Houston Health Department

Youth photo exhibit showcases Houston neighborhoods' challenges, strengths


DATE: August 7, 2017

The photo exhibit "Youth Eyes on Houston Neighborhoods" is now on display at The Breakfast Klub restaurant and the Fifth Ward Multi-Service Center.

Created by teens in the youth advisory council of the My Brother's Keeper Houston initiative, the exhibit features photos depicting assets and disadvantages of the Kashmere Gardens, Fifth Ward and Scarborough neighborhoods. It aims to spark reflection about community pride and encourage youth-driven changes to neighborhood issues.

The neighborhoods surrounding Kashmere, Wheatley and Scarborough High Schools are targeted by My Brother's Keeper. The initiative, led by the Houston Health Department, seeks to expand opportunities for boys and young men of color. Its goal is to help ensure academic success, employment and safety from violent crime for Houston boys and young men.

The youth council also includes students from Barbara Jordan High School and YES Prep schools.

The communities targeted by My Brother's Keeper-Houston are the birthplace of many cultural, educational, religious and politically-related institutions. The exhibit offers a unique view of three historic and well-known areas of Houston through the eyes of local high-school students.

The restaurant, 3711 Travis Street, chose to showcase the youths' photos as part of its Artist of the Month Program. It will display the exhibit for three months.

The Fifth Ward Multi-Service Center, 4014 Market Street, opens weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit will also go on display at the Denver Harbor Multi-Service Center, 6402 Market Street.

Porfirio Villarreal
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