Department of Neighborhoods

Press Release

Mayor’s Department of Neighborhoods and YES Prep Public Schools Present YES Prep Serves!
Students to Participate in Citywide Community Service Event




May 29, 2012 -- On Wednesday, May 30, over 1,700 students from three YES Prep Public Schools will gather at sites across the city to devote time to community service as part of YES Prep Serves! The students will work in volunteer teams led by school staff and parents to spend the morning planting trees, painting median end-caps and cleaning up litter in neighborhoods throughout the city. The students will also take part in The Dream Walk, a walkathon to raise money for graduating seniors with unmet financial needs for college.


The City of Houston Department of Neighborhoods is working in partnership with YES Prep Public Schools to present this half-day of public service, in collaboration with City Council Offices for Districts C, D, B and K, the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, the Solid Waste Management Department and Keep Houston Beautiful.


“The City of Houston is proud to support the efforts of YES Prep students on their day of public service,” said Houston Mayor Annise Parker. “This is an exciting event for these young leaders as they learn the value of civic engagement and experience first-hand the satisfaction that comes from volunteering for the good of our community.”


“Our students want to give back to the communities where they live. They are eager to disprove the myth that young people don’t care about the community,” said Faith Hunter-Brantley, event coordinator.


YES Prep Serves! is part of the many volunteer activities in which students participate year-round. At least once a month, whole campuses dedicate a day to public service.


“It’s part of our mission. That’s what YES stands for, Youth Engaged in Service,” said Chris Claflin, school director at YES Prep-Southwest. “We want students to take the habit of giving back with them through college and beyond.”


The day of service will begin with a pep rally at each campus before students board the busses to their service sites. After completing the service projects, the volunteer teams will share their experiences and reflect on what they have learned.


YES Prep is an open-enrollment charter school committed to providing college preparatory instruction and engaging learning opportunities to students in Houston’s underserved communities. YES Prep consists of 11 middle to high school campuses with an enrollment of over 5,000 students.


For more information, contact Faith Hunter-Brantley with YES Prep-Southwest at 713.208.1544 or Conya Barreras with the City of Houston Department of Neighborhoods at 832.394.0654.


YES Prep Serves! Schedule


7:35 – 7:50 a.m.

Pep Rallies at three campuses:
YES Prep-Southwest, 4411 Anderson Road, Houston, TX 77053
YES Prep-Gulfton, 6565 De Moss, Houston, TX 77074
YES Prep-Brays Oaks, 9000 West Bellfort, Houston, TX 77031


7:55 – 8:40 a.m.

Homeroom/Service Group Meeting


8:45 – 9:15 a.m.
Travel to Service Sites


9:15 – 11:30 a.m.
The Dream Walk, Joe K. Butler Sports Complex, 13755 S. Main St. 77035


9:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Community Service Projects at 9 locations:
District K, South Meadows/Brays Oaks, 7600 W. Airport Blvd. 77071; 200 volunteers - litter cleanup
District K, Glenshire/Brays Oaks, 9000 W. Bellfort St. 77031; 200 volunteers - litter cleanup
District K, Brays Oaks Management District, 10103 Fondren Rd. 77096; 100 volunteers - surveying
District K, Townwood Park, 3403 Simsbrook Dr. 77045; 400 volunteers - litter cleanup, mulching & raking
District D, Hermann Park, 6202 Hermann Park Dr. 77030; 200 volunteers - litter cleanup, mulching & raking
District C, T.C. Jester Park, 4201 W. T.C. Jester Blvd. 77018; 50 volunteers - litter cleanup, mulching & recycling
District B, Acres Homes, area bounded by W. Montgomery Rd., N. Shepherd Dr. & S. Victory St.; 200 volunteers - painting of median end-caps
District B: Fifth Ward Gardens, 4110 Farmer St. 77020; 50 volunteers - planting, raking & de-weeding
District B: Fontaine Place, 9929 Homestead Road @ Bretshire Drive; 200 volunteers - litter cleanup


11:30 – 11:50 a.m.
Reflections, Shout-Outs & Awards at Service Sites


11:50 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch at Services Sites


12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Travel to Campus