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"A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.""

-Bob Proctor

In Memoriam of Joshua Dale Bradley

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

A Love Token was given to Ms. Joy from the MBK/BYAH family and delivered on January 23, 2018. She is going through a very tough time in her life since the passing of her son Josh. Please keep Ms. Joy and her family in your prayers!

MBK Alliance Sponsorship: Free Powerful Movie Screening!

A new film - Bilal: A New Breed of Hero - will be released February 2nd across the U.S. Our partner is offering key MBK Communities 50 tickets to advanced screenings of the film Bilal: A New Breed of Hero , which exemplifies the power one voice has to create change.

Inspired by a Truth Story, BILAL is an Ethiopian boy, with a dream of becoming a great warrior is abducted into slavery with his sister and taken to a land far away from home. Thrown into a world where greed and injustice rule all, BILAL finds the courage to raise his voice, speak truth to power and free his people. In these times, where our children are looking for stories that tell the truth of our power as a community, BILAL is the hero we need!

The screening cities, times and RSVP contact are listed below under Upcoming Events.

In The News:

Animated Film "Bilal," Inspired by Ethiopian Slave Who Became "Voice of Islam" Gets US Release

Bilal: A New Breed of Hero – Meet the Muslim action hero taking on Western cinema

Trailer & US release set for animated film 'Bilal', starring Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jacob Latimore and China Anne McClain

MBK MC Williams Fieldtrip

They've NEVER been to the Zoo?!?

MC Williams trip to the Houston Zoo in partnership with Reverend John Gibbs with over 49 middle school students who never been to the Zoo!

Happy National Mentorship Month!

#MBKTeamUp with the Houston Marathon Foundation

On January 14, 2017 MBK Houston and the Houston Health Foundation launches Team Up – an initiative that focuses on leveraging youth interest in sports to encourage students to stay actively engaged in their education by learning about the opportunities available to them in off-the-field careers in sports. The program will select participants from credible organizations working within the three MBK catchment areas of Kashmere, Scarborough and Wheatley.

“MBK Houston has been providing vital services to youth in some of Houston’s highest need communities for the last two years,” said Noel Pinnock (Bureau Chief, HHD Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health). “This partnership with the Houston Marathon Foundation is certain to assist us in incentivizing these young men through mentorship and knowledge-building to stay focused, work hard and consider pursuing a career in sports business.”

MBK Houston and the Houston Health Foundation launches the Team Up initiative with one of its first partners, the Houston Marathon Foundation. Representatives from the Marathon Foundation have already participated in two “Discovery Days” with young men from the Fifth Ward Enrichment Program. During these “Discovery Days”, high school age youth have had the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the staff responsibilities required to produce the Houston Marathon.

“The Houston Health Foundation is proud to support the MBK Initiative,” said Robin Mansur, Executive Director of the Houston Health Foundation. “The Team Up campaign is a new beginning for us to involve the Houston sports communities in the promotion of opportunities for our youth.”

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Young men from the Fifth Ward Enrichment Program gained hands-on experience in the event operations, emergency services and media relations during the Marathon Weekend. We had wonderful volunteers come out to assist with the #MBKTeamUp Cheer and Water stations and were graciously rewarded with free Houston Astros tickets from Ally, Houston Marathon Foundation Organizer. Thank you all for the fun and support!

#MBKTeamUp Discovery Day with Sugarland Skeeters

On January 25, 2018, students of Scarborough High School- XY-Zone participated in their second discovery day with the Sugarland Skeeters. Sallie Weir- Community Relations Manager presented on several community initiatives that the Skeeters participate in during their off-season such as their reading program, the launch of their apparel kiosk beside Sugarland’s city hall and so much more. Students were able to meet and take pictures with the team’s mascot “Swatson” and ask questions regarding the day-to-day operation of the organization.

