UEI OBJECTIVES

UEI's Core Program keeps youth off the streets by engaging 250 high risk minority youth in daily structure after-school alternative programs, weekend field trips (Including Camping) and a seven week summer community service project.

UEI deters gang activity by offering youth positive male role models and alternative social club formations, youth run businesses, and leadership development.

UEI prevents/deters chemical dependency in youth by increasing youth opportunities for success and building self-esteem through academic competitions, parent child activities, recreational outings, counseling and an all-teen support group. 

UEI helps prevent teen pregnancy by offering manhood development seminars, primarily focused on sexuality and human growth, providing adult role models, health services from agency's adolescence clinic, and personalized goal attainment plans.

UEI helps youth become productive members of the workforce by providing high risk youth with career awareness activities, including Career Awareness Month, job fairs, information and referral services, youth enterprises activities including a computer repair service and T-shirt production business, and summer community employment. 

UEI promotes future employability by preventing drop-out and supports educational success through counseling, tutorial services, and academic competition.

UEI helps students stay enrolled and complete high school by offering a last chance to successfully engage youth in completing their education. UEI youth participants demonstrate higher rates of school attendance and graduation than similarly situated youth in the community.

Facts

The Urban Enrichment Institute - UEI (formerly the Fifth Ward Enrichment Program Incorporated -FWEP) of Houston, Texas is a local private nonprofit agency that is also a United Way Affiliate organization located within the geographical community for which it provides services. The Fifth Ward is roughly bounded by Lockwood Avenue on the east, Collingsworth Street to the north, Hardy Street on the west and the Buffalo Bayou to the south. The total population of the area, according to the 2010 U.S. Census, is 25,464. The residents are predominately African American or Hispanic, with 29.2% describing themselves as non-Hispanic blacks.

The target population is low-income, at-risk males, ages 12 to 19, who attend schools (Kashmere and Wheatley High Schools, Key, McReynolds and Fleming Middle Schools) in the Northeast District of the Houston Independent School District (HISD). During a normal school year, approximately 200 school-based youths will be case-managed and another 200 youths will receive outreach services. For the new school year 2018-2019, the parents of the participating youth will receive a secondary intervention complementing the services that will be made available to their sons. 

Socioeconomic information from the 2018-2019 HISD School Profiles also show a community struggling with poverty and the many negative consequences of marginalization and discrimination. The HISD School Profiles for the ND (which includes the Fifth Ward, Kashmere Gardens, and Denver Harbor area (Kashmere and Wheatley High Schools, Key, McReynolds and Fleming Middle Schools and Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy for Young Men ) show a primarily low-income minority populationEighty-three (83%) percent of them qualify for free or reduced lunch by federal poverty standards and Eighty-one (81%) are considered “at-risk”. 

UEI has provided services related to adolescent reproductive health since its incorporation in 1995. One of UEI’s aims is to impact morbidity due to HIV/AIDS, STDs, and teenage pregnancy. These factors affect quality-of-life outcomes such as future employability, income, family stability, and opportunity for higher education.