News & Updates
Workshop Houston virtual Summer Masterclass workshops: Beat shop & Style shop
Workshop Houston is offering FREE virtual classes, for our Beat Shop and Style Shop Programs. Virtual Classes start on July 6th, 2020, and will run for three weeks. Please help us get the word out to your students.
· Workshop Houston Masterclasses are FREE and open to students entering 6th to 8th grade.
· Basic required materials will be given to students in need.
· Space is limited to 10 students per shop.
· Enrollment is open to all Houston Area students but priority placement is given to students living in Greater Third Ward, South Park, and Sunnyside Neighborhoods.
· Answers to Shop Specific Application Questions will be used to judge student’s interest if space becomes limited.
· Selections based on application forms will be made by June 22nd, 2020.
We would like your assistance in passing on the link to this application form https://www.workshophouston.org/pages/application/ as well as the attached flyer to your students and their parents. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
University of Houston Clear Lake – Explore Stem Virtual Camp
Houston Community College Stem Virtual Camps For Students with Disabilities 14-22 years old
Sponsored by Texas Workforce Commission (TWC)
Contact: Monica Martin 281-333-7980, email@example.com
Sue Moraska 713-718-6833, firstname.lastname@example.org
HISD launches ‘Let’s Stay Connected’ mental health hotline for students and parents
The Houston Independent School District has announced the launch of Let’s Stay Connected, a mental health hotline for students and parents to provide emotional, social, and psychological support to students and parents who feel the need for assistance.
Students and parents may call the Let’s Stay Connected Hotline at 713-556-1340 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Trained staff from HISD’s Social and Emotional Learning Department are available to offer counseling, mental health education, and make referrals in English and Spanish.
“One of the consequences of the COVID-19 crisis we have seen is an increase in the need for mental health support among our students and parents,” Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan said. “May is Mental Health Awareness Month so what better time to launch our hotline to address families’ needs in a way that is easily accessible and at no cost to them.”
Callers to the hotline may remain anonymous.
All HISD staff members are reminded they have access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which may be reached by calling 833-812-5181 and is offered at no cost to employees.
HISD Mental Health HOTLINE NUMBER: 713-556-1340
Available Hours: 24/7
Houston Community College (HCC) has launched a new initiative, JobsNowHouston.org, showcasing in-demand occupations and the accelerated certificate programs offered by HCC needed to obtain these jobs.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced more than 1.5 million Texans to file for unemployment. However, across the state, nearly 481,000 job openings have been posted in the last several months. The focus of this initiative is to let Houstonians know that there are jobs available right now, and encourage them to come train at HCC for in-demand industries, such as healthcare, logistics, manufacturing, information technology, and construction.
HCC has 270 certifications and 100 instructional programs in these fields; many of which are offered online or in hybrid delivery models designed to safely train Houston’s future workforce.
We are all in this together to get Houstonians back to work and our economy going again. Visit our website JobsNowHouston.org to learn more and get the training you need today!
Metro: COVID-19 RESPONSE
Providing Essential Service for
METRO is committed to the safety of
our customers and employees during
this challenging time as we respond
Providing Essential Service for
METRO is committed to the safety of
our customers and employees during
this challenging time as we respond
• Transportation is vital as it relates to
essential employees and others who
depend on METRO
• Adding buses to our most traveled routes
including those in the Texas Medical Center
• Adding a TMC Shuttle route to move
essential employees in the Texas Medical
Keeping the System
• Continued emphasis on disinfecting
surfaces touched by the public
• Ongoing dedication to thorough, daily
cleaning of bus and rail vehicles as well
as additional midday cleaning
• Frequent cleaning of bus shelters and rail
• Installing seat tags on bus and rail vehicles
to encourage social distancing
• Monitoring boardings per vehicle to enable
a safe passenger capacity of 50 percent
• Instituting rear boarding to reduce bus
operator and customer interaction
• Adding buses to routes with more riders to
enable social distancing
• Installing orange mesh barriers to keep
more distance between bus operators and
Focusing on People
• Encouraging people to wear a face mask,
providing information on how to make a
face mask, and working to make masks
available to people as requested
• Offering free fares to limit unnecessary
exposure for customers and employees
• Requiring temperature checks for all
employees at METRO facilities
• Providing masks and hand sanitizer to all
bus and rail operator
Going the Extra Mile
• Using METROLift vehicles to deliver
groceries to those in need in conjunction
with the Mayor’s Office for People with
• Providing relief buses at testing sites
• Acting as a leader in the industry by
sharing best practices and educational
materials with other transit agencies
• Working to show ongoing appreciation for
METRO continues to monitor service needs throughout the region. We
remain dedicated to being the transportation provider for our region.
For additional information please visit RIDEMETRO.ORG
TMCF: McDonald’s Black and Positively Golden Scholarship
Thurgood Marshall College Fund
- Must be 18 years old or older.
- Be enrolled full-time as a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior at TMCF Member-Schools during the 2020-2021 academic school year.
- For Incoming Freshman – Provide proof of acceptance into or enrollment at a TMCF member-schools as an incoming freshman during the 2020-2021 academic school year.
- Current cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
- Able to demonstrate leadership abilities.
- Able to demonstrate a financial need.
- Be a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident with a valid permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551.
This application opens May 11, 2020, and closes July 6, 2020 (11:59 PM EST). Click here to apply!
UHD has announced the Gator Emergency Fund for students impacted by COVID-19. Learn more about how you can help our students. If you’re a student who needs assistance, you can read more about the Emergency funds and application.
SER jobs: Young Adult Reentry online application (houston hire youth INCENTIVE)
Have you been involved with the juvenile or adult justice system? Do you believe your background is holding you back from attending school, getting a job, or obtaining valuable training?
