Educational Resources 

BIPOC Arts Network and Fund, or BANF, was created to provide resources and networks that support the vibrant Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian American, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern and other communities of color of Greater Houston in fully displaying their power, values and traditions. Its goals are achieved through grant funding, advocacy, and community-building networking initiatives that revolutionize the local funding landscape, break down silos within the arts ecosystem, and welcome everyone to support and learn from BIPOC arts communities.

BANF is an independent initiative funded by the generous contributions of national and local foundations, including Houston Endowment, the Ford Foundation, The Brown Foundation, Inc., The Cullen Foundation, Kinder Foundation and The Powell Foundation.

BIPOC Arts Network and Fund Invites Applications from Houston-Area Organizations to apply for grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000, due Oct. 22, 2021.

Eligibility: Applicants must be BIPOC-founded and led nonprofit organizations with arts and cultural programming, or fiscally-sponsored artist collectives who have a proven track record of work that benefits BIPOC communities.

You can find for more information here

Boss Up! Career Exploration 2021 – Join Y Teen L.I.F.E. in partnership with YMCA Dallas Achievers in learning how to #BOSSUP. This Virtual Career Day is all about entrepreneurship, we have some amazing entrepreneurs that will share their business journey and key tips on teens can be their own boss!


FAFSA Roadshow – CLASS OF 2022 THIS IS FOR YOU! October is FAFSA month and YTL is hitting the road with our FAFSA Roadshows. We invite graduating seniors along with their parent/guardian to join us at a FAFSA Completion Event. Applying early is key, schools distribute student aid funds on a first-come, first-serve basis in order of when students complete the financial aid applications.

RSVP for a Roadshow location and submit early! Due to COVID guidelines space is limited. Register today:

The Mayor’s Back to School Fest Presented by Shell is designed to help economically disadvantaged Houston-area elementary school students and their families as they prepare to return to school. 

This year’s event will be a drive-through distribution, at NRG Park Yellow Lot. In addition to providing 25,000 filled backpacks, the Mayor’s Office of Special Events has partnered with the Houston Food Bank to provide food to the families of these students, free of charge.

Harris County Public Health will also be onsite to administer COVID-19 vaccinations for anyone 12+.

When: Saturday 8/14/2021
Time: 8am- 4pm
Where: NRG Park Yellow Lot. Entrance will be on Main Street between Murworth Drive and McNee Road, Gate 16. 
Register for event. 

The Back to School MEGA FEST is hosted by Houston Community College, State Representative for District 27th, Ron Reynolds, and founder, R.J. Baptiste. The festival will feature free:

  • School Supplies
  • Haircuts & Hairstyles  
  • Athletic Physical Vouchers
  • PPE Backpacks
  • Personal Hygiene Supplies
  • Children Immunizations

Attendees will enjoy music, face painting, moonwalk activities, free COVID -19 testing, free food distribution, and raffle prizes!

First come, first serve while supplies last. Social and Physical distancing requirements will be observed. Children must be accompanied by a parent/ guardian. 
All attendees must wear a mask. 

When: Friday 8/13/2021
Time: 5pm- 8pm
Where: HCC: 10041 Cash Road Stafford, TX 77477
Register for the event. 

Anti-racism and designing for equity are about deconstructing systems and actively choosing a new purpose and path forward. What do we actually know about the impact of racism on learning and development? How does the experience of racism and other systems of oppression impact education practice, policy, and the design of a learning environment? What actions must we take to dismantle racism and cultivate learning experiences for all young people to thrive? 

Leaders will explore these questions in the webinar and further explore the anti-racist, equitable implications of the Design Principles for Schools. This new playbook by SoLD Alliance partners, provides K-12 educators and youth-serving professionals with practical guidance and actionable strategies to intentionally design learning settings where every young person, regardless of background, can grow and thrive.

When: Tuesday 8/17
Time: 3pm- 4pm EST
Whereclick to register