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"Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think."

-Martin Luther King Jr.

In Memoriam of Councilman Larry Vincent Green

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Council Member of District K

Houston, TX


Sworn into office in January 2012, Council Member Larry V. Green is the Council Member of the newly formed District known as “K”. District K serves from the edge of the Texas Medical Center to the portion of Houston within Fort Bend County. The District also includes the Reliant/ Astrodome Complex, two management districts, and two school districts—Houston ISD and Fort Bend ISD.

Engaged in private practice of law for 21 years, Council Member Green has been responsible for all matters relative to a general practice. During, his first term on Houston City Council, Council Member Green has brought over 20 million dollars’ worth of economic development projects to District K including but not limited to a Houston Police Department station, neighborhood street reconstruction and repair projects, a senior citizen center in Fort Bend Houston and has brought a Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) for the Hiram Clarke and Fort Bend Houston Area. Additionally, Council Member Green led the efforts to increase the MWBE / SBE participation goals from 22 percent to 34 percent. The Council Member also insured that women owned businesses were included back into the city’s affirmative action contracting program.

Exemplary and perfection are two characteristics that defined Larry's standards. He was always immaculately dressed - even in his casual swag. Larry did not meet a stranger, and everyone he touched could share a testimony of how he impacted their lives. As a leader, he had the highest of expectations and would not settle for mediocrity. A savvy business, he knew he couldn't accomplish his work alone and was grateful to his staff for helping him realize his vision from conception to execution.

In The News & Updates

Obama Foundation Spotlights MBK Houston!

My Brother's Keeper Houston was highlighted in the Obama Foundation Newsletter on March 28, 2018, celebrating four (4) years of service since the MBK national community challenge. With over 200 MBK jurisdictions across all 50 states, MBK Houston is humbled by the spotlight and are working collectively to advance opportunities for youth, families, and communities to support Sylvester Turner, Mayor of Houston mission to build a city of CHAMPIONS!

NY Times: New Study Shows Black Boys Fall Behind Regardless of Family Income

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City Council Approves & Supports MBK Houston Programs and Services!

MBK Executive Leadership Team

Where are Harvey Relief Funds Going?

HoustonRecovers: Mayor & county judge: 4th round of flood relief grants is largest ever at $42.3 million. "The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund is disbursing $42.3 million to 27 carefully vetted, local nonprofit organizations to provide additional aid and services to Hurricane Harvey flood victims in the Houston area. Since August, the fund has supported 123 local nonprofit organizations that are focused on providing a wide-variety of support to those who were affected by Hurricane Harvey. Grants complement federal and state funds, and the work of volunteers, to provide flood victims with much needed financial, health, legal and other support."

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Building a Community of Practice

YABC Launched in Gulfton and Acres Home

"Civic engagement and developing youth leaders is an important identified goal in the Complete Communities Action Plan for the Acres Home and Gulfton communities. To help implement this project, the City of Houston Health Department, My Brother’s Keeper and the Houston Health Foundation have partnered together to create the Y-ABC.

The Y-ABC (Young Adults Building Communities) is a free program designed to empower young people (18-30 years of age) through training and experiential learning to become a voice for positive changes in their community. The program includes training on effective communication strategies, connecting to your elected officials, increasing awareness of available resources, skills in coalition building within and outside your community and health literacy. There will also be an opportunity to apply for mini-grants for community improvement projects. Sign up to register for Acres Home [or] Gulfton [and find] more information on the program."

-Planning & Development Department

One Seed One Block Success

The University of Houston Black Student Union Members joined together on Saturday, March 3, 2018 MLK Community Center to demonstrate how to plant seed potatoes in garden containers. These freshly planted vegetables were handed out to the 3rd Ward Community to create a stable food resource. This is the first milestone in an effort to build fertile pathways in communities with limited resources!

The Tylor Kelly Story

Tylor Kelly started working with the City of Houston Health Department at the age of 17 years old and his admiration in life was to graduate and to join the Air Force. Tylor Kelly started working with the City of Houston Health Department summer 2017 as a summer intern. From the time Tylor was interviewed he expressed how much he like working outside and that he enjoyed gardening and stated how he assisted with maintaining his very around flowerbeds at his house. Tylor job responsibilities at the time was to maintain our city gardens by watering, planting our vegetables and provided training to Houston Health Department employees as well as his peers in Mayor Turner’s Hire Houston Youth Summer Jobs Program on how to maintain healthy gardens.

