All incoming 9th graders are eligible for a free YMCA summer membership this summer! The membership is valid from June 1 through August 31, 2019 and students only need a school ID in order to sign up.

Please see the flyer below for more information and get your youth signed up!

Join Emancipation Economic Development Council at the 2nd annual “3rd Ward College Send-Off” on July 13, 2019! This is a community acknowledgment event in celebration of the educational achievement of young people in the historic Third Ward

  • Date/Time: Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 1:00 to 3:00 pm
  • Location: The El Dorado Ballroom, 2310 Elgin St., Houston, TX, 77004

Each registered student will receive a monetary gift and care package to assist with necessities. Guardians, family, and friends are encouraged to attend and support. Participating students must be entering their freshman year of college or trade/technical school and reside in the 77004 zip code. Students must register online to qualify

If you would like to attend as a family member or friend, make sure to register online, and you may also show your support as a sponsor. Please see the flyer below for more information, and contact Desiree Johnson if you have any questions: 346-980-5635.

Free Food Distribution Program

Target Hunger invites families with school age children to participate in an 11-week food distribution of kid-friendly food items for those who reside in the following zip codes: 77016, 77020, 77026, 77028, and 77078.

Families will receive a distribution twice a month or weekly based on the schedule of the food pantry in their zip code. This program begins Monday, June 10, 2019 and ends Friday, August 23, 2019. Please see the flyer (English/Spanish) for more information and contact if you have any questions. 

HISD Summer Meals Program

HISD Nutrition Services will be hosting the Summer Meals Program at more than 250 Houston-area schools from June 5 to July 3, 2019.

Children ages 1 to 18 can enjoy a healthy breakfast and lunch at no charge and do not need to be enrolled in summer school to participate in the program. No paperwork, registration, or proof of income is required.

Adults can also participate by purchasing breakfast for $2.75 and lunch for $4. 

A list of summer meal site locations is available at Parents can also contact Nutrition Services at 713-491-5944 for more information.

Out 2 Learn is excited to formally announce the 2019-2020 Fall/Spring RFP Application!

Out 2 Learn is seeking to fund collaborative proposals from the following neighborhoods: Acres Homes, Central Southwest, South Acres/Crestmont, East End, Fifth Ward, and North Forest for the 2019-2020 academic year. Application criteria including eligible lead requirements and timeline are described below.

Eligible Lead Requirements:

Proposal and Grant Details:

  • Proposal must select one neighborhood to serve. Projects proposing multiple areas will not be considered.
  • Proposal must be a collaborative project. Collaborations are defined as two or more organizations joining together to enhance service delivery for a shared group of youth.
  • Funded projects must enroll and fully engage in the Fall YPQI trainings and participate in staff development activities (August 2019-January 2020), dates to be determined.
  • Work toward Quality Badge on O2L website.
  • Proposals that are innovative, expand access and are committed to a strong collaborative partnership will be prioritized. Proposals that only add service delivery enhancements or replacement funds for existing programs are discouraged.
  • Each funded project will be evaluated on achieved outcomes and outputs.
  • Funding period: September 2019 – May 2020.
  • Funding requests capped at $75,000.

Organizational Review:

Funded programs must meet basic financial and administrative requirements through a process referred to as Organizational Review. If an organization does not pass Organizational Review, it is eliminated from further consideration. See attached list of required documents for this process. 

If you are interested in applying as lead, you will need to complete the following:

1. View the Organizational Review Checklist
2. Watch the 2019 Organizational Review Requirements webinar for details on the Organizational Review process and documents required
3. Request an e-Cimpact login by emailing
Be sure to copy both and
4. Begin submitting documentation as soon as your e-Cimpact login has been created

