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Helping youths & their families

find hope, healing, & purpose beyond trauma

Let's talk about the school-to-prison-pipeline

Our mission is to help youth and their families find hope and purpose beyond trauma.

Statistics prove that children living in poor neighborhoods are more likely to suffer from traumatic incidents, like witnessing or being the victims of violence, neglect, or abuse. These kids also struggle with daily stress caused by food or housing insecurities and overworked, underemployed, stressed-out parents. Children who have gone through abuse or other trauma have a higher risk of developing a mental health condition, such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder.

Unfortunately, schools have not been equipped to support these needs; and once a youth enters the juvenile justice system, it is hard for them to find their way out. Research proves that exclusionary disciplinary practices (e.g., suspensions, alternative school programming, and/or expulsions) often change the trajectory of their education and land them directly in the school-to-prison pipeline.  Our approach is to work side by side with churches, families and schools to disrupt this system.

Ways You can Help

Gifting OnPurpose

Almost half (46%) of Houston families are living below the poverty level. Of those families, 47% are Black or Hispanic. Many are uninsured and dealing with trauma, stress, and mental anguish.

Grant funding only takes us so far in our mission to support individuals on their journey to healing and self-sufficiency. We have a very strong reputation in our communities and with our partners. These are just some of the assets that have set us up to lead, expand, and sustain our movement. We need help from companies and people like you to help us grow and continue to make a difference.

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comprehensive counseling & support

Our Services


Our school-based therapists work within elementary, middle, and high school facilities

Therapeutic Afterschool

Anxiety therapy to help students respond to stressful situations from a place of peace and security


Our programs give students the skills to resist social pressure to fight, smoke, drink, and use drugs

Family Support

Our team of caring professionals helps families rebuild their lives and get back on track


OnPurpose president & ceo

Renae Johnson, MPA, PhD Student

As the founder of OnPurpose, I am humbled by what our team has built over the past six years. I am even more excited about where we can go next! By increasing access to mental health, healing can happen! Children and families can discover relief, life-inspiring purpose, and resilience.

Our hope is that a whole-person approach to supporting individuals on their journey to healing and self-sufficiency levels the playing field for poor black and brown communities.

We have a strong foundation already, with an eye on continued healthy and strategic growth. As you get to know more about OnPurpose, I hope you can envision yourself as a future partner or donor in some capacity.

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Become a donor! Every dollar helps to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline and provides hope and purpose to those devastated by the long-term effects of poverty.