Posted on · We learn about a literacy program called Reading Aces, which helps kids improve their learning skills and foster a love of reading. The organization was founded by Houston’sÂ Brette Machiorlette, who was a sophomore at Lamar High School at the time. In January, Nickolodeon gave her its firstÂ HALO Effect award, whichÂ recognizes one deserving […]
Posted on · We learn about Workshop Houston, an after-school program that gives middle and high school kids creative, technical and educational resources. The kids work on all kinds of projects, including: recording their own music, making music videos, building their own bikes, painting and making sculptures.
Posted on · Girl Scout cookie season is underway. We consider how the Girl Scout organization here in Greater Houston is faring, and in what ways — if any — the program is changing. We hear from Mary Vitek, CEO of Girl Scouts of San Jacinto.
Posted on · Poet Ange Mlinko acknowledges that the east coast is the epicenter of the American literary world. However, the author and professor at the University of Houston’s esteemed Graduate Program in Creative Writing says Texas and Houston are fertile ground for literary inspiration. The Lone Star State and the Bayou City have inspired some of Mlinko’s […]
Posted on · Also this hour: Just a few months ago, theÂ City of Houston rolled out its Mow-Down programÂ â a pilot program to address overgrown abandoned lots in Houston neighborhoods.Â Officials say theyâre eyesores which raise public safety concerns. We talk with the head of the program, Landon Taylor.
Posted on · Mayor Annise Parker has called Houstonâs pensions âunsustainable.â Following her recent inauguration, Mayor Parker says she wants to tackle the problem and create a more sustainable retirement for current employees. The Mayor and other officials have said thereâs a growing need for pension reform.Â But what changes can be made without impacting benefits already promised […]
Posted on · SPARK Park is a city program that improves school parks and makes them accessible to the neighborhood after hours and on weekends. Houston Public Mediaâs Ernie Manouse recently interviewed Kathleen Owmby, Exec Director of the SPARK School Park Program, at Wilson Montessori school in Montrose. The park is filled with art and interactive elements for […]
Posted on · In the latest installment of our series answering your questions about your petsÂ Dr. Carole Price joins us. She’s the Chief of Staff at Houstonâs Spay Neuter and Assistance Program (SNAP), and veterinarian at the Bear Creek Animal Clinic.
Posted on · Social entrepreneurs launch businesses or initiatives â some for profit, some non-profit â but all designed to create some sort of social change or value. Recently, Houstonâs chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum brought some leading social entrepreneurs from around the country to town to help Houstonians understand what social entrepreneurs do, and the challenges […]