Ways Adults Can Help

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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:

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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: 

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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) 

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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

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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).

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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

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  • 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.

Highlights August 28- Sept. 3

KLRU Highlights

On Sunday, revisit treasured moments from Downton Abbey, including new behind-the-scenes clips and interview footage. Celebrate the stellar cast, the superb writing and the spectacular locations on Miss Downton Abbey at 7 pm.

Next at 8:30 pm Sunday, relive the thrilling first season of Inside Poldark with hints of what’s to come for the dashing Captain Ross Poldark. Featuring cast and creator interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and the spectacular Cornish coastline.

Rick Stevens’ Europe Travel Skills at 10 pm Sunday distills Steves’ 30 years of travel experience into an information-rich two-hour special. Rick dispenses practical advice on enjoying a fun, affordable and culturally broadening trip to Europe. Shot on his favorite 3,000-mile “Best of Europe” loop – Amsterdam, Germany’s Rhineland, Venice, Siena, the Italian Riviera, the Swiss Alps, Paris and London – Rick shares the essential skills of smart travel.

Monday at 7 pm, travel back 15 years to see our take on treasures then and now on Antiques Roadshow. Highlights include a New Orleans art pottery jardiniere, an 1858 map of lower Mississippi and a 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers World Series ball. Which item’s value jumped to $150,000-$200,000?

Birth Of A Faith at 8 pm Monday begins in Bethlehem and travels throughout the Holy Land. With the Gospels as a guide, host Jonathan Phillips traces the life of Jesus from his birth, ministry, passion, and resurrection.

Following at 9:15 pm on Ancient Roads From Christ to Constantine The Great Missionary meet the man whose transformation is one of the most compelling in history, the Apostle Paul. Journey with Jonathan Phillips as he re-traces Paul’s bold quest to bring the Christian message to Asia and Europe, a quest which would see him imprisoned, beaten and on the brink of death.

On part two of Jackie Robinson at 7 pm Tuesday Robinson uses his fame to speak out against injustice, alienating many who had once lauded him for “turning the other cheek.” After baseball, he seeks ways to fight inequality, but as he faces a crippling illness, he struggles to remain relevant.

Later at 9:40 pm Tuesday, discover the story behind the pioneering outlaw country music supergroup that featured Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson on Highwaymen: American Masters. Told through vintage performances and new interviews about life on the road and in the studio.

On Wednesday at 7 pm, tune into Nature Leave It To Beavers.’ A growing number of scientists, conservationists and grass-roots environmentalists have come to regard beavers as overlooked tools when it comes to reversing the disastrous effects of global warming and world-wide water shortages.

Next at 8:30 pm Wednesday, watch as NOVA and National Geographic take a dazzling dive to explore how and why so many of the ocean’s creatures light up-revealing a hidden undersea world where creatures flash, sparkle, shimmer or simply glow.

On Highwaymen Live At Nassau Coliseum at 10 pm Wednesday Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson -“the Mt. Rushmore of country music”- for this live concert recorded in 1990. The Highwaymen perform classics like “Big River,” “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Always on My Mind.”

Andrea Bocelli: Cinema on Thursday at 7 pm, Bocelli pays musical tribute to the silver screen in a lush concert of beloved songs from the movies. Joined by Grammy-winning producer David Foster, the renowned tenor performs memorable favorites from blockbuster classics including The Godfather, Scent of a Woman, Dr. Zhivago, Once Upon a Time in America, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and many more.

Later at 10:30 pm on The Daytripper, Chet visits “The Big Bend” of Texas with stops to learn its history and climb to a mountaintop classroom.

 

Science Night 8/31

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Love animals? Make sure to catch our lineup of programs featuring beavers and creatures of the sea. Only on Science Night!

NatureLeave It To Beavers‘ – airs at 7 pm
Once valued for their fur or hunted as pests, these industrious rodents are seen in a new light through the eyes of this novel assembly of beaver enthusiasts and “employers” who reveal the ways in which the presence of beavers can transform and revive landscapes. Using their skills as natural builders and brilliant hydro-engineers, beavers are being recruited to accomplish everything from finding water in a bone-dry desert to recharging water tables and coaxing life back into damaged lands.

NOVACreatures Of Light‘ – airs at 8:30 pm
NOVA and National Geographic take a dazzling dive to explore how and why so many of the ocean’s creatures light up-revealing a hidden undersea world where creatures flash, sparkle, shimmer or simply glow.

