Northside Houston: Low income Hispanic neighborhood with a deficit in education and public safety
Southeast Houston: Low income African-American neighborhood with a deficit in education and public safety
Southwest Houston: Low income refugee neighborhood (Asia, Africa, Central America) with a deficit in education and public safety
Marshall Middle School: The mission of Marshall Middle School is to provide an exemplary education to all students that will equip them with the skills and experiences necessary to graduate from high school and be college and career ready to pursue their life-long dreams.
YES PREP Northside: Since they opened their doors in 1998, YES Prep has continuously redefined possibilities for students, families and the public education system at large. Today, with 15 schools in operation, serving 10,000 students throughout Houston, YES Prep is living proof that different outcomes are possible when students from low-income communities are given access to high-quality educational opportunities.
“Passion, Resilience, Integrity, Discipline, and Empathy, the Northside PRIDE is laser-focused on college-readiness for every student. With an emphasis on public speaking as a unique hallmark of our program, we are dedicated to developing academic and social skills within our students that propel them into positions of leadership in Houston”
M.D. Anderson Family YMCA of Greater Houston: As the one of Houston's leading nonprofits committed to helping people and our community succeed, our contributions are both far-reaching and intimate—from influencing our culture during times of profound social change to the individual support we provide an adult learning to read.
By nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving the city's health and well-being, and supporting and serving our neighbors, the Y ensures that everyone has the opportunity to become healthier, more confident, connected and secure.
As we continue to serve Houstonians, we are developing a time line of our rich history, and a snapshot of our many successes over the last 125 years on behalf of the individuals and communities we are privileged to serve.
LULAC: With approximately 132,000 members throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC is the largest and oldest Hispanic organization in the United States. LULAC advances the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating at more than 1,000 LULAC councils nationwide. The organization involves and serves all Hispanic nationality groups.
Historically, LULAC has focused heavily on education, civil rights, health, and employment for Hispanics. LULAC councils and LULAC National Educational Service Centers provide approximately a million dollars in scholarships to Hispanic students each year. LULAC Institute programs include citizenship and voter registration drives, education and health events and programs that empower the Hispanic community at the local, state and national level.
In addition, the LULAC National Educational Service Centers (LNESC), LULAC's educational arm, provides educational programming to disadvantaged youth which impacts more than 18,000 Hispanic students per year at fourteen regional centers throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. SER Jobs for Progress, LULAC's employment arm, provides job skills and literacy training to the Hispanic community through more than forty-eight employment training centers located throughout the United States. The LULAC Corporate Alliance, an advisory board of Fortune 500 companies, fosters stronger partnerships between Corporate America and the Hispanic community.
Go Neighborhoods: The vision for the GO Neighborhoods program is that neighborhoods are truly Sustainable Communities, good places to live, do business, work and raise families.
The Near Northside was selected as one of two Pilot GO Neighborhoods communities. We have gone through a yearlong process of neighborhood engagement, planning and implementing “early action projects”, which lead to the creation of our Quality of Life Agreement; a document that encapsulates our vision for the community and helps guide our work. This program is a collaborative and inclusive effort to use the strengths of a communityin creating effective partnerships and creative problem solving.
PAIR: PAIR's mission is to empower refugee youth to navigate American society, reach their academic potential, and become community leaders. We achieve our mission through a variety of educational mentoring programs. In achieving its mission, PAIR also provides a substantial benefit to its volunteers who increase their leadership and communication skills and their understanding of diverse cultures. By developing the potential within each student, Houston's refugee youth will become positively adjusted, self-sufficient, engaged members of our community.
At the core of PAIR's efforts is the resolution to bridge the educational gap and foster economic mobility. For many of our students, arrival in the U.S. has created the new and unexpected possibility of receiving secondary education and higher education. PAIR's work aims to assist refugee youth in taking full advantage of this opportunity and to allow these motivated students to pursue an educational path that will further improve the quality of life for themselves and their families.
YMCA International: The YMCA was created by young people trying to navigate their way in a new city, far from family, friends, and a familiar way of life. Welcoming and engaging newcomers has remained an important part of the YMCA movement, with Y’s around the world providing individuals and families the integration support they need to better transition into their new communities.
YMCA International Services is a unique center of the YMCA of Greater Houston that delivers client-centered programs to refugees, immigrants and other vulnerable populations to advance their economic independence, social integration and civic participation. The YMCA helps newcomers restore hope, build stability, create opportunity and change futures. YMCA International Services is continuously recognized as a leader in the Houston immigrant community.
Lee High School: Lee serves a diverse student population from over 70 different countries where students speak over 40 different languages. Lee High School feels that the diversity at the school adds to the student's educational experiences, where we are also strongly committed to academic excellence. As part of the Apollo 20 program, we engage students in rigorous curriculum with varied learning experiences. This enables them to become critical thinkers, problem solvers, researchers, effective communicators, and lifelong learners.
Lee High School exists to create the foundation which empowers students to become responsible citizens ready for higher education and life-long success within the workforce. Lee High School strives to become the standard of excellence at the district, state, and national level that provides students exemplary education through challenging curricula delivered by exceptional teachers in a safe and productive learning environment.
Neighborhood Centers: Neighborhood Centers Inc. brings resources, education, and connection to emerging neighborhoods.
Over the past two years, our client impact has increased by 40%. In 2012 we impacted more than 340,000 individuals, and last year we reached 528,000. Demand for our services increases year after year as word spread throughout the community that we are committed to working with our neighbors and supporting their efforts to attain self-sufficiency. Our neighbors trust our name and know we are committed to their success. We have made a significant impact in this city, such as:
Southeast Houston Transformation Alliance: Over the past two years, our client impact has increased by 40%. In 2012 we impacted more than 340,000 individuals, and last year we reached 528,000. Demand for our services increases year after year as word spread throughout the community that we are committed to working with our neighbors and supporting their efforts to attain self-sufficiency. Our neighbors trust our name and know we are committed to their success. We have made a significant impact in this city, such as:
Agape Development: Agape Development is a nonprofit organization that serves the OST/South Union neighborhood with a variety of programs designed to strengthen the fabric of the neighborhood. These range in variety from clubs for children and teens to GED classes and financial education for adults. Some of these programs are seasonal, like our retreats, and others are fixed.
The Printing Museum: The mission of the Museum is to promote, preserve, and share the knowledge of printed communication and art as the greatest contributors to the development of the civilized world and the continuing advancement of freedom and literacy.
The Museum of Printing History was founded in 1979 by Raoul Beasley, Vernon P. Hearn, Don Piercy, and J. V. Burnham, four printers with passions for preserving their vast collections and sharing them with the community. The Museum was chartered in 1981 and had its official opening in 1982 with Dr. Hans Halaby, Director of the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, Germany, cutting the ribbon. In 2012, the Museum rebranded as The Printing Museum.
Change Happens: Change Happens is a non-profit, community-based organization that provides a variety of programs reflecting their mission to empower people to help themselves. Change Happens provides after-school and summer programs for youth ages 6 to 17 in Houston's Third Ward and Acres Home. Data indicates that youth participating in the after school and summer program enter the program with multiple risk factors, including: neighborhood/community (economically poor, criminal subculture); peer (associating with deviant peers, poor relationship skills, low association with pro-social peers); family (single parent households, parental difficulties, e.g. drug abuse, ineffective discipline and supervision, lack of family support); school (poor academic performance, disciplinary problems); and individual (poor problem solving skills, alcohol and other drug abuse).