. Coordinates activities of nine (9) professional and support staff.

Help a Young Reader Shine! Become a Volunteer!

Interested in finding ways that you, your family, or your company can give back to the community around you? Our Connect4Literacy.org volunteer platform opens doors to many different service opportunities this May that contribute to the literacy cause. Find one below and sign up to volunteer today!


Read Houston Read is a program designed to support Houston ISD's Literacy By 3 movement, which aims to have every child reading on grade level by the end of third grade. This is part of a community-wide effort to reduce the cycle of low literacy in Houston.


HISD currently partners with over 50 elementary schools in their district and each campus needs approximately 5 volunteers for each shift. The dates and times vary per campus. Help make an impact in a child's life by signing up to be a mentor for Read Houston Read! To sign-up for a shift, click the button below.


For more information, contact Carley Colton at ccolton@houstonisd.org.

BBBS: I Love My BIG!

Big Brothers Big Sisters partners with parents/guardians, volunteers, and donors to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that changes lives for the better, forever. Our vision is that all children can achieve success in life. Two of our mentors were matched and met with their "littles" at Bruce Elementary.

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Milestone 3 Lead: Margaret Rodriguez

Margaret Rodriguez is a superintendent at The Association for the Advancement of Mexican-Americans; an organization who is motivated at-risk youth to finish school and encouraged many to go on to college, teach immigrant adults to communicate in English and have guided scores of them to gain the knowledge they need to become contributing United States citizens. AAMA has prepared them to enter workforce development courses and secure livable wage jobs and helped both youth and adults break the cycle of addiction and make positive choices that improve the quality of their lives.

A Celebration of Collaboration

MBK Houston was highlighted on page 12 in the 5 year report for the Center for School Behavioral Health and a letter from Mayor Turner commending the 37 recommendations that guided our work. Our Public Health Education Chief Kristi Rangel shares her experience below:


"After we drafted the framework for the My Brother's Keeper (MBK) Houston System of Care, we used the Center's 37 recommendations as the measuring stick for whether we were on track for designing a model that would make a real systemic difference in a school setting. There is lots of talk about the need for social and emotional support for students, but very little conversation about the components that must be put in place within a school. The Center's 37 recommendations provide direction for all components that must be in place for there to be real support for some of our most vulnerable students and their families. There is no need for guess work. There is no time for guess work becase real lives hang in the balance."
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Milestone 4 Lead: Dominique D. Calhoun, Esq.

Dominique D. Calhoun serves as the Director of Government and Community Relations for Texas Southern University. As an executive at the institution, Calhoun coordinates and implements the university's local, state, and national legislative and advocacy efforts. In addition, Calhoun works to cultivate and maintain relationships and develop strategic partnerships with Houston area and national non-profits, chambers of Commerce, and other public and private stakeholders.

Prior to joining TSU, Calhoun served as a staff member for Senator Borris L. Miles and Mayor Sylvester Turner (during his tenure as a member of the Texas House of Representatives).

Dedicated to improving the lives of all Texans and citizens throughout the country, Calhoun has contributed his legal knowledge as a board member to assist a number of non-profit entities, including - Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., 4B Sales Tax Corporation of Wichita Falls, Constitutional Rights Center of Texas, National Bar Association, Emerging 100 Black Men of Houston Metropolitan, and Houston Young Lawyers Association. In recognition of his past contributions, he was named to the inaugural class of Wichita Falls's 20 Under 40 and acknowledged as one of the Top 50 Black Professionals and Entrepreneurs of Houston.

Calhoun is a graduate of Thurgood Marshall School of Law located in Houston, Texas, and a two-time graduate of Midwestern State University ("MSU") located in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he earned a Bachelors of Science and Masters in Business Administration.

Milestone 4 Co-Lead: Michael O. Adams, Ph.D.

Michael O. Adams, Ph. D.., currently serves the Interim Dean of the Barbara Jordan - Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs and as the Director of the Master of Public Administration and Online Executive Master of Public Administration programs at Texas Southern University. He is a tenured professor and has taught classes in Public Administration and Political Science, while continuously contributing to the academic body knowledge through research. He provides expertise and proficiency where education, policy administrations, and community participation intersect.


Since his tenure at Texas Southern University, he has worked to propose and develop new programs in Public Administration and Political Science. He has lectured, presented, and chaired task forces, regarding major challenges in immigration, homeland security and safety, foreign relations and policy, e-governance, information technology, voting rights and much more.


