Wisdom of Life



Youth Initiatives include:

  • Street Olympics – competitive summer athletics
  • Aquatics Program – Learn to swim classes
  • Discovery Camp – exploring nature and our environment
  • Traveling Naturalist – introduction to biological science
  • Leadership, Experience and Employment – summer internship and junior counselor programs
  • Music Sessions – Introductory vocal, piano, drum, recorder and guitar
  • Literacy – through hands-on activities, shared reading and technology


The Houston/Harris County Promise Zone collaborative will establish and implement a strategy within the Zone that incorporates the Five Promises, National Action Strategies and local initiatives, which foster youth development, drop-out intervention and prevention and community coalescence around the Zone goals. This grant is to develop a cross sector Promise Zone coalition that will create and implement a multi-year plan providing more of the Five Promises to more young people in Houston and Harris County, specifically in the Southeast area of Precinct One, and at the Julia C. Hester House.

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Obesity is a growing problem in the United States and in Houston, and studies have shown that obesity disproportionately affects low-income groups, due in part to a lack of accessible, affordable and healthy food options. In Houston, nearly one-third of all children are overweight, putting them at risk for later health problems such as heart disease, sleep apnea and depression. Health education is a useful tool for preventing unhealthy lifestyle habits.
The Nutrition Program is intended to improve the nutrition and health of the community through educating the children. The JCHH Nutrition Program includes six detailed and interactive lesson plans for children. Lessons include Introduction to Nutrition – Part I &II, Hypertensions, Diabetes, Obesity, and Organic Gardening and Community Involvement.

Rice 360° Partnership

To promote healthy eating and learning in Houston’s Fifth Ward and surrounding communities, the Hester House has partnered with the Rice 360°: Institute for Global Health at Rice University to advance nutrition education in local area schools and to build a community garden to make fresh produce more accessible.

Learn more about the Rice 360° nutrition program.

Rice 360°works in partnership with communities around the world to design and implement novel and affordable technologies that prevent disease, improve health and reduce poverty. Integrating expertise in bioengineering, nanoscience, health and public policy, management, micro-entrepreneurship, and education, Rice 360° brings together highly focused technical solutions; new, sustainable systems of implementations; and the creativity of students and faculty, to improve the health of the world’s most impoverished people.
Beyond Traditional Borders is the undergraduate component of Rice 360° and is an interdisciplinary educational program that engages undergraduates from Rice University in finding solutions to the world’s most pressing health problems, with the goal of creating a new generation of globally minded leaders in the field of health technology.

 – CASE After-School Initiative


– Mayor’s After School Achievement Program


– Boy Scouts of America


– Children’s Museum Magnificent Math Moments


– Girls on the Run of Greater Houston