Rescue Youth Program

Rescue Youth Program


The Change Happens! After School/Summer Program is committed to reinforcing our students’ growing self-efficacy, social development, and sense of commitment to their community. The program’s goal is to proactively enhance protective factors and reduce the impact of negative factors that place youth at risk. We offer tutoring, character building discussions, and enrichment activities that introduce and challenge students with new concepts, cultures, and a higher standard of excellence.

Change Happens! believes that the values of today’s youth create the platform for tomorrow’s society.  The Rescue Youth Program was created to prevent youth involvement in drugs, alcohol, gangs, and other self-destructive activities.

Empowering future generations is the most effective way to combat the destructive forces in torn communities. Change Happens! designed its Rescue Youth Program to teach children life skills and how  to handle problems constructively.  The Rescue Youth Program is delivered in school settings, local shelters, and in the Change Happens! after school and summer programs.

For more information on this and other prevention programs, please visit our partners at the Prevention Resource Center at

After School and Summer Program Sites:
Third Ward Youth Center     (713) 374-1200
Acres Home Youth Center    (713) 691-4192

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Irvin Ashford Jr, Sr. Vice President – Comerica Bank has become a mentor for Andrew a participant in the Change Happens! Rescue Youth Program. Andrew stated that growing up in the Third Ward Community has been extremely difficult. Unfortunately, a lot of his friends are only focused on gang banging and selling drugs. However, with people in his life like Rev. Leslie Smith and Irvin Ashford he is focused on doing well in school and running his mobile carwash business.

Becoming a mentor is extremely rewarding. At its most basic level, mentoring helps because it guarantees a young person to know that there is someone who cares about them. Think back. When you were a kid did you know how to study for a test or make plans for college? Simple things that seem easy or straightforward to you now may appear to be a complete mystery to a young person.

We need your help! Helping to “make change happen” in the life of youth. today will give someone the opportunity to have a “brighter” tomorrow.

Call today 713-374-1255 and find out how you can also become a Mentor.

Youth Programs & Services

Quashanique Mitchell, Coordinator
Project JUMP START & HYPE Abstinence Program

Kelva Clay, Coordinator
HYPE 2.0

Trinell Davis, Coordinator
Mentoring Programs

Stephen Smith, Coordinator
After-School/Summer Programs – School-Based Prevention Programs

Helen Stagg, Senior Director
After-School/Summer Programs


 2015-2016 Afterschool and Summer Program Application

2015 – 2016 After-School Program Application

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