If you are between the ages of 18-24, involved with the juvenile or adult justice system, reside in the city of Houston, Harris County, and interested in making a change in your life, this program is for you!
The Department of Labor funded program will provide education (GED classes), training (Occupational Skills Training), Paid Work Experience (paid internships), and employment support (job search, job readiness, and placement) all at no cost to you. If you are interested in any of these services or in all of them, complete your application now!
Please click link below to begin the application process.
SER Jobs: Summer & Beyond
As summer quickly approaches we want to share the status of our upcoming summer job opportunities for young adults ages 16-24. We have an exciting opportunity available for young adults outlined below:
SER Jobs-This Way Ahead Program: Summer Jobs
Our seventh annual This Way Ahead program has an exciting twist this year due to the impact that COVID-19 has had on the retail industry. The program is still scheduled to take place throughout this year, but instead of heading into an internship confined to the summer, interested young adults (ages 16 – 24) will receive job readiness training in order to join a pool of qualified applicants who will be able to interview for ongoing permanent employment at Gap, Banana Republic, or Old Navy.
We will be rolling out virtual job readiness training offered at multiple times throughout this year to coincide with Gap Inc.’s timeline of reopening of stores and their hiring needs. Participating stores will be assessed as the stores begin to reopen.
MPORTANT NOTICE: The This Way Ahead program, its duration, start date, timeline, and format are subject to change based on local COVID-19 guidelines and/or restrictions.
Apply to This Way Ahead (TWA) here! If you’re interested in ongoing employment after the summer is over, this is the program for you! TWA offers multiple job readiness training sites throughout the city.
Contact Emmanuel Escot or Imicuk Loyuk | TWA@serhouston.org | (713) 773-6000 ext. 144
HCC is offering GED classes virtually. There’s no testing right now because all campuses will be physically closed through the summer.
Below is a link to register.
Legacy Community Health
Is still open and taking appointments via telehealth or in clinic for OB, Pediatrics, Family Medicine and Behavioral Health.
For more information please click on link below
Be Red Cross Ready
Coping with Sheltering at Home during COVID-19
For information on staying safe, see https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/coronavirus-safety.html
Local and state officials are using shelter-at-home (sometimes called shelter-in-place) orders to slow the
spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). By staying home, people can help minimize how many people are
getting sick at the same time, protect those at higher risk of severe illness and prevent our health care system
from getting overwhelmed.
Unfortunately, sheltering at home can disrupt your routines and make everyday activities, such as work and
caring for loved ones, challenging. These changes, on top of the general uncertainty around this pandemic,
can create feelings of stress, fear and nervousness. These feelings are normal, and people typically bounce
back after difficult times.
The following information can help you cope with stress and support others during this emergency
What is Sheltering at Home?
• Sheltering at home means that you remain at home,
and only go out to purchase essential supplies, visit
medical professionals or leave during an emergency.
• Following the instructions of local officials will
help keep you and your loved ones safe.
• Stay connected with loved ones through video calls,
phone calls, texts or social media.
• Remain informed with accurate, reliable
information. Avoid social media accounts and news
outlets that promote fear or rumors.
• Monitor your physical health needs and those of
your loved ones. Eat healthy food, and drink plenty
• Unless you are showing signs of illness or have
tested positive for COVID-19, going outside to
exercise and walk pets is ok. But don’t forget to
practice social distancing by keeping at least six feet
away from others.
• Hold an image in your mind of the best possible
outcome. Make a list of your personal strengths
and use these to help both yourself and others stay
• If you are religious or spiritual, follow practices
at home that provide you with comfort and
It’s normal for people to have these
types of feelings right now:
• Fear about running out of essential supplies.
• Anxiety, particularly about being
separated from loved ones.
• Uncertainty about how long you will
need to shelter at home.
• Concerns for your physical safety and that of others.
• Fear of getting sick.
• Guilt about not being able to fulfill responsibilities,
such as work, parenting or caring for dependents.
• Boredom or isolation.
• Thoughts of blame, worry or fear.
• Worry about loss of income.
• Fear of being stigmatized or labeled by
this illness, if you become sick.
• Reach out to older adults or people with chronic
health conditions and offer to help.
Talk to your children and explain why this is
happening and how long it might last. Use
language that is normal and consistent with
how you usually communicate. Be creative
and think of fun activities that will occupy their
time. Keep a schedule, set appropriate limits
and maintain usual rules when possible.
Take care of your pets, which can be an essential
part of your support system.
Show kindness to people who may not have a
support system or are isolated. There may be
limits to what you can do in reaching out, but a
little kindness may be just what someone needs.
Tax Filing and Payment Deadline Extended to July 15, 2020
March 21, 2020
The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service are providing special tax filing and payment relief to individuals and businesses in response to the COVID-19 Outbreak. The filing deadline for tax returns has been extended from April 15 to July 15, 2020. The IRS urges taxpayers who are owed a refund to file as quickly as possible. For those who can’t file by the July 15, 2020 deadline, the IRS reminds individual taxpayers that everyone is eligible to request an extension to file their return.
Additional information can be found on the IRS website link below.
Free File: Do Your Federal Taxes for Free through the IRS
Please visit the IRS website by clicking link below.
Food Distribution Program
“The City of Houston is operating a curbside meal program at 50 community centers around the city.
The free meals are distributed Monday through Friday between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The meals include lunch and a snack and are available for children and teens up to the age 18.
“Only children who come to the site for pickup can receive the meal,” the district reminded. “Parents are not allowed to take food for a child that is not present at the time of pickup.”
Families can also visit HoustonFoodBank.org to find out more places they can go to get food.”