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Change Happens receives a visit from County Judge Lina Hidalgo, Commissioner Rodney Ellis & more

The Harris County Justice Administration Department (JAD) announced Change Happens as the intermediary for the Youth Justice Community Reinvestment Fund. The first of its kind in Texas, this groundbreaking four-million-dollar, Youth Justice Community Reinvestment Fund was created by the Harris County Commissioners Court to reduce crime while addressing racial disparities in juvenile detention and is part of a bold new approach to justice that prioritizes investment in communities most impacted by juvenile justice referrals and detention

Change Happens Spring Breakfast Recap

On April 23rd Change Happens hosted the 14th Annual Spring Breakfast at The Junior League of Houston. Thank you to everyone who made this event possible. 

Change Happens' Teen Summit Keynote Lands Deal on Shark Tank

Change Happens is excited to congratulate Ms. Tyla-Simone Crayton for her recent successes. Mayor Sylvester Turner proclaimed Feb 19, 2021 as the Tyla-Simon Crayton day in Houston, Texas. The A 17-year-old CEO from Missouri City won a $100,000 investment on ABC's Shark Tank that aired on February 19, 2021! 


In 2020, Ms Tyla was the keynote speaker for Change Happens Annual Teen Summit. The teen summit in 2020 focused on directing your route to individual potential, where Tyla-Simone inspired over 200 young people in our community with her resilience, perseverance and grit. Congratulation again Tyla and much success to you! #savethedate June 5th Change Happens! Empower Your Voice Virtual Teen Summit. See you there!


On Sunday, February 14, 2021, the State of Texas was blanketed by bitterly cold weather in an unprecedented winter storm event. According to information published on, Texans endured 44 hours of freezing cold, which resulted in more than $18 Billion dollars in damages and caused 69 deaths.  As a result of the storm, there was an extraordinary need for basic supplies, such as food and water. Change Happens sought out to assist the community in meeting the need and quickly organized a Water Distribution Event. The event held on Thursday, March 4, 2021, distributed 542 cases and 558 gallons of water to more than 700 community members.


The event was made possible thanks to these generous donors: CenterPoint Energy, Molina Healthcare, and The Office of Commissioner Rodney Ellis. Change Happens is grateful to be in a position to support the community and know that together, we will emerge stronger than ever.


University of Houston Staff Council is celebrating Black History Month with a special Workplace Conversations event featuring a Diverse Perspectives Panel. The panel includes our very own CEO, Helen Stagg.


For more information, see the flyer below.




Change Happens, in collaboration with Communities in Schools and Crime Stoppers organized a 2020 annual youth summit on September 12. This year, we included the our teachers, social workers and anyone in the helping profession to participate in training sessions to elevate education and racial equity in the classroom. This training included an implicit bias training and an expert panel discussion.

The second installment of our "Thinking Brilliantly, Changing the World" speaker series may have ended, but the conversation is just getting started. 

Watch the replay with Eddie S. Glaude Jr. below:

Change Happens! staff pay tribute to Helen Stagg on her 20th year anniversary!

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GCSW Dean Alan Dettlaff Conversations on COVID-19 | Social Work & Social Justice Perspectives feat Helen Stagg

Dr. Robert Sanborn, a noted leader, advocate, and activist for education and children and President/CEO of CHILDREN AT RISK interviews Helen Stagg, Change Happens’ CEO.

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