Building a Community of Practice

MBK Food Pantry Launch

The first-ever MBK Houston Food Pantry was opened for service on Tuesday January 23, 2018 at the 5th Ward Multi-Service Center (MSC) to combat food insecurities and provide access to quality foods in some of Houston’s largest food deserts. In order to participate, families are required to be more active in their child’s academic endeavors and by doing so, earn up to 60 pounds of fresh fruits, vegetables, healthy snacks and meats each month at no direct costs to them. We served over 100 families and is looking to launch the 2nd Food Pantry at Kashmere Multi-Service Center on February 6, 2018. Both pantries will be open for food distributions once a month, 5th Ward (Tuesday) and Kashmere MSC (Thursday). We give a huge thanks to our partners at the Houston Food Bank and Gulf Coast Community Services Association for assisting us fill the food potholes in so many people lives.

MBK Food Pantry Buildout

Our Education Team and volunteers helped to assemble 13 racks and set-up refrigerators to store the fresh fruits, produce and meats for our first distribution!

2018 Scholar-in-Residence, Dr. Bettina Love

The Center for Critical Race Studies (CCRS) at the University of Houston—Downtown affirms the diverse identities that shape all Houstonians as individuals, communities and citizens. In an effort to educate and empower our beloved Houston, we would like to cordially welcome you to a critical consideration of the manner in which we engage and empower the multiethnic student body that attends the secondary, preparatory and collegiate institutions in the Greater Houston Metropolitan area.

We proudly present the 2018 Scholar-in-Residence, Dr. Bettina Love, an award-winning author and Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on the ways in which urban youth negotiate Hip Hop music and culture to form social, cultural, and political identities to create new and sustaining ways of thinking about urban education and inter-sectional social justice. She will visit UHD from January 30th—February 1st, 2018. See below in Upcoming Events. We encourage you to build these events into your Spring calendars, course schedules and provide extra credit opportunities to your students. Feel free to invite your colleagues, family, and friends to take part in the week-long events. In preparation for her seminars, workshops and public lecture, please read up on Dr. Bettina Love at:

1. Dr. Bettina Love
2. Get Free: Hip Hop Civics Education: The Architect of the New Civil Rights Movement
3. Hip Hop, Grit, and Academic Success: Bettina Love at TEDxUGA

In the face of the emerging challenges that face our university, our Houston community and our nation, we encourage you to mark Dr. Bettina Love’s visit on your calendar. Join us in our commitment to ensure equity and educational justice for ALL.

Y-ABC Supports Complete Communities Program

The Y-ABC (Young Adults Building Communities) program 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 is currently open to the Acres Home and Gulfton areas.

Program includes training on following areas:

  • Effective communication strategies
  • Connecting to your elected officials
  • Increasing awareness of available resources
  • Skills in coalition building within and outside your community
  • Health literacy

There will be an opportunity to apply for mini-grants for community improvement projects.

Below are Y-ABC Project photos from the meetings being held in Acres Homes and Gulfton.

For more information, to refer a friend, or sign up, please contact:

Francisco Garcia, Y-ABC Coordinator


Office: 832.393.4588 Mobile: 832.245.3898

Fall 2017 Fleming Middle School "Respect MyVoice" Recap

Program Period: October 17th – December 14th 4:00pm- 5:00pm

Start: 8 students Final: 5 students

Program Facilitator : Stacy Penright (

Program Focus:

  • Communication
  • Building Wealth
  • Building your Brand
  • Health/Wellness

After School Program Benefits:

  • FREE educational/development resources
  • Topics not typically learned in school
  • Learning to communicate well with others
  • Understanding banking basics
  • How to work well with others
  • Presenting in front of your peers
  • Understanding basic business terms

Program Recap Notes

I. Communication

a. During the course the students prepared and completed 2 Debates, topics included:

i. FB vs. Twitter/ Dogs vs. Cats/ Seafood vs. BBQ

b. Students learned how to properly debate with respect; present to peers; work on filler words; give a presentation using visual aids

II. Building Wealth

a. Entrepreneur project- each student was assigned a business they owned as CEO. The students were responsible for the following:

i. naming the business; creating a logo; advertising; collecting funds; paying payroll

III. Building Your Brand

a. We discussed ways to build and enhance your brand. As a team we discussed and practiced, social media etiquette, and classroom etiquette.

i. Raising your hand before you speak

ii. Uplifting and not laughing at one another

iii. Clapping after someone speaks

iv. Respecting someone else speaking

IV. Health/Wellness

a. We discussed how to handle stress and conflict resolution. We discussed how to handle what you can control, and techniques to alleviate stress (breathing, exercise, positive thoughts, laughing).

