New Halloween specials air this week on KLRU

This fall, kids are in for a delightfully spooky treat on KLRU Kids. On October 28, PBS KIDS will premiere The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Halloween! on television and streaming devices. The new movie follows Nick and Sally as the Cat in the Hat takes them on an exciting Halloween ride. Additionally, PBS KIDS will premiere new Halloween-themed episodes from Dinosaur Train, Nature Cat, Ready Jet Go!

KLRU airs The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Halloween special at 7 am and noon on the 28th; 7 am on Oct. 29th; 7 am on Oct. 30th; 8 am, noon and 2 pm on Oct. 31st!

Dinosaur Train Spooky Tree / Spinosaurus Super Model airs at 10 am on Oct. 28 and Haunted Roundhouse / Big Pond Pumpkin Patch airs at 10 am on Oct. 31st.

Nature Cat Runaway Pumpkin / Lady Bug Tough airs Oct. 27 at 7 am and 2:30 pm and Oct. 28 at 2:30 pm.

Ready Jet Go! Jet’s First Halloween airs on KLRU Oct. 28 at 6:30 am and 3 pm; Oct. 30 at 8 am and Oct. 21 at 6:30 am and 3 pm.

The treats keep coming in October when PBS KIDS will offer a variety of Halloween-themed games for kids to play on the free PBS KIDS Games App and, including the Cat in the Hat Corn Maze Craze, Cat in the Hat Camp Time, Nature Cat Park Builder and Peg + Cat Parade. A new Spooky Street and set of rewards will be launching on PBS KIDS’ popular virtual world Kart Kingdom as well. Hands-on activities, including pumpkin-carving templates with favorite PBS KIDS characters, are available on PBS Parents.

This fall, PBS will also offer PreK-12 teachers an easy way to integrate Halloween themes into their instruction with a range of curriculum-aligned videos, lesson plans and games. Teachers can use these resources to enhance homework assignments or kick-start classroom discussions. These free resources are available to teachers nationwide on Examples include Peg + Cat’s Tiger Trick or Treat, PBS LearningMedia’s All About the Holidays: Halloween, PBS Digital Studios’ Frankenstein, M.D. and more.

American Graduate Champions celebrated at Austin Chamber of Commerce


A packed house at the Austin Chamber of Commerce on Sept. 12th honored four Austin-area American Graduate Champions. In addition, KLRU was able to preview PBS Spotlight Education Week and point attendees to the local American Graduate resources to help educators, parents, and youth. The following Champions were recognized:

See the video shorts of all four Champions

See KLRU’s list of over 200 local Champions

The event coincided with PBS Spotlight Education Week, a series of programs that highlight the current challenges and promises of education in America. Our four local Champions will be featured throughout the week on-air; in addition, Saturday at 1 pm marks the fifth annual American Graduate Day, a four-hour block of national programming with a particular focus of recruiting mentors to assist students on the road to high school graduation and beyond.  Following the broadcast, KLRU will premiere AISD Champions, a one-hour showcase of student-created films celebrating peers, teachers, coaches, and counselors who are making a difference in student lives.

Local support for Spotlight Education Week comes from Austin Community College. The national multi-year American Graduate initiative is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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KLRU’s Family Creative Learning Workshop Pilot

Father and daughter enjoying their Scratch Jr time together.

We held our first of four sessions Wednesday night (8/31) at one of our partner sites, The Thinkery Children’s Museum ( We had a beautiful classroom space to work in that allowed for a large table for group work, a smaller table for kids to decorate their Maker Hats, and an area on the floor with bean bags and LEGO for kids who needed a break.

The real magic came when we turned the iPads over to the parents (while kids decorated) and gave them a brief overview of how PBS Kids Scratch Jr. works. Their discoveries were palpable as they learned how to add and animate characters. And when the kids joined them, and they began to create together, there were moments where every pair were deeply engaged together, with big smiles on their faces. Comments included: “I never get 1-1 time with my child so this is really special.” “The father is normally the ‘fun parent’ but tonight I got to be ‘Fun Mom!'”

All the parents were excited to leave with a book to read with their child, information on how to download PBS Kids Scratch Jr. for their own devices and getting together again for the next session!