Your choice is clear with KLRU

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Matt Winkler,  KLRU Board Member and Chairman & Founder of Asuragen, shares why he’s committed to supporting KLRU through the $50,000 Board Challenge Match. 

Here’s a question: where does a curious mind go for stimulation? With your TV remote in hand, there is so much out there competing for our attention, including KLRU. Why choose public television when there’s so much else? 

I believe viewers like you and I choose KLRU because it gives us a window to more—more choice, higher value and true discovery. I choose KLRU because I depend on its diverse and interesting content which is available nowhere else. Few have the freedom to travel the globe, but with KLRU we can all explore the world, be entertained with phenomenal international hits and dig into ground-breaking discoveries, all from home.

KLRU gives me the choice to support and enjoy a channel that is driven by community, not commercial interests. Perhaps KLRU has given you the choice to sit down with your child in front of programming you know is safe and educational. Or maybe KLRU has given you the choice to watch locally sourced and produced shows that highlight the diversity and beauty of our Central Texas home. For me the choice is clear. 

During this month’s fundraising drive I’m committed to supporting to KLRU, and I encourage you to join me. As a member of the Board of Directors, I’m pleased to participate in the $50,000 Board Challenge Match, so when you give a gift of any amount to KLRU, your donation, and its impact, will automatically be doubled.

Will you help our Central Texas community preserve our only public television station so we ALWAYS have this wonderful choice? Please make your gift of support now. 

Sincerely,

Matt Winkler
KLRU Board Member
Chairman and Founder, Asuragen

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Tickets + Meet & Greet!

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The iconic Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is coming to One World Theater and we have 2 pairs of tickets to give away, along with an exclusive Meet and Greet!

KLRU is so excited to share this wonderful opportunity to see the band that had such a huge hand in shaping the folk, country and rock movements of the 60s! Their music has been inspiring fans and musicians alike for over 50 years and they’re still going strong.

During this August Pledge Drive we’re airing Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: 50 Years and Circlin’ Back where this influential band is joined by special guests Vince Gill, John Prine, Jackson Browne, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell, Jerry Jeff Walker, Jimmy Ibbotson, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas and Byron House.

This music has been fundamental for multiple generations. Help us to continue bringing celebrated art to your screen and the KLRU community by donating now. Make your contribution below to enter or engage with your community-supported PBS station the following ways to for a chance to meet Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and see them in concert October 20, 2016.

Here is how it works:
Post a photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram showing an album that has had a meaningful impact in your life.

Note: On Facebook, be sure to tag KLRU-TV, Austin PBS in the post (Please note: Your Facebook settings for this post must be set to “Public” so that we can see it and enter you in the giveaway). On Twitter & Instagram, be sure to tag @klru and use #yourklru.

We’ll contact the winner on September 6th!

All Aboard! Win a Family 4-pack of Tickets for Day Out with Thomas!

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Engage with KLRU for your chance to win a Family 4-pack of tickets to Day Out with Thomas! 

Based on the books by Reverend W. Awdry, the classic animated series of Thomas & Friends has entertained and sparked the imagination of children for generations. The adventures of Thomas and his friends, James, Percy, Emily, Henry, Gordon, and Sir Topham Hat, on the Island of Sodor demonstrate the values of cooperation, friendship, manners, and hard work.

What you could win: Day Out with Thomas gives a family of 4 the opportunity to ride a real train pulled by their favorite engine, Thomas! Kids can also meet Sir Topham Hat and enjoy live music, storytelling, a rock climbing wall, crafts and temporary tattoos. As an added bonus, a 54 piece Thomas Wooden Railway set is included for hours of imagination and memories of your special Day Out with Thomas.

How to enter: Post a photo across Facebook, Twitter or Instagram of you and/or your kids watching Thomas & Friends or playing with their favorite Thomas & Friends toy, costume or book. Tell us WHO their favorite character is from the show. Posting on all 3 social media platforms enters you in the drawing 3 times!

Note: On Facebook, be sure to tag KLRU-TV, Austin PBS in the post (Please note: Your Facebook settings for this post must be set to “Public” so that we can see it and enter you in the giveaway). On Twitter & Instagram, be sure to tag @klru and use #yourklru. And on email, be sure to Cc membership@klru.org.

Winner will be notified on September 6th!

High school sports is the focus this week on Q Night at the Movies 8/27

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Former Giants linebacker Carl Banks and Tom Cruise make an appearance on this week’s Q Night at the Movies!