RFP Timeline

Monday, May 20th, 2019
9:00-11:00 am
Out 2 Learn Quarterly Meeting
Monday, May 20th, 2019
11:15 am-12:30 pm
2019-2020 RFP Proposal Conference
(attendance required)
Tuesday, June 4th, 2019
10:00-11:00 am
Technical Assistance Call #1
Dial-in: 202-602-1295
Conference ID: 876-158-844 #
Monday, May 20th to Thursday, June 6th, 2019 Submit Organizational Review Documents (eligible leads only)
Thursday, June 27th, 2019
10:00-11:00 am
Technical Assistance Call #2
Dial-in: 202-602-1295
Conference ID: 851-950-785 #
Thursday, July 11th, 2019
by 5:00 pm
Applications DUE on e-Cimpact
Monday, July 15th, 2019Organizational Review Determinations
Friday, August 16th, 2019Grantee Notifications
Wednesday, August 21st, 2019 10:00 am-11:30 amGrantee Conference
Friday, August 30th, 2019Payment Disbursed or Received
September 2019Fall Programming Begins
October 2019Fall Initial Site Visits


For questions pertaining to the RFP, please email Katherine von Haefen and/or Karen Beltran.

For e-Cimpact Technical Support, email

The Youth Advocacy Summit 2019 is an annual week-long youth leadership event that is hosted by Mi Familia Vota Education Fund and OCA-Greater Houston for rising sophomores juniors, and seniors in high school. YAS 2019 will be held at Rice University, June 24 to 26, and the Westchase Marriot Hotel, June 27-28 from 9am – 5:30pm each day. This is not a residential program. Deadline to apply is May 30th, 11:59pm.

The mission of YAS is to educate and empower Houston-area high school students to become community advocates. This is done by learning about issues from experts, developing leadership and organizing skills, and meeting with elected officials. Past youth summit participants have gone on to testify at city council; lead voter engagement campaigns at their school; speak at press conferences at the state capitol; and represent their community in a variety of actions through participation in the school year program. The skills taught at the annual summit are life skills that will empower participants in their future as community, business, and entrepreneur leaders of Greater Houston. We encourage high school students to apply and join the pipeline of future leaders for the Greater Houston community! Students of diverse gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, legal status, income level, and so forth are especially encouraged to apply.

Application Process: Interested students should fill out the application on by May 30th, 2019. Application may close if spots are filled before then. Students who are eligible for free/reduced lunch may contact Angelica Razo at to receive a scholarship.

For more information, contact Angelica Razo at

Chinese Community Center is hosting a Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Fair that is free & open to the public! Please see below and the flyer for more details, and share this event widely with your community:

Date: June 1, 2019
Time: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Location: Chinese Community Center
                   9800 Town Park Drive
                   Houston, TX, 77036

Mark your calendars for the next Out 2 Learn Quarterly Meeting!

Date: Monday, May 20, 2019
Time: 8:30 am to 11:00 am
Location: United Way of Greater Houston, 50 Waugh Drive

More details to be shared shortly!


Global Kids is partnering with the Gregory School to offer a free, week-long summer institute for high school youth.

The summit will be focused on human rights, energy policy, and youth leadership. Please see below for more information. Student applications are due May 10, 2019.

  • June 24 to 28, 2019 | 9:30 am to 4:30 pm 
  • Breakfast and lunch provided
  • Students receive up to $10 per day transportation stipend if needed
  • Students receive $100 stipend upon completion of the program
  • Guest speakers and college visits included

Please encourage your high school youth to apply for this wonderful opportunity! Students may submit a paper application or apply online. If you have any questions, please reach out to Dr. Elizabeth Bishop at Global Kids.

We want families to find out about all the great programming you offer during the summer, so send us your program info to get listed on!

If you are new to Out 2 Learn, fill out the submission form and email it to us! If you are already listed on Out 2 Learn, let us know if you have any updates! 

If you are a nonprofit organization, you can receive FREE access to Children’s Museum of Houston by becoming an Open Doors partner!

As a partner, you can:

  • Request family passes (admits 6 individuals) to distribute to clients
  • Schedule free & unlimited group visits to the Museum
  • Receive monthly newsletters showcasing special events & opportunities

Contact Mónica Santillán-Salinasto to join Open Doors or if you have questions!