About Beyond Careers

Beyond Careers is a community-based, 501(c) (3), non-profit organization; founded on July 7, 2003 and received its federal and state tax-exempt certifications on July 9, 2004. This organization was created to address the need of educating Houston’s economically disadvantaged and at-risk high school students.

Mission Statement

The mission of Beyond Careers is to provide education for low-to-moderate income (LMI) families and individuals, students, small businesses and the self-employed to build wealth and foster significant improvements in self-sufficiency.

Beyond Careers provides program activities for underserved, LMI. This includes youth, people with disabilities, veterans, seniors, and ex-offenders. The program will connect our clients to the business world by having business professionals conduct training workshops. Workshops include: Financial education, tax recordkeeping for small businesses and self-employed taxpayers.

In partnership with the Internal Revenue Service -Stakeholders Partnerships, Education & Communication (IRS-SPEC), Beyond Careers will continue to provide free tax preparation services through our mobile Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and conduct Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) outreach.

This program will help our clients successfully move closer to reaching their goal of self-sufficiency which will help with the economic development for our communities.

 

Joan Wills is CenterPoint Energy honoree as a WMBE supporter.  Beyond Careers Board of Director member

Joan Wills is CenterPoint Energy honoree as a WMBE supporter. Beyond Careers Board of Director member

 

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Accomplishments

  • Beyond Careers’ Financial Aid U providing free tax preparation through mobile Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and integrated with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Partnership between Beyond Careers’ Financial Aid U and Sharpstown High School
  • Partnership between Beyond Careers’ Financial Aid U and Houston Community College-Southwest
  • VITA in partnership with Prairie View A&M University
  • Annual Education Symposium since November 3, 2012
  • Beyond Careers serves on the Non-Profits Subcommittee of Talent Dividend that was initiated by the Center for Houston’s Future, the Region’s Think Tank:                           http://www.futurehouston.com/cfhf.cfm?a=cms,c,382
  • Tax Recordkeeping workshops for small business/self employed
  • EITC outreach
  • Financial Education, Career/entrepreneur training workshops in HISD and Alief ISD schools
  • VITA site from 2008-2011 at the Tejano Center for Community Concerns-Raul Yzaguirre School for Success
  • Recruitment for volunteers and partners for VITA free tax preparation services by IRS Certified VITA/TCE Volunteer preparer, in partnership with the IRS-SPEC
  • Event partner for Soar Learn & Earn Summit at Houston Community College-Alief
  • Houston Money Week 2014 in partnership with Houston Community College-Centra
  • MoneyWeek Houston 2009-2012

Awards and Certificates

2010 Partnership Soaring Eagle Plaque

This Soaring Eagle Plaque was presented by the INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE to Beyond Careers in recognition of your partnership and outstanding contributions to achieve the IRS mission. Soaring above the rest

2010 Community Service Leadership

This Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Beyond Careers by the INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE Stakeholder Partnerships, Education and Communication (IRS-SPEC) in recognition and appreciation of outstanding effort, dedication and personal contributions in building stronger workplaces and communities throughout this great Nation.

2010 Outstanding Public Services

This award is in recognition of outstanding public service contributed to your community through the INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE Stakeholder Partnerships, Education and Communication (IRS-SPEC) and TCE (Tax Counseling for the Elderly) Programs.

2009 Pursuit of Excellence Certificate of Appreciation

Received award from the Department of the Treasury INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE Stakeholder Partnerships, Education and Communication (IRS-SPEC). This award is in recognition and appreciation of outstanding partnering contributions made in achieving the IRS-SPEC.

 

Memberships:

Southwest Houston 2000 Inc. Board of Director member

Baylor College of Medicine Male Empowerment Coalition