Our youth, particularly youth of color, face enormous challenges every day. Data indicates that on almost all indicators, boys and men of color lag far behind the rest of our population. The gaps between boys and young men of color and the rest of the population are stark and are seen in education, earnings, health, employment, neighborhood safety, workforce development and encounters with the law enforcement and justice system.
MBK Houston is an ambitious undertaking for our city. Improving future outcomes for our youth and children also means a better quality of life for all Houstonians. This translates to better economic conditions for families, access to quality education for all children and youth, improved health outcomes, a well-trained workforce, greater access to resources, safer neighborhoods, and a host of other factors. As leaders and decision makers and in our community, we need your help and support.
The Houston Health Department serves as the backbone organization of MBK to leverage the expertise of nonprofits, agencies, educational institutions and other partners to coalesce around strategies and evidence-based methodologies and programs seeking to increase opportunities and close disparity gaps that persist in our communities.
MBK aims to turn around lives and create more opportunities youth across the city. Since the resources needed to reach this goal extends beyond the scope of any singular entity; we are working with non-profit, public and private sector organizations, as well as volunteers, to collectively support our youth.
MBK Houston welcomes you to get involved! The community support network consists of community residents, volunteers, parents, youth, multi-faceted organizations, civic groups, and others who support improving outcomes for Houston's youth. Join MBK and make a difference through volunteerism, community planning, advocacy, outreach and education, and resource development.
Mayor Turner - MBK Houston Justice Operations Conference
The Houston Health Department's initiative My Brother's Keeper Houston, the Harris County Sheriff's Office and the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department are teaming up to reduce crime, violence and recidivism.
The Out 2 Learn Network researches and curates quality out-of-school-time programs that serve youth from ages 5 to 18, kindergarten through high school. Finding the right program for your child is easier than ever. Browse the menu of programs and activities right here, both by age and by interest. The Out 2 Learn Network is committed to increasing access so that all youth in the greater Houston area can take advantage of what these outstanding programs provide. Use this site and our program tool to find developmental opportunities for your child(ren).
To combat food insecurity and promote parental involvement in their children's school, MBK Houston has partnered with the Houston Food Bank to launch the Food for Change Scholarship Pantry at the 5th Ward MSC.
Through this unique program, students and their families within the Wheatley School feeder pattern receive supplemental food twice a month.
Families of students attending Wheatley High School, Fleming Middle School and Bruce Elementary School, can earn up to 60lbs of fresh fruits, vegetables and meats at no cost! Parents and guardians are encouraged to attend monthly family engagement events at their respective schools to be considered eligible.
Through the Food for Change scholarship program, MBK Houston hopes to support the Wheatley community by increasing parent-school engagement and positively impacting school community's nutrition and overall health.
For more information please contact Sharifa Charles at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 713-254-2660.
If you would like to volunteer for our upcoming events, please fill-out our application and we will be happy to include you in our efforts to help our school families.
Civic engagement and developing youth leaders is an important identified goal in the Complete Communities Action Plan for the Acres Home and Gulfton communities. To help implement this project, the City of Houston Health Department, My Brother's Keeper and the Houston Health Foundation have partnered together to create the Y-ABC.
The Y-ABC (Young Adults Building Communities) 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 includes training on effective communication strategies, connecting to your elected officials, increasing awareness of available resources, skills in coalition building within and outside your community and health literacy. There will also be an opportunity to apply for mini-grants for community improvement projects. Sign up to register for Acres Home, Gulfton, or visit Y-ABC for more information on the program.
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