He volunteers as a political and educational consultant, and is an avid speaker, serving on a plethora of panels and speaking on various topics as a representative of the University.

Ivy Educational and Charitable Foundation

Noel Pinnock, Bureau Chief and Executive Director of My Brother’s Keeper Houston and Chauncy Glover, Three-time Emmy Award Winner and anchor for ABC 13 News emceed the 37th Annual Ivy Educational and Charitable Foundation Scholarship Fundraiser to provide under-served youth with college scholarships. Over the course of 37 years, the IECF and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., raised over half a million dollars for college-bound scholars.


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TeamUp: Chevron Fun Run Planning

TeamUp Youth from 5th Ward Enrichment enjoyed planning for active role in the upcoming Chevron Houston Marathon Fun Run at Texas Children's Hospital in the Woodlands on May 5th. If you would like to participate, bring family or volunteer please check out the button below.

Teamup: Discovery Day at Skeeters Game

The Sugar Land Skeeters hosted a group of Team Up students from Scarborough High School's XY Zone at the team's April 28 game. The students got the chance to tour the stadium to get a glimpse at careers in marketing, ticket sales, production and had the opportunity to throw out the first pitch! The minor league baseball team is one of the first to partner in the Team Up campaign with the Houston Health Department, Houston Health Foundation and MBK Houston.
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TX Certified Community Health Workers Class of 2018

Vulnerable and medically under-served populations experience challenges in accessing primary healthcare and follow-up care. These challenges are even more exacerbated for behavioral health services. The Promotores/Community Health Worker (P/CHW) paraprofessional model has been highlighted as an effective means of promoting healthy behaviors and guide vulnerable populations to access the right care. A Promotora is a lay term for a Latino/Hispanic community member who received specialized training to provide basic health education in the community without being a professional health care worker. Our Houston Health Department (HHD) and Dia de la Mujer Latina (DML) has partnered and implemented the first year of the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Project. Our first year graduating class of 2018 celebrated on April 14, 2018 and on phase two or the experiential training part of the program.
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If you know anyone between the ages of 18-30 years who would like to participate in the Fall class to become a certified community health worker


or are an employer needing to hire Texas Certified Community Health Workers, then please contact: Christine Barron at christine.barron@houstontx.gov.

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Milestone 5 Lead: Karen Bailey

She is a Senior Workforce Planner at the Workforce Solutions-Gulf Coast Workforce Board since May 2016 and is an experienced workforce planner with a demonstrated history of working in the government relations industry. She has strong community and social services professional skilled in nonprofit organizations, research, event planning, management, and customer service.

Circle of Men: Harrisburg Workforce Unit

Circle of Men (COM) at Wheatley High School hosted the Harrisburg Work Force Unit to have an orientation with the boys on preparing and achieving meaningful summer jobs. Wheatley COM ROTC members are Luciano and Victor and their adult leader is Ishola Muhamad.

Bank of America Summer Youth PAID Internship

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Come Build with HBI and OBO

Are you ready to build your career and change others' lives?

HBI is seeking qualified individuals who want to take the next step in their careers to build and shape the lives of future residential construction professionals. If you have a foundation in the trades and/or vocational instruction, we want to hear from you.


Available Instructor Positions

We have an immediate need for an instructor to teach Carpentry at our Houston, Texas program.


Qualified individuals will have a high school diploma or equivalent plus at least five years of experience in the trade(s) he or she will teach. Applicants must also have a passion for and the ability to work with a wide-variety of traditionally under-served student populations including youth, adults and veterans. All positions require a valid state driver's license and satisfactory completion of a criminal background screening.


About HBI

HBI is a national leader for career training in the building industry. Through certification programs, mentoring pre-apprenticeships and job placement services, HBI prepares its students-including at-risk and under-served populations such as youth, veterans, transitioning military personnel, ex-offenders and displaced workers-with the skills and experience they need for successful careers in the building industry.

avenue is hiring!

