PartnersThe Choice Foundation, Inc.
The Choice Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 2008 for the purpose of enriching the lives of those living in the greater Houston area. Its programming focuses on health and human services to support families, services that assist youth in their educational and career development as well as their cultural expansion through introduction to the visual and performing arts, and international initiatives that promote awareness of the world and its people.
The Ensemble Theatre was founded in 1976 by the late George Hawkins to preserve African American artistic expression and enlighten, entertain and enrich a diverse community. Thirty-one years later, the theatre has evolved from a touring company operating from the trunk of Mr. Hawkins’ car to being one of Houston’s finest historical cultural institutions. The Ensemble is one of the only professional theatres in the region dedicated to the production of works portraying the African American experience, the oldest and largest professional African American theatre in the Southwest, and holds the distinction of being one of the nation’s largest African American theatres owning and operating its facility and producing in-house. The Ensemble Theatre has fulfilled and surpassed the vision of its founder, and continues to expand and create innovative programs to bring African American theatre to a myriad of audiences.
In partnership with the Houston Independent School District, E-STEM Academy offers an exceptional education choice for students interested in participating in rigorous and challenging studies in a non-traditional setting. The program focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). In keeping with HISD’s mission of creating a college-bound culture in every school, E-STEM Academy students are able to earn college credits that will prepare them for postsecondary academics as well as technical careers in a variety of fields. Support for the program is being provided by a coalition of stakeholders and community partners, including the City of Houston Green Program, Rice University, Texas Southern University, Houston Community College, and CSTEM Teacher and Student Support Services.
Texas Southern, one of the nation’s largest HBCUs, has spawned an impressive array of undergraduate and graduate programs, a diverse faculty, more than 80 student organizations, and an alumni network of educators, entrepreneurs, public servants, lawyers, pilots, artists and others, many of whom are change agents on local, national and international stages. Nestled within a sprawling 150-acre campus, Texas Southern University has been a cornerstone for developing the greatest potential in leaders from various socio-economic, cultural and racial backgrounds. More than 9,000 students and nearly 1,500 faculty and staff comprise the University community.
As a knowledge-based service company, education is a key theme of most of Schlumberger’s community social investment efforts. Schlumberger’s education program portfolio is focused mostly on science education and on health and safety education. They have three global programs and encourage local initiatives by employees.
Chevron helps ensure that communities can thrive in the 21st century economy,they promote education—especially in science, technology, engineering and math—as well as career and vocational training.
Comcast is preparing today’s youth to become tomorrow’s leaders by investing in mentoring, service and scholarship programs that inspire young people to achieve their goals.
Victory Preparatory (VPREP) Academy offers a variety of unique programs tailored to meet students’ individual needs. They understand that no two students learn exactly the same way, and, with that in mind, encourage, and expect, their educators to use that approach in every classroom.
For more than 100 years, HEB’s commitment and involvement in the community has been an important part of the way they do business. They are proud to support initiatives like the H-E-B Food Bank Assistance Program, HEB’s annual Feast of Sharing holiday dinners, and the Spirit of H-E-B trailer that provides on-site relief in areas devastated by natural disasters.
CenterPoint Energy aims to enhance the quality of life in communities by reaching out as a caring neighbor. While maintaining our long-standing focus on education, community development and volunteer outreach,they are re-emphasizing their commitment to the local economy and environment.
Yellowstone Academy is a faith-based, comprehensive approach to addressing the multi-dimensional challenges of poverty in the lives of children and their families from the platform of a high quality private pre-school through eighth grade educational institution. The school exclusively serves children from low-income families with a program designed to provide them the educational, spiritual, social and practical resources they need to succeed in life.
BP employs approximately 20,000 people in the United States and our economic activity supports an additional 240,000 jobs. They can be found in oil and gas fields from Alaska, across the Rockies and out to the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. They also hard at work in refineries and petrochemical plants, on wind farms, in state-of-the-art laboratories and on trading floors across the country. At the Houston campus, they recently opened a high-tech facility that houses the world’s largest and most advanced supercomputer for commercial research.