Kids’ University is a partnership between Change Happens! and the University of Houston’s Urban Experience Program. Kids’ University focuses on helping children from Houston’s lower economic communities and area homeless shelters to have an opportunity to build upon their academic skills and learn the importance of achieving a higher education. The program is designed to help youth aspire to higher learning and to understand that their futures can include college.
Kids’ University is open to children ages 6-17 who are enrolled in Change Happens! summer program and to children living in Houston area homeless shelters. For one week over 100 children converge upon the main campus of the University of Houston for a week-long experience of college life. The week culminates with a graduation ceremony where the capped-and-tasseled youth receive “diplomas” in front of a cheering crowd, including parents, instructors, Change Happens! staff and shelter staff, volunteers and friends.