Tylor said he loves experimenting in agriculture and learning new things daily. Tylor has been working closely with Mr. Joe Icet the City of Houston Heath Department Master Gardener who has been mentoring Tylor in the agriculture aspects of building and maintaining gardens, planting, and networking with community partners. Tylor said, “it is a blessing to currently still be working with Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health under the guidance of our Bureau Chief Noel Pinnock My Brother’s Keeper.”

International Women's Day

First Lady Michelle Obama: "For me, education meant freedom and empowerment; the chance to fulfill my potential and make my voice heard in the world. And it breaks my heart that today, there are millions of girls across the globe who don't have the chance to attend school. We know the kind of impact educating girls can have -- not just for them and their families, but for their communities and their countries as well. Girls who go to school marry later, have lower rates of infant and maternal mortality, are more likely to immunize their children, and are less likely to contract malaria and HIV. Girls who are educated also earn higher salaries -- 10 to 20 percent more for each additional year of secondary school. And sending more girls to school and into the workforce can boost an entire country's economy. That's why, as First Lady, I started an initiative to help more girls worldwide attend school, and before I left the White House, I committed to working on this issue for the rest of my life."

Will you join us in creating opportunities for girls around the world?

Black History Month Recap

In case you missed it last month, our Houston Health Department worked together to create a beautiful program that helped to bring back the history and culture to commemorate the month! Check out the videos below:

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-->Watch the Black History Program Slideshow

My Brother's Keeper Milestone Snapshots

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Houston Basics: Read & Discuss

To view more Houston Basic videos click here.
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National Read Aloud Month

Does reading aloud really matter? YES! More than one in three children arrive at kindergarten without the skills necessary for lifetime reading. Research shows that reading aloud is the single most important thing you can do to help a child prepare for reading and learning. Here are some key reasons to Read Aloud:

  • Language Development
  • Instill a Love of Reading
  • Knowledge Gained and Shared
  • Literacy Skill Building
  • Brain Development
  • Bonding

Check out the full infographic here to see the some statistics and share with someone to let them know that 15 minutes is enough to make a difference!

Interested in finding ways that you, your family, or your company can give back to the community around you? The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation's volunteer platform opens doors for you to many different service opportunities that contribute to the literacy cause. Find one below and sign up to volunteer today!
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K Smith Elementary Sw2ag Fest feat. Paul Wall

On February 28, 2018, MBK Houston partnered with K.Smith Elementary School to host a college/job fair. Students had the opportunity to meet professionals in a wide range of careers. Houston legend Paul Wall made a surprise appearance. He talked about his keys to success and the importance of getting an education to the whole school which includes kindergarten through 5th grade students.

Momentum Schools Lunch and Learn Series

On February 23 the Center for Healthcare Professionals hosted their Lunch and Learn series with our Momentum School students at the Acres Homes MSC and the Sunnyside MSC. We had about 20 students attended from both locations. This series allows the students to learn more about healthcare careers once they graduate from the Momentum Schools and bridging the connection with Center for Healthcare Professionals and Momentum Schools. Other Lunch and Learn series: March 2-Denver Harbor MSC, Hiram Clark MSC, Southwest MSC, 5th Ward MSC, and 3rd Ward MSC.

Careers in Law Session

On March 1, 2018 MBK Educational Team Hosted the Careers in Law session with representatives from the Texas Young Lawyers Association for the Mickey Leland College Prep Academy 11th grade scholars and the Fleming Middle 7th and 8th grade scholars. These scholars were able to learn about the different types of lawyers, available scholarships, law schools and examples of criminal and civil cases that lawyers work on.
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FWEP's 34th Shadowing Career Day

On March 12, 2018 we hosted the 34th year of Fifth Ward Enrichment Program (FWEP) Shadowing career day at the Houston Health Department. The young men were engaged by a professional staff partner Anthony Russell with Workforce Solutions and 10 Houston Health Department (HHD) employee’s presentations. Participants were given a tour and history of each company along with its business purpose, and provided personal information highlighting the workforce and their educational and personal backgrounds.