My Brother's Keeper Milestone Snapshots

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Houston Basics Overview

To view more Houston Basic videos click here.
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Real MEN Read at Wainwright Elementary

MBK Houston Community Involvement Coordinator Frank Garcia (right) reading to the children at Wainwright Elementary.

The Real Men Read program is still taking place and our next Reading session will be on February 1st, 2018! MENtors are always needed! Please send volunteer requests to:

Current Reading MENtors (below) doing silly poses for the camera!

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Young Men Empowerment Series: What's In Your Pocket? #2

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YMES at the Mickey Leland College Prep Academy for Young Men theme this month was "What's in your pocket Part 2". Mainly upperclassmen attended, since the information was more geared towards their very near future of going to college and learning to live on their own responsibly.

Circle of Men at Clifton Middle & Scarborough High School

Clifton is still active in the Circle of Men discussion meetings and Scarborough High School has officially started their group as well! Both groups meet every Wednesday at 1:00 pm.
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Ambassador of Compassion Program

Spencer Tillman to sponsor the Ambassador of Compassion (AOC) programs expansion at Wheatley High School. AOC is a program that links young people with a caring adult to provide them an opportunity to personally examine and experience “life-ready” principles in 15 small group discussions. WHS principal, Shirley Gillam- Rose, welcomed AOC and will officially launch the program on January 31, 2018. To learn more about AOC, visit:
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Spencer Tillman to sponsor the Ambassador of Compassion (AOC) programs expansion at Wheatley High School. AOC is a program that links young people with a caring adult to provide them an opportunity to personally examine and experience “life-ready” principles in 15 small group discussions. WHS principal, Shirley Gillam- Rose, welcomed AOC and will officially launch the program on January 31, 2018.

Learn more about AOC with the video below!

Tyler Group Follow Up

MBK Houston, Alief ISD, and Budewig Intermediate Jr Achievers Mentorship Training

MBK Houston partnered with Budewig Intermediate in Alief ISD to conduct a 6 week training with the Jr Achievers curriculum. MBK Houston mentored 2 separate classes in identifying the importance of establishing their own “Brand” through a series of lessons. The students worked on recognizing the choices they make can impact their future, Examining career clusters and the jobs they would like to explore, recognizing the four factors in choosing a job, work skills, job hunting skills, and differentiation the difference between technical skills and soft skills. At the end of the training the students were awarded with a certificate of completion for their time and commitment to the program.

Junior Achievers Program Overview:

JA It’s My Future provides practical information about preparing for the working world while still in middle school.

Following participation in the program, students will be able to:

  • Explore potential careers, discover how to plan for a job, and learn how to keep it.
  • Develop personal-branding and job-hunting tools for earning a job.
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HCC Fast Track: 100% Job Placement for Industrial Scaffold Program

The industrial Scaffold Builder program at the Houston Community College is an 80-hour fast-track training program that prepares students for the ISC certification. During the two-week program, students identify, inspect, erect, dismantle, rack and stack the most common industrial scaffolding systems including the Cup Lock, Pin Lock, Excel, and Safway systems. Upon mastery of course knowledge, skills and abilities, students will sit for the ISC certification, consisting of a knowledge-based assessment and a performance-based skills assessment, as well as earn OSHA-10 certification. Based on past experience, certification often results in entry into the industry at a higher career level than a non-skilled laborer.

