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The ACES Institute encourages community engagement through volunteer work with our partners. If you're interested in serving as a volunteer or have a volunteer opportunity for UH students, fill out the general volunteer opportunities form. Please visit this page regularly for updates on new service-learning opportunities in the community.

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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. Read more . . .

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Reading Mentors Needed

The ACES Institute has partnered with the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation to bring Read Houston Read to our Third Ward partner schools. As a mentor, you will have the chance to impact a child’s life by reading and engaging in fun activities with them once a week. Read Houston Read is a designed to support HISD’s Literacy By 3 initiative, which aims to have every child reading on grade level by the end of third grade.

This is part of a community-wide effort to reverse the cycle of low literacy in Houston. As one of our mentors with Read Houston Read, you will have the opportunity to impact a child’s life by reading and engaging in fun, educational activities with him or her once a week.

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How to Apply to be a Reading Mentor

  • Complete the online process for a criminal background check. All volunteers must pass an annual criminal background check before participating. You will receive an email from HISD confirming when you can apply to volunteer.
  • Complete the online form to apply to schools with available Read Houston Read opportunities: Blackshear Elementary, Thompson Elementary or Hartsfield Elementary.

For general volunteer opportunities at Foster Elementary, Cullen Middle School, and Yates High School, fill out the general volunteer opportunities form.