reconnecting the disconnected
Our Mission: To transform the lives of vulnerable youth (14-18 years old) through education, skills training, employment and authentic relationships.
Eight Million Stories (8MS) is a nonprofit founded in 2017 to support disconnected youth in Houston, Texas. We are located at 6500A Chimney Rock Road, Houston, TX 77081.
Young people, especially young men of color, are disappearing—from schools, from communities and from the workforce. Fueled by zero tolerance policies and in-school policing, the school-to-prison pipeline is sweeping disproportionately high numbers of youth into the criminal justice system. For many, it is the start of a lifelong cycle of poverty and imprisonment: Juvenile-justice involved youth who lack support and employment prospects upon release often struggle to re-enter society and face a high risk of recidivism.
Our Theory of Change:
Our theory of change is that by providing disconnected youth who have been pushed out of our school system, with an opportunity to complete their education and obtain meaningful employment, we will drastically reduce the recidivism rates of justice involved youth in the city of Houston. Furthermore, the success of our program will assist school districts and the juvenile justice system in finding alternative pathways for students who are not succeeding in traditional school settings.
The name “Eight Million Stories” comes from a rap song by Hip-Hop group “A Tribe Called Quest” towards the end of the song is this repetitive phrase “ Help me, help me”. When we think about disconnected youth or youth involved in the juvenile justice system. They are not all bad kids. At the root of their behavior and poor decisions is a cry for help. They just want someone to listen.
Support for Eight Million Stories has come from public sources at the local level, as well as private corporations, foundations, and individual donors. Support has included both capital and programmatic support, and has helped to provide Eight Million Stories with the resources, equipment, and unique programming and curricular development necessary to realize its mission for Houston’s most vulnerable youth. Learn how you can support us with a donation.
Hear from our founder, Marvin Pierre, on why Eight Million Stories is critical to changing the future for youth in the juvenile justice system or who are otherwise disconnected.