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Posts published in “Day: April 7, 2015

Aldine-Greenspoint YMCA implements program at North Houston Skate Park

HOUSTON, TX – The YMCA Achiever’s Program is now offered through the Aldine-Greenspoint YMCA at the North Houston Skate Park (formerly the Spring Skate Park) to provide teens with a positive sense of self and aspirations for professional careers.

The program helps teens set and pursue high educational and career goals that result in higher rates of graduation and acceptance to an institution of higher learning. Through academic aid, career exploration and mentoring, this program encourages youth to raise their academic standards, develop a positive sense of self, build character, explore diverse college and career options, and learn from role models who inspire them to greater heights.

“Even though we are just getting started with the once-a-week program at the skate park, the students have already drafted their contract expressing commitment to the program and attended their first major field trip, reported YMCA Youth Development Director Troy Manchester. “The 12 teens enjoyed an overnight ‘lock in’ at the Langham Creek YMCA before leaving for a visit to the Texas A&M – College Station campus.”

The Aldine-Greenspoint YMCA is unique in that it is a “Y without walls.” All of its programming is hosted at facilities other than a standing YMCA building, such as preschool at Lone Star College – North Harris, youth sports at Thomas R. Wussow Park and now the YMCA Achiever’s Program at the skate park.

To run the program using the skate park’s community room, YMCA staff work hand-in-hand with the Greenspoint District staff who manage the North Houston Skate Park. Also, the District’s Communications Coordinator Alexis Shelly sits on the Board of Directors for the Aldine-Greenspoint YMCA, ensuring lines of communication remain open and initiatives like the Achiever’s program are successful.

Greens Bayou Coalition cleans up, plants trees

Volunteers from Halliburton, Centerpoint, and East Aldine gathered at the end of a street off Aldine-Westfield last Saturday morning, to continue the work of the Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition to improve our waterways.

These 50 or more people planted over 65 trees, and collected a truck-load of trash from the bayou, leaving it fresher and greener than ever.

Executive Director of the GBCC, Jill Bullion, was pleased with the results, and thanked everyone for their dedication and hard work.

The bayou is 45 miles long, and consists of four sections or “reaches” that get scheduled for clean-ups on a rotating basis. Volunteers and sponsors are always welcome, Bullion said. Tents and trash hauling were provided by the East Aldine District, and volunteers had water and shirts provided too.

32 arrested at Haverstock Hills apartments

HOUSTON, TX – A multi-agency initiative to enforce civil injunctions at the Haverstock Hills Apartments in northeast Harris County netted 32 arrests.

The two-day initiative took place on March 25-26 at the multi-unit complex located on Aldine Bender and the Eastex Freeway.

Arrested were individuals with a gang nexus and/or those with an open warrant.

“This is not going to be part of your territory,” said HCSO Lt. Wayne Kuhlman who oversees the Sheriff’s Office Multi-Agency Gang Task Force. “You will not operate out here with impunity.”

Deputies also confiscated weapons and drugs.

Taking part in the initiative, along with the HCSO, were the Aldine ISD, Katy ISD, and Spring Branch ISD Police Departments, ICE, HUD, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, TDCJ-OIG, and the Houston Police Department.

The 2010 gang injunction banning suspected gang members from entering the 57-acre “safety zone” was the first in Harris County.

Since then the injunction has been expanded to include three other apartment complexes and two more schools in a 217-acre area.