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MBK Houston Milestone Activity Snapshots

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National League of Cities - Community Schools Convening (Philadelphia)

The National League of Cities' Mayor's Institute held a convening in Philadelphia for Mayors and multi-sector delegates. The convening was titled "Advancing Education and Health through the Community Schools Strategy". Among those in attendance from Houston were Mayor Sylvester Turner, Juliet Stipeche (COH Director of Education), Kristi Rangel (MBK Education Chief), and Anne Sung (Trustee-HISD).

Attendees learned about and visited Community Schools in the City of Philadelphia. As part of the discussion, Mayor Turner introduced his Complete Communities initiative and the group explored ideas that would include aligning the Community Schools model with designated Complete Communities.

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MBK Houston Basics Campaign - Sneak Peek

In collaboration with a number of great partners, the Houston Basics Campaign will be launching soon. We will highlight a different video from the Houston Basics campaign each month. We are excited about the widespread dissemination of these important tips!

3. MBK Houston Basics: Count, Group, & Compare
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Houston Public Library - MBK Houston Community and Literacy Fair

The Houston Public Library and MBK Houston will host a Community and Literacy Fair for students and families at the Denver Harbor Multi-Service Center on Saturday, May 20 from 10 am - 2 pm.

With the assistance of our great partners the Fair will offer immunizations, groceries, free books and more. Come out and help us celebrate and promote literacy in the community!

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HYPE Freedom Schools - Summer Literacy Programs

This summer MBK is partnering with HYPE Freedom Schools to implement the Freedom School model at two sites in the MBK Feeder Areas: Bethany Baptist Church and Wheatley High School/Finnegan Park. Programming for youth Kindergarten through 8th Grade will run Monday-Friday from 9 am - 3 pm.

Freedom Schools implement a curriculum developed by the Children’s Defense Fund. Freedom Schools provide summer and after-school enrichment that helps children fall in love with reading, increase their self-esteem, and generates more positive attitudes toward learning. Freedom Schools provide nurturing learning environments using a model curriculum that supports children and families around five essential components:

1. High quality academic enrichment.

2. Parent and family involvement.

3. Civic engagement and social action.

4. Intergenerational leadership development.

5. Nutrition, health and mental health.

For more information please email or visit

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*Call to Action* Groomed for Literacy - Barbers and Barbershop Owners

Info sessions on Groomed for Literacy will continue in the coming weeks. Interested parties can visit to sign up. We invite you to spread the word through your networks and with any and all barber shops in your community as well. You will find below the schedule of sessions to be held soon.

  • Magnolia Multi-Service Center - 05/22/17 (10 a - 12 p)
  • Hiram Clarke Multi-Service Center - 06/05/17 (10 a - 12 p)
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HISD Board Approves Partnership to Reach Non-Traditional Students at Multi-Service Centers

The HISD Board of Trustees approved a partnership Thursday evening that will allow the district to reach at-risk students in a community setting. "Using multiple community-based locations across the city and offering extended hours, the partnership aims to make it easier for students to participate in credit recovery programs and more likely to graduate ready for college or a career. At the centers, students would have access to face-to-face learning and online classes, as well as health, counseling, and workforce development services."

The program is scheduled to begin its offerings in August 2017 at the following HHD locations:

  • Acres Home (6719 W. Montgomery Road)
  • Denver Harbor (6402 Market St.)
  • Hiram Clarke (3810 West Fuqua St.)
  • Fifth Ward (4014 Market Street)
  • Third Ward (3611 Ennis St.)
  • Southwest (6400 High Star Dr.)
  • Sunnyside (9314 Cullen Blvd.)

MBK Systems of Care Spotlight

MBK Sr. Counselor Roderick Peoples meets with Fleming Middle School students once a week for Aggression Replacement Training (ART). The curriculum focuses on understanding anger and aggression in youth and identifying ways to combat anger and aggression. The curriculum uses role play, modeling and performance feedback from the students. Mr. Peoples also likes to use the time to work with students on valuable skills. Towards the end of a recent session students learned how to dress appropriately for an interview and how to properly tie a four-in-hand knot tie.

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HCC Peer Mentors - Summer 2017

HCC is now hiring Peer Mentors for Summer 2017. Please visit to apply for Texas Grant - College Mentor. For additional information, you may cal 713-718-8283 or email
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Hire Houston Youth - On the Spot Hiring Fairs

MBK is partnering with Mayor Turner's Hire Houston Youth Initiative (HHY) on a series of "On the Spot" Hiring Fairs for young adults ages 16-24. Participating companies include: Kroger, Fiesta, McDonald’s, Four Seasons, ProSTAR Builders and more.