Avenue is expanding and looking for passionate and engaging folks to join the team! They are currently looking to fill the following full-time and part-time positions:


Full-Time Opportunities

  • Single-Family Home Repair Coordinator
  • Disaster Recovery Project Lead and Volunteer Coordinator
  • Finance Director
  • SBP In-Office Supply and Logistics Coordinator
  • Contract Home Repair

Part-Time Opportunity

  • HomeOwnership Center Classroom Assistant


To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to: Employment@avenuecdc.org



-->View all opportunities here

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Milestone 6 Lead: Mike Schneider

Judge Michael “Mike” Schneider, a fifth-generation Texan and lifelong Houstonian, has emerged as one of the most innovative leaders on juvenile justice issues in Texas.


He was elected to preside in the 315th Juvenile District Court in 2006. His victory came months after Texas Governor Rick Perry appointed him to the bench. Voters overwhelmingly returned Mike to the bench in 2010 and 2014.

Mike is a graduate of St. Thomas High School, Texas A&M University and the South Texas College of Law. He was also a visiting student at the University of Texas School of Law.

Mike is a tireless advocate for children, families and justice. Since taking the bench, he has been praised for his skillful and fair handling of complex high-profile cases, aggressive protection of taxpayer dollars and thoughtful leadership on thorny juvenile justice issues.

Mike has also fought to improve the chances of success for abused children in prolonged foster care situations and earned praise for his leadership in fighting human trafficking by creating a renowned court for young girls pulled into the dangerous world of the sex exploitation. Mike also started Harris County’s first juvenile drug court in 2010.

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Clean and Green Program

Interviewing to support Harris County Distict Attorney's Office Kim Ogg Texas Conservation Corps and Juvenile Diversion Program that put young offenders to work to offset their offense in the community while linking them to career opportunities as well as provide grounds for potential expunction services. Great collaboration and MBK Houston is proud to support it!


-->Read Harris County program lets low level offenders clean records while cleaning bayous

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In lieu of a jail sentence, the Clean and Green diversion program allows eligible non-violent offenders to clear their criminal records by cleaning up Houston’s waterways. Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said prosecutors will decide who is eligible for the program. Defendants facing charges of any violent crime cannot participate. Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said he sees many benefits to the program, like freeing up jail space and reducing recidivism.


“To us this is a no-brainer,” said Gonzalez. “We operate the largest jail complex in the State of Texas – the third largest in the entire country – and, in fact, right now we are pretty much at capacity.” The program will also cut costs. “This helps saves some taxpayer dollars that would otherwise go into a costly incarceration system or a very costly prosecution system,” said Gonzalez.


The Harris County District Attorney’s Office estimates $240,000 in yearly benefits from manual labor through community service. Bureau Chief and Executive Director of My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) in the City of Houston said, the Texas Conservation Corps and Juvenile Diversion Program that put young offenders to work to offset their offense in the community while linking them to career opportunities as well as provide grounds for potential expunction services. Great collaboration and MBK Houston is proud to support the program because it aligns with MBK Milestone 6 Reducing Crime and Violence and Providing Second Chance Opportunities!


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Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Action (JJDPA) Coalition

MBK Houston joins a coalition of pastors to advocate for equitable funding for the JJDPA. Congressman Culberson was very engaged throughout our conversation and is committing his efforts to ensure funding is available not only to mentor our youth that are off track but supporting programs that will provide for a comprehensive wraparound-approach to getting them back on track. Established in 1974 and most recently authorized in 2002 with bipartisan support, the JJDPA is based on a broad consensus that children, youth, and families involved with the juvenile and criminal courts should be guarded by federal standards for care and custody, while also upholding the interests of community safety and the prevention of victimization. The JJDPA provides for:

  • A nationwide juvenile justice planning and advisory system spanning all states, territories, and the District of Columbia;
  • Federal funding for delinquency prevention and improvements in state and local juvenile justice programs and practices; and
  • The operation of a federal agency, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, which is dedicated to training, technical assistance, model programs, and research and evaluation, to support state and local efforts.
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(Left to Right) Rev. Gregg Taylor (ReVision Houston), Carrie Leader (ReVision Houston) , Congressman John Culberson, Atty. Jay Jenkins (Texas Criminal Justice Coalition), Rev. Preston (Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church), Bureau Chief Noel A. Pinnock, (City of Houston - Health), Rev. Paul Richards-Kuan (St. Paul's United Methodist Church), and Rev. Stephen Quill (T.R.U.T.H. Houston)

L.E.A.D. program meets with District Attorney's Office

The Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program continues to develop with 2 recent meetings with the District Attorney’s office. The Juvenile Division of the DA’s office will be reviewing the list of felony offenses that will be eligible for the LEAD program. Since some felony charges are only felonies because they occur on a school campus, the DA’s have agreed to add them to the list of eligible offenses. The DA’s office hopes to refine the list of eligible offenses and allow the HISD -PD complete discretion to refer students without contacting the DA’s Intake Division.