Consejos sobre caminos hacia el éxito


El camino al éxito está pavimentado diferente para todos, pero afortunadamente , el centro de Texas ofrece muchos caminos diferentes que apoyan a los jóvenes para la graduación de la escuela y del más allá .

Los programas locales que trabajan directamente con los educadores, familias y jóvenes para apoyar a los jóvenes , fortalecer las familias y mejorar las escuelas :

busAfrican American Youth Harvest Foundation– ofrece programas y becas para los jóvenes afroamericanos y el apoyo a sus familias ( K -12 )
AchieveTexas – de la Agencia de Educación de Texas, la orientación a 16 rutas de carreras diferentes.
Austin Justice Coalition– ofrece clases los Sábados pare estudiantes de la preparatoria pare jóvenes afroamericanos.
Austin Voices for Education & Youth– construcción de la comunidad , líderes de la familia y de la juventud en las escuelas , las familias proporcionando apoyos adicionales para mantener a los niños en la escuela y saludable ( MS / HS )
AVANCE – Austin– formación y apoyo a las familias de habla hispana con niños pequeños ( edades 2-4 )
AVID– prepara a los estudiantes para la universidad a partir de sus cursos de MS/ HS
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas– conecta a la juventud con mentores adultos
(ES / MS / HS )
Boys and Girls Clubs of the Austin Area-Ofrece asequibles / libre después de la escuela y de verano que se centran en el éxito académico , la salud física , el desarrollo de la comunidad , y otros servicios ( ES / MS / HS )
Breakthrough Austin– encuentra la juventud en sexto grado y los apoyan a través de la entrada a la universidad ( MS / HS )
CARY– ayudan a los jóvenes que tienen problemas con la disciplina ( MS / HS )
Changing Expectations –apoya a las escuelas , los padres y los jóvenes con programas e información sobre Ingeniería de Tecnología y Matemáticas programas (STEM,K -12 )
Claim Your Destiny– serie de talleres para los jóvenes para desarrollar sus habilidades de liderazgo y preparación para la universidad (SA )
College Forward– ayuda para jóvenes que están interesados de ir a una universidad. 
Communities in Schools of Central Texas – apoyan a los jóvenes y sus familias en las comunidades de bajos ingresos y las escuelas ( Pre-K- 12)
Con Mi Madre – utiliza el poder del vínculo madre-hija Latina para ayudar a ver las niñas a través de la graduación de la universidad (6to grado – universidad )
Creative Action–  apoyan el aprendizaje académico a través de las artes , la creatividad y programas socio-emocionales en las escuelas, en programas después de la escuela , y en eventos de la comunidad (Pre-K- 12).
E3 Alliance RAISEup TexasAyudan a las escuelas intermedias en el centro de Texas en el aprendizaje del estudiante, pero especialmente para los estudiantes que tienen dificultades(MS).
Financial Aid Saturdays– ofrecido por la ayuda Cámara de Comercio de Austin ayudan a sus familias completar los trámites necesarios para la asistencia financiera del gobierno y / o las universidades que esperan asistir.
Foundation Communities– comunidades de viviendas asequibles con los programas después de la escuela y apoyos adicionales ( Pre-K- 12 ).
ICUSP (Institute for Community, University and School Partnerships)– ofrece programas de orientación para los jóvenes de color (MS / HS ).
Latinitas– ayudan a las niñas y las adolescentes latinas a desarrollar sus voces en el periodismo , los medios de producción , y la vida a través de programas después de la escuela y en el verano (edades 11 en adelante).
MindPop– ayudan a las escuelas como utilizar la enseñanza y el aprendizaje creativo como una manera de construir el éxito del estudiante ( Pre-K- 12 ).
Muslim Youth of North America – Austin Chapter– adultos jóvenes musulmanes que apoyan los adolescentes musulmanes , ya que navegan la escuela y la sociedad (HS).
No Place for Hate– plan de estudios y el apoyo a las escuelas para mejorar la armonía de los estudiantes y disminuir los prejuicios y la intimidación ( Pre-K- HS). 
100 Black Men of Austinmentores hombres jóvenes afroamericanos y ofrecen talleres y recursos adicionales para toda la familia ( MS / HS ).
Project Males es un programa de tutoría para los hombres de color que utiliza en sus investigaciones para mejorar graduarse de la escuela secundaria y de la universidad (PK – universidad ).
Skillpoint Alliance – STEM campamentos de innovación para jóvenes entre las edades de 3-14 , y la velocidad de preparación programas de verano que ofrecen a los jóvenes y la posibilidad de resolver los problemas de la comunidad utilizando la tecnología y estrategias inteligentes ( Pre-K- 12 ).
University Leadership Initiative –está dirigido por los estudiantes indocumentados en las universidades locales . Comparten la información actual con los estudiantes de la escuela secundaria sin papeles sobre sus opciones después de graduarse y cómo prepararse para la vida universitaria (HS).
Upward Bound at Texas State University– trabaja con estudiantes de bajos ingresos y las familias de la primera generación del para desarrollar sus habilidades y confianza para tener éxito en la universidad.
YMCAofrece programas gratuitos y de bajo costo para niños y familias desde los 2 años , incluyendo la preparación preescolar, cuidado después de la escuela a través de quinto grado, y programas para adolescentes . Póngase en contacto con su YMCA local para ver qué programas se ofrecen (edades de 2 adultos ) .

