The following organizations and programs have been chosen as a part of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ Educational Programs and will receive funding from the Show throughout the next year.
Aldine/Spring Elementary Reading Program
Funding provides trainers who support elementary reading programs in select elementary schools in the Aldine and Spring school districts.
The Alley Theatre’s Educational and Community Engagement Programs serve more than 100,000 students of all ages, as well as teachers and families. The Houston Young Playwrights Exchange seeks to develop and showcase the talents of six young playwrights, ages 13 to 19, from schools in the Houston area in a six-week summer program at the Alley Theatre.
American Festival for the Arts
Funding supports the American Festival for the Arts Summer Music Conservatory, which offers talented fourth through 12th graders instrumental, vocal and composer-focused training.
Baylor Research Advocates for Student Scientists (BRASS)
BRASS promotes excellence in biomedical research by providing scholarship and research funding to bright young scientists enrolled in the Baylor College of Medicine Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. BRASS scholars use these research awards to buy research supplies, purchase computer software for advanced data analysis and cover travel expenses to scientific meetings.
The Brookwood Community, located in Brookshire, Texas, provides an educational environment that creates meaningful jobs, builds a sense of belonging, and fosters dignity and respect for adults with disabilities.
Camp Houston Fire
Camp Houston Fire recruits high school junior and senior girls from Houston-area schools to learn how to be firefighters for a three-day weekend workshop to encourage them to consider this challenging and rewarding career. The girls are trained on the use of a fire hose, forced entry and experience fighting an actual fire.
The Center for Hearing and Speech
Funding supports The Center for Hearing and Speech Melinda Webb School, which allows deaf and hearing-impaired children the chance to live an average childhood in a mainstream school. The school teaches deaf children, ages 18 months through 6 years old, to listen, speak, and read by the time they enter first grade.
Children’s Museum of Houston
The Children’s Museum of Houston’s Kidtropolis is a child-sized city that teaches visitors lessons about civic engagement and the works of government, communications, economics and social businesses. Children can take on roles at different businesses within Kidtropolis and manage the unique city every day. Show funding supports the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Vet Clinic, a hands-on area that will teach children about the care and treatment of livestock.
Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston
Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston provides demanding college prep curriculum to students who are living at or below the federal poverty line. Students attend class four days a week and a work-study program one day a week by holding an entry level position at some of Houston’s top companies. After opening its doors in Houston three years ago, the school will graduate its first senior class in the spring of 2013.
FCCLA Leadership Training
These funds support the leadership provided in conjunction with the annual conference of Family, Career, Community, and Leaders of America.
Glassell School of Art
The Glassell School of Art Summer Workshops offer a variety of programs for eligible students in kindergarten through high school who participated in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Program. Students are able to showcase their work at school exhibitions.
The Health Museum
Students can experience an interactive learning experience at The Health Museum’s School Field Experience Program. Prior to a class visit, teachers can customize their students’ museum experience by choosing from several programs, including exhibitions, dissection demonstrations or shows that will best suit their current science classroom curriculum.
Holocaust Museum Houston
The Holocaust Museum Houston Curriculum Trunk Program provides traveling trunks filled with materials designed especially for use by elementary school, middle school, high school, and college educators to assist in teaching the historical facts relating to the Holocaust, as well as the consequences of prejudice and apathy in society.
Houston Community College – Public Safety Institute
Houston Grand Opera
The Houston Community College Public Safety Institute specializes in providing state-of-the-art training for students in law enforcement, fire protection and emergency medical services. Located on 39 acres at HCC’s northeast campus, the Public Safety Institute meets the needs of 30 fire departments, 37 police departments, five federal agencies and many private sector employers.
The Houston Grand Opera conducts the following educational outreach programs:
- High School Night at the Opera
- OPERA TO GO! – touring performance of children's opera
- Story Book Opera – educational outreach enhanced with curriculum materials and teacher workshops
The Houston Grand Opera developed the Rodeo Portraits song cycle about the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and will perform it during the 2013 Show. Funding supports workshops and performances of the song cycle, which celebrates the rich 80-year-plus history of the Show with video and music.
Houston Hispanic Forum
The Houston Hispanic Forum Career and Education Day’s mission is to reduce the dropout rate among Hispanic students and provide assistance to students and families as they pursue educational and career goals. More than 200,000 students, parents and educators attend the day’s events.
Houston Independent School District – Apollo 20
Apollo 20 is based on five strategies: effective principals and teachers in every school; more instructional time; use of data to drive instruction; “high-dosage” tutoring; and a culture of high expectations for all.
The Houston Symphony provides admission to concerts for students, as well as teacher training and supplemental classroom materials. Funding supports educational programs including Symphony Explorer and Symphony Detective concerts. These programs serve nearly 32,000 students from 21 Houston-area school districts.
Memorial Park Conservancy
The severe drought conditions throughout the state in 2011 caused nearly 19,000 trees to die off in Houston’s Memorial Park. About 80 percent of Memorial Park’s forest was lost to the drought, and now the city of Houston has taken action to revive the park and bring back its green life. Memorial Park Conservancy has a master plan project that incudes planting thousands of trees throughout the affected areas of Memorial Park, helping to create a mixed pine and hardwood forest. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is giving back to the long-time home of its thousands of trail riders traveling from all parts of the state to participate in the Show’s Downtown Rodeo Parade.
Neuhaus Education Center
Funding supports the Neuhaus Education Center’s Partners in Literacy Reform, a partnership between the center, Houston Independent School District, and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo focused on literacy throughout pre-kindergarten years.