The young men participated in team building activities and open discussions. There were about 15 young men in attendance for career day. The young men were very motivated and ask many questions to our presenters. Having career day for the young men will allow them to become responsible men and productive members of their families and community.

Photos Courtesy: Constance Carron

Youth Leadership Conference

Bureau Chief Noel A. Pinnock was the keynote speaker representing My Brother’s Keeper Houston at the Omega Psi Phi, Inc. spring Youth Leadership Conference at the University of Houston on March 24, 2018. The emphasis was to expos 100 youth to the dynamics of change and supply them with tools to help them overcome the challenges of change.

Photos Courtesy: Noel Pinnock

Young Men Empowerment Series: Rep Your College
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Mayor Sylvester Turner Shares His #MyUrbanLeagueStory

Houston Area Urban League: "In March 2018, the Houston Area Urban League (HAUL) launched a social impact campaign that highlights the contributions the organization has made to countless Houstonians over the span of 50 years through a series of social media videos. These videos represent the stories of the countless individuals who have been impacted by a HAUL service or program. This non-exhaustive list includes volunteers, community partners and leaders, employees, and clients. The Houston Area Urban League 50th Anniversary Planning Committee will highlight the videos on the My Urban League Story website, Urban League social media pages (@HouUrbanLeague) and at our 50th Anniversary Equal Opportunity Day Gala on June 16, 2018. This year, Houston's Mayor, Sylvester Turner, will serve as the Honorary Chair of Equal Opportunity Day GALA. "We are grateful for the Mayor's on-going support of the Urban League mission," said Judson Robinson, President & CEO of HAUL. "In his video, the Mayor really spoke to the value proposition that HAUL provides for those in a time of need and transition. The purpose of the 'My Urban League Story' campaign is to show the various contributions that the Urban League has had in so many people's lives over 50 years, with hopes that our supporters and beneficiaries find HAUL to be a worthy organization to give back to as well."

Summer Jobs Program

On March 8, 2018 a BYAH team member assisted students with Summer jobs program application process at Raul Yzaguirre School for Success. There were about 50 youth in attendance to submit applications before Summer jobs program submission deadline. The youth were also trained in mock interviews, job readiness prep and learn helpful tips on resume writing.

Constance Carron serves as the liaison for employment, internship, and volunteer opportunities for youth at the Houston Health Department. For questions, please contact her 832-393-4801 or email at

Photos Courtesy: Constance Carron

Obama Foundation Job Opportunities


I hope this note finds each of you doing very well! I want to be sure you know that there are many job openings at the Obama Foundation right now. They are listed below and can be found at Please review and help us spread the word! And do let me know if you know of someone extraordinary that applies. BTW, I've started the list with a few of the jobs I think everyone on this e-mail list can help us fill - diverse innovators, change-makers, experienced practitioners with deep work in under-served communities, cross-sector leaders, etc.

Best, Michael Smith, Obama Foundation

Hurricane Harvey Education Relief Program: IT Network and Cabling

This is program designed specially to serve eligible citizens affected by Hurricane Harvey. IT Networks technicians assist in the installation, setup, test, maintenance and troubleshooting of LAN and of WANs. Students will also learn network cable configurations and how to make and test network cables. For more information, call: 713.718.7641 or


March 26 – April 5 Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

HCC West Loop Campus 5601 West Loop South Houston, Texas 77081

Required Documents:

  • Financial Aid Application
  • Authorization to Work Documentation
  • Selective Service Registration

Dislocated Worker:

  • Individuals who are temporarily or permanently dislocated from work because of the covered disaster
  • Other eligible individuals who qualify as dislocated workers under WIOA
  • Receiving or eligible to receive Unemployment Benefits
  • Lay Off Letter
  • Exhausted unemployment benefits
  • Veteran discharged under honorable conditions within the last 48 months
  • Individuals who are long-term unemployed. “Long-term unemployed” is defined as unemployed and searching for employment for 10 weeks or more
  • Self-employed individuals who became unemployed or significantly underemployed because of the emergency disaster
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HCJPD New Probation Facility is Not What the Public Thinks

Bureau Chief Noel Pinnock meets with Henry Gonzales, Assistant Executive Director, and Thomas Brooks, Executive Director from the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department (HCJPD) to discuss plans for the new juvenile justice rehabilitation and educational facility, tentatively scheduled to open its doors for service in 2020. (Photo Courtesy: Noel Pinnock)

Quite opposite from public perspectives, it was revealed that the actual plans for the new juvenile justice rehabilitation and educational facility is to create a safe place for kids who end up off the straight and narrow path and to not keep them any longer than necessary.

