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Mission & History


Our mission is simple. To expand educational opportunity by providing individualized college counseling services to underserved college-bound students and their families in the Greater Houston Community. 


Project College Counseling began as a burden in the heart of Jarvis Taylor, the founder. While working as an admissions counselor, he noticed that underserved college-bound students and their families lacked the guidance necessary to make wise college choices. After extensive research and conversations with representatives of underserved communities, he realized that theses families needed a community-based college counseling center that provided individualized college counseling services. To bring this much-needed service to underserved communities, Project College Counseling was incorporated in  2015. Gloria Fikes and Maceo Willis assisted in the development of a board of high caliber leaders with a heart for underserved communities.

At their initial board meeting, they agreed to start providing college counseling services to families in the Sunnyside community and raise awareness about the lack of quality college counseling service for families who need it the most. 

Project College Counseling plans to establish community-based college counseling centers in underserved communities in the Greater Houston area, starting with Southeast Houston. At the heart of our mission is an unwavering commitment to treating the precious and hard working families of underserved communities with dignity.


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    In the wake of recent violence and brutality against black lives that continues to sweep the nation, BLMHTX formed as a locally-based, and Houston-founded, activist organization and collective of researchers, activists, artists, religious leaders, and community organizers that aims to educate, empower, and build coalition in order to address issues that impact black lives in the city of Houston.

    Our mission is to spark critical visions of a world where black lives matter while working toward making this a concrete reality here in Houston. In all of our work, we emphasize three core tenets: creative imagination, critical dialogue, and coalition building--all in the pursuit of intersectional social justice.

    BLMHTX employs an Ella Baker model of community organizing, a model which brings people together for sustained and coordinated strategic action for social justice. As such, in addition to direct actions and political engagement with local civic leaders, we are committed to building community through programming, trainings, community meetings, and conferences that combine critical dialogue and the arts in ways that creatively highlight and confront issues of racism and social injustice. These community building efforts are central to our aim of curating spaces for disparate members of the Houston community to collaborate, come together, and think about how to contribute to the valuing of black lives through their own areas of interest and influence.

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