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Are you passionate about education? This is an amazing opportunity to make a difference in the life of a youth in foster care through academic coaching.

Before leaving foster care a youth:

  • Spent an average of 5 years in foster care
  • Changed placements 8 times within those 5 years
  • Attended at least 8 different schools due to changing placements
  • Is often behind on their grade level
  • Lacks a traditional support system to transition to adulthood
  • Lacks the skills and ability to live independently

Nationwide, only about half of the youth raised in foster care end up finishing high school; and less than 3% graduate from a 4-year college.

Across the U.S., youth raised in foster care typically achieve at lower levels academically and are at a higher risk of dropping out of school than their general population peers.

The HAY Center is excited to be launching a new Academic Coaching Program in the Fall of 2021. The goal of the program is to help students become more efficient and effective both inside and outside the classroom. Academic Coaches will work with youth on organization, time management, study skills and social competencies. The program is integrated into the student’s existing school work, along with traditional tutoring, supplemental enrichment and homework support.

The program will take place in Residential Treatment Center's (RTC) located in the greater Houston area. Academic Coaches will work with youth, between the ages of 15-17, onsite during out of school hours.

Exact days and times will vary, depending on the facility. We will work with you on a schedule. The pilot program is taking place in the Spring, TX area. Training and ongoing support will be provided. There will be a professional tutor onsite to provide additional support.

Click here to sign up for an information session:, or contact Laura Meares at or 832-544-3628 for more information.

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1216 W CLAY ST, HOUSTON, TX 77019, US

Mission Statement

Empowering current and former foster youth to be successful, productive adults through training and mentorship in education, employment and personal achievement.


The HAY Center, a program of Harris County Resources for Children and Adults, a public/private partnership, provides much needed services to foster youth transitioning to adulthood in our community. Our employment, education, housing, mental health and life skills programs empower current and former foster youth to be successful productive adults.

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations Houston, TX 77019



  • General Education
  • Tutoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Math / Science Instruction
  • Teaching / Instruction




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 25
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 -4 hours per week
  • TB Test, Drug Test

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