Category: Community Engagement

Xochitl Avalos: Co-Founder of Café con la Policia

At Heart of Gold 2019, Xochitl described her project that connects community members with police officers.

Gulfton Community Engineer Recognized

Gulfton Community Engineer Recognized

After finding community at BakerRipley’s Gulfton Sharpstown campus, Maria Hernandez joined the Community Engineers program and started a group that changed Gulfton’s parks.

“The only way to create change is to be engaged."

“The only way to create change is to be engaged.”

Graci Garces, BakerRipley’s Director of Community Engagement, shares tips on how to stay engaged and how we’ve seen neighbors generate positive change for Houston.

The Truth about JUNETEENTH

The Truth about JUNETEENTH

“In recent years the sentiment about Juneteenth that I felt growing up seems to be eroding.” – Marlon A. Smith, Ph.D., Senior Manager, Policy and Engagement.

#HouVotes

#HouVotes

From now until March 2nd, you, your family, friends, and neighbors can cast your vote at any Harris County Early Voting polling location.

A battle with depression inspired her to help other women

A battle with depression inspired her to help other women

After battling with depression for two years, Lorena found encouragement when she visited Harbach – Ripley to participate in various wellness initiatives. There she began conquering her fears and flourishing as a leader.

Meet Raul

Meet Raul

“The Community engineers program trained me to know how to really be involved, to unite the community and to be a voice for the neighbors,” Raul said.

The Station Skatepark is a concrete reality

“The Station” Skatepark is a concrete reality

“I’m feeling spectacular. I’ve never felt this anxiety, happiness and exctasy at the same time. It’s awesome,” said Cameron Wienman, a High School student and one of the skater visionaries.

Video: Teens wish for peace and unity as they look to the future

Video: Teens wish for peace and unity as they look to the future

“What makes our community strong is that we can come together in these centers and just participate in activities that we don’t usually participate in – it just brings us together as a family.”

Skatepark dream becomes a reality for Gulfton youth

Skatepark dream becomes a reality for Gulfton youth

“After this day, our dream will finally be met and we will have the skatepark we always wanted in our neighborhood,” Cameron Wieman said during the Gulfton Skatepark groundbreaking.

Leading by example

Leading by example

We see leaders in our communities every day. From the community engineers who organized to control stray animals in their neighborhood, to the teens who worked with private funders, city officials and our organization to build a $1 million skate park.

Art the Vote

Art the Vote

We recently attended Art of the Vote, a nontraditional voter engagement event by BakerRipley and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH).

US Election: How You Can Help Vote for Good

US Election: How You Can Help Vote for Good

This November we all have an important responsibility–to help our neighbors get out and vote. There is too much at stake to not be a part of the process – too much at stake for our neighbors, our community and our country.