|HOUSTON – The Mayor’s Office of Education and Youth Engagement has achieved a momentous milestone in its commitment to fostering academic and holistic development among the youth. The United States Department of Education recently recognized the Office as an official ally of the Engage Every Student initiative. A bold new call to action to provide high-quality out-of-school time learning opportunities for every child who wants to participate.
«There are so many issues surrounding our young people that have been left unaddressed for far too long, such as the lack of accessibility to afterschool and summer programs,» said Mayor’s Office of Education and Youth Engagement Director Olivera Jankovska. «Receiving this recognition from the U.S. Department of Education demonstrates that our efforts are aligned with national priorities to advance education.»
The recent acknowledgment solidifies the Office’s dedication to empowering our youth’s educational journey beyond the classroom. In a testament to their commitment, the Mayor’s Office of Education and Youth Engagement attended the United States Department of Education’s Raise the Bar Summit in Washington, D.C. to further their expertise and foster collaborations. They were joined by other school district leaders, state and city elected officials, and summer and afterschool learning program providers to celebrate the collective efforts made at the national, state, and local levels to ensure students have access to high-quality afterschool and summer programs.
“The City of Houston is proud to champion these opportunities for our children and youth,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “We look forward to working with the U.S. Department of Education to provide schools and communities the connections and assistance they need to expand access to afterschool and summer learning programs.”
In partnership with United Way of Greater Houston, Houston Endowment, and the Harris County Department of Education, the Mayor’s Office of Education and Youth Engagement leads the Out 2 Learn program, a public-private partnership committed to expanding access to high-quality out-of-school time services to all families in the Greater Houston region through a coordinated, youth-centered approach.