The Blueprint

Bureau of the MBK Houston Movement & Adolescent Health

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*Feedback Requested* MBK Blueprint Newsletter Survey

This brief survey will help us collect feedback on the monthly newsletter. Please answer each open-ended question as you feel appropriate. Your input will allow us to ensure content is responsive and relevant. Link here:

MBK Houston Milestone Activity Snapshots

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MBK Houston Basics Campaign - Sneak Peek

In collaboration with a number of great partners, the Houston Basics Campaign will be launching soon. We will highlight a different video from the Houston Basics campaign each month. We are excited about the widespread dissemination of these important tips!

4. MBK Houston Basics: Explore through Movement & Play
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HYPE Freedom Schools Launch Two New Sites in Partnership with MBK Houston

MBK is proud to announce the launch of two HYPE Freedom Schools in MBK Communities. The programs, aimed at eliminating the summer learning loss and instilling a love of reading, kicked off Monday, June 19th at Wheatley High School/Finnegan Park (4900 Providence St.) and Bethany Baptist Church (7304 Homestead Rd.)

We look forward to a fun and productive summer at each of these sites. Volunteer opportunities are available. Please see the entry below for more info.

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*Volunteer Opportunity* Be a Guest Reader at HYPE Freedom Schools Harambee!

Volunteer readers are crucial in showing Freedom School scholars diversity and leadership in our community, as well as a shared love for reading and learning. Your passion, excitement and simple love of a good book have the power to spark a child's imagination and propel their journey to success.

Harambee At A Glance:

  • HYPE Freedom School 2017: June 19-July 28
  • Harambee readers are needed weekday mornings starting at 8:45 am
  • Participants in Freedom School, called "scholars," are Kindergarten - 8th graders
  • Bring your own book or read one of ours!

Sign up to volunteer here:

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MBK Youth Council Graduation - 2017 Cohort

The 2017 MBK Youth Advisory Council cohort graduated 45 high school age youth from the 5th Ward, Kashmere Gardens, and Scarborough feeder pattern on June 14, 2017. The youth engaged in a Community Health Worker curriculum, earning credit and volunteer hours toward a Community Health Worker (CHW) Certificate. MBK|YAC students earned up to 30.5 hours, on a 160-hour training, from curriculum facilitated by Gateway to Care. Once the youth turn 18, they are eligible to earn remaining hours for the certificate, and seek employment as a certified Community Health Worker.

Circle of Men - Wheatley HS

The Circle of Men, a weekly group session held at Wheatley HS, has concluded operations for the school year. About 33 boys profited from the male programming. Feedback from the young men indicated that their minds had been opened to new possibilities, especially in the areas of impulse control and anger management. Although the boys did not sign a behavioral contract to improve -behavior and grades, almost all said that they self-checked counterproductive and aggressive tendencies which resulted in improved grades, behavior and attendance. This success was partially attributed to the supportive counseling by the Circle of Men. All of the adult Facilitators stated that their lives were richer and more informed about the youth culture.

MBK Houston - Youth Hub Launch

MBK-Houston is launching its youth hub at the Fifth Ward Multi-Service Center June 20th, 2017. Youth will participate in indoor activities, field trips with Parks & Recreation Department, enjoy video games and participate in STEM-related projects. Summer hours of operation are Tuesday-Thursday from 10am-5pm. Similar youth-friendly zones will be in operation at the Denver Harbor MSC & the Sunnyside MSCs.

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Young Male Empowerment Summit - Fleming MS

On May 18, 2017 Fleming Middle School held an Empowerment Day and First Annual Girls Day for their students. The young women had a theme called “Girls on Fire: Burning to Become a Better Me”. MBK staff helped served Chick Fil A meals for the students. Sr. Counselor Tylynn Preston made custom shirts with positive quotes for the young women.

The young men held their own "C.A.R.E." Summit. Suits and ties were donated by Kappa Alpha Psi Spring/Huntsville/The Woodlands Alumni Chapter. The students also attended sessions provided by Sr. Counselor Roderick Peoples focused on professional dress and etiquette. Both events were an overwhelming success. The event concluded with basketball and musical entertainment.

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City of Houston, Volunteer Houston and Coca Cola Foundation Partner to Give Houston Youth Summer Internships with Local Non-Profits

The City of Houston and Volunteer Houston, in partnership with the Coca-Cola Foundation to provide youth paid internship opportunities. The Coca-Cola grant was awarded to Volunteer Houston who will coordinate the program to engage youth between the age of 16-24. The goal of the program is to provide summer internship opportunities for individual achievement, future employment opportunities, and college and career success, particularly for low-income students who lose access to critical supports that keep them safe, healthy and engaged during the school year.

