Investing in the future.
To build stronger communities, we invest in ensuring inclusive and quality education for all. Our programs and partnerships are aligned around common goals of improving student performance, supporting teachers, and equipping students to succeed in the workforce. We track our progress against key indicators like increased rate of students meeting grade-level reading standards, increased number of qualified teachers and increased graduation rate in the areas where we operate.
In Houston and across our operating areas, we’re addressing literacy by partnering with the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation on the My Home Library program. Research shows that when children have access to books in their home, and have a choice in selecting books, they will read more frequently and achieve at higher levels academically. That’s why, through our partnership, we deliver thousands of books to socioeconomically-disadvantaged students each year.
Across our operating areas, we support students’ access to academic support by providing scholarships for students to attend the Boys and Girls Clubs in Carlsbad, New Mexico, and of the Three Affiliated Tribes in North Dakota. We’re also expanding opportunities for students to take advanced coursework and prepare for success in higher education by supporting the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics Virtual Regional Center and through our partnership with the Cal Ripken STEM Centers.
These are just some of the ways we’re partnering to build stronger communities. Explore more about our education investments and partnerships below.
Learn more about our social investments.
Our Community Partners
The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation helps at-risk youth to engage in age-appropriate STEM learning in a structured environment with trained teachers and mentors who make science, technology, engineering, and math compelling and fun.
Through our partnership, we’ve “Adopted a School,” by providing Communities in Schools’ six core services – guidance and counseling, academic support, health and human services, college and career readiness, family engagement, and enrichment activities – to a local Houston-area school.
As part of our focus on literacy, we support HAUL’s Literacy Education Program, which offers a comprehensive literacy solution to children and youth from conception through high school that includes authentic literature and nonfiction, research-based print and digital instruction, and programs that build the capacity of families and engage communities. We also support HAUL’s Social Justice and Education Center, which offers experiences that build awareness, develop leaders and accelerate change among individuals and teams in the social justice space.
Our support provides opportunities for K-12 students to participate in JA’s Workforce Readiness programs, designed to enhance the relevance of their classroom learning and increase their perceived value of staying in school.
The Career Readiness/Skill Readiness program offers tools, resources and information that focus on career literacy, empowering individuals to improve their employment skills and find employment. It also provides one-on-one coaching/mentoring with each participant about career interests, priorities and how to best navigate job openings, as well as how to network with professionals in order to increase the likelihood of success.
We support HMNS youth education programming, which is vital to the success of the next generation of scientists, mathematicians and engineers. HMNS Youth Education programming features diverse disciplines such as malacology, anthropology, astronomy, chemistry, physics, geology, paleontology and energy education.
We support OSSM’s Virtual Regional Center Program, which provides Oklahoma high school students from rural areas with access to rigorous math and science courses throughout their high school years that would not otherwise be available to them.