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MBK Alliance Merges with Obama Foundation

My Brother's Keeper, a White House initiative that branched off in 2015 as a nonprofit organization known as MBK Alliance, will merge with the Obama Foundation!


The initiative was run by Michael Smith who is now the acting director of the MBK Alliance and also works on Youth Opportunity Programs for the Obama Foundation. With this overlap in work it made sense to "fold MBK into the Obama Foundation."


This merger is in resemblance to our very own merger between MBK Houston and the Office of Youth and Adolescent Health (4YouthVoice) which is now known as the Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health (BYAH).


Read more on the Obama / MBK Merger →

HISD Harvey Hub

Houston Independent School District has created a dedicated page that serves as a resource guide for HISD families affected by Hurricane Harvey. You can find regularly information such as:



  • Class Start Dates
  • Donation Sites
  • Campus Relocations
  • Family Assistance



Go to HISD Harvey →

Milestone Activity Snapshots

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The Houston Basics

The Houston Basics are five fun, simple and powerful ways to help all our children become the happiest and most successful they can be.


  1. Maximize Love, Manage Stress
  2. Talk, Sing, Point
  3. Count, Group, & Compare
  4. Explore through Movement & Play
  5. Read & Discuss


80% of brain growth happens in the first three years after birth. That's why the Houston Basics Campaign is working to make sure that every parent and caregiver knows what they can do to make the most of this opportunity to give the infants and toddlers they love a great start in life. Please help spread the word be sharing our Houston Basics YouTube series!


Help Spread the Word →

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HYPE Freedom School Powered by MBK Houston

This past summer we provided a unique opportunity for more than 100 children in south Houston as they attended the HYPE Freedom School (HFS) Program, designed by the Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools' model aimed at combating "summer slide" and accelerating academic achievement.

Engaging literacy-based activities are centered on five essential components:


  1. High quality academic enrichment
  2. Parent and family involvement
  3. Civic engagement and social action
  4. Inter-generational leadership development
  5. Nutrition, health and mental health


"At Hype, scholars are able to gain an appreciation and love for learning so they can return to school prepared and motivated to always do their best,"says Brandi Brown, executive director for HYPE Freedom Schools, Inc. According to the Children's Defense Fund National Assessment, children who participated in the 2015 HYPE program improved their reading level by an average of seven months during the six-week period!


"We are proud to provide financial support to HYPE Freedom Schools, Inc., to ensure that children have access to high-quality summer learning programs that are centered on strong reading skill-building," Kristi Rangel, Public Health Education Chief, Houston Health Department


These HYPE Freedom school programs happen all over the Houston Metropolitan area and will be back! Be sure to keep this program in mind when the next summer rolls around!


Watch HYPE Summer 2017 on YouTube→

HISD: VIPS Volunteers Needed

Since the launch of Read Houston Read in 2014, the literacy program has paired volunteers with district first-graders to share a book. For one hour once a week, volunteers help bolster student confidence and encourage a love of reading.


Please take a few minutes to sign up as a Read Houston Read volunteer! You can choose to be an in-person volunteer working with two students for an hour each week or become an online volunteer and spend 30 minutes on a computer working with one student.


If you have friends or family who might be interested in volunteering, encourage them to volunteer as well. One hour, once a week, can change someone's life!


Become a VIPS Volunteer→

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NASA HEAT SHIELD Powered by MBK Houston

This NASA Engineering Design Challenge provides an opportunity to assess students' development of critical thinking skills in a context in which these skills are applied throughout the task. Students are often asked to perform critical thinking tasks only after they have mastered such lower-level thinking skills as making simple inferences, organizing, and ranking.


In this learning activity, various levels of thinking skills are integrated. The following rubric is designed to assist you in assessing students' mastery of thinking skills.

This is another opportunity for students to hone their critical and application skills so that they are more prepared to graduate high school, prepared for college and skills.


