Changing lives, changing systems
We amplify our work with individuals to catalyze systemic change to positively affect more youth.
The mission of Houston: reVision is to leverage the power of communities of faith by connecting kids on the edge with mentors, positive peers and life-changing resources. An independent 501(c)3, Houston: reVision was created in 2012 through a groundbreaking partnership between St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, and the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department. Houston: reVision works with youth enmeshed at every point of the school to prison pipeline - teens in trouble at school, in juvenile detention, on probation - as well as ‘certified’ youth in adult prison. Intervening in the lives of male and female youth of all ethnicities, reVision has come into contact with hundreds of youth whose pathway into the criminal justice system began in their home schools, where they found themselves suspended, removed to alternative schools, and arrested and expelled. Many of our system-involved youth are also in the foster care system, experiencing homelessness, are refugees or gang-affected. There is no other organization in Harris County with the capacity, expertise and existing relationships to access this difficult to reach population. By connecting one kid at a time to caring adults, positive peers and a program that works, we offer disconnected youth the opportunity to revision hopeful pathways. Over the past six years, Houston: reVision has grown to serve more than 1,100 youth per year with the help of over 400 volunteers.