Science Goes to the MoviesBallers and Everest‘ – airs at 7 pm
Retired Giants linebacker Carl Banks comes by to talk about the HBO series Ballers, the neurological underpinnings of teamwork, and why humans like to watch other humans engage in risky or dangerous behaviors.

On Story Dead Poets Society: Deconstructing the Acclaimed Classic‘ – airs at 7:30 pm
Tom Schulman, writer of Dead Poet’s Society, deconstructs the story’s journey from script to screen, along with his unique working relationships on set with Robin Williams and director Peter Weir.

All-star Film CollectionAll The Right Moves‘ – airs at 8 pm
A Pennsylvania steel-town high-school coach (Craig T. Nelson) tries to spoil a football hero’s (Tom Cruise) scholarship dream.

Independent LensIn Football We Trust‘ – airs at 9:30 pm
Explore the story behind the Polynesian pipeline to the NFL through the lives of high school players in Utah. As they enter the high-stakes world of college recruiting and the promise of pro sports, they still struggle with gang violence and poverty.

Science Wednesday: Is it possible that Venus once supported life?

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If you don’t know much about planet Venus, it is similar in size and shape to Earth but that is where all the similarities stop. It has a toxic atmosphere consisting of carbon dioxide and nitrogen that traps in heat creating the runaway greenhouse effect seen there today and temperatures hot enough to melt lead. The conditions of Venus could equate to what many people consider hellish—intense heat, nonstop volcanic activity, and a crushing atmosphere 90 times thicker than that of Earth’s—making it a completely uninhabitable place.

However, astronomers from NASA have just discovered that Venus might have been habitable for billions of years before becoming what it is today. With that said, if we had a spaceship that could travel back in time, we might come across a Venus that looked more like the Earth we live on.

The discovery was published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters after NASA climate modeling found evidence suggesting that “Venus may have had a shallow liquid-water ocean and habitable surface temperatures for up to 2 billion years of its early history.”

From Scientific American:

The team first simulated how the Venusian climate might have looked 2.9 billion years ago. Such an ancient date required the researchers to make a few educated guesses about the early planet, such as assuming it had a shallow ocean just 10 percent the volume of that on Earth today. But the results were clear—2.9 billion years ago the second rock from the sun could have had a balmy Earth-like temperature that hovered around 11 degrees Celsius. The team then ran the model for a later Venus some 715 million years ago and found that even under the sun’s heightened heat, the planet would have warmed by only 4 degrees Celsius since that earlier time. Such a slight increase in temperature would have allowed the planet’s liquid ocean to persist for billions of years.

Venus, being so close to the sun, brings up the question of how water could be present for so long there. Astronomers theorize the presence of clouds would account for that.

Here is a video from It’s Okay to Be Smart that breaks down the findings for you:

If you want to learn more, you can find more information in this post from NASA.

PS: Scientists have just discovered a possibly habitable exoplanet just 4.24 light years away! This is a historic find and you should check out the article from PBS NewsHour.

Win a Family 4 Pack to Austin Zoo!

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Engage with KLRU to enter to win four tickets to the incredible Austin Zoo! 

KLRU is showing two fantastic Nature episodes during the August drive: Animal Reunions and Leave it to Beavers. To celebrate the love we have for our animal friends and neighbors even further, we’re offering an Austin Zoo trip for four!

Did you know that Austin is home to a zoo with the main focus to rescue and rehabilitate animals in need?  Located on the southwest edge of Austin off of Highway 290 West and Circle Drive, Austin Zoo is at the gateway of the Hill Country. Enjoy educational zookeeper talks and get up close to remarkable animals, such as lions and tigers and bears! Between taking in the many creatures and the beautiful scenery, you can even settle down for a nice meal as outside picnics are welcome.

Sharing the special bond that we have with the nature around us is not only fun for the family, but important. Make your contribution below to enter or engage with your community-supported PBS station the following ways to for a chance to win the Austin Zoo Family 4 Pack!

Here is how it works:
Post a photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram of one of your favorite animal friends. If the animal is watching KLRU in the picture, that would be extra cute!

Note: On Facebook, be sure to tag KLRU-TV, Austin PBS in the post (Please note: Your Facebook settings for this post must be set to “Public” so that we can see it and enter you in the giveaway). On Twitter & Instagram, be sure to tag @klru and use #yourklru.

We’ll contact the winner on September 6th!