Respected. Nurtured. Protected.

aka ChildBuilders   |   Houston, TX   |


Our mission is to promote mental health and prevent abuse by empowering children, parents, and teachers with assertiveness skills, emotional control, empathy, resilience, and the ability to resolve conflict nonviolently.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Mrs. Amanda Siroosian

Main address

11152 Westheimer Rd #794

Houston, TX 77042 USA

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Formerly known as


Houston Advocates for Mental Health in Children



NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Family Services (Adolescent Parents) (P45)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

ChildBuilders is the only non-profit organization in Houston promoting a primary prevention model to prevent child abuse, victimization, and violence. According to the Texas Department of Family Protective Services, in 2017 there were 71,308 confirmed victims of child abuse and neglect; 11,317 confirmed victims were from the Greater Houston area alone. About 90% of children who are victims of sexual abuse know their abuser and 1/3 of abused children will continue the cycle in their own families. Fewer than 30% of victims of sexual abuse ever report their abuse. Our approach is unique in that we work on the “front end” of the issues before a child is harmed. ChildBuilders stands behind the simple truth that it is better to build up a child now than it is to repair an adult later; thus, our programs are designed to build resilient, safe, and mentally healthy youth who are equipped with the skills to overcome adversity.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Stand Strong • Stay Safe® (Personal Safety & Antivictimization)

This prekindergarten through fifth grade curriculum
teaches children how to prevent victimization through
assertiveness skill building. Students learn to set and
defend personal boundaries, be assertive, and get
help when faced with unsafe situations. Interactive
presentations are used to introduce the concepts of
boundaries, consent, physical abuse, sexual abuse,
emotional abuse, and bullying.

Population(s) Served

This eight-lesson, interactive curriculum prepares
prekindergarten through first grade students with the
social and emotional skills they need to become caring,
nurturing, and contributing members of their families
and communities. This curriculum is easily integrated
into classrooms with hands-on learning, center activities,
and parental involvement through Home Connections.
Lessons and strategies are used to improve the classroom climate and promote community and connection.

Population(s) Served

This 12-lesson, evidence-based curriculum teaches middle
and high school students how to build and maintain
healthy relationships. Topics include self-awareness,
goal setting, respect, dating safely, boundaries, dating
violence, communication, unplanned pregnancy, and
social media.

Population(s) Served

This 10-lesson curriculum is designed to teach middle and high school students skills that will positively influence their future parenting. Parents Under Construction enhances children’s awareness of how parenting influences children’s mental health. The program helps children today learn the parenting skills they will need in the future. This program increases the social and emotional competence of children and prevents physical abuse, emotional abuse, and mental health challenges now and in future generations.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Best of Texas 1993

Corporate Fund for Children

Primary Prevention Award 1993

Mental Health Association of Greater Houston

Leadership in Action Award 1994

Leadership Houston

Award for Program Excellence 2002

Prevent Child Abuse in Texas

Promising Practices Citation 2003

Character Education Partnership

Business Partner of the Year Finalist 2009

Houston West Chamber of Commerce

Community of Respect Award 2009

Anti-Defamation League ADL

Community of Respect Award 2010

Anti-Defamation League ADL

Community of Respect Award 2011

Anti-Defamation League ADL

Community of Respect Award 2012

Anti-Defamation League ADL

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Our numbers are measured by our Fiscal Year, which is July 1 through June 30. Both FY21 and FY22 were significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

ChildBuilders is a nonprofit organization specializing in prevention and the promotion of mental health in children. Our programs provide the knowledge and skills needed to recognize and prevent child maltreatment and trauma. We prepare children to navigate life’s challenges by teaching them to be assertive, resilient, and empathetic.
Our vision is to foster an environment where children are respected, nurtured, and protected. We believe this is done by reaching the child, parents, and professionals. We reinforce and strengthen the message by cultivating a supportive community. ChildBuilders staff trains individuals to present our programs to youth and follow up with parents upon completion of the program.

Our mission focuses on preventing trauma and abuse by teaching children, in pre-kindergarten through high school, how to protect themselves and each other from bullying, internet dangers, abuse, neglect, and relationship violence, while empowering parents and teachers to keep their children and communities safe. Our three-tiered approach to primary prevention offers cost-effective, sustainable education and awareness solutions for training school personnel, community volunteers, and parents to help Houston’s youth to 1) identify and avoid unsafe situations, 2) develop empathy and strong decision-making skills, and 3) establish and maintain healthy relationships now and in the future. We serve all children and families in the Greater Houston area, believing that every child can benefit from the training we provide.

Through our effective train-the-trainer model, we offer teachers and school personnel training in our curricula during professional development days offered by school districts. Once trained, teachers, school personnel and other trusted adults in schools, and youth-focused institutions can use these tools to present our programs and continue to follow-up with students and parents. In this way, vital messages for children are reinforced and strengthened throughout an informed and supportive community. Additionally, we provide workshops to community-based organizations and parents throughout the year. The ChildBuilders team is available to districts, schools and community partners for consultation, as needed. We have carefully developed and evaluated these programs to ensure they impart the skills children and adolescents need to identify and avoid unsafe situations, to develop resilience, empathy and strong decision-making skills, and to establish and maintain healthy relationships.

Last year, we reached nearly 20,000 children and adults in collaboration with 70 schools through the following major programs and services: Stand Strong, Stay Safe (personal safety education); Relationships Smarts Plus (healthy relationship education); Parents Under Construction (positive parenting preparation); and Build to Nurture (social and emotional learning).

In addition to this, we have described the significant changes within our organization throughout the last year:
• The pandemic precluded our ability to continue in-person train-the-facilitator trainings, bringing continued uncertainty to our programs. To continue providing services to our community, we poured resources into changing our program strategy to accommodate distance learning.
• Also, we have redesigned and redeveloped organization’s website and included a robust online learning system to house ChildBuilders’ educational materials.
• Our safety education program Stand Strong • Stay Safe is now offered in three age-appropriate versions: Early Childhood for Pre-K through 1st Grade, Lower Elementary for 2nd and 3rd Grades, and Upper Elementary for 4th and 5th Grades.
• In response to presenters need, we produced and piloted a series of student-facing videos that can be used to teach Stand Strong Stay Safe asynchronously.
• We developed 4 successful parenting webinars to address the impact of COVID covering the following topics: parenting and mental health, parenting and mindfulness, parenting and trauma, and parenting with empathy.
• This year, one hundred percent of the Board are donors and every board member increased their individual giving over previous years.
• Our board is more engaged by participating in events, implementing fundraising strategies, and securing funding or in-kind donations.
• We have made an effort to recruit board members representing greater diversity, and succeeded in expanding the ethnic diversity on our board this year.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome



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Board of directors
as of 10/03/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Liz Palmer

The Texas Wine School

Term: 2021 - 2024

Board co-chair

Ms. Lia Vallone

Spindletop Charities

Term: 2021 - 2024

Steven Tesney

Monarch Realty

Sheila Aron

The Thread Alliance

Katie Stewart Anchondo

New Hope Housing, Inc.

Melissa Schuck

The Junior League of Houston

John Ntagha

MD Anderson

Missie Hills


Jennifer Kilgore

First Community Credit Union

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/23/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/03/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.