Bureau of Youth & Adolescent Health
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MBK Alliance to Become the Initiative of the Obama Foundation
-By Anne Branigin, News Fellow for The Root
"By joining forces, MBK Alliance and the Obama Foundation will be better equipped to meet the goal so fundamental to the lifelong vision of President Obama - an America where all children can reach their full potential no matter who they are or where they come from."
-MBK Alliance Newsletter October 2017
My Brother's Keeper Forges ahead with Obama and Despite Trump
Johnson talks more about his work at MBKA and how much young people miss the Obamas. “Sometimes we just have to work hard, not twice as hard, but work real hard and demonstrate our intellect and to be bold,” Johnson said.
Obama Foundation Summit
You can be a part of the Obama Foundation Summit Oct 31-Nov 1 from anywhere. Sign up to get the latest updates, live stream schedule, and opportunities to participate virtually as soon as they are announced.
Harlem Children's Zone in Support of Houston Basics
Deputy Director Judy Harris, Assistant Director Decrecia Limbrick, representatives from the Houston Children’s Museum and University of Houston participated in the Harlem Children’s Zone practitioners institute with hopes to implement early childhood strategy that support Houston Basics throughout MBK Houston collective impact collaboration and continuum of care model.
Pre-K is 'The Most Important Year'
- Teach children to learn to be learners, how to be curious, how things work, and find answers to problems
- Hands-on experiences and opportunities for children to learn about things that apply to their lives
- Engage children in rich conversations and ask open-ended questions, what they think and what they want to know
- Focus on things like self-control and behavior in class (how to wait your turn, share, deal with frustration and how to solve conflict.
Article Author Claudio Sanchez was able to gather some answers from Bouffard with questions that addressed dangers of "shaming kids to improve", getting away from "passive learning", letting children "construct their own learning", play versus academics and more.
Wainwright Reading MENtors
Through Jordan's Eyes
"Walking Through Education" Festival
MBK Houston Youth supporting Councilmember’s Jerry Davis Backpack District B Fall Festival, themed Walking through Education, on Saturday October 21, 2017 at the Kashmere Multi-service Center.
Momentum Academy Student Garden
Supporting the System of Care Practice in Schools
At Ron Brown College Preparatory High School in Washington, D.C. the students are treated like KINGS; all assumptions and stereotypes aside. In lieu of suspensions Ron Brown uses "Restorative Justice" instead. It is just one of many things that differentiate this new boys only public school. "The narrative says too many young black men are below-average readers. They'er suspended from school at above-average rates and less likely to graduate than any other group" Ron Brown College Prep is determined to make radical changes to that narrative in an effort to take in young boys and let them leave as men.
SW2AG Fest College Fairs at Wheatley HS and Sam Houston HS
Path Finder's Presentations
On October 12, 2017 Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health hosted presentations for Houston Pathfinders Immersion Initiative program. Each year BYAH invite several HHD staff to present on the overview of different Division's to speak on program services and credentials that's needed for the students field of choice. The purpose of Houston Pathfinders is to introduce high school seniors to municipal career opportunities. This initiatives have exposed over 11,100 youth to the world of municipal careers .In attendance were 25 seniors from Austin High School. BYAH appreciate HHD presenters Omar Salgado, Raul Castillo, Rhea Olegario, Whitney Harris, Meagan Canon, Thomas Johnson, Kellen Sweny, Christine Barron, and Don Shu.
Youth Violence Prevention Coalition
Houston Health Department will partner with local housing complexes, small businesses, schools, nonprofits, community based organizations, government agencies, mental health, facilities Parks and Recreation, City of Houston, Houston Police Department, HISD, etc. to address the needs of Crime Prevention through Environmental Design(CPTED), as well as Youth dating violence and teen violence. We will partner with Teen and Police Service Academy (T.A.P.S.) and Fourth “R”, to speak to youth within our high incident areas about TDV and YV. A condensed version of the CPTED youth training curriculum will be integrated into the programming, which will include three hours of instruction and a final service learning project that coincides with existing service project dates for T.A.P.S. and Fourth R schools. During these sessions both an attitudinal and a Pre-and Post-surveys will be administered. The service learning projects will allow youth to work in concert with the Houston Police Department and our Youth Violence Prevention Coalition Partners (YVPCP).
The program will address individual, family, peer and social, as well as community risk factors specifically in the areas of history of aggressive behavior, involvement in drugs and alcohol, exposure to violence and conflict in the family. Association with delinquent peers, and lack of economic opportunities. We will also address pertinent peer and social, family, and individual protective factors that contribute to student success.
The CPTED/ T.A.P.S. Program will consist of a minimum of five cohorts of 25 middle and High School students totaling 125 students during the school year. The officer to student ratio will be one officer to six students in an eleven-week session with the CPTED, YVP, and TDV portion taking place during a three-week period. The CPTED/ Fourth “R” program will be presented during a week of the curriculum as instructed by each individual school and will consist of up to 30 students with a 15 to 20 participating in the planning and execution of the service learning project.
Youth Violence Prevention Coalition, One Saves Two initiative (1S2) is a coalition comprised of area partners and youth whose mission is to Prevent youth violence/ Teen dating violence.
