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Project Canvas

About Project Canvas


At the core of our mission is an unwavering commitment to treating historically marginalized college-bound students and their families with dignity. Project Canvas is much more than an organization that helps college-bound students go to college; we affirm their humanity by engaging them in a process that will help them create options, select the right college, and reach their full human potential. 

It’s extremely important to us that you get to know more so that you feel comfortable partnering with us. Once you take the time to find out what we’re all about, we are confident you will want to help Project Canvas accomplish its mission. So go ahead, get to know us.


Project Canvas aims to help Houston’s youth become leaders in their communities while developing skills that will expand their post-secondary options and prepare them for success.


Project Canvas co-powers with families and young people to ensure that every child in Empower CDC communities have access to a post-secondary program.

Target Audience: 

7th-12th grade students with a low-income status and who desire to attend college or trade school.


Director: Nina Barbieri, PhD

(O) 346-409-2905

Our Impact This Year

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