Houston is known for many things – Astros winning the World Series, Hurricane Harvey, Oil & Gas and a myriad of other things. Did you know that we can add mentoring to that list? I recently took on the task of identifying a mentor organization for all 50 states, and I found that there are many states that do not have many mentoring organizations specifically for youth. In some cases, I was only able to find one organization for the entire state. I don’t know the WHY behind it, but I am glad that Houstonians believe in mentoring.
Live in Houston? Interested in mentoring? Check out 12 organizations that could use your help.
1.The Hay Center (Houston,TX) – Foster Kids
A Transition Coach is a caring, responsible, adult volunteer who serves as a trusted friend and guide to a youth, currently living in foster care, who is close to aging out of the system. The primary role of the Transition Coach is to determine what skills and resources are needed for the youth they are matched with to successfully transition out of foster care to independent living. The Coach helps to ensure that the youth develops important academic and life skills and sets and monitors goals to achieve those skills. Coaches expose the youth to new opportunities and a wide array of resources to help the youth make positive choices such as staying in school and pursuing post-secondary education and/or employment.
2.Teen Mom Empowerment Foundation (Houston,TX) – Teen Parents
This program offers teenage parents an opportunity to work with a caring mentor to improve their ability to develop a positive attitude towards their future. The long-term goal of this program is to empower the teenage parent to break the behaviors that lead to teen pregnancy, HIV/STD infections, and develop a supportive environment for teenage parents by assigning mentors who are serving as role models both in academic and professional matters.
3.Taps (Houston,TX) – At-risk youth
TAPS Academy is an 11-week program primarily designed for at-risk youth where students partner with mentor officers to discuss issues including bullying, anger management, avoidance of gang life, drug usage and conflict management, as well as other youth and law enforcement-focused topics.
4.Smahrtgirl Foundation (Houston + Other Locations) – Girls
The Smahrt Girl Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the development of young girls between 12-21 years of age through mentoring and other developmental programs. The mission of the Foundation is to provide girls the opportunity to live the life of their dreams by offering positive support through character building, career planning/workplace training, and leadership programs.
5.Dynamo Academy Mentor Program (Houston,TX) – Student Athletes
The Mentoring Program works with all Dynamo Academy student-athletes starting in 8th grade (including post-graduates) to create an individualized road map and comprehensive plan for college placement.
The Mentoring Program works to assist and educates players and families about college exam preparation, athletic recruiting, and NCAA compliance, whilst also monitoring their current high school standing.
6.Breakthrough Houston (Houston,TX) –
As a BTH mentor, you will provide invaluable advice and support to academically motivated Houston area high school students from under-resourced families.
7.Beauty Mentoring (Houston,TX) – Girls
B.E.A.U.T.Y. Mentoring is a Houston-based program for girls aged 9-18. We partner with mothers and mentors to help young ladies gain confidence, self-esteem, and leadership skills.
8.Katy Partners in Education (Katy,TX)
KEYS mentors are adults with knowledge and experience to share, who have the desire to motivate students to reach their full potential.
9.Men Incorporated (Houston,TX) – Boys
Mentor, Educate and Nurture young men regardless of ethnicity or sexual orientation within available resources allowed.
10.Pace Youth (Houston,TX)
PACE is an acronym for Proper self-image, Academics, Character and Employment. PACE works with youth between 10 – 17 years of age and their families, to encourage positive attributes and help prevent delinquent behavior which leads to incarceration.
11.Partnership for the Advancement & Immersion of Refugees (Houston,TX) – Refugees
PAIR empowers refugee youth to navigate American society, reach their academic potential, and become community leaders through educational mentoring programs.
12.Positive Black Male Association of Houston (Houston,TX) – Boys
PBMA brings together mentors, teachers, and role models to work with inner-city youth age’s six through eighteen. The students come from improvised communities and neighborhoods all around the Houston, Harris, Ft Bend and Brazoria County areas. PBMA unite men from all walks of life with boys that want to enter professions such as firefighting, law enforcement, education, engineering, business, medicine, and sports just to name a few.
What’s a Houston Strong Organization that you know worth supporting in 2018?