Know Your (Their) Rights Workshop
The Education Team coordinated facilitation of “Know Your Rights” training for Fleming Middle School teachers and administrative staff, where Immigration attorneys provided insight to educators to increase their knowledge of immigrant rights, responsibilities and area services so that we can better serve and support students and families in their respective communities.
DA Ogg Announces Community Action Plans
Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg organized a Transition Team that is broken down into special committees who identified issues, reviewed data' and made recommendations. The Transition Team is made up of a diverse population with participants like Police Chief C. O. Bradford, MBK Community Organizer Frank Garcia and more; including small-business owners, lawyers, grass-roots activists, former law-enforcement officers, health-care providers, academic professors, and judges.
“Direct community engagement is crucial to building trust between the district attorney and the people,” Bradford said. “Harris County will be a safer place and Kim Ogg will be a better district attorney as a result of her genuinely seeking participation from the community.”
Our very own Community Organizer Frank Garcia has formed with DA Ogg as a member of the Officer Involved Shootings/Civil Rights Committee. View the original article for Community Action Plan PDFs.
MBK Houston Food Drops
Frat & Sorority Unite
Systems of Care counselor Roderick Peoples (left) invited his fraternity brother (right) to volunteer at Bruce Elementary. Our Ed team member Kesha McNeil (middle) is representing her sorority as well.
Long Lines at Clifton
Word spread fast with the help of Community Organizer Frank Garcia with his flyer passing skills and enlisting volunteer help from the school PTO. People arrived early at Clifton Middle School with lines extending into the parking lot!
The first two days of the Clifton food drop's volunteers consisted primarily of young student volunteers! Some came from a special program called Century 21 and others serving their time in detention. Little did they know all the kids were having a blast!
Frat & Sorority Unite
Long Lines at Clifton
SOC Counselor Veronica Barron (yellow shirt) working hard to stack food on the table at Bruce ES.
To control the flow of traffic they designated different days for different groups.
Ladies prepare their food drop as a drive thru service.
Mom and Children's Day Out!
Education Chief Kristi Rangel wanted to share pictures from day out for a group of moms and their children who were being housed at the now closed Greenspoint Shelter.
MBK Houston, the Mayor’s Office of Education, the Children’s Museum and Save the Children worked together to coordinate a free 1/2 day at the Children’s Museum and dinner at El Tiempo on Washington, this past Sunday, October 22nd. The families had a wonderful time and were grateful for all the 1st experiences for them all. [She] hope [the organizations] enjoy the pictures and know how awesome [their] work is. We are even more outstanding when we work together!
Disaster Assistance Info for Non-Profits and Constituents
All groups impacted by Hurricane Harvey with damage, preparation/cleanup costs and loss of income should apply to the FEMA Public Assistance Program.
"FEMA may not pay for all your losses, but is is important that ALL of your losses be documented in claims so changes to them can be considered and advocated for." Harvey Arts Recovery created an article to help those on the Facebook community by gathering claims filing information with very helpful tips such as:
- Information You Must Have To File a Claim
- Filing Your FEMA Disaster Assistance Claim
- Filing your Claim for Disaster Unemployment Assistance
- Regarding Insurance Claims
- Getting Help/Asking Questions/Completing Claims
The Harvey Arts Recovery Fund (HARF) supports the disaster recovery needs of the Greater Houston arts, culture and creative community in the 10-county region of Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, Brazoria, Galveston, Liberty, Waller, Chambers, Austin and San Jacinto. HARF was launched by a group of area nonprofits concerned about individual artists and small- to mid-sized arts and cultural organizations in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The collaborative launched a website to accept donations and provide disaster recovery resources. For more information, visit www.harveyartsrecovery.org.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy for Young Men
Tuesday, Nov. 14th, 10am
1700 Gregg St. Houston, TX 77020
You are cordially invited to the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy for Young Men
ONE Houston HISD School Board Runoff Forum
Thursday, Nov. 16th, 6-8pm
50 Waugh Drive
ONE Houston understands that an informed public is powerful. Join us for an evening with the candidates in the HISD School Board runoff election to learn about where they stand on issues directly impacting HISD students. We will be asking the candidates to commit to supporting our immigrant, refugee, undocumented students, families, and colleagues.
There are currently 19 HISD School Board Trustee candidates running in HISD Districts 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, and 9. Five out of the 6 races will likely go into runoff elections because there are more than two candidates running for each seat.
Through this public forum, we hope to secure commitments from the HISD school board candidates who - if elected - will have the power to change the current reality for kids in HISD.
Clean Slate Cooperative "Expunction/Sealing/Non-Disclosure"
Friday, Nov. 17th, 10am-2pm
4802 Lockwood Drive
Clean Slate Cooperative is a collaboration between Harris County
Precinct One Commissioner Rodney Ellis and the Earl Carl Institute’s Juvenile
Justice Project. In partnership with My Brother’s Keeper Houston, Beacon Law, Lone Star Legal Aid, Juvenile and Capital Advocacy Project at the University of Houston Law Center. Participants will obtain free legal assistance in obtaining sealing, expunction, and non-disclosure of criminal records. Life-skills, housing, and employment partners will be available to assist participants with wrap-around services.