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Advancing Community Engagement and Service Institute

The ACES Institute at the University of Houston strives to improve the quality of life in the Houston region through academic-based serving learning that supports student success and meets the needs of the community. We partner with schools and organizations to give real-world learning experiences to college students and to advance K-12 academic performance through evidence-based programming.

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Our Academic Impact Cougar Tutors program allows UH students to work with elementary, middle and high school students, helping prepare them for success in higher education. Participants serve as tutors in various subjects and guide students toward academic growth and personal excellence.

Learn more about applying for the paid position!

Sangeetha Ranadeeve


Alumna Sangeetha Ranadeeve served as a Cougar Tutor at Sterling High School in the Houston Independent School District for three years and said the impact of the tutors’ work was profound. 

“You see kids who feel like they’ve been bashing their head against the wall, and the moment they understand something and make progress, it’s like joy comes over them,” Ranadeeve told the Houston Chronicle. “I absolutely think this kind of work will make a difference.” 

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Contact Us

We welcome your input, questions and interest in partnerships! 

UH ACES Institute
Judy Cook Building 
3002 Leek St. 
Houston, TX 77004 

Contact Executive Director Anne McClellan at or Program Director Stephanie Perez-Gill at