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I am delighted that The Harris Foundation continues to grow by leaps and bounds in our continued commitment to empower America's youth and families. In October, we had a very successful Fall Forum for the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camps (EMBHSSC), where camp directors from twenty (20) different universities from around the nation converged on Houston. They spent three (3) days discussing lessons learned from this year's program to make the 2013 EMBHSSC even better. The result of the 2012 program was to provide a STEM based curriculum to over 960 students from  628 schools.


This school year, our Dare to Dream program began its seventeenth year working in schools in Harris County, Texas. It is always an honor to have the support of great partnerships who believe in your vision to help cultivate the community in such a positive way. This year the Dare to Dream program has a presence in eleven elementary and middle schools; providing students with a curriculum focusing on self-improvement, community service and career building skills.


Most recently, we have expanded our reach by creating a fun and educational financial literacy program called "RockIt!". We successfully launched the new "RockIt!" program with support from our partners at Capital One, Game Truck, the Houston Independent School District and the Federal Reserve Bank Dallas - Houston Branch with an excited group of seventh grade students at Marshall Middle School here in Houston, TX. The program looks to increase financial intelligence by giving students a strong foundation in sound financial and entrepreneurial principles through interactive lessons and gaming experiences.


I am also proud to announce that our affiliates at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leaders program recognized ten remarkable men and women this month during their 2012 Annual Meeting and Award Ceremony in San Antonio, Texas. Each year the RWJF Community Health Leaders program awards forward-thinking individuals who are working to increase access to health care and eliminate health disparities.


The Harris Foundation remains committed to its mission of supporting our nation's communities in the areas of education, health and wealth. By investing in the well-being of the next generation, we hope each child's eyes will be opened to a world of "infinite possibilities".


Bernard A. Harris, Jr.

President and Founder



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August-October 2012 Highlights in...




2013 ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp Request for Proposals Released,

Proposals Due by November 26th

For more information and to apply to host a 2013 EMBHSSC, click here.


Dare to Dream begins its 17th year working with Harris County, Texas schools

The 2012-2013 Dare to Dream year is off to a great start with 275 kids at 11 schools in Harris County, Texas learning about themsleves, their community and their futures. 

For more information and a complete school listing, click here.



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Ten remarkable men and women named 2012 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leaders. 

Read more about their amazing work here. 


2010 RWJF Community Health Leader Dana Harvey recognized as Champion for Change. 

For the full story, click here.


2004 RWJF Community Health Leader Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg featured in People Magazine.

To read the article, click here.


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The Harris Foundation launches RockIt!, a middle school financial literacy program, in partnership with Capital One, GameTruck, the Houston Independent School District and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas - Houston Branch.

For more on the RockIt! program, click here.




November 1, 2012
Optional Phone Conference for those interested in hosting a 2013 EMBHSSC

(Registration is required. Interested parties may register via e-mail to, or by phone at 713.877.1731)

November 26, 2012
Deadline to Submit Proposal to Host 2013 EMBHSSC

November 28, 2012
Dare to Dream's Fall FBI Field Trip
Houston, Texas

December 14, 2012
Notification of 2013 EMBHSSC grantees

About The Harris Foundation

Founded in 1998 by Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr., The Harris Foundation, Inc. (THF) is a 501 (c) (3), non-profit organization based in Houston, Texas, whose mission is to invest in community-based initiatives to support education, health and wealth. THF supports programs that empower individuals, in particular minorities and others who are economically and/or socially disadvantaged, to recognize their potential and pursue their dreams. Through our interactive STEM education, health and wealth programs, we prepare students and communities for a world of infinite possibilities.
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