Meeting kids where they are
reVision sees the inherent potential of disconnected youth and works to empower them to revision, create and choose hopeful pathways.
By partnering with churches, collaborating with schools, agencies, and organizations, and training hundreds of caring adult volunteers, we build communities of kinship in key neighborhoods which leverage the power of compassionate relationships to alter our mutual trajectory toward a hopeful future.
One at a time, we connect a caring adult mentor to a youth experiencing profound disconnection. Disconnected youth are isolated, alone, abused, traumatized, deserted, abandoned, vilified and pushed beyond the margins of society. Many of them are involved in the juvenile justice system and child welfare system. They are on a trajectory toward homelessness, addiction, crime, sex-trafficking, incarceration, joblessness, gangs, and suicide. Our mentors have no agenda other than to show up in compassion, pay attention without distraction, and listen without judgment for one hour a week, affirming each youth’s worth and potential. A reVision mentor’s primary role is to be a someone to a kid who has no one.
Positive Peer Experiences
We create critical positive peer experiences for disconnected youth through regular weekly community activities, including our reVision soccer club. CommUnity Night is our weekly gathering at our southwest Houston headquarters on the Gethsemane Campus of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. Every Thursday from 7pm to 9:30pm we gather to hear a message delivered by Pastor Gregg Taylor, share a free hot meal prepared by volunteers, and cheer on your favorite hip-hop, breakdance and krumpers during dance battles. See videos of battles from previous events on our You Tube channel here.
Our professionally trained case managers use a trauma-informed approach and evidence-based practices to empower disconnected youth to re-vision and choose a hopeful future.
Life Skills Training
By partnering with local churches, we host weekly gatherings of Juvenile Probation Officers, parents, youth, and mentors across Houston to facilitate evidence-based, basic life skills training for youth involved in the juvenile justice system.
Certified Youth Outreach and Ellis First Friday Program
We work with every youth (age 14-17) in the state of Texas who has been certified to stand trial as an adult or is currently serving an adult prison sentence in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). Youth serving adult sentences are incarcerated at the Ellis Unit in Huntsville. We match youth with mentors, write them letters and send them birthday cards. Once a month we travel to Huntsville (transportation provided) for our First Friday Program to bring them pizza and hope through art, music and dance projects.
Youth LEAD PROGRAM
We recognize that a school with a harsh disciplinary policy and practice is a crucial reason why disconnected youth experience what has been called the “school to prison pipeline.” We also recognize the transformational potential of authentic, caring relationships in the lives of these youth to keep them out of this pipeline. By working with school administrators, we re-engage students who have histories of multiple suspensions, juvenile justice involvement, and low parental and family support by offering alternative disciplinary practices, intensive tutoring support, caring adult mentoring, restorative justice circles, and clinical therapy as needed.
Community Partners and Collaborators
Built on collaboration, Houston: reVision has established partnerships with criminal justice agencies, school districts, and governmental organizations that embed it within systems and ensure meaningful work can occur. reVision leverages its extensive knowledge of how to navigate large institutions to create pathways for increased partnership, then catalyzes systemic change across systems. Current partners include:
Harris County Juvenile Probation Department
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Texas Juvenile Justice Department
the Coalition for the Homeless’ new initiative for homeless youth
The Episcopal Diocese of Texas
The Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church
CONNECT (St. Luke’s UMC, KIPP Houston, YMCA, Legacy Community Health Services)
City of Houston Health Department - My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Houston Movement
Harris County Commissioner Precinct 1
*Partner churches: Bear Creek UMC, Bering UMC, Celebration Lutheran, Chapelwood UMC/Mercy Street, Christ Church Cathedral, Christus Victor, City Church, Covenant Lutheran, First Methodist The Source, First Presbyterian Downtown, FUMC Missouri City, FUMC Pasadena, Good Shepherd, Holy Comforter Episcopal, Holy Covenant UMC, Mission Bend UMC, St. Aidan's, St. Andrew's, St. John's La Porte, St. Luke's UMC, St. Martin's Episcopal, St. Matthew's Lutheran, St. Paul's UMC, St. Peter's UMC, St. Timothy's, Strawbridge UMC, The Foundry UMC, St. Mark’s Episcopal, Cypress Trails UMC, St. Stephen’s UMC, Memorial Drive UMC, Trinity Episcopal, Grace Presbyterian, FUMC Huntsville, The Hallowed Place, Blue Ridge UMC, St. Alban's Episcopal, Terrace UMC, Calvary Episcopal.