The overarching goal for the new 133,500 sq. ft. rehabilitation and educational facility is to address the root causes as to the reasons why the kids get here. “Judicially, the decision was made to place our kids in a facility for treatment and that's what we want to offer them. Again, it's not like the adult facilities where you are doing time. That's not it…It's more of a school than a lock-up facility,” the duo stated.

The HCJPD team did their due diligence and visited two sites, one of which was in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Services Center is not your ordinary concrete and bars facility retro fitted for a juvenile population. Their center is nestled in a vibrant community and once the construction was completed, the residents loved it so much that a school-aged kid told his mom that he wanted to go there when he grew up.

Most kids who are processed in the juvenile justice system are suffering, on average, at a 2-year education deficit. The goal is to create an inviting place to make families feel more comfortable and doing what is best for the kids by providing them with the most effective treatment in an educational-centric environment so that they can complete the rehabilitation process to transition successfully back into society and achieve their life's full potential.

This is at the heart and soul of the My Brother’s Keeper mission, and we are excited to partner with HCJPD as we work collectively to reduce crime and violence and provide second chance opportunities so that our city’s most vulnerable youth can become productive citizens who contribute to our society locally, nationally, and globally.


HCJPD's Mission

The Harris County Juvenile Probation Department is committed to the protection of the public, utilizing intervention strategies that are community-based, family-oriented and least restrictive while emphasizing responsibility and accountability of both parent and child.

HCJPD's Core Values

  • We value the belief that everyone is to be treated with dignity and respect.
  • We value the belief that each person has innate worth, dignity and the capacity for positive change.
  • We value services that are ethical, effective and culturally competent.
  • We value and promote a positive image of the department, the employees and our role within the community.
  • We value an environment that promotes initiative, productivity, teamwork and professional growth.
  • We value an atmosphere which stresses tolerance and is free of discrimination.
  • We value developing collaborative efforts with judicial, legislative and community partners.

Youth Violence Prevention Workshop

BYAH successfully hosted Youth Violence Prevention Week with the help of the Houston Youth Violence Prevention Coalition partners, including Association of the Advancement of Mexican Americans, Crime Stoppers, AVDA, and Prairie View A&M University. Events were hosted throughout the week that highlighted the importance of addressing teen dating violence and youth violence from a public health perspective. The culminating event of the week, was the STOP Youth Violence Workshop that allowed local youth to attend a variety of workshops focused on parental engagement, employment opportunities, and entrepreneurship.

Artivism Community Art Supply: "Students had a chance to work on a graffiti mural with Craig C Theartist and receive valuable information about how to stay safe. As students all over the country take to the nation's capitol for #marchforourlives, My Brother's Keeper is working to engage our youth about #violenceprevention in our schools, including conversations on #gunviolence. Join us at our next workshop!

Our first Violence Prevention Workshop was informative, creative and full of energy! Don't forget the City of Houston Health Department is hosting a youth art contest between now and May 1, 2018. Young artists should submit their artwork depicting what violence prevention means to them. First place prize winner brings home $100 cash!"

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Cities United March News

Cities United is a national network of mayors focused on making sure all our children grow up in communities that are safe, healthy and hopeful. Cities United mayors are committed to reducing the homicides rate of young black men and boys by 50%, by the year 2025. Moreover, we are committed to restoring hope to these communities and building pathways to justice, employment, education, and increased opportunities for residents.

