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Advancing Community Engagement and Service Institute

The Advancing Community Engagement and Service Institute at the University of Houston strives to enhance real-world learning experiences for students while addressing community needs. The ACES Institute provides support and resources to faculty and staff to promote well-designed service learning opportunities to help students become the change agents of tomorrow. In addition, the Institute will conduct regular research and evaluation as part of its commitment to implementing evidence-based programs that will fulfill the educational and health needs of the community. Learn more about ACES.

Student Programs

  • Cougar Literacy Kids

    Cougar Literacy

    The UH Cougar Literacy Corps - AmeriCorps is looking for qualified college students to work as reading tutors in nearby elementary schools, to participate in community-service projects and to serve as role models. Apply now! Students are paid a living allowance and an educational award for service.
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    Academic Impact Cougar Tutor

    Guide students towards not only academic, but personal excellence that will reach far beyond their secondary school years. Academic Impact Cougar Tutors will be active participants in the learning, growth, and personal development of students with the goal of preparing students to successfully attend college.
  • Science Tutoring

    Math/Science Cougar Tutor

    Help elementary, middle and high school students increase their proficiency and confidence in math and science by serving as a Cougar Tutor. The program is a partnership between UH students, ACES Institute staff and Promoting Education Across the Country.

Faculty Programs

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    Grants for Service Learning Courses

    The ACES Institute is now accepting pre-proposal applications from faculty interested in developing new service learning courses or embedding service learning into their existing courses. To learn more and download the application, visit the grant page. ACES will be accepting pre-proposals until October 5, 2018. Completed applications should be sent to
  • Service Learning Across Campus : Survey

    The Mission of the ACES Institute is to enhance real world service learning experiences, while addressing community needs built on sound partnerships and meaningful research and evaluation.  The ACES Institute looks to facilitate and provide resources for service learning and service projects across campus. Our goal is to identify current projects and new areas of need.  We ask that you complete this short survey on your current service activities and partnerships across the Houston community.

Stay Connected

Want to learn more about the ACES Institute and to get involved? Please sign up for the ACES Email List to receive information about the latest news and projects. The list is open to students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members.

Jonathan Schwartz, Jasmine Payton, Anne McClellan, Bob McPherson, Paula Myrick Short and Sarah Fard
"The mission of the Advancing Community Engagement and Service Institute is to make a significant contribution to improving the quality of life in the local Houston community, specifically through civic engagement and service learning."
— Anne McClellan and Jonathan Schwartz,
ACES Institute co-founders and co-directors