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As another productive summer at The Harris Foundation winds down, I reflect on the goals we set out to achieve this same time last year.  By all accounts, the foundation team was successful.

The ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (EMBHSSC) thanks to our partnership with the ExxonMobil Foundation, has always anchored the summer. For more than nine years, we have offered a STEM-filled, hands-on collaborative two-week residential learning experience for middle school students who have shown an interest in science and mathematics.  The camps were held at twenty university and college campuses across the nation, reaching 957 students.  We were happy to welcome three new universities to the 2014 EMBHSSC family this year.  This summer session was truly unique - we incorporated virtual realms for education by integrating fun and interactive technology into our programs.  New apps like "Fooya" and Road2Readiness" have led the way in this effort.


In 2010, The Harris Foundation launched its STEM Centers of Academic Excellence™ (STEM-CAE). Our STEM-CAE are educational institutions that host THF programs to enhance the academic success of youth in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through innovative activities conducted in a variety of locations. This summer two programs operated as part of the STEM-CAE - the Houston Independent School District (HISD) After-School STEM Program and the GEAR UP STEM Academy.  Through our partnership with Discovery Education and their engaging curriculum resources, instructors of our After-School STEM Program had access to fun and innovative online activities and lessons for their students.  During the six week program a new and exciting topic was explored every week. Our GEAR UP STEM Academy was offered to rising ninth grade students from Dunbar Middle School as a two-week residential academy hosted on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock Texas.  This summer's theme had the students focused on alternative energies such as wind, water and solar through a variety of class room lessons and field excursions.


In June we announced a new partnership with FriendsLearn, a Silicon Valley based digital health startup company, who developed a pioneering mobile gaming platform known as Fooya™.  The app was utilized at several campsites this summer.  Backed by research from the Children's Nutrition Research Center at the Baylor College of Medicine, the mobile application delivers healthy behavior outcomes. This partnership is intended to further the art and science of technology on mobile devices with the hope of making a positive impact on global health.

The Harris Foundation also launched our own gaming mobile app for middle school students focused on college and career readiness.  Road2Readiness™ (R2R), soon to be available for download on Google Play and in the Apple Store, familiarizes students with goal setting and the steps to take to be ready for high school, college and beyond.  EMBHSSC students at several campsites piloted the app this summer, providing invaluable feedback, as we work to bring the app to students, educators and parents nationwide.

And as we approach the fall school semester, we look forward to another year of our Dare to Dream (DTD) program, nearing its twentieth year of service to elementary and middle school students in the Houston area schools. The program focuses on character building, crime prevention, community activism and college and career planning.  In partnership with the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department, Communities in Schools, the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Houston office and the Houston and Alief Independent School Districts, we are excited to expand to twelve area schools in 2014-2015.


In partnership with Capital One Bank, we will also be expanding the "RockIt!" financial literacy program into twenty (20) educational institutions to include Houston-area public schools, public charter schools, after-school programs and community based organizations.

In health, many of our Community Health Leaders continue to make headlines for their contribution to health improvements and advancements in their own communities.  Read below on their contributions around the nation.

The Harris Foundation will continue its quest to help America's youth rise to new heights.  We want to continue to cultivate a legacy of leadership and empowerment. As always, I am thankful to our partners, sponsors and supporters for their efforts in assisting The Harris Foundation achieve its goals.



Bernard A. Harris, Jr.

President and Founder



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September 2014






The Harris Foundation launches a new college and career readiness mobile app

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2014 ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Science Camp longitudinal survey winners announced 

Read more about this year's winners here




2014 ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarship winners announced

Click here to see the scholarship winners or for the full press release, click here



Dr. Bernard Harris pays a visit to a few campsites during the 2014 ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp. For more on his visits, click on the links below

at the University of Texas at Arlington

at the University of Houston

at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute



Become one of The Harris Foundation's STEM Centers of Academic Excellence™ (STEM-CAE)

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The Harris Foundation and FriendsLearn team up to help youth make health food choices through an "Epic Food Fight" with new Fooya mobile app

To read more about the partnership click here


Jamie Kamailani Boyd, PhD, FNP-BC, MSN, RN - (CHL 2011), discussed her work as Founder of Pathway Out of Poverty, a nursing program at Oahu's Windward Community College to help Native Hawaiians become registered nurses

Click here to learn more about Pathway


Im Ja Choi, M.S. - (CHL 2011), Founder of Penn Asian Senior Services, finds career success the second time around with her home health agency for elderly immigrants

Learn more about her agency 


Debbie Chatman Bryant, D.N.P., R.N. - (CHL 2012), speaks at a congressional briefing in Washington, DC to address the rising mortality rates among women in the United States and the challenges faced by women living with chronic disease

Read the full briefing summary here


Marlom Portillo - (CHL 2012) Marlom Portillo, the former founder and Executive Director of the Institute of Popular Education of Southern California (IDEPSCA) celebrates the project's first graduation of Promotores de Salud (Health Promoters)

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Martha Ryan, R.N., F.N.P., M.P.H. - (CHL 2003), founder and Executive Director of the Homeless Prenatal Program in San Francisco received the UCSF (University of California, San Francisco) Medal for Advancing Health Worldwide.

Read more and watch the video here


Arnell Hinkle, M.P.H., R.D., C.H.E.S. - (CHL 2003), Executive Director of CANFIT(Communities*Adolescents*Nutrition*Fitness) has been selected to serve as a Fulbright Specialist in public/global health for a five-year term.

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Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr. speaks: "Dare to take risks." 









Dr. Harris, President of The Harris Foundation, talks about that "inspiring moment" on the 45th Anniversary of the Moon Landing


October 5-7, 2014

ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp Fall Forum

Houston, Texas

November 2014
2015 ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camps Call for Proposals requested

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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