Learn the basics of policy & advocacy during this 16-week paid part time experience

I am writing to you to share a PAID opportunity for current youth leaders to be part of an initiative to promote healthcare access and economic justice. We are seeking passionate youth leaders, ages 18-26, who are looking to become involved in youth activism to join our young advocates program.

We are especially interested in welcoming young people of color, opportunity youth, young people who are parenting, young people in apprenticeships/work based learning and first generation college students into our spring cohort. We have positions open in Austin, Houston, and East Texas. 

Young Advocates Would: 

  • Participate in weekly Friday 4-hour virtual training and design meetings throughout the Spring (February-May 2021)
  • Participate in smaller team projects for an additional 6 hours per week
  • Receive $15/hr for 10hrs per week
  • Connect, partner and network with key organizational leaders and young advocates
  • Contribute their voice to our policy work

Spring 2021 Youth Advocates Program Application

We are launching our second Coffee & Quality Learning Cohort focused on storytelling with data through data visualization.

Coffee & Quality Learning Cohort (CQLC) purpose:  The Coffee & Quality Learning Cohort (CQLC) is designed as a community of practice to improve professional competency by engaging in shared inquiry and learning around a specific topic related to data, evaluation, and CQI. The CQLC will be comprised of a small group (10-12 members) that will meet over four months. Each Learning Cohort will include an opportunity to learn and practice storytelling with data through data visualization.   

Invitation and Application:
All interested partners are invited to apply to participate in the Coffee & Quality Learning Cohort.  The attached overview and application includes more information and schedule for the Learning Cohort.  As space is limited, 10-12 individuals will be selected based on quality of application and support from agency.

  • Application Release: Thursday, January 14th  
  • Application Due Date: Friday, January 29th  at 5 pm
  • Decision Notifications: Thursday, February 4th  

Please direct all questions to Jessica Davison,

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RISE! program will have an 8-week long program this spring for high school junior girls to prepare for college with a financial literacy lens.

Click the link in the document to get more information and sign up!

Tyto Online is a STEM game that is designed around helping students build science and engineering skills while they solve authentic types of science problems. Here’s a <100 second video summary you can watch.  We’ve had a foundation fund us providing a number of free licenses to school districts, and now we also want to expand to selected after/summer-school partners for Spring + Summer 2021.

The benefit for the out-of-school time (OST) partner will be a free, engaging product that can be used to deliver STEM programs during programming, which could be particularly helpful during COVID19 challenges. Our purpose of making these grants available is to learn and figure out what additional modifications or supports are needed to use Tyto Online in OST contexts. We’ll therefore be true partners in these microgrants: in addition to PD and coaching/support, we’ll help with curriculum ideas, create teacher guide modifications/suggestions, etc. based on the needs of our partner organizations.  Read more here:

Ideathon for High School Students

Promoting Education Across the Country (PEAC) has partnered with the UNICEF, the MOE and the COH Office of Sustainability. to host a city-wide High School Ideathon. The event aims to create a platform for youth to learn and engage with community challenges and propose solutions to city leaders. The Ideathon will held virtually on Saturday, January 16th from 9am – 5pm

Students and young people are invited to:

  1. Discuss the community challenges brought upon COVID-19, Climate Change and among others, that have impacted their communities.
  2. Conduct research on the impact of these issues 
  3. Work in teams to construct and present solutions to city leaders. 
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Mentors from colleges and professional industries will be advising student groups. Teams will gain recognition from PEAC, UNICEF, and the City of Houston.  PEAC is a Houston-based nonprofit that aims to empower youth to solve issues within their local community.  

Please share this opportunity with your students and respond for more event information. The registration can be found on UNICEF’s website here.

Special Education & COVID-19 Survey

The COVID-19 pandemic has abruptly changed the way students learn, communicate, and engage with their fellow peers and teachers. Students with disabilities are experiencing additional barriers in accessing e-learning platforms, supports and services that enable them to fully participate in these virtual environments. To assist school administrators and policy makers better respond to future emergencies, we have developed the COVID-19 and Special Education Survey. By participating in this survey, your experiences will assist us to highlight the most common barriers students with disabilities are facing throughout the Houston region.

The survey results will be used to shape policy recommendations that will be shared with local, state, and federal policymakers to better serve students with disabilities during emergencies such as a pandemic. These policy recommendations will be incorporated into a white paper that will be available at

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. Please feel free to share the survey with colleagues, family members, neighbors, advocates, and friends.