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Afro-American Police Officers' League: President Message

"I would like to thank the AAPOL members for the support and dedication to the organization. The February General Meeting was successful with attendance and participation of all events. I’m requesting that we as an organization continue to reach out to others in getting more officers to become members. In the near future, the AAPOL Board will discuss relocating our headquarters back to Griggs Rd. with the intent to make it more convenient for members to attend meetings and be more present in the community. Again, I would like to thank the members for the support, Chief Acevedo for backing AAPOL’s initiatives and Executive Chief Finner for his guidance. Let’s continue to make the African American Police Officers’ League great!"

-Eric Carr, AAPOL President

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Upcoming Events

Y2K Easter Event

Friday, March 30th, 1pm

3316 De Soto Street

Houston, TX

Karaoke, Egg hunt, Race & Raffle Hop on over! Egg Hunt starts at 1pm!

Community Garden Spring Planting

Saturday, March 31st, 9am-12pm

6400 High Star Drive

Houston, TX

HHD Joe Icet/ CPTED Paul Johnson, will team with several Youth Violence Prevention Coalition and community members to host a community Garden spring planting this Saturday March 31st at the Southwest Multi Service Center from 9:00 am to 12:00pm.

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Houston: You’re invited!

Join the Facebook for Education team on Friday, April 6 in the Houston Library to learn how Facebook products, programs, and resources can connect, inspire, and transform your work with each other or with students. This event is free and open to all educators, administrators and non-profits.

Facebook for Education Workshop

Friday, April 6th, 9am-12pm

550 McKinney Street

Houston, TX

Facebook for Education Workshop: 9AM – 11am

Networking, product and virtual reality demonstrations: 11am – Noon

More about the event


Learn how educators, administrators, and non-profits connect with each other and families across the globe in Groups and how to increase collaboration among staff members with Workplace, your professional version of Facebook. Experience virtual reality and the power to truly transform your work with students using Oculus' education virtual reality apps.


Learn how to improve your school climate with inspirED, and how to introduce students and families to the wonders of computer science through TechPrep and TechStart.


Learn about the online safety, anti-bullying, and well-being resources available in Facebook's Parent Portal.

Register For Free

NOTE: no on-site registration will be available. Register ahead of time!

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Young Men and the Power Within Boys Conference

Friday, April 13th, 7pm to Saturday, April 14th, 2pm

FountainLife Center 14083 S. Main St Houston, TX 77035

The ROCK Youth Church invites you to engage in fun and interactive workshops at The Young Men and the Power Within Boys Conference for boys ages 7-12! Our mission is to inspire young men to be positively set apart from the crowd. The program's focus includes: gentlemen like conduct, dining etiquette, business etiquette, hygiene, proper dress/attire, and developing Godly character traits.

Community Health Worker of Houston Class 2018 Graduation

Saturday, April 14th, 11am-2pm

3810 West Fuqua Street

Houston, TX

Dia De La Mujer is hosting a graduation for class of 2018 and preparing students for the rest of their program. Please come out to show your support!

Family Health Night

Thursday, April 19th, 5-6:30pm

4026 Bolin Road

Houston, TX

Benbrook Elementary in collaboration with MBK Houston is hosting a Family Health Night. MBK Houston would like to extend our invitation for your agency to join us on Thursday, April 19th, 2018 from 5 pm to 6:30 pm at Benbrook Elementary. There will be information, resources, programs, and healthy activities for the whole family. I have attached our vendor registration form to complete and submit before or by April 18th. We thank you all again for your time and dedication and we look forward having you at Benbrook Elementary on April 19th. If you have any question please don’t hesitate to contact Francisco J Garcia Jr., Community Involvement Coordinator, at 832.393.4588.

D.E.A. "Drug Take Back" Event

Saturday, April 28th, 10am-2pm

1010 West Sam Houston Parkway North

Houston, TX

On April 28, 2018 CoSAP (Coalition of Substance Abuse Prevention) will sponsor a D.E.A. “Drug Take Back “ event at Houston Community College Spring Branch campus; this is an opportunity for people to disposed of their unused and expired medications.

This is a free event!

Love Your Jiggle & Skate!

Saturday, April 28th, 9am-12pm

1701 Highway 6

Alvin, TX

HYPE Freedom School presents an event promoting movement, friendships and memories at the Alvin Skate-N-Party 1701 TX-6. We will be a $250 sponsor for 10 girls and have giveaways for the event.


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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