The Blueprint

MBK Houston Movement

Vol 1, Issue 3: October 14, 2015

"Children do not care how much you know until they know how much you care."

Jesús Treviño

On October 2nd, Jesús Treviño, an American television director of Mexican descent, visited two MBK schools, Wheatley High School and YES! Prep Northside High School, to speak to students about his writing and film making career. As a Hollywood director, Mr. Treviño has directed a number of episodes from the following television series: Bones, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Deep Space, Babylon 5, Resurrection Blvd, Crossing Jordan, Third Watch, Criminal Minds, Prison Break, ER, The O.C., Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Dawson's Creek, Chicago Hope, NYPD Blue, and seaQuest DSV. Mr. Treviño was also the featured Latino author for the Houston Public Library Librofest.

"Latinopia" is a website that Mr. Treviño put together himself that is most definitely worth checking out:

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Parent Practice Night held by Houston Area Urban League

MBK Houston has been focusing on promoting literacy this month of October. Our partners at Houston Area Urban League (HAUL) conducted parent practice night on October 8th at one of our MBK Schools, Atherton Elementary School. Each parent that attended received five free Scholastic books to enhance or begin building their home library. Houston Public Library (HPL), another one of our partners, was also there to sign families up for library cards. Great to say that they ran out of library cards by the end of the night! Family and community engagement is one of the most critical and pivotal pieces, essential to the educational success of our most valued team members (our children)!

Find Your Path Youth Career Expo

On October 7, MBK Houston participated in the City of Houston Youth Career Expo at NRG Stadium where approximately 10,000 high school juniors and seniors were present. The expo allowed all students to discover a wide variety of career opportunities available in the public and private sectors. This was a community sustainability initiative that will hopefully help us “Grow Our Own” future workforce, by providing students with a wide variety of potential career options and positive motivation. MBK Houston also used it as an opportunity for youth engagement.
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Read Across the Globe

MBK Houston is also excited to be partnering with The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation by participating in the “Help us break a Guinness World Record” event taking place on Monday, October 19, 2015. We need volunteers to serve in this exciting event, which will help inspire the love of reading and promote awareness of the importance of literacy across our city and around the world. There are 10 MBK Schools that will be taking part in “Reading Across the Globe,” so please give these schools first priority when registering and forward this event to others in your network:

  1. Kashmere Gardens Elementary
  2. McGowen Elementary
  3. Berry Elementary
  4. Scroggins Elementary
  5. Dogan Elementary
  6. Martinez Elementary
  7. Pugh Elementary
  8. Rusk School
  9. Wainwright Elementary
  10. Benbrook Elementary

We will join hundreds of other volunteers, Points of Light, Deloitte LLP, and Volunteer Houston to break the Guinness World Record for the number of children read to within a 24-hour period. The Houston Public Library and the Houston Airport System have already signed up as community partners. The current world record is 238,000 children, and the Foundation hopes to smash it by reading to 300,000 children across the globe!

Please follow the below steps to get registered to volunteer:

Click HERE or visit

1. Fields marked with “*” are required.

2. Some volunteer opportunities have age restrictions, so an accurate birth date is required.

3. Address information is used to identify volunteer opportunities near you and the phone number may be used to advise you of changes to your volunteer opportunities. You may use a home, business, or other preferred contact information.

4. The email address you provide will become your permanent log-in ID for the Connect 4 Literacy site.

5. Create password.

6. Click Submit.

For a helpful walk-through video, click

Note: Please enter “Houston Health Department” in the Place of Employment Field when you register to volunteer.

Read Across the Globe Sign Up

Click HERE

1. Locate opportunities by school name, zip code, or opportunity type.

2. Click “Sign Up.” You will see a “Success” page.

3. Check your email for confirmation.

Thank you for your service to help our children become more literate which helps our community thrive.

Area Action Team Meetings

MBK Houston would like to thank everyone again for their commitment to the Wheatley, Scarborough and Kashmere Area Action Teams. It has been a few months since the last time we met and we appreciate your patience. Along with all the Area Leads, we have established the first team meeting dates for each respective area and are excited for the work ahead!

If you were unable to attend the first Area Action Organizing Meetings back in July, you are more than welcome to attend the first Area Action Team Meeting in your area. Please note that space is only reserved for those who RSVP.

Wheatley Area Action Team Meeting #1

Tuesday, Oct. 20th, 6:30-8pm

4014 Market Street

Houston, TX

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Scarborough Area Action Team Meeting #1

Monday, Oct. 26th, 6:30-8pm

1575 Chantilly Lane

Houston, TX

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Kashmere Area Action Team Meeting #1

Wednesday, Oct. 28th, 6:30-8pm

4802 Lockwood Drive

Houston, TX

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Youth Spotlight

Tatyanna Henry

"Growing up I always wanted to do big things. It didn't matter what it was, if I had my mind set on it, that's what I was going to do. Of course not everything goes as planned, life gets in the way. The neighborhoods I grew up in were constantly plagued by numerous police cars and ambulances. No matter what day it was, you could look out your window and see the flashing lights. I joined ProUnitas Kashmere Youth Council to make sure that the future generations won't have to live in constant fear of what's going to happen when they walk out of home. I want to be the silver lining that they could never see. To let them know that not all of world has given up on him/her because of where they live, or because of who they are. It is my goal to bring today's youth closer together, because they need each other if they have nothing else."

Tatyanna is an incoming senior at Kashmere High School and is also the Treasurer of ProUnitas Youth Council.

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Please feel free to contact us if you would like to be a part of the MBK Houston Movement or if you have any additional questions.