Vías alternativas a un diploma de escuela secundaria :

American Youthworks
Gonzalo Garza Independence HS (Austin ISD)
The Goodwill Excel Center




Los programas con un enfoque en la salud y el bienestar de los jóvenes y sus familias:

Caritasofrece viviendas económicas y servicios adicionales de la familia.
Foundation Communities– ofrece viviendas económicas y servicios adicionales de la familia.
Lifeworks– ayuda a las familias e individuos que luchan con la depresión , la ansiedad , el abuso y el conflicto familiar.
The Settlement Home-provee viviendas y apoyo a los jóvenes separados de sus familias.
Urban Roots –utiliza los alimentos y la agricultura para ayudar a los jóvenes a inspirar , enganchar y alimentar a sus comunidades.
Ventanilla de Saludofrece educación para la salud, exámenes de salud gratuitos , y referidos a servicios de salud de la comunidad en colaboración con el Consulado General de México en Austin. 

Otros programas nacionales y Recursos

Boys & Girls Club East

Better Make Room-un programa basado en mensajes de texto que ayuda a jóvenes a prepararse para la universidad (HS). 
Big Future– preparación para la universidad para estudiantes indocumentados (HS).
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation-conexiones universitarios y financiación para los jóvenes
No Place for Hate– plan de estudios y el apoyo a las escuelas para mejorar la armonía y disminuye los prejuicios (Pre-K-12).
Phoenix House-Drogas y alcohol integral individualizado tratamiento de la adicción.

Ve videos sobre estudiantes en el camino hacia el éxito.

Para obtener más información acerca de programas para los jóvenes en el centro de Texas , busca la base de datos de Servicios para Jóvenes Mapping.

Spotlight Education Week 9/12-17

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On Sept. 12-17, KLRU and PBS will be showcasing a week full of primetime programming which will focus on the challenges facing the American education system.

As part of KLRU’s and PBS’ commitment to education, the programs will explore the classrooms of today and explain how the amount of creativity and dedication that goes into teaching children makes a difference in schools and communities. Along with episodes from our core series such as POV, TED Talks and Frontline, the schedule will include primetime and PLUS programming, both of which are one-time specials.

Spotlight Education week in Austin is supported by Austin Community College.

Monday, September 12
9 pm – POV: All The Difference weaves together the stories of two promising young men as they navigate their lives in low-income, high-risk communities in Chicago. The 90-minute film explores the factors in their lives that made all the difference – an example of prioritizing education as a tool to secure a place in the middle class. Accompany two African-American teens from the South Side of Chicago on their journey to achieve their dream of graduating from college. Follow the young men through five years of hard work, sacrifice, setbacks and uncertainty.

10:30 pm – Arts In Context  Music for All Offering free, intensive music education to low-income youth from Travis and Hays County, Austin Soundwaves believes firmly in the principle that all students deserve a world-class education in the fine arts. Determined to make a difference in the minority community of Austin at a young age, the Hispanic Alliance of Performing Arts launched Austin Soundwaves. Program director Patrick Slevin and his team have already seen a positive impact on their students’ overall academics, motivation levels, and self-esteem. For Slevin, Austin Soundwaves is the first step towards providing the world class fine arts education that all students deserve.

