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Advancing Community Engagement and Service Institute

The Advancing Community Engagement and Service Institute connects students, faculty, and community partners through academic-based service learning, high-impact scholarship, and social innovation. We collaborate across disciplines to enhance real-world learning experiences for students while addressing the needs of communities. Learn more about ACES.


  • Cougar Literacy Kids

    Cougar Literacy Corps

    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 Tutors

    This opportunity allows UH students to work with middle and high school students, helping prepare them for success in higher education. Participants serve as tutors in various subjects and guide students toward academic growth and personal excellence. ACES Institute is currently accepting applications for the spring semester.

  • 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 offers grants to 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. Completed applications are accepted on a rolling basis and should be sent to
  • Survey: Service Learning at UH

    The ACES Institute strives to enhance real-world learning experiences for students while addressing community needs. Please help us track ongoing projects and discover areas of need by completing this short survey on your current service learning activities and partnerships across Houston.

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