Watch the NASA HEAT SHIELD on YouTube→

8 Things To Know About DACA

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DACA Renewal Walk-Ins

FREE legal help – No appointment required


September 7th – October 2nd

713.273.3707


Baker Ripley (6500 Rookin Street, Houston, TX 77074)

Monday – Friday

9:30AM – 4:30PM


Ripley House (4410 Navigation Blvd, Houston, TX 77011)

Leonel Castillo (2101 South St., Houston, Texas 77009)

Tuesday and Thursday

9:30AM – 4:30PM


PLEASE BRING THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS:

1) Current DACA work permit

2) Current mailing address where you can safely receive mail for next 6 months

3) Previous DACA approval notices (if available)

4) Copy of previous DACA application (if available)

5) If you traveled, proof of advance parole and all travel-related documents (such as passport)

6) If you have EVER been arrested, you must bring copy of arrest/court records

7) 2 passport photos

8) $495 money order

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Free October SAT Registration & Fees

The College Board will offer a free October SAT registration, and a CSS Profile fee waiver to students affected by Hurricane Harvey and in an area designated by FEMA.


  • Students who are registered for the October SAT should call Customer Service (866.756.7346) to receive a refund of registration and late fee before September 27
  • For CSS Profile fee waiver, students must go to cssprofile.org, complete their application, and the system will automatically apply eligibility rules. Contact CSS Customer Service at 844.202.0524


The Houston Public Library will continue to update their page with information about additional supports.


Read the full announcement and list of counties →

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Houston Workforce Development: #MillenialMonday

Young Invincibles invited MBK Houston, Project Grad, Wesley and folks at HCC to participate in a hour long live Twitter chat that involved answering 9 questions related to workforce development for millenials. Young Invincibles Southern Partnerships Manager Aurora Harris reported we had:


  • 33 USERS
  • 136 TWEETS
  • 99,387 REACH
  • 1,017,954 IMPRESSIONS


Check out some #MillenialMonday highlights →

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CDC: Youth Violence Prevention Training & Technical Assistance Initiative (YVP TTA)

The STRYVE (Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere) grant has allowed Houston to engage in YVP (Youth Violence Prevention) since 2011. In 2014 those efforts were expanded through MBK who "continues the STRYVE work and adds a strong evaluation component. Because of the national attention and funding associated with it, MBK has elevated recognition for YVP efforts in Houston.

[MBK's Milestone 6] engages multisector leadership in YVP through a collective impact framework that includes a common agenda, shared measurements, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication, and backbone support. Aaron Cano, lead for the YVP TTA Initiative in the HHD Director's office, also serves as a lead for Milestone 6 and as liason between Milestone 5."


The Youth Violence Prevention TTA Center staff will give support and technical assistance to our Youth Justice Council this year!


Read the full CDC report →

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)

CPTED is a multi-disciplinary approach to deterring criminal behavior through environmental design. The principles of design affect elements of the urbanized, built environment ranging from the small-scale (such as the strategic use of shrubbery and other vegetation) to the overarching, including building form of an entire urban neighborhood and the amount of opportunity for "eyes on the street."



What is the secret to CPTED?


Design that eliminates or reduces criminal behavior and at the same time encourages people to"keep an eye out" for each other. These are just a few of the ingredients that go into creating an effective CPTED environment which is conducive to a safer more livable community.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbN-ocUAp_I&feature=youtu.be

Houston Coalition Against Hate (HCAH)

On August 16, 2017 MBK Houston joined the Houston Coalition Against Hate and many other communities around the country in condemning the message of white supremacist groups during the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the violence that was engendered.


We join the many voices around the nation in denouncing the hatred we saw on display, recognizing that this tragedy is not an isolated incident, but rather the manifestation of centuries of systemic violence, racism, and anti-semitism in this country. We send our condolences to the families of Heather Heyer, Jay Cullen and Berke M Bares, and we hold in our hearts those who were injured while standing up to injustice.

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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.