Free tuition for a two-week course is offered to those who qualify. Requirements are:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Pass a drug test
  • Be an adult recipient of TANF and/or SNAP; or at be at the risk of becoming a recipient
  • Make $37,000 a year or less, with a dependent child in or out-of-the-home

For more information call: 713.718.2070

---> Learn More Here

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Disparities in Arrest and Sentencing Among 17-24 Years: Implication for Youth Empowerment

The City of Houston arrest data (2010-2016), with over 124,600 youth between the ages of 17-24 years from Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, was examined. Descriptive analyses were conducted to examine the distribution of arrests by race and zip code. Additionally, sentencing outcomes were examined by race for the given level and degree of offense.

The results indicated:

  • Rates of arrests for Black youths were nearly double the rates for others including Whites (9.3 % vs 14.6% respectively) for similar offense level and degree, higher percentage of Black youth received jail time than their counterparts.
  • Lower percentage of Black youth received probation than others. Zip code level median household income correlated inversely with rates of arrests among Black youth (r=-0.23), which was lower than that of others group (r=-0.37).

MBK Houston is expanding divesion and pre-arrest interventions aimed at reducing negative biases of law enforcements towards black youth that will prove to be useful in closing these disparity gaps. Lastly, addressing upstream factors (i.e., poverty, low education, exclusionary discipline practices, etc.) must be done collectively to ensure systemic improvements are long-lasting.

Upcoming Events

Free Movie Screening for Bilal: A New Breed of Hero (AMC Studio 30)

Monday, Jan. 29th, 7pm

2949 Dunvale Road

Houston, TX

Simply RSVP to, indicating your interest and number of tickets you'd like. Tickets will be held at the theater box office under the My Brother's Keeper's Alliance.

*We recommend ages 13+ if a youth is attending without an adult.

BILAL Movie Screenings


Date: Monday, January 29, 2018

Time: 7:30pm

Theater: AMC Sunset Place 24 (5701 Sunset Drive, Miami, FL 33143)

Washington, DC

Date: Monday, January 29

Time: 7:00pm

Theater: Regal Majestic (900 Ellsworth Dr. Silver Spring, MD 20910)


Date: Monday, January 29

Time: 7:00PM

Theater: AMC Studio 30 (2949 Dunvale Rd, Houston, TX 77063)

San Francisco

Date: Monday, January 29

Time: 7:00PM

Theater: AMC Metreon 16 (101 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94103)


Date: Monday, January 29

Time: 7:00PM

Theater: AMC NorthPark 15 (8687 N Central Expy, Dallas, TX 75225)

San Diego

Date: Monday, January 29

Time: 7:00 PM

Theater: AMC Mission Valley (1640 Camino Del Rio N , San Diego, CA 92108)


Date: Tuesday, January 30

Time: 7:00pm

Theater: AMC Boston Common (175 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111)


Date Tuesday, January 30

Time: 7:00PM EST

Theater: AMC Forum 30 (44681 Mound Rd, Sterling Heights, MIA 48314)


Date: Tuesday, January 30

Time: 7:00PM

Theater: AMC River East 21 (322 E Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60611)


Date: Tuesday, January 30

Time: 7:00PM

Theater: UA Riverview Plaza Stadium (1400 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19147)


Inspired by a Truth Story - A thousand years ago, BILAL, an Ethiopian boy, with a dream of becoming a great warrior is abducted into slavery with his sister and taken to a land far away from home. Thrown into a world where greed and injustice rule all, BILAL finds the courage to raise his voice, speak truth to power and free his people.


Engagement Guide

MBK AOC Wheatley High School Kick Off

Wednesday, Jan. 31st, 2-3pm

4801 Providence Street

Houston, TX

The AOC Program revolves around giving youth the opportunity to personally examine and "experience" life-ready principles in a small group discussion setting with other youth led by a Team Coach. Weekly Calls to Action in a personal student journal have been specifically designed to help youth discover who they are, help them develop the skills to take responsibility for their own lives, and challenge them to begin taking the actual steps necessary to start working toward achieving their goals and dreams. AOC encourages and empowers youth for a successful future and helps them discover their life's purpose. Join Spencer Tillman and Billy Dawson singing his new song Will To Win.