This survey is made possible with the support of our partners:

  • The ARC of Greater Houston
  • The Office of Council Member Karla Cisneros
  • The National Federation of the Blind of Texas
  • Family to Family Network
  • Houston Council on Disabilities
  • Mayor’s Office of Educations

The New York Life Foundation is seeking applications from afterschool, summer, or expanded learning programs serving underserved middle-school youth. In total, $1.35 million in grants will be awarded to programs all across the country. This is the fifth year of the Foundation’s Aim High Grant Competition, bringing the total amount awarded to $6.15 million. A total of 26 grant awards will be made nationwide—take a look to see which opportunity is a good fit for you, and apply today!

Grant Categories:

  • $100,000 Level: Eight (8) grants of $50,000 per year over the span of two years (for a total award of $100,000) will go to OST programs with annual program budgets of $250,000 or more and annual organizational budgets of $500,000 or more.
  • $50,000 Level: Eight (8) grants of $25,000 per year over the span of two years (for a total award of $50,000) will go to OST programs with annual organizational budgets of $250,000 or more.
  • $15,000 Level: Ten (10) awards of $15,000 over one year will go to OST programs with annual organizational budgets of $150,000 or more with a focus on supporting programs in their efforts around advancing racial equity and social justice.

Read the full application and eligibility requirements, and join our webinar on January 14 at 2 PM ET to learn more about this opportunity. Applications are due February 1, 2021 at 5pm E.T.

Grant funds may be used for technical assistance, enhancing direct service activities, and/or program expansion, should a program be in a position to do so. Applicants will need to describe how programs support youth in the transition to the ninth grade and how they are continuing to serve youth in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Two-year grant applicants will need to demonstrate results around indicators of success such as on-time promotion; school attendance rates; improved behavior, grades and test scores; and/or the development of social and emotional skills.
  • One-year grant applicants will need to describe how they intend to improve the supports they provide to youth related to social justice and racial equity efforts.

We look forward to receiving your application, and good luck! Please feel free to reach out to the Afterschool Alliance at

Have you ever wanted to ask an astronaut a question. Well, there is an AMAZING OPPOTUNITY for afterschool youth to speak with astronauts on the International Space Station. On Jan. 7, 2021 youth will have a chance to have their questions answered by astronauts Kate Rubins and Shannon Walker

The Challenge – NASA students asking the astronauts questions about their experiences. The videos will be played during the Q&A session and answered live, from space! The video questions are due to NASA by December 28.

If you are interested, NASA has provided guidelines and a release form from each student (both are below). The question may be recorded on a phone, but must be done in landscape format or won’t be included in the Q+A. 

We hope that you can record a question and send it to Chris Neitzey from the Afterschool Alliance,

For more information and to apply, click here.

United Way of Greater Houston offers an applied Continuous Quality Improvement series called Coffee & Quality designed as a learning community for staff that are tasked with implementing and overseeing continuous quality improvement (CQI) efforts in their program and/or agency. The series is an opportunity to network, support professional development, and build knowledge centered around data, evaluation and CQI.

The series features guest and agency speakers with in-depth discussion and dialogue on best practices in data, evaluation, and CQI. Participants should be willing to actively participate in the discussion, share expertise and experience, and work collaboratively within the learning community.

All sessions held from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. via Zoom video conferencing.

RSVP for 2021 Coffee & Quality series through the zoom link for each session.

Thursday, January 142021RSVP for January’s Coffee & Quality Session 
Thursday, March 4, 2021RSVP for March’s Coffee & Quality Session 
Thursday, May 6, 2021RSVP for May’s Coffee & Quality Session 
Thursday, July 15, 2021RSVP for July’s Coffee & Quality Session 
Thursday, September 2, 2021RSVP for September’s Coffee & Quality Session 
Thursday, November 4, 2021RSVP for November’s Coffee & Quality Session

Any questions, please contact: Jessica Davison,

Our next Barrier Buster Grant opportunity will be available in February 2021!

What is the Barrier Buster Request for Proposal?

The Barrier Buster Request for Proposal is an opportunity for O2L to expand its’ reach and support of out-of-school-time. This funding opportunity aims to target barriers which directly impact youth attendance and retention, or youth engagement within out-of-school time programs. OST providers can request up to $10,000 for the cycle in which they apply.

Who can apply?

Any free or fee-based OST provider with a 501c3 status (minimum of 2 years) and serving youth 5-18 years-old during out-of-school time hours. 

Public and charter schools running an OST program on their campus are eligible to apply for this grant. Schools are encouraged to work with their OST provider (if applicable) or their district’s grant department/ foundation.

For question about the Barrier Buster process email Tiffany Echevarria ( or Krystal Perez ( For questions about e-Cimpact please email