Opportunity Houston 2.0
Opportunity Houston 2.0 is an initiative to help ensure continued job growth and capital and foreign investment growth within the Houston area. The program will kick off in 2014 after the close of Opportunity Houston 1.0.
Prairie View A&M University
Funding supports various educational programs at Prairie View A&M University.
Reasoning Mind addresses the three most pressing problems in K–12 education: human capital, curriculum quality and student engagement. It is an online system that adjusts the level of instruction based on each student’s learning level and interest in mathematics. Currently more than 6,000 second through sixth graders in the Houston area are enrolled in Reasoning Mind.
Small Steps Nurturing Center
Small Steps Nurturing Center operates two preschools for children ages 2 to 6 who live in the First, Second, Fourth and Fifth Wards of Houston. The schools offer a Christian environment, transportation to and from school, nutritional meals, and counseling to students.
Teach for America – Houston
Teach for America recruits outstanding recent college graduates to commit two years to teach in urban and rural areas and become lifelong leaders in pursuing educational excellence and equality. Funding for this program allows Teach for America to continue to grow the talent pool, meeting the goal of strategically placing 500 corps members into Houston-area schools over the next two years.
State 4-H Congress
State 4-H Congress is a four-day event in Austin, Texas, that draws more than 600 delegates from throughout the state to learn the legislative process and to research and present legislation relating to youth issues.
State 4-H Leadership Conference
Support is provided for the leadership training conference for incoming Texas 4-H council members and district council members who, in turn, conduct local-level training for about 1,000 other Texas 4-H members.
State 4-H Record Book
These funds support one of the largest 4-H contests in the state, providing recognition for more than two dozen 4-H project competitions.
Texas Aerospace Scholars
Held at the Johnson Space Center, this program encourages high school students to study math, science, engineering and computer science. The year-long, online study program ends with a week-long, summer on-site program at NASA where students work with engineers to design, execute and present a project that reflects what the students have learned during the year.
Texas A&M University Beef Cattle Short Course
Funds are used to defray registration costs for this annual program that focuses on Texas beef cattle producers and presents seminars to help the industry improve efficiency and profitability.
Texas A&M University Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans
The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans With Disabilities program, introduced at The Mays School of Business at Texas A&M University in August 2008, provides training and mentoring in entrepreneurship and small business management to veterans who have sustained disabilities resulting from service in Iraq or Afghanistan. The course consists of an online portion of three to four weeks and an in-house residency of eight days at Texas A&M. The Mays Business School is one of five select business programs in the United States that offer the EBV programs, which began at Syracuse University in 2007.
Texas A&M University – Equine Initiative
The purpose of the Equine Sciences Initiative at Texas A&M is to collectively utilize the university’s expertise to build an equine program that will graduate the industry's future leaders and generate research and veterinary medical care that will improve the industry and the care and welfare of the horse. Funding supports the construction of modern equine facilities, which are used for teaching, training and conducting research.
Texas A&M University – Kingsville
Funding supports the Texas A&M University – Kingsville Ceasar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, a leader in wildlife research in South Texas and northern Mexico.
Career Development Winners
The Show presents $500 to each of the 23 winning chapters in statewide judging contests. These funds are used to defray chapter expenses in representing Texas in national FFA career development events held in conjunction with the national FFA convention in Indianapolis, Ind., each fall.
More than 500 FFA members participate in eight leadership contests at Sam Houston State University. The financial support of the Show allows participants to defray some of the entry fee costs.
Incoming chapter, district, area and state FFA officers attend the State FFA Leadership School, where they go through rigorous leadership training in the form of workshops and seminars. FFA officers also have the chance to hear distinguished speakers, exchange ideas, discuss critical issues, and attend sessions about public speaking and parliamentary procedure.
Texas Rangers Association Foundation
Funding supports an education coordinator position for the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum Public Safety Education Center. The Texas Rangers Association Foundation is committed to preserving and perpetuating the history and heritage of the Texas Rangers. The education center hosts programs in conjunction with school systems and agencies to build respect for law enforcement and enhance museum school tour programs on Texas Rangers history.
Texas Wildlife Association Foundation
The Learning Across New Dimensions in Science program of the Texas Wildlife Association Foundation provides educational programs about agriculture, wildlife and habitat conservation to Texas schools. Through teacher training, curriculum materials and traveling exhibits, the program is able to teach both teachers and students about conservation initiatives and the environment.
Theatre Under the Stars
Theatre Under The Stars, along with the YMCA, provides afterschool care programs and summer programs to benefit low-income students. Young people have a chance to learn music appreciation and arts education.
The River program provides accessible, affordable fine arts opportunities for children ages 2 to 19 with disabilities or chronic illnesses, or who are economically disadvantaged.
The University of Texas – UTeach
The UTeach program was developed to help address the shortage of qualified math and science teachers in Texas and beyond. UTeach integrates a rigorous math and/or science major, research experience, acquisition of effective teaching techniques, field experience, and certification into a four-year program. Its mission is to attract and retain more teachers; create better students in kindergartern through 12-grade science and math education; establish a pre-service curriculum that integrates modern technological teaching tools, scientific discovery, and subject mastery; and build partnerships with school systems and teachers across Texas.
Townsend Leadership Fellows Program
The Townsend Leadership Fellows Program in agriculture and life sciences at Texas A&M University supports advanced undergraduate study in leadership theory through activities of selected students. These activities include fellows program curriculum development, executive speaker events, fellows gatherings, and travel for selected students from the department of agricultural leadership, education, and communications.
Western Art Academy Workshop
The Museum of Western Art provides scholarships to 48 students who participate in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Program each year. These scholarships allow high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors to learn traditional Western art techniques from practicing professional artists.