The YMCA Outreach Initiative team currently operates 9 Opportunity Centers across Houston. The Outreach Initiative team approaches opportunities to work with families in the communities we serve with holistic and collaborative intention. With the support of community partners and Y volunteers, Opportunity Centers are able to close the gaps of inequities and bridge access and resources not available to families in their immediate area.

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Opportunity Centers bridge access and create connections for families that they don’t have in their immediate area. Since needs are different in each community, the Outreach staff approaches opportunities holistically and with intention. We collaborate with community partners and volunteers to deliver programs and resources to families and create safe and encouraging spaces that they may not receive elsewhere.

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About Our Team

We are a team that brings the Y and our mission to strengthen communities directly to families in their communities. We provide a holistic and collaborative approach to working with the families in the communities we serve. Programs and services we offer include Safety Around Water, Youth Fitness Enrichment, Summer and After School Enrichment Programs, Supportive Services, Food and Supply Pantries, and more.

AARP Foundation Experience Literacy Tutoring Program

YMCA of Greater Houston and AARP Foundation Experience Corps are teaming up to bring an evidence-based program to the community that connects students K-3rd grade with trained adult volunteers ages 50 and older who tutor them in literacy and help build their reading confidence. As an affiliate, the YMCA is seeking volunteers to help tutor and mentor students who are a part of the Greater Houston community and attend its community Enrichment Centers this upcoming summer and 2022 school year.

Expectations of Volunteer Tutors

  • Complete an application and schedule an interview
  • Reference and background checks as well as fingerprinting required for all who choose to become EC tutors
  • A one school-year commitment (typically September through the end of May)
  • At least two days per week for a total of about 5 hours per week
  • At least two days of pre-service training plus additional training on virtual platforms
  • Times will vary based on location
  • Monthly meetings at your assigned service location as well as ongoing training throughout the year

Join our next informational session to find out more!

For questions, please contact Karol Carbello at