The Blueprint

MBK Houston Movement

Vol 1, Issue 5: December 21, 2015

"He who opens a school door, closes a prison." - Victor Hugo

Movember Celebration

On December 2, MBK Houston closed off the month of November by hosting a celebratory event to celebrate all Houston Health Department employees who have participated in Movember to raise awareness and funds for men’s health. During Movember, men could choose to either grow a mustache or join women in committing to get active and move every day of the month, both of which are about real action for health and are done to spark conversation and raise vital funds and awareness. Since 2003, millions have joined the men’s health movement, raising more than $650 million and funding over 1,000 programs through impact investments, focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health, and physical inactivity. The Houston Health Department proudly raised $1,375 in just a month! MBK is hoping to make Movember a bigger and even better event next year for the entire Houston community!

Feel free to watch the informal discussion that was held at the celebratory event about the importance of raising awareness for men's health:

Movember - A Discussion about Men's Health
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Youth Spotlight

Giovanni Johnson

A few words from the 2015 Kashmere HS Valedictorian:

"Ever since I was younger, I always knew I wanted something different. What I mean by that is, I never wanted to be a product of my environment. All throughout high school I stayed busy with multiple organizations and having leadership roles within them. Once my senior year came around, I was so ready to graduate! I think we clocked out of school in February of 2015, that's how done I was with high school. Being accepted into the University of Texas at Austin really inspired me to want better for myself. I am a first year journalism major, and now that the semester is over, I can truly say that I enjoyed my experience! My goal was to get out of my comfort zone once I got to college, and all I can say is, I am still a work in progress. I did however meet a lot of supportive and amazing people that have made my first semester one to remember. I got involved in a few organizations and also a few fellowship groups. I am a happy to say that I have passed all of my classes for the semester and I will be returning to UT Austin for the spring semester and I will do much better than how I did my first semester!"

Giovanni says HOOK 'EM \m/

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