In addition the program will provide:

  • 20 jobs created through summer internship opportunities at Houston area nonprofits
  • 20 summer internships available for at-risk high school students
  • Increase high school student awareness of career opportunities available in the nonprofit sector
  • Increase percent of community with access to care provided by nonprofits
  • Increase number of well-trained individuals entering the workforce

More info here:

*Job Opportunity* - JUMA Ventures - Assistant Enterprise Manager

MBK Houston partner Juma is hiring a part-time Assistant Enterprise Manager. Juma strives to break the cycle of poverty by paving the way to work, education, and financial capability for youth across America. Juma has grown into a nationally-recognized youth development organization serving nearly low-income young adults each year at major sporting venues. Juma has employed more than 5,000 young people who have generated $23 million in enterprise revenue, earned $5 million in wages and saved $3.2 million for higher education.

Job Details:

Reports to: Houston Enterprise Manager
Job Location: Houston, TX: Significant time spent at Toyota Center and BBVA Compass Stadium
Starting Salary: $10/hr
Classification: Part-Time Non-Exempt
Hours/Week: 25-30 Hours. Evenings and weekends required – following events schedule
Education: High School Diploma required, some college preferred
Years of Experience: Minimum 1 year of supervisory experience

For more information, please visit:

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[Video] Mayor Turner's MBK Houston ReDirect & Children of Incarcerated Parents Press Conference

Mayor Turner - MBK Houston Justice Operations Mayoral Conference (June 2, 2017)

The Houston Health Department’s My Brother’s Keeper Houston initiative, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department are teaming up to reduce crime, violence and recidivism.

My Brother’s Keeper Houston designed two programs tackling the challenges of reducing youth violence. The programs coincide with Mayor Sylvester Turner’s proclamation of June 2 as National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

MBK Houston and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office will assist children whose parents are incarcerated through case management and care coordination. The aim is to prevent them from repeating the same or similar offenses, breaking the cycle of crime, violence and incarceration in their families. Statistics show that 70 percent of children with one incarcerated parent will one day be incarcerated and are five times more likely than their peers to commit crimes.

MBK Houston, the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department and the Harris County Juvenile Justice Center will help pre and post adjudicated youth through the ReDirect Juvenile Diversion Program. ReDirect offers boys of color intensive case management, cognitive behavioral life skills training, mentoring and restorative justice practices designed to reduce recidivism.

Crime Prevention Workshop

The Houston Health Department (HHD) Director’s Office Bureau of My Brother’s Keeper Houston & Adolescent Health hosted The Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) Training workshop. The National Institute of Crime Prevention facilitated the week-long workshop June 5th through 9th at Trinity Gardens Church of Christ. The participants included HHD staff and representatives from a number of community-based organizations. The 5 training covered CPTED principles, hands-on community training, and an exam which allowed the participants to receive a Certificate of Completion (40 hours) in Basic CPTED.

Forthcoming is a Youth Enrichment CPTED Training scheduled for July 18th- July 20th. The purpose of this program is to empower youth to help reduce and hopefully prevent the levels of fear and probability of crime in neighborhoods and business areas, while developing a sense of pride and ownership in their communities. Our goal is to inspire youth to champion the effort to create and promote safe neighborhoods.


Code Changes Give Houston ISD Educators More Discretion in Disciplinary Cases

"Under the newly approved student code of conduct, students accused of first-time drug or alcohol offenses would be offered substance abuse and awareness classes, as well as community-based interventions, as alternatives to being sent to a disciplinary alternative school."

MBK Houston Street Marketing Kicked off at Mayor Turner's Juneteenth Parade - Celebration of Emancipation

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JCS College Skate Night

Friday, June 30th, 7-10pm

3323 East Lockwood Drive

Houston, TX

Support The JCS Project and their efforts to continue providing FREE College Care Packages to our Houston youth. Come out to our JCS College Skate Night FUNDRAISER! See attached flyer and more information at

Also, be sure to sign up at to pick your 2017-2018 FREE College Care Package! They are preparing to make 500!

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The Wade Smith Foundation Presents: Smitty's Day at the Park

Saturday, July 8th, 8am-3pm

3801 Eastside Street

Houston, TX

The Wade Smith Foundation and its programs are geared towards encouraging elementary school aged kids to enjoy the awesomeness of reading books! We also provide them with opportunities to learn in a fun and exciting way. This camp is a collaboration of multiple like-minded entities that are committed to giving Houston-area youth every chance to live out their dreams and become successful later in life.

Register here:

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Join the MBK Houston Movement

MBK Houston does not exist independent of partnership, whether in the community or through individual volunteers. We strongly encourage you to ask your business partners, colleagues, and friends to take the MBK pledge and sign up to become a MBK volunteer by clicking here or copy and paste the URL below in your web browser.


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MBK Social Media Presence

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