19 years since Columbine. Here's how we can prevent gun violence.

April 20 marks 19 years since the school shooting at Columbine High School that claimed the lives of 12 students and one teacher. See President Bill Clinton's Letter to the right. Many of the young people walking out of school and participating in protests today were born after Columbine and have grown up in the shadow of gun violence in its many forms, from schools to violence in our homes, workplaces, places of worship, and communities.


-->Check out recommendations to prevent gun violence

Montgomery's new lynching memorial

Montgomery’s strengthening status as the epicenter of the United States’ racial reckoning makes sense when you peel back the layers of the city’s history. That it was the first capital of the Confederacy and the home of the pivotal black bus boycott is well known. But fewer people are aware that Montgomery was a thriving slave market because of its proximity to the Alabama River, or that the city’s population was two-thirds enslaved people in 1860, or that the global investment bank Lehman Brothers began in Montgomery by profiting from the slave trade.

Photos Courtesy: Sharifa Charles


“It was a city shaped by slavery. We had one of the highest lynching rates in the region. Then of course the centrality of the civil rights era. And now Alabama has one of the highest incarceration rates in the country. … I don’t think there’s a community that can claim more appropriateness for telling this history than this one.” -Bryan Stevenson, Equal Justice Initiative president


-->Read The Ringer: "Drenched in Blackness"

Youth Violence Prevention Workshop Recap

The Houston Health Department 1605 team in partnership with the Houston Youth Violence Prevention Coalition, hosted a STOP Youth Violence! A preventing youth violence after-school workshop on Friday, March 23rd, 2018. Check out the video below and keep an eye out for next year's Youth Violence Prevention Week!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFopdJ6arCs&feature=youtu.be

Upcoming Events

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Cinco De Mayo Family Fun

Friday, May 4th, 5-6:30pm

6001 Golden Forest Drive

Houston, TX

Family fun filled events and activities including craft stations, face painting, dance lessons, games, food and candy for sale

Grand Re-opening Celebration: Scenic Woods Library

Saturday, May 19th, 9am-1pm

Houston, TX 77016, USA

Houston, TX

The Houston Public Library has several events for the month of May! The Library will continue their Living Room series, which serves as a time and place for neighbors to gather and hold conversation over good food and fond memories.On Saturday, May 5th, the Moody Neighborhood Library will celebrate Cinco de Mayo from 10:30 am-1:00 pm. The Jungman Neighborhood Librarywill celebrate Indo-American Heritage Day on Saturday, May 12th from 12:00 pm-4:00 pm.


Come celebrate children's books with Houston Public Library! The Children's Book Celebration will be at the Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza on Saturday, May 19th from 11:00 am-3:00 pm. There will be a ton of activities for children and author Nathan Hale will be in attendance.


The Scenic Woods Regional Library will reopen on Saturday, May 19th. The grand opening will be from 10:00 am-12:00 pm and the Houston Public Library will debut TECHLink, the first digital library in Houston. Volunteers will assist with the staff with the press conference and other celebration activities. If you want more information about the event, contact Marjorie Gonzalez at marjorie.gonzalez@houstontx.gov. To sign up to volunteer, click the button below.

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Lift Off Houston Events

Monday, May 21st, 6:30-7pm

6200 Pinemont Drive

Houston, TX

Multiple Locations! See Image Below:
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School Safety Summit

Monday, May 14th, 8am-4pm

7145 West Tidwell Road

Houston, TX

Join us for this free one-day summit as we discuss pertinent school safety topics such as mental health, human trafficking, internet crimes, police-student interactions and more!

The summit is open to school-based law enforcement, school administrators, school staff, and community partners with interest in school safety.


Register Here

Send YOUR Submissions to MBKHOUSTON@HOUSTONTX.GOV!

Beginning March 2018 we will have a set schedule for when our Blueprint will schedule to go out! If you have any work you would like to highlight that aligns with the great work being done in Houston please do not hesitate to be LOUD AND PROUD!


All submissions must be submitted No Later than the Monday before distribution and will be reviewed by a team member and notified of submission approval.

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