The Houston Area Urban League is one of many national affiliates advocating for equitable education via a National Urban League project. This year HAUL will be more intentional with efforts. You have been extended an invitation to participate in Listening Sessions to address COVID 19 educational needs because of your service to and for children/youth. The Listening Sessions will focus on how your practice has been impacted, what you have experienced, and what must be done to address COVID-19 related education needs.
As we are gearing local efforts, you may be contacted to aid in local efforts. For now, you are welcome to participate in the listening sessions hosted by the National Urban League. When registering, please indicate “Houston Area Urban League” or “Houston” as affiliated organization. Please see registration below or attached flyer with QR code.
Please join us for one of our upcoming Listening Sessions. Registration is quick and easy, click here
The Power 2020 Experience with Y Teen L.I.F.E (Leadership. Inspiration. Fellowship. Education.)
August 4 – 27
Tuesdays – Thursdays 9am to 4pm
Programming will take place at the Houston Texans YMCA, 5202 Griggs Rd.
Open to Teens 12-15 years old | Spots Limited | No cost to participants
- Engage in Self Development and Empowerment Sessions
- Strengthen your learning potential while connecting with Y Teen L.I.F.E
- Participants that complete the 3-week cohort program will receive a reward to support virtual learning
Link to Register: https://bit.ly/3fTbHUZ
We are committed to keeping our participants and staff safe and healthy and the following procedures will be in place for this in-person program:
- Restricted access to childcare/camp spaces to only staff and participants
- Small group sizes with a 1:9 ratio with a significantly reduced capacity for the entire camp program
- Separate rooms for each group of young people with the same staff each day
- Multiple temperature checks and health screening each day
- Social distancing throughout the entire program
- Scheduled handwashing and access to hand sanitizer
- Staff and teens will wear face masks
- Increased cleaning and disinfecting processes throughout the day
Sharing an awesome opportunity for high school teens that are ready to make lasting change!
We have a great line-up of facilitators that will be engaging participants around mobilizing, organizing and enacting change. We also have governmental advocacy and local/state leaders joining us for a special conversation on civic engagement/advocacy.
At the end of the week, youth will be able to share their plans of action around social justice. Our goal is that any young person who is sitting at home right now wanting to be a part of the change, “leaves” the week knowing that their voice matters, that they have the ability to enact change and that there are organizations ready for their leadership.
Changemakers Virtual Experience: This virtual event is designed for young people to connect and collaborate around issues that matter to them. Changemakers provides a space for youth leaders to create plans and put them into action through grassroots organizing; topics of equity, social justice, advocacy, and inclusion are all included in the Changemakers experience.This is a virtual experience that can change the world!
July 28 – 31, 2-3:30pm each day
H-Town Fish Camp is open and free to all incoming 9th graders in the Houston area! CollegeCommunityCareer, Project Grad and the Y are teaming up for a fun virtual experience designed to support student transition into high school and learning in a virtual/autonomous environment.
Daily sessions will feature on-campus resources, mental health, time management, academic tracks and endorsements, leadership development and civic engagement. Please share with students/families in your community!
H-Town Fish Camp
Tuesday – Friday, August 11-14
2 – 3:30pm
For Parents/Guardians of children Pre-K – 12th grade, get ready for: Four Dimensions College-Career Readiness
Get ready to learn the four keys of college and career readiness to prepare your child for a successful future.
Based on the work of David Conley – “Are They Ready”
Every Monday morning from 11 am to 12 pm is the Spanish webinar where Irene Greaves serves as the interpreter for John Robinson. Every Wednesday 11 am to 12 pm is the English webinar. Greaves and Robinson have been working together for several years now, and Irene Greaves is also the author of “Lovescaping” and facilitates in English and Spanish.
Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMlcu6orTItHdawRnJ4FwlQoFFJD5Wi2-uY
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you have any technical difficulties, please contact Amanda Hampton, firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions about the program, please contact John Robinson, email@example.com.
CLIMATE CHANGE EMERGENCYCLASS SERIES: SAT. 8/1 AND 8/15 10:00AM – 11:30AM **ZOOM LIVE CLASSES – Complimentary- Reserve your ticket here.
** Plan to attend both classes to get the most out of the presentations.
CLASS 1: Sat. 8/1: Introduction to Climate Change: The Problems and the Solutions. Jim Blackburn will present an overview of the problem of climate change that will be the KEY issue facing the world in the 21st Century. Blackburn will summarize the changes in our Texas and global climate that have been forecast, and he will present a range of solutions that will redefine our current economic, agricultural and industrial models.
Presenter: Jim Blackburn is a Professor in the Practice in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Rice University, co-director of Rice University’s Severe Storm (SSPEED) Center and a Faculty Scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute where he is leading a project to development of a United States standard for storing carbon in the soil of prairies and grasslands. He is both an environmental lawyer and planner and has written two books about the Texas coast with the most recent – A Texan Plan for the Texas Coast –released in October 2017 by Texas A&M Press. Jim was selected a Rice University Alumni Laureate in 2018.
CLASS 2: Sat. 8/15: Plants and Food in a Changing Climate. This second part of the series focuses on the looming threats to the food supply and reasonable avenues for changing the trajectory explained in Class 1. Reforestation has high potential not only because forests sequester carbon in many ways, but also because they use water to cool the planet and produce more plants. Various efforts to diversify, improve, and localize our food supply are surveyed together with opportunities to support them.
Presenter: Bob Randall, PhD. Dr. Randall is a food systems anthropologist and permaculture designer with a five-decade involvement in food systems both as a researcher, educator, and activist. He helped found and direct Urban Harvest for 14 years and is a board officer of both OHBA-Organic Educators and the Permaculture Institute of North America. His best-selling 2019 book Year-Round Food Gardening for Houston and Southeast Texas explains how to adjust food plant lists and planting schedules to the ever-warming climate. Dr. Randall has been teaching about ways to reverse climate change since 1999
Outdoor and survival skills lessons
Students will become familiar with 10 essential items for surviving a back country wilderness experience. Students will understand the importance of pre-trip planning and preparation. And students will think critically to identify their 10 COVID-19 personal essentials. Access the full lesson plan here.
Resources for Educational Resources
- Houston Area Urban League (HAUL) – Listening Sessions to Address COVID-19 Educational Needs
- Houston Texans YMCA – Power 2020 Camp for Teens
- YMCA Houston – Social Justice Opportunity for High School Teens
- YMCA Houston – H-Town Fish Camp
- Houston Area Urban League (HAUL) – Four Dimensions College-Career Readiness
- Urban Harvest – Climate Change Emergency Class Series
- Houston Area Urban League
- Brentwood Community Foundation
- Sewa International Houston
- The Woods Project