Tuesday, September 13
8 pm  – FRONTLINE dives deep into the most pressing issues in education by updating two films.; “The Diploma Mill” and “Omarina’s Story.” “The Diploma Mill” (wt), a fresh look at the troubled for-profit college industry, examining reports of predatory behavior and fraud and the implosion of the education chain Corinthian Colleges. “Omarina’s Story” looks at how a program to stem the high school drop-out crisis has affected one girl’s journey. It chronicles how an innovative program to stem the high school drop-out crisis has affected one girl’s journey, from a public middle school in the Bronx to an elite New England private school to college. The film documents the divergent fates of two twins from the Bronx and sheds light on America’s dropout crisis and the brutal inequities in American Education.

9 pm – TED Talks: Education Revolution is hosted by writer/comedian Baratunde Thurston and actress/singer Sara Ramirez and includes short films, music, and inspiring speakers who are making a difference in our nation’s schools and universities. Explore innovative approaches to education. Speakers, including Anna Deavere Smith and Sal Khan, discus the school-to-prison pipeline, micromanaging kids and turning struggling students into scholars.

10 pm – The Address, a film by Ken Burns tells the story of a tiny school in Putney, Vermont, where the students are encouraged to memorize, practice and recite the Gettysburg Address, to unlock the history, context and importance of President Lincoln’s most powerful speech.

Wednesday, September 14
8 pm – NOVA: School of the Future, a two-hour documentary, looks at the school of the future by exploring “learning science,” a complex and interdisciplinary new field that encompasses neuroscience, physiology, and the psychology of children. In a new age of information, rapid innovation and globalization, how can we prepare our children to compete? Discover how the new science of learning can help us reimagine the future of education for all children.

Thursday, September 15
7:30 pm  – Eastside Education is a KLRU production. Follow students, teachers and staff at an Austin high school under threat of closure by the state. For years Eastside Memorial High School has been plagued by failing test scores and negative headlines.An Eastside Education spends one semester at one of Austin’s lowest income schools, as teachers, parents, administrators, and students fight to meet state accountability standards or watch their school be closed.

8 pm  – Time for School is an award-winning documentary project that visited seven classrooms in seven countries around the world. View an update to the documentary project that visits seven classrooms in seven countries and offers a glimpse of seven children struggling to get a basic education. The film catches up with the now adult seven to see how their lives have turned out.

Friday, September 16
9:30 pm – Craft in America: Teachers begins its eighth season on PBS with a unique hour that celebrates teachers: craft artists renowned for their own artistic visions, and committed to passing on their skills and passion for craft to new generations of students and artists.

Saturday, September 17
American Graduate Day! Find out more

Spotlight Education week in Austin is supported by Austin Community College.

Los Años Preescolares


El desarrolló de una base para el éxito escolar empieza en los primeros días de vida . La educación infantil es un enfoque importante de PBS , así que tenemos muchos recursos para compartir . KLRU también tiene varias conexiones con la comunidad educativa en el aprendizaje preescolar.

Si usted está buscando programas infantiles de calidad para su hijo,  para ayudarle a educar a su hijo o el de otra persona , le sugerimos que llame al número de teléfono 211 de United Way . Ellos reciben la información actual sobre programas del cuidado infantil de alta calidad , programas de visita al hogar , y talleres de padres / familia . También pueden darle información sobre cómo obtener asistencia para las necesidades más básicas de la vida , tales como :
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-el hambre
-la falta de vivienda
-la atención médica
-el cuidado de la salud mental
-la visión / audición

Esta herramienta le puede dar ideas para la preparación hacia el Kinder :
Preparación Para la Escuela- Guia para los padres 

¿Es usted un padre, maestro o educador en busca de diversión , educación , medios de comunicación seguros y de alta calidad para niños ? KLRU niños tiene juegos , vídeos y mucho, mucho más .