2018 Scholar-in-Residence, Dr. Bettina Love Seminars

Tuesday, Jan. 30th, 10:30am to Thursday, Feb. 1st, 8pm

1 South Main Street

Houston, TX

Please take time to register your participation in the following events:

Dr. Bettina Love, CCRS 2018 Scholar-in-Residence

“Hip Hop culture allows us to have complex class discussions about the contemporary everyday realities of urban youth who endure the social, economic, physiological, and psychological trauma of coping with the racial injustices of ‘post-racial’ America.”

Tuesday, January 30th

Administrator and Staff Development Seminar:

Hip Hop Culture, UHD Students and You?

Co-sponsored by University Student Affairs
Milam/ Travis Room 10:30am-12:00pm

Register to Attend

Student Activists and Community Leader Workshop

Co-sponsored by Student Affairs and the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
A300 2:00pm-4:00pm

Register to Attend

Wednesday, January 31st

Student Luncheon:

Hip Hop: Creativity & Black/Brown Joy

Co-sponsored by Center for Public Deliberation

Buffalo Bayou Room 12:30pm--2:00pm

Register to Attend

Faculty Development Seminar :

Hip Hop Civics Education: Creativity, Intersectionality & Black/Brown Joy

Co-sponsored by the Urban Education Department
Milam/Travis Room 3:00pm-4:30pm

Register to Attend

Thursday, February 1st

Faculty Development Seminar:

Hip Hop Civics Education: Creativity, Intersectionality & Black/Brown Joy

Co-sponsored by the Urban Education Department
Milam/Travis Room 10:00am-11:30pm

Register to Attend

Social Justice Engagement:

YES Prep High School--Northbrook

Raider Circle N #1. Houston, TX 77080


Critical Race Studies Annual Lecture Series:

GET FREE: Creativity, Hip Hop Civics, Intersectionality, & Black/Brown Joy

Lecture, Book Signing and Public Reception

Buffalo/Houston 6:00pm-8:00pm

Register to Attend

In The Spirit of Giving

Shopping Spree with James Harden

James Harden of the Houston Rockets takes several Bruce MBK Students on a shopping spree. The students were selected by The MBK Education and SOC team. The students arrived at noon and shopped with the basketball star in person at Target. The students had an awesome time.

THANK YOU TO MR. HARDEN for your hard work and dedication to the people of Houston. We are grateful to have you!" -Roderick Peoples, Systems of Care Counselor

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Harvey Relief Food Drop Volunteer Appreciation

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MBK Houston hosted a volunteer appreciation event for the volunteers in the Scarborough community that committed for several weeks in the setup, sorting, and distribution of food to families impacted in the Scarborough community. Clifton Middle School and Benbrook Elementary had students, teachers, and admin take the role in setting up their campuses as distribution sites with the help of the MBK Education Team and the Houston Food Bank. Both campuses worked tirelessly every week to make sure the food was unpackaged from the pallets, sorted out in sections, and then setting up in their stations to distribute the food to families in need. Both sites functioned in the distribution for 4 weeks or more twice a week to make sure families had enough food during their time of recovery. MBK Houston made sure to honor and acknowledge the service and commitment provide by the students, teachers, and admin with a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. Both campuses were provided with certificates, a small gift, and food with a presentation of the work and number of lbs. and people helped in the community.
MBK parent volunteers at Bruce Elementary were also given token of appreciation by MBK Houston. They were very helpful and continue to volunteer still long after the food drops began at Bruce. Thank you for keeping up with the great work!

SOC Counselor Roderick Peoples (middle) with parents (below)

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MBK Houston Toy Drive Giveaway with D.A. Kim Ogg

MBK Houston with the Kim Ogg District Attorney’s office, Heads Up Houston, COMET after school program, and Urban Kings shared the joy of giving by proving toys for Christmas to more than a hundred children in the Southwest part of Houston at a local apartment complex called Aberdeen apartments. The COMET program and Heads up Houston host a variety of programs in a local resource center established to help local residents have access to out of school program for both parents and children. MBK Houston along with other agencies coordinated the efforts to share the moment of giving by program children with gifts for the holidays.

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