By: Ashika Nambiar

YES Prep Public Schools — one of the fastest growing and highest performing public charter school systems in the U.S. — is celebrating a remarkable 63 teachers who earned the coveted Texas
Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA) this year for their exceptional impact on students’ achievement. This brings the total number of TIA recipients at YES Prep to an impressive 145. This state-funded program honors teacher effectiveness based on rigorous student growth data and YES Prep’s comprehensive evaluation system, the Teacher Pathway. YES Prep’s TIA recipients surpassed rigorous growth targets by going above and beyond expectations, crafting engaging lessons, tailoring support to individual needs and fostering strong relationships that fuel
academic success.

Earning a TIA designation isn’t easy – it takes dedication, expertise and a passion for igniting young minds. But the rewards are significant: stipends ranging from $3,000 to $32,000 are distributed over five years, providing well-deserved recognition and financial reward for deserving teachers. YES Prep believes powerful teachers are the key to unlocking student potential
and college readiness. By offering robust financial incentives that reflect their outstanding performance, YES Prep is not just rewarding teachers, it is investing in the future of its students.

“Our mission is about opportunity for all students, and these teachers embody our efforts. The TIA recipients at YES Prep aren’t just educators, they are inspiration personified. They pour
their hearts into their craft, creating classrooms where learning is vibrant, challenging and deeply rewarding. They see the potential in every student and relentlessly work to help them
reach their full potential,” YES Prep CEO Mark DiBella said. “A heartfelt congratulations to our phenomenal TIA recipients. Your commitment to excellence is an inspiration to us all, and
we are incredibly grateful for the positive impact you make on our students’ lives.”

YES Prep is expanding and growing its team of extraordinary PK-12 educators. As part of the YES Prep team, teachers grow as authentic leaders and experience extraordinary career opportunities through development, competitive total compensation and recognition for their impact. Those interested in joining YES Prep’s life-changing mission can apply here.

October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit www.edwardsforhouston.com

As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.

Calling all teenage student-athletes! If you have dreams of playing college soccer and wish to represent an HBCU, the HBCU ID Camp is your golden opportunity. From 8 am to 5 pm on November 11-12, Houston Sports Park will transform into a hub for aspiring male and female soccer players. Coaches from HBCUs across the nation will be present to evaluate, scout, and offer valuable feedback. Moreover, they might even spot the next soccer prodigy to join their collegiate soccer programs. This camp is not just about honing your soccer skills but also a chance to connect with the HBCU soccer community. You’ll learn the ins and outs of what it takes to excel on the field and in the classroom, which is crucial for a college athlete. The HBCU ID Camp is an excellent platform to network with coaches, learn from experienced athletes, and take the first steps toward your college soccer journey. To secure your spot at this incredible event, don’t forget to register [here](insert registration link). Space is limited to 120 participants, so make sure to reserve your place before it’s too late. It’s time to turn your dreams of playing college soccer into a reality.

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