These events will also include access to community resources, financial literacy and scholarship information. Find the location closest to you on the flyer below. More info on HHY efforts at:

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*Job Opportunity* Air Alliance Houston

Air Alliance Houston is hiring Field Interviewers for door-to-door surveying in the 5th Ward/Northside, South Park, and Magnolia Park neighborhoods for their Metal Air Pollution Partnership Solutions (MAPPS) Project. The positions will span Spring and Summer 2017 and offer an estimated 15-25 hours per month.

For more info, call Maria Jimenez ( at 713-500-9284 or Juan Flores at 713-528-3779 or visit

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Universal Elite Aerospace

MBK Houston is partnering with Universal Elite Aerospace and Aviation Community Foundation to leverage the power of aviation / STEM education to inspire students youth to create flight plans for their life - in the aviation industry and beyond. While there are high paying career opportunities in the industry, historically it has not been easy for students to enter the industry due to a lack of pathway and mentoring opportunities.

For more info, please visit:

Aviation Community Foundation - Elevate 2016
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Teen and Police Service Academy (T.A.P.S.) - Summer Leadership Institute

T.A.P.S. Academy will be implementing their "Public Service Leadership Institute" in two separate sessions this summer. Participants will learn leadership, decision making skills, business etiquette, and personal assessment. They will also have the opportunity to interact with leaders from HPD, Harris County Court, NASA and other organizations.

Both held at 4920 Cullen Blvd.

  • Session I: June 5th-9th
  • Session II: June 12th-16th
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Judge in Houston Strikes Down Harris County’s Bail System

"In a 193-page ruling that followed a lengthy trial, the judge, Lee Rosenthal, said that money bail should be used for people charged with misdemeanors “only in the narrowest of cases,” and even then only when there are strong safeguards in place to ensure that defendants receive due process before being locked up."

SB4 Will Set Up Police Officers For Failure, Says HPD’s Art Acevedo

In an interview with Houston Public Media (link below), HPD Chief Art Acevedo expressed the following, "Police labor unions and police chiefs and sheriffs are very much opposed to SB4." The law would allow "police and sheriff officers to ask for people's statues when they are simply detained, not even arrested."

According to Chief Acevedo, the law would create "a higher possibility of police officers being accused of racial profiling and HPD can not tolerate racial profiling."


Wheatley/Scarborough HS Students Paint Campus Murals

Reginald Adams and Sacred Sites will be working in the targeted MBK communities to expose students (Questers) to diverse cultures, international communities, the arts and life-skills to prepare them to become global citizens. We will post periodic updates on the project here in the newsletter.

Students at Wheatley and Scarborough High Schools are leaving an artistic legacy for generations to come one paint stroke at a time. This project is made possible by the Houston Museum of African American Culture and My Brother's Keeper Houston.

Images below show Scarborough then Wheatley projects, respectively.

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Texans Together - Empower Houston Leaders Graduation

Texans Together Education Fund recently wrapped up the second cohort of their Empower Houston Leaders (EHL) program in the MBK Feeders. This cohort was comprised of parents from Katherine Smith Elementary. This amazing group of parents, grandparents and volunteers has already hosted a "Know Your Rights" workshop for parents and students in the area. They have plans to build on this effort with a series of workshops, some aimed particularly at students.
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ONE Houston: Our Students, Our City, Our Future

Thursday, May 18th, 6-8pm

1805 West Alabama Street

Houston, TX

Join ONE Houston for an end of year gathering. The event will celebrate collective wins, hold our community accountable for changes and commitments, and also provide a teach-in so that educators and community members can better understand the rights and needs of our students and families that may identify as undocumented. For more info, visit:
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Community Meeting with Mayor Sylvester Turner

Thursday, May 18th, 6-8pm

2950 Broadway Street

Houston, TX

The City of Houston, Tejano Center for Community Concerns, Raul Yzaguirre Schools for Success, NALEO Educational Fund, and Univision invite the Hispanic Community to a meeting with Mayor Turner. Attend this meeting to ask questions about immigration issues and how it affects the delivery of City services.
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Scarborough Feeder - Community Clean-Up

Saturday, May 20th, 9-11am

3615 Mangum Road

Houston, TX

MBK and various community partners will be hosting a Community Clean Up Project Saturday, May 20th. Volunteers are welcome and can sign up by emailing Francisco Garcia (
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JCS College Skate Night

Friday, June 30th, 7-10pm

3323 East Lockwood Drive

Houston, TX

Support The JCS Project and their efforts to continue providing FREE College Care Packages to our Houston youth. Come out to our JCS College Skate Night FUNDRAISER! See attached flyer and more information at

Also, be sure to sign up at to pick your 2017-2018 FREE College Care Package! They are preparing to make 500!

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Join the MBK Houston Movement

MBK Houston does not exist independent of partnership, whether in the community or through individual volunteers. We strongly encourage you to ask your business partners, colleagues, and friends to take the MBK pledge and sign up to become a MBK volunteer by clicking here or copy and paste the URL below in your web browser.


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MBK Social Media Presence

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