The Social Services department is hosting it’s “Youth Empowerment Program” this summer, in which high school students (or recent grads) will come together to talk about their goals, applying for college and scholarships, and exploring different career paths. Most of HRI’s youth clients do not have parents or family-members who received college education, and do not have the guidance to apply for college and scholarships. While most of them do not qualify for federal financial aid, many do qualify for state financial aid in Texas, and the process can be complicated and intimidating. Among many things, the YEP program helps students with this process, and helps them realize that they can achieve their goals.
Social Services is seeking donations of prizes to provide to participants who complete the program. This can include (but is not limited to):
- New backpacks
- Gift cards (pre-paid, Target, Walmart, restaurants, etc)
- Graphing calculators
- Water bottles
- Portable power banks
- Any other useful technology
If you have any questions about what items would be useful or if you would like to donate, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
HRI’s Social Services served 1535 clients last year, and we continue to witness housing and food insecurity our clients face due to the immigration case backlog. Our already vulnerable clients are stretched in a vicious situation where rent and necessities are at peril. BUT YOU CAN HELP! Click to support these clients: https://support.hrionline.org/a/rentalassistance