HCDE Head Start partners with organizations and companies throughout the Houston area to provide assistance to our students and their families. Our community partners have donated facility use, cars, uniforms, books, resources and most of all, their time to help support our families and prepare children for success in school. To learn how you or your organization can become involved with HCDE Head Start, contact Armando Rodriguez, community partnerships manager (email@example.com) at 713-696-2179.
REAL SuperMENtors Read Program
What is the REAL SuperMENtors Read program?
Read, Excel, Achieve and Lead (REAL) SuperMENtors Read is a mentoring program in which men from the Houston community commit one hour of their time to read, once a month. The program is a part of the ongoing HCDE Head Start Significant Male Initiative formed in 2002 to encourage male engagement throughout the HCDE Head Start centers.
What is the purpose?
The program's purpose is reinforced in its four principles:
- Reading is fun.
- Joint reading positively impacts children learning to read.
- Literacy knowledge and skills lay the foundation for reading and writing.
- Community engagement matters.
SuperMENtor volunteers come from a multitude of business and community members from across the greater Houston area. Additionally, through our corporate sponsors, participating students receive a copy of the book read to them each month to grow a home library.
How does it work?
The program works by recruiting, selecting and assigning mentors to each school. Mentors commit to at least one hour, once a month between October and May to read to students. During the month of May, students celebrate their SuperMENtor.
What research says...
A recent Child Trends research brief found that young people who participate in mentoring programs have better attendance, are more likely to pursue higher education and have positive attitudes toward school than those without mentors. Building on this research, school districts participating in Read.Excel.Achieve.Lead. (REAL) recruit members of their community to commit one hour a month to visiting and reading aloud with children.
When are the reading dates?
Reading dates are each second Thursday of each month, from October through May. Each school site will work with their mentor as needed for scheduling reading dates. We're flexible, depending on your schedule! Here are three easy steps to become a SuperMENtor:
Step 1: Complete the "REAL SuperMENtors Read" application (includes background check* and school site preference).
Step 2: Complete and email your application to
SuperMENtors@hcde-texas.org or via mail addressed to:
HCDE Head Start
Harris County Department of Education
6300 Irvington Blvd.
Houston, TX 77022
Attention: Armando Rodriguez
Step 3: Once you become an official REAL SuperMENtors Read volunteer, you'll attend an orientation and visit your school site for a meet-and-greet.
For more information on the REAL SuperMENtors Read program at HCDE Head Start, contact: Armando Rodriguez at 713-696-2179 or via email at SuperMENtors@hcde-texas.org.
*Criminal background check will be included in your application per HCDE Board of Trustees policy.