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Bureau of Youth & Adolescent Health

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"During the holiday season, it's easy to forget that sometimes the best gift of all is simply the gift of time."

-Kate Klise

In Memoriam of Clyde Davis

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8th Grade Dean at Fleming Middle School

Houston, Texas


It is with deep regret the Lamar Fleming Middle School family announces that on December 9th, their beloved 8th Grade Dean, Mr. Clyde Davis passed away. The Fleming family had the esteemed pleasure of working with Dean Davis for the past 4 years. One cannot count the lives he has touched and memories that were made. He is loved and will be missed dearly.

Please view his obituary here

In Memoriam of Joshua Dale Bradley

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Former Phyllis Wheatley High School Student

Houston, Texas


"Joshua was very active at Wheatley High School, working with the Year Book Staff and was also a trainer with the Football Team. He graduated with the Class of 2017. [He] was always the jovial one in the family [and] had a way of making people laugh at the simple things in life. His smile and zest for life was a magnet that drew so many people, young and old, to love and cherish him dearly. Joshua was an active member of The Chauncy Glover Project which influenced his life greatly through mentoring. Joshua was employed at Cliff’s Grill in the Medical Center."

--> Read His Full Obituary Here

Building a Community of Practice

Sheila Jackson Lee's 23rd Annual Toys for Kids Event

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On December 16, 2017 Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health staff member Constance Carron,Tia Johnson, Christine Barron, Arnulfo Rosario and Kesha McNeil supported and participated at the Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee 23rd Annual Toys for Kids event. BYAH team assisted with interactive games, photo booth and prize give-away to 83 children and youth.

BYAH team engaged 118 parents by providing informative information, linkage with other HHD staff about services and programs HHD offers. This was a great event filled with the opportunity for the parents and children to meet Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, see stage performances, network, and rebuilding rapport with families who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Many children received Christmas gifts and it was great to see their smiles brighten up the George R. Brown Convention Hall.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star Greater Houston Website

A new website is under construction for our BBBS partner! That doesn't stop the work in connecting people to a rewarding, meaningful volunteer experience unlike any other.

You can give the invaluable gift of friendship by becoming a mentor and clicking the button below:

We Are Always Seeking Your Support!

Connect your ability, services or time to support our local campuses with the "MBK Call to Action". We are collaborating with our local feeder campuses to bring them the services in the image below.

If you would like to participate or have questions about getting involved please contact

All interested volunteers and partners must go through the HISD VIPS Process.

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My Brother's Keeper Milestone Snapshots

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To learn more about the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University click here!

Houston Basics Principle #2: Talk, Sing, Point

To view more Houston Basic videos click here.
2. MBK Houston Basics: Talk, Sing, Point

Flip Keep It Kits

Cheryl McCallum from the Children's Museum of Houston has shared with us that in addition to the Welcome Baby bags, FLIP kits have recently have been given away to families in the Museum and also through other locations; funded by the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation and Phillips 66. These FLIP give-aways also contain our Houston Basics flyer! The image below shows families receiving both the Welcome Baby and Keep It Kits at the Museum during Free Family Nights.

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According to Museum staff Kittra Hewitt, a new partnership was formed with Magnolia WIC to distribute 120 of these kits, 20 each in 5 different age ranges: infant, toddler, prek, K-1 and 2nd-3rd. The WIC sites have been great partners and the Museum staff have been very excited to work with them. Great work!

Texas Prevention and Early Intervention Presents: 2018 Parenting Tips Calendar

Order your 2018 Parenting Tips Calendar now to receive yours early in the new year! This free family resource is filled with helpful tips for parents and caregivers of children of all ages. It is available in English and Spanish. The calendar is endorsed by the Texas Pediatric Society and is a great resource for families participating in early childhood programs. Take a look for yourself here.

Nonprofit organizations and businesses that provide services to Texas families can order calendars. Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) contractors, healthcare providers, Early Childhood Intervention specialists; licensed child care centers and Head Start programs, school districts, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) offices, libraries, family service agencies are all eligible to place orders. Calendars can be ordered in multiples of 100 with a maximum order of 500. If you'd like to order more than 500 calendars, you must place multiple orders through the website. Large orders will be reviewed and approved by the Department of Family and Protective Services. For questions, contact

Place your order online!

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2018 HYPE Site Coordinator Internships


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About HYPE

HYPE Freedom School, Inc. is a non-profit organization that has been serving children and families throughout Houston for nearly 20 years. The mission of HYPE is to empower people with the knowledge they need to be successful and self-sufficient.

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About Opportunities

  • Excellent experience for careers in education, policy, psychology, cultural studies and many more
  • Premier Training
  • Directly impact youth, families and communities

Learn More!

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December 12: Equity in Education Day

Our Bureau Chief Noel Pinnock, on behalf of Mayor Sylvester Turner, presented opening remarks for the Texas Equity Summit on December 12, 2017 on which it was officially proclaimed to be Equity in Education Day!

"Houston strives to be the energy capital and desires to be a city driven by human capital and investing in people will ensure Houston's prosperity is vital. Investments of time , energy, and resources must continue to be made in education, health, employment and various other fields, which intersects to support the growth of individuals and families..."

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Young Men Empowerment Series: What's In Your Pocket?

YMES at the Mickey Leland College Prep Academy for Young Men theme this month was "What's in your pocket", which we focused on financial literacy. We had Mr. Champ Warren, managing director and wealth advisor at Merrill Lynch, as a speaker. We also had two representatives from Bank of America and 1st Convenience Bank present on checking/savings accounts, investments, credit, college experience, scholarships, and more all for the 8th-12th grade scholars. The 6th-7th grade scholars had representatives from Change Happens. They also spoke about financial literacy with interactive activities.