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Para más diversión y aprendizaje con los niños pequeños , sugerimos las siguientes opciones libres / de bajo costo :

The Thinkery Children’s Museum– Miércoles por la noche se paga -lo-que – quiera
Austin Parks and Recreation
freefuninaustin– una página de internet que da información sobre eventos gratuitos para familias.
Austin Public Libraries
Austin Museum Day– un día al año , todos los museos son gratis!
Capital Metro-tome el autobús o el tren y aprenda sobre nuestra ciudad

Para videos sobre el trabajo que se realiza a nivel local en la educación infantil busque aquí.

Maneras En Que Los Adultos Pueden Ayudar


Da el siguiente paso, participa! Los adultos hacen un mundo de diferencia en el rendimiento escolar de un niño. Tener adultos constantes en la vida de los jóvenes les ayuda a mantenerlos en el camino hacia la graduación. Aquí están algunos programas para que su familia se enfoquen en las maneras que los adultos pueden ayudar.

Los programas donde puedes ser un mentor: enrollment

Oportunidades pagadas

Americorps–se involucran a más de 75,000 estadounidenses en el servicio intensivo cada año en las organizaciones no lucrativas , escuelas , organismos públicos, la comunidad y grupos religiosos de todo el país .  (MS/HS)
BreakthroughOfrece aprendizaje afuera de la escuela y también manejos de casos académicos para los estudiantes de la escuela intermedia hacia el colegio.
CARY– (Council on At Risk Youth)- Son socios con los distritos escolares , agencias de servicios a la juventud , las universidades y los organismos de justicia de menores hacia el logro de los objetivos de la prevención de la violencia juvenil , el abuso de drogas y la delincuencia. (MS/HS)
College Forward-genera confianza,  motivación,  y el desarrollo de estrategias personalizadas que ayudan a cada estudiante entrar a la universidad y graduarse. Para los estudiantes del grado 11- universidad.

Oportunidades para ser voluntario


ACE– (Arquitectura. Construcción. Ingeniería)  -Los estudiantes en el programa ACE trabajan en colaboración con sus mentores en proyectos que proporcionan una experiencia práctica en la solución de los tipos de diseño, e ingeniería y desafíos que los profesionales del sector se enfrentan todos los días. (HS)

Austin Partners in Education– mentores trabajan uno-a-uno y ayudan a los estudiantes a mejorar sus habilidades sociales, su estudio, y fortalecer sus habilidades de comunicación , y desarrollar confianza en sí mismo (cualquier grado dentro del distrito de Austin) .

Big Brother, Big Sister–criar a los niños y fortalecer las comunidades a través de una serie de programas como el Programa basado en la comunidad , Iniciativa de Justicia Juvenil , Programa de la Escuela a la Comunidad , Asesoría Militar, y  El Centro de Mentores Bennett – Rathgeber . (todas las edades)

Court Appointed Special Advocates CASA– voluntarios son nombrados por los jueces para vigilar a los niños maltratados y abandonados , para asegurarse de que no se pierdan en el sistema de servicio legal. (todas las edades)

E4 Youth– ayuda a reducir las barreras en los jóvenes marginados y las carreras de artes creativas comerciales ; Identificar, nutrir y promover el talento a través de capacitación , tutoría y prácticas . (MS/HS )

Explore Austin– combina los beneficios de la tutoría y aventura al aire libre en un programa de seis años para los jóvenes marginados (grado 6º – 12º).

ICUSP– para promover el logro académico y el bienestar de los niños en el centro de Texas , reuniendo los recursos de la comunidad local , la Universidad de Texas , y las escuelas locales . (MS /HS )

OutYouth– promueve el bienestar físico , mental , emocional , espiritual y social de los jóvenes de minorías sexuales y de género , para que puedan explorar y afirmar su identidad abierta y segura. (MS /HS )

Project Males– (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success) Este proyecto conecta a los estudiantes de la Universidad de Texas en Austin con estudiantes de las escuelas secundarias del área de Austin. (HS )

Southwest Key Programs– conecta con los jóvenes adultos que están involucrados o en riesgo de problemas con el sistema de justicia de menores (10-17 años) .

