Currently there is an opening for the position of CASE for Kids Project Coordinator – Provider Support.

This position would facilitate funding opportunities to out-of-school time service providers, community-based and faith based out-of-school time programs. Coordinate resource sharing and technical support. Provide support and consultation to service providers and community based out-of-school time programs.

For more information and for the application, click here.

Well-informed, culturally competent, and empathetic individuals are the pillars to strengthening the foundations of our communities.  Leading with inclusion means working effectively with people of different backgrounds, experiences, opinions and perceptions. In this interactive workshop, participants will be able to develop an awareness of the different dimensions of diversity and learn how to apply those in their day-to-day lives.

Dimensions of Diversity will help participants:        

  • Define and explain the benefits of diversity and inclusion.
  • Recognize one’s own dimensions of diversity and what influences those dimensions.
  • Influence others by demonstrating diverse and inclusive behaviors to increase impact and engagement.
  • Recognize other dimensions of diversity and explore how they influence your perception of the world and how the world sees you.
  • Appreciate and have empathy for others dimensions of diversity and how this informs relationship building.
  • Recognize opportunities for inclusive practices among all areas of opportunity in your community.

Tuesday, September 28,  and Thursday, September 30, 2021
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
There is no charge to attend


Meet the Presenters:

Sherry Bernard currently serves as the Vice President of Social Responsibility & Youth Leadership for the YMCA of Greater Houston. A champion for social equity, her personal mission is to eliminate barriers and create opportunities for youth from all backgrounds to achieve, thrive and serve as leaders in their communities. In addition to being a Certified Nonprofit Professional, Sherry holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master’s Degree in Public Administration through the University of Houston.

Halina Martinez serves as the founding director for the YMCA of Greater Houston’s Equity Innovation Center. Driven by a passion for connecting people to resources and bridging gaps in access to historically excluded communities, they practice advancing equity and undoing institutional racism everyday by nurturing relationships and prioritizing holistic community collaboration.

As OST providers plan for the new school year, many are looking to social-emotional learning (SEL) to respond to the needs of children, staff and the communities they serve. 

In this webinar the following will be explored:

  • How the traumatic events of recent years have affected kids and how SEL can help
  • The concept of holistic SEL and how it relates to the importance of SEL in OST environments
  • The Weikart Center’s SEL Program Quality Assessment (SEL PQA) as a resource to strengthen your program
  • Second Step® Out-of-School Time, a practical, research-based SEL program from Committee for Children that helps support K–5 children in your community

When: Thursday 8/26/2021

Time: 2pm- 2:45pm ET (1pm CT, 12pm MT, 11am PT)

Click for more information and for registration.

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 

Please join us for the 3rd Quarterly Meeting of the year on August 17th!

A guest speaker will lead the group in a dynamic DEIB workshop along with break-out room activities. Also, we’ll learn about the Fall Barrier Buster Grant opportunity. There will be time to share announcements from your agency at the end of the meeting. 

  • When: Tuesday August 17th
  • Time: 9:00 am- 11:00 am
  • Where: Zoom registration required. 

Harris County partnered with Catholic Charities as the administrator for $30 million in financial assistance to help Harris County families and individuals who need help recovering from financial distress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • For households located within Harris County that meet eligibility requirements
  • One-time $1,500 payment
  • Funds may be used for any emergency expenses such as healthcare, rent or mortgage, utilities, food, internet, transportation, childcare, and other past due expenses

What are the eligibility requirements?

  • Households have to be within Harris County.
  • Applicants must be 18 years or older, or be an emancipated minor.
  • Households must demonstrate economic hardship incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Household must have at least one member enrolled in a public assistance program, or total household income at or below 60% of the HUD Area Median Family Income.
  • One payment will be made per family unit. If housing is shared by more than one family unit, each family unit may apply.
  • As required by federal guidelines, at least one adult member of the household must be a U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident, refugee, or other qualified noncitizen.

How is the money being distributed?

  • From July 28 – August 11, any eligible household in Harris County may apply online.
  • Applicants will be selected at random using a statistical method that ensures fairness.

Click to learn more on how to apply.

Every Hour Counts released the new framework and guide to help organizations assess and improve afterschool systems. The new framework is accompanied by a comprehensive guide to help afterschool systems use it in ways that make sense for them.

Click to gain access to Putting Data to Work for Young People: A Framework for Measurement, Continuous Improvement, and Equitable Systems.