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Community Health Worker Certification

HHD, Dia De La Mujer, The Fountain of Praise, and Harris County Health Department have partnered to provide interested individuals between the ages of 18 to 30 scholarships to earn their Community Health Workers Certification Training. We started the training with a program overview in November at the Hiram Clarke and Acres Homes Multi Service Center. MBK Houston enrolled a total of 68 participants from the recruitment conducted within the Health Department, Acres Homes Community, Hiram Clarke Community, and through existing collaborating agencies. We will continue to provide program support and look forward to helping to foster relationships and connecting our participants with future internships and volunteer opportunities!
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Workforce Development, Internship and Volunteer Opportunities

On December 13, 2017 students that attend Houston Health Department internship program presented at Raul Yzaguirre School for Success Parent Café meeting. In attendance were parents, school personnel and siblings of the interns who presented. Currently HHD have 23 interns placed throughout various areas. The student’s presentation consists of their work experiences at HHD. Students highlighted many job responsibilities such as media and communication, budget, procurement, technology designs, immunizations temperature setting for vaccinations, and providing assistance to seniors who are receiving services Area Agency on Aging. The students were very excited to exhibited their work experience to their parents. There were 21 parents that showed support to their children.
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Hire HOUSTON Youth Reception

MBK Houston is pleased to part of the initial conversation that has shaped the Hire Houston Movement. More details to come! It was one of the youth’s testimonies that he was able to pay his family light bill during the summer because he has an opportunity Tory to be hired as well as learn how to interview and understand the power of networking as well as to save money after casting their paycheck.

Goal Met: 5,000 (2017)

Goal Set: 7,500 (2018)

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Youth Violence Coalition

We have developed a Youth Violence Coalition focused on preventing youth violence, promoting youth health, and providing youth opportunities and held three successful meetings that included local agencies and businesses that have expressed interest in aiding in the creation of employment opportunities that will address and attempt to combat, youth violence and unhealthy living. We will also include youth who will work alongside of our partners to make sure that we are effectively addressing youth concerns. We are in the final stages of completing a CPTED toolkit that will be distributed throughout Houston which will include useful information about advocacy.

Heads up! March is Youth Violence Prevention Month. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @MBKhouston to stay tuned and share anything you feel is post-worthy.

Clean Slate Cooperative Expunction

This is a summary of the Clean Slate Cooperative event held at Kashmere Multi-Service Center on Friday, November 17, 2017. There were nineteen (19) participants who went through the Clean Slate Cooperative process. Out of the nineteen participants, twelve (12) were males and seven (7) were females. There were twelve confirmed (13) exhibitors prior to the event with an additional one (1) added on the day of the event for a total of fourteen (14) exhibitors. In total there were forty-three (43) exhibitors, staff, and volunteers. One of the volunteer attorney assisting with screening was from Greenberg & Traurig.

The list of exhibitor’s include the following:

  • Beacon Law Project
  • Houston Community Re-Entry Program
  • Cabrini Center – Catholic Charities
  • Houston Health Department
  • Capital IDEA – Houston
  • Juvenile Capital Advocacy Project – UH
  • Earl Carl Institute – TSU
  • Lone Star Legal Aid
  • Goodwill Industries – Houston
  • My Brother’s Keeper – Houston
  • Harris County Budget Management
  • SER Jobs for Progress
  • Harris County Precinct One
  • WorkFaith Connection

Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a success! We will be working on the summary for our event that was held on December 1, 2017 and will keep up with updates on upcoming event dates in 2018.

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The Houston Health Department's Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health is here to serve youth, adolescents, parents, communities, and businesses in the greater Houston area.

Post Hurricane Harvey Relief Volunteer Appreciation

On Friday December 15, 2017, our MBK Community Engagement Coordinator Frank Garcia organized the Post Harvey Volunteer Appreciation Event at Clifton Middle School. Clifton's English Coach & Magnet Coordinator Tamika Bartley shared some photos and said to Frank,

"Once again we want to extend our gratefulness for thinking of our staff members and most importantly our student volunteers. They were ecstatic. We appreciate your consistent energy, dedication, and passion for Clifton Middle School. If you could share your supervisor’s contact information, we’d greatly appreciate it. Thank you greatly!"

Volunteer Spotlight: Pearl Msibi

Pearl Msibi is a new volunteer of MBK Houston and a new resident to the city of Houston. Graduating from Ferris State University with a BS degree in Healthcare Systems Administration and Western Michigan University a Masters of Public Administration, Pearl’s passion for service has been part of her career and her way of life. With over 16 years of Health care experience, she enjoys mentoring, educating and sharing her time by connecting with people from different walks of life and being part of a community focused on making a positive difference in the community.

Pearl was very proactive and reached out to us last month to offer her assistance. In the last couple of weeks that we have been working with her we can clearly see her drive and believe her when she shared her aspirations for becoming a UN Ambassador! Born and raised in Africa, she brings to our table a strong love for her culture and strives to share her experience and positive outlook with youth. She has recently found employment and still open to volunteering with us on the weekends.

Please take note that no matter where you are in life...your help and time is ALWAYS appreciated! Thank you Pearl for giving us your gift of precious TIME!

Young Adults Building Communities in Acres Home & Gulfton

The Houston Health Foundation, Youth Capacity Building Project – YABC (Young Adults Building Communities) program is a free program designed to empower young people (18-30 years of age) in the Acres Homes community through training and experimental learning to become a voice for positive changes in their community. For more information, to refer a friend, or sign up, please contact: Francisco Garcia, Y-ABC Coordinator at (Also please keep an eye out for a new Facebook Page!)

Y-ABC support the City of Houston Complete Communities Program. This project was funded by a grant from the Episcopal Health Foundation