VICTORY– Ofrece cursos gratuitos para los estudiantes en ciertas Bibliotecas Públicas de Austin. Los estudiantes se emparejan en una relación 1: 1 con voluntarios de la comunidad de Austin (grado 1 al 12 )

YES (Youth Empowerment & Success) Mentoring-Partnerships for Children– destinado a mejorar el autoestima de los jóvenes y mejorar su capacidad de tomar decisiones responsables a través de la formación , la orientación y el apoyo financiero . ( MS /HS )

Youth Advocacy– un grupo orientado al servicio de las personas que se concentran en los servicios de intervención y prevención del abuso de sustancias con un enfoque principal en los niños y sus familias en las zonas de bajos ingresos (10-14 años de edad y vivir en o ir a la escuela en 78744 )

Los programas con un enfoque particular en los niños o las niñas :



COBRA- (Community of Brothers in Revolutionary Alliance) es un programa de tutoría para los niños de la escuela secundaria ( grado 9 al 12 ) .

Communities In Schools: XY-ZONE Program– apoya y orienta los adolescentes varones en su cambio hacia la edad adulta . Es un programa de apoyo y desarrollo de liderazgo entre pares que desarrollan habilidades para la vida productiva en los varones de alto riesgo .

Project MALES– (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success) Este proyecto conecta a los estudiantes de la Universidad de Texas en Austin con estudiantes de las escuelas secundarias del área de Austin. (HS )

100 Black Men of Austin –  Organización que trabaja para mejorar la calidad de vida y las oportunidades educativas y económicas para todos los afroamericanos . (todas las edades)

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Ann Richards School– una escuela pública para niñas en el Distrito Escolar Independiente de Austin (grado 6º – 12º).

Con Mi Madre-Las latinas jóvenes y sus madres se inscriben y disponen de servicios que incluyen : conferencias de madre e hija , visitas a universidades , reuniones del campus, actividades de servicio comunitario , asesoramiento , tutoría durante todo el año (del 6 al 12 grado ).

GENAustin apoyan y guían a niñas a tomar decisiones inteligentes, y cómo manejar las presiones únicas de infancia (grado 3 al 12 ) .

Girl StartOfrecen programas de educación STEM en el año escolar. (K- 12 niñas) .

Latinitas– Reforzar a las jóvenes Latinas a través de medios de comunicación y tecnología (12-17 años) .

VOICES-(Verbally Outspoken Individuals Creating Empowered Sisters) es un programa de liderazgo académico de las niñas de la escuela secundaria (grado 9 al 12 ).

Ve videos sobre la participación que los adultos pueden hacer. 

Para obtener más información acerca de programas de tutoría en el centro de Texas , busca la base de datos de Servicios para Jóvenes Mapping.


Preschool Years


AmGradIcon-ResourcesBuilding a foundation for school success starts with the earliest days of life. Early childhood education is a major focus of PBS so we have lots of resources to share. KLRU also has deep connections with the Central Texas early childhood educational community.

If you are looking for quality early childhood programs for your child, or to help you raise your child or someone else’s, we suggest you call United Way’s 211 telephone number. They receive current information on open slots in high-quality child care programs, home visiting programs, and parent/family workshops.  They can also provide information on how to get support for more basic life needs, such as:

  • hunger
  • curious georgehomelessness
  • medical care
  • mental health care
  • vision/hearing

This tool provides ideas for building children’s readiness for Kindergarten:

E3 School Readiness Parent Guide 

Are you a parent, teacher, or educator looking for fun, safe, high-quality educational media for kids?  KLRU Kids has games, videos and much, much more. 

For more fun and learning with young children, we suggest the following free/low-cost options:

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Watch videos about work being done locally in early childhood education.

Ways Adults Can Help


Take the next step, get involved!  Adults make a world of difference to a child’s educational achievement. Having adults who are both caring and consistent can help keep youth on the path to graduation. Be a mentor!

Programs that have a mentoring component:

enrollmentPaid Opportunities
Americorps– engages more than 75,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. (MS/HS)
Breakthrough-provides out-of-school learning and academic case management for middle school-college students
CARY– (Council on At Risk Youth)- partners with school districts, youth service agencies, universities and juvenile justice agencies toward achievement of the objectives of prevention of youth violence, drug abuse and delinquency. (MS/HS)
College Forward-builds trust, bolster motivation, and deliver personalized strategies that help each student get into and complete college. For 11th grade-college students.

