While working as a secondary-school educator, Jarvis Daughrity saw that her students faced immense challenges on their paths to adulthood. She founded Pink Defying Gravity, Inc. to help young women in difficult situations to actuate their abilities and strengths through conferences and mentoring programs. Pink Defying Gravity’s programs include the Gen One! high-school mentoring program, young women’s leadership conferences, and Pink Girls Rock! pods, which help girls develop new philanthropic ideas.
During the last academic year, the HAS provided more than 100 wildlife-outreach programs to approximately 8,000 underprivileged youth at Title 1 schools. Outreach programs bring live birds of prey, insects, and native animals into classrooms for 45-minute workshops, which include topics such as Incredible Insects and Birds of the Bayou City. Through hands-on displays and slides, children learn about various bird calls, how to protect endangered species, and how to recognize animal habitats. The HAS still needs help funding its outreach programs at local schools to cover the costs of mileage, staff time, live-animal care, and print media.
Literacy Advance provides free classes that teach adults in the Houston area English as a second language. In 2010, Literacy Advance developed stronger literacy skills for 3,416 people and trained more than 360 new tutors. Volunteer tutors teach five students in each class how to read English with the use of picture dictionaries and textbooks, focusing on the skills necessary for gaining employment, utilizing health-care access, earning an education, finding housing, and navigating street maps. Literacy Advance provides training, books, and supplies for students in its ESL classes, but more than 350 people are currently on the waiting list to attend, stretching the organization's budget.
Through customized coaching, regular workouts, and inspirational camaraderie, Team In Training readies bodies for races and benefits medical-cure research. Certified coaches tailor each three- to five-month conditioning program to participants' individual abilities, helping ambitious athletes increase their speed, endurance, and confidence when faced with human-size hamster balls. Adhering to monthly exercise calendars, groups of trainees assemble one or two times a week (usually on weekday evenings and Saturday mornings), pushing each other toward top potential. Clinics held on nutrition and injury prevention supplement workout regimens, and provided Team In Training apparel prepares racers to run straight onto runways after crossing the finish line. In addition to athletic training and stylish swag, participants receive fundraising support and incentives (fundraising requirements vary based on the event).
PCO is geared to helping the youth Ages 5-12 of North Houston to have a fun, safe, and educational summer. We have set up a summer day camp program that your children will enjoy and parents will love because we keep the children’s minds working all summer long and prepare them for the next grade. All while having fun.
The male and female massage therapists at Touch of Health Massage soothe aches and pains deep inside muscles using a variety of massage modalities. Deep-tissue massage loosens up muscles with finger pressure and slow strokes. Trigger-point massage alternates between gentle and firm pressure to target the branching channels of pain that spread throughout the body. Thai massage combines traditional massage techniques with stretching to ease musculoskeletal ailments, increase joint mobility, and tame muscle spasms. Therapists also soothe pain-racked jaws by gently massaging clients from the shoulders to the scalp, or by convincing the upper teeth to stop fighting with the lower teeth.
Lemonade Day helps youth become productive members of society by teaching them how to start, own, and operate their own businesses. With the help of adults who serves as their mentors, children can participate in the annual Lemonade Day, when thousands of children open lemonade stands for business. Children prepare for the day by studying entrepreneurship lessons and working with their mentor to learn how to set goals, secure an investor, and other crucial steps for a successful business. Along with learning necessary entrepreneurship skills to help them understand the basic principles of business and become successful in the future, children keep the money earned from their lemonade stand. After covering their expenses and paying back their investors, they are encouraged to open a bank account or share some of the profits with a local charity of their choice.