National Impact Community: Houston, TX

Change Happens


About the Applicant

Established in 1989, Change Happens is a social service agency providing a variety of services to disadvantaged and vulnerable communities in Harris County, Texas. The mission of the organization is empower people to help themselves.

About the Project

The City of Houston accepted President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge in September, 2014 and officially launched Houston’s Local Action Summit on November 13, 2014. Change Happens participated in the summit and has been actively engaged in supporting the MBK Community Challenge and the resulting Local Action Plan released in May 2015. As one of MBK Houston’s backbone organizations, Change Happens has actively contributed to the Plan and has a strong track record of successful engagement with boys and young men of color.

Change Happens, in collaboration with local partners, will strategically execute the Each One of Us mentoring program for 200 boys and young men of color at Jack Yates High School. The program both supports the educational goals and growth of all participants, while also addressing violence prevention. They will recruit mentors from Texas Southern University and University of Houston and work with other partners to provide services and programs for Each One of Us.

Key Implementation Partners

  • MBK Houston
  • City of Houston, Mayor’s Office
  • City of Houston, Health Department
  • Jack Yates High School, Houston Public Schools