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ACE (Architecture. Construction. Engineering)-Students in the ACE program typically work closely with their mentors on projects that provide hands-on experience in solving the types of design, engineering and construction challenges industry professionals confront every day. (HS)
Austin Partners in Education– APIE mentors work one-on-one and help students improve their social and study skills, strengthen their communication skills, and build self-confidence (any grade within Austin ISD). 
Big Brother, Big Sister– nurture children and strengthen communities through an array of programs such as the Community Based Program, Juvenile Justice Initiative, School-to-Community Program, Military Mentoring and Program Building Our Future – The Bennett-Rathgeber Mentoring Center. (all ages) 
Court Appointed Special Advocates CASA– volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. (all ages)
E4 Youth– helps bridge the gap between underserved youth and creative commercial arts careers; Identify, nurture, and promote talent through training, mentoring and internships. (MS/HS)
Explore Austin– combines the benefits of mentoring and outdoor adventure in a six-year program for underserved youth (6th-12th grade).
ICUSP– to promote academic achievement and child well-being in central Texas by bringing together resources from the local community, the University of Texas, and local schools.  (MS/HS)
OutYouth– promotes the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social well being of sexual and gender minority youth so that they can openly and safely explore and affirm their identities. (MS/HS)
Project Males– (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success) This project connects undergraduate students from the University of Texas at Austin with Austin-area high school males. (HS)
Southwest Key Programs– connects adults with youth who are involved or at risk of involvement with the juvenile justice system. (10-17 yrs).
VICTORY– (Volunteers In Communities Tutoring Our Responsible Youth) Offers free tutoring to students at designated branches of the Austin Public Library. Students are matched on a 1:1 basis with volunteers from the greater Austin community (1st-12th grade).  
YES (Youth Empowerment & Success) Mentoring-Partnerships for Children– aimed at improving youth’s self-esteem and enhancing their ability to make responsible decisions through training, mentoring and financial support. (MS/HS) 
Youth Advocacy– a service-minded group of people focused on intervention services and substance abuse prevention with a primary focus on children and their families in urban and low-income areas (10-14 yrs of age and reside in or go to school in 78744).

Programs with a particular focus on either boys or girls: 

COBRA- (Community of Brothers in Revolutionary Alliance) is a mentoring program for high school boys (9th -12th grade).
Communities In Schools: XY-ZONE Program
– supports and guides adolescent males as they journey into manhood.  It is a leadership development and peer support program that develops productive life skills in high school-age, at-risk males.
Project MALES– (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success) This project connects undergraduate students from the University of Texas at Austin with Austin-area high school males.
100 Black Men of Austin –  to improve the quality of life and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all African Americans. (all ages) 

Girls:Explorer DC 6
Ann Richards School– an all-girls public school for the Austin Independent School District (6th-12th grade). 
Con Mi Madre-Young Latinas and their mothers enroll and are offered an array of services including: mother-daughter conferences, college visits, campus meetings, community service activities, counseling, and mentoring throughout the year (6th- 12th grade).
GENAustin to support and guide girls to make wise choices as they navigate the unique pressures of girlhood (3rd-12th grade).
Girl Start– Provides a year-round, intensive suite of STEM education programs (K-12 girls).
Latinitas– empower Latina youth through media and technology (12-17 yrs).
VOICES-(Verbally Outspoken Individuals Creating Empowered Sisters) is an academic leadership program for high school girls (9th-12th grade).

Watch videos about the difference adult participation can make.

For more information about mentoring programs in Central Texas, search the Youth Services Mapping database.



Pathways to Success


The road to success is paved differently for everyone but thankfully, Central Texas offers many different pathways and supports toward high school graduation and beyond.

