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Canvas Leadership Development

We are committed to helping high potential youth in Houston, with a primary focus on Southeast Houston, develop and showcase their talents to the right colleges and change college paradigms around talent. To help them impact their communities and expand their college options, students will participate in Youth Engaged in Leadership and Learning (YELL) curriculum and complete a Service Learning Project. 

Youth Engaged in Leadership and Learning Program (YELL) 

3-week intensive Canvas Leadership Program: A trained facilitator will use the YELL curriculum to prepare our high potential youth for service to their community. 

The curriculum immerses the participant in three core dimensions of youth leadership development:

  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills
  • Analytical and Critical Reflections
  • Positive Community Involvement 

Service Learning Project

After completion of the leadership development program, youth will identify an issue in their community and be paired with a field mentor who will guide them through researching that issue and presenting their findings and recommendations to a panel of community stakeholders.

Each participant will be given $250 to research and present the findings of their project to a panel of community stakeholders.


  • Workshop Participants


  • Volunteers


  • Community Partners


  • Program Participants



    In the wake of recent violence and brutality against black lives that continues to sweep the nation, BLMHTX formed as a locally-based, and Houston-founded, activist organization and collective of researchers, activists, artists, religious leaders, and community organizers that aims to educate, empower, and build coalition in order to address issues that impact black lives in the city of Houston.

    Our mission is to spark critical visions of a world where black lives matter while working toward making this a concrete reality here in Houston. In all of our work, we emphasize three core tenets: creative imagination, critical dialogue, and coalition building--all in the pursuit of intersectional social justice.

    BLMHTX employs an Ella Baker model of community organizing, a model which brings people together for sustained and coordinated strategic action for social justice. As such, in addition to direct actions and political engagement with local civic leaders, we are committed to building community through programming, trainings, community meetings, and conferences that combine critical dialogue and the arts in ways that creatively highlight and confront issues of racism and social injustice. These community building efforts are central to our aim of curating spaces for disparate members of the Houston community to collaborate, come together, and think about how to contribute to the valuing of black lives through their own areas of interest and influence.

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