Local programs that work directly with educators, families and youth to support youth, strengthen families, and improve schools: 

  • busAfrican American Youth Harvest Foundation offers programs and scholarships for African American youth and support for their families (K-12)
  • AchieveTexas – from the Texas Education Agency, guidance for 16 different career pathways (HS)
  • Austin Justice Coalition offers Saturday Schools for HS-age African-American Youth
  • Austin Voices for Education & Youth building community, family and youth leaders in schools, providing families additional supports to keep kids in school and healthy (MS/HS)
  • AVANCE – Austin  training and support for Spanish-speaking families with young child (ages 2-4)
  • AVID prepares students for college starting in their MS/HS courses
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas connects youth with adult mentors and supports the pairs in their experiences (ES/MS/HS)
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of the Austin Area offers affordable/free after-school and summer programs that focus on academic success, physical health, developing community, and providing service to others (ES/MS/HS)
  • Breakthrough Austin finds youth in 6th grade and supports them through entrance into college (MS/HS)
  • CARY helping youth who have problems with discipline/attendance get back on track (MS/HS)
  • Changing Expectations supports schools, parents, and youth with programs and information about Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) programs (K-12)
  • Claim Your Destiny  – workshop series for youth to develop their leadership skills and college readiness (HS)
  • College Forward pairs HS students with young adults who can support them through one year of college-ready study
  • Communities in Schools of Central Texas supporting youth and their families in low-income communities and schools (PreK-12)
  • Con Mi Madre uses the power of the Latina mother-daughter bond to help see girls through HS and college graduation (6th grade – college)
  • Creative Action supporting academic learning through arts, creativity and socioemotional programs in schools, in after-school programs, and in community events (PreK-12)
  • E3 Alliance RAISEup Texas – Helping middle schools in Central Texas advance student learning for all, but especially for students who struggle to learn key skills. (MS)
  • Financial Aid Saturdays offered by the Austin Chamber of Commerce help HS seniors and their families complete the necessary paperwork for financial assistance from the government and/or the colleges they hope to attend.
  • Foundation Communities affordable housing communities with afterschool programs and additional supports (PreK-12)
  • ICUSP (Institute for Community, University and School Partnerships) offers mentoring programs for youth of color (MS/HS)
  • Latinitas helps Latina girls and teens to develop their voices in journalism, media production, and life through after-school and summer programs (ages 11 and up)
  • MindPop helping schools use creative teaching and learning as a way to build student success (PreK-12)
  • Muslim Youth of North America – Austin Chapter Young Muslim adults supporting Muslim teens as they navigate school and society (HS) 
  • No Place for Hate curriculum and support for schools to improve student harmony and decrease prejudice and bullying (PreK-HS)
  • 100 Black Men of Austin mentors African-American young men and offers workshops and additional resources for the whole family (MS/HS)
  • Project Males of the UT Division of Diversity and Community Engagement is a mentoring program for Latino males and males of color that uses its research to improve graduation rates for males of color for both high school and college (PK-college)
  • Skillpoint Alliance – STEM Innovation Camps for youth ages 3-14, and Velocity Prep Summer Programs that offer HS youth the chance to solve community problems using cutting-edge technology and smart strategies. (PreK-12)
  • University Leadership Initiative is led by undocumented students at local colleges and universities. They share current information with undocumented high school students about their post-graduation options and how to prepare for college life. (HS)
  • Upward Bound at Texas State University works with local HS students from low-income and first generation HS families to develop their skills and confidence to succeed in college
  • YMCA offers free and low-cost programs for kids and families ages 2 and up, including preschool readiness, after-school care through 5th grade, and programs for teens. Contact your local YMCA to see what programs they offer (ages 2-adult).

Alternative pathways to a high school diploma:ExcelCenterGrad



Programs with a focus on health and well-being for youth and their families:

  • BRAIN DRAIN for webCaritas fights poverty, hunger, and homelessness
  • Foundation Communities offers affordable housing and additional family services
  • Life Works assists families and individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, abuse, and family conflict
  • The Settlement Home provides housing and support to youth removed from their families
  • Urban Roots uses food and farming to help youth inspire, engage, and nourish their communities
  • Ventanilla de Salud offers health education, free health screenings, and referrals to community health services in partnership with the Consulate General of Mexico in Austin.

Other National Programs and Resources

Boys & Girls Club East

  • Better Make Room a text-message based program that helps HS youth get ready for college
  • Big Future college preparation for undocumented students (HS)
  • Jack Kent Cooke Foundation college connections and funding for highly gifted HS youth
  • No Place for Hate curriculum and support for schools to improve harmony and decrease prejudice (PreK-12)
  • Phoenix House individualized, holistic drug and alcohol addiction treatment

Watch videos about students on the path to success.

For more information about programs for youth in Central Texas, search the Youth Services Mapping database.