Arts In Context Shorts: Alegria do Samba

The Austin Samba School has created a new twist on the classic western “horse opera.” Fusing Brazilian Carnaval rhythms and dancing with Texas’ musical history, the performers of Austin Samba School are truly a community who come from all walks of life and in all sizes, shapes, colors, races and nationalities.  This diversity allows them to take on creative challenges with full force and to create a performance unlike any other – cattle and cowboys, blues and rock, spangles and feathers, glitter and gold, samba and country.

Caring, consistent adults key to child success

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Adults make a world of difference to a child’s educational achievement, and the greatest difference comes from adults who are both caring and consistent in their learners’ lives. Scroll down from this post to read and watch stories of local American Graduate Champions making a difference for kids of all ages. And here are some quick links to resources for your family ….

Watch videos about the difference adult participation can make.

KLRU partners that have mentorship programs and other ways adults can get involved:

African American Youth Harvest Foundation
American Corps Austin
Ann Richards School Foundation
Austin Chambers
Austin Partners in Education
Austin Voices for Education & Youth
AVANCE – Austin
AVID
Bastrop Education Foundation
Big Brother, Big Sister
Boys & Girls Club
Boys to Men Mentoring
Breakthrough Austin
CAN
Caritas
CARY
Change Happens
Changing Expectations
Claim Your Destiny
College Forward
Communities in Schools of Central Texas
Con Mi Madre
Court Appointed Special Advocates CASA
Creative Action
Explore Austin
FIRST LEGO League
Foundation Communities
GENAustin
Girl Start
ICUSP
Kids’ HOPE USA
Latinitas
Life Works
Media Awareness Project
MindPop
OutYouth
Partnerships for Children
Project Males
Seedling Foundation
Southwest Key Programs
The Settlement Home
Upward Bound at Texas State University
Urban Roots
Ventanilla

Early education sets standard for future success

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Early education is a key to creating a lifelong dedication to knowledge. KLRU supports community efforts to encourage early childhood education, one of the tenets of American Graduate Initiative. Scroll down from this post to read and watch stories of local American Graduate Champions making a difference in early childhood education in our area. And here are some quick links to resources for your family ….

KLRU Kids has games, videos and much more to help kids find a love for learning.

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

KLRU Partners offering early childhood resources:
ACC Children’s Lab School
AISD Pre K
Any Baby Can
Child Inc
Extend a Care for Kids
JCC – Jewish Family planning
Literacy Coalition of Central Texas
Mainsprings
One Voice
Open Door
KLRU Smart Screen Time
KLRU Smart Screen Time (Spanish version)
SSP Early Childhood Education
Thinkery
United Way
United

Pathways to success lead to high school graduation

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The road to success is paved differently for everyone – but an avenue to success is still an avenue to success. KLRU supports all pathways to educational success, one of the fundamental pillars of American Graduate initiative. Scroll down from this post to read and watch stories of local American Graduate Champions helping students on the pathway to success. And here are some quick links to resources for your family ….

Watch videos about students on the path to success.

KLRU partners helping build pathways to success:
AchieveTexas
Advise TX
American Youthworks
Austin Achieve Public Schools
Austin Asian Chamber
Austin Can Academy
Austin Community College
Austin Council PTA
Austin Partners in Education
Better Make Room
CAN
Changing Expectations
College Forward
E3 Alliance
GenTx
Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber
Hispanic Scholarship Consortium
One Voice
Phoenix House
Ready by 21
SAALT
Skill Point Alliance
The Goodwill Excel Center
University of Texas at Austin

File your FAFSA or TASFA before March 31st

Still haven’t submitted your Financial Aid?

The due date for Financial Aid is three days away and we are here to help!

What is Financial Aid?

Financial Aid are grants, scholarships and loans that are given to students to help with college expenses. There is more than $185 billion in aid available by federal government, state government, college/universities, and private organizations. This money can help you go to college. To apply for aid start at: https://fafsa.ed.gov/

Need in-person help?

Following websites and doing Financial Aid on your own does get tricky and sometimes having an extra set of eyes does give some assurance. Join The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce at Financial Aid Saturdays.They offer FREE help to students. Register at: https://www.financialaidsaturdays.org/

 

Uniting residents and new businesses with East4East

This February, the Hispanic Alliance kicked off its inaugural East4East day — a fundraising effort in which participating east side businesses contributed part of their earnings for the day to charities that work primarily in East Austin. But the event is also hoping to bridge the cultural gap between new businesses and the residents who feel that they are being pushed out.

PBS and PBS KIDS Receive 44 Daytime Emmy Nominations

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On March 24, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the nominees for the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy® Entertainment Awards. PBS and PBS KIDS programs received 44 Daytime Emmy® Award nominations. In addition, APT received a total of 12 nominations, while THIRTEEN and Sesame Workshop each earned one each for a combined total of 58 nominations for public media. Among the PBS programs with multiple nominations are SESAME STREET (10), ODD SQUAD (9), PEG + CAT (5), THE MIND OF A CHEF (5) and A CHEF’S LIFE with two nominations. Get the complete list of nominations

Highlights March 27-April 2

KLRU Highlights

New season of Masterpiece Mystery Grantchester begins Sunday at 8 pm. Sidney is suspected of murder. But then, so are a fellow priest, a photographer and a classmate of the victim.

Season four of Mr. Selfridge begins on Masterpiece at 9 pm Sunday. Wheeler-dealer Jimmy Dillon makes his cocky entrance. The Groves are at loose ends. Harry has a run-in with the Queen of Time. The Dolly sisters mar Mae’s fashion show.

Meet James “The Amazing” Randi, the famed magician and self-proclaimed “honest liar” who dedicated his life to exposing frauds on Independent Lens Honest Liar at 9 pm Monday.

Texas Promise at 10 pm Tuesday is a gripping story of equity, politics, money and our children as Texas and the nation make historic decisions about education, opportunity and our democracy.

Is math invented by humans, or is it the language of the universe on Nova The Great Math Mystery at 8 pm Wednesday.

Journey through space, the human body, disappearing landscapes and the world of Pixar animation as speakers look at the future of nanotechnology, the search for life beyond earth and the science of light on Ted Talks at 9 pm Wednesday.

Wendell Pierce, actor, producer, and author, best known for playing Detective Bunk Moreland on HBO’s “The Wire,” talks with Evan Smith on Overheard at 7 pm Thursday.

Austin Revealed Chicano Civil Rights at 7:30 pm Thursday explores the city’s civil rights movement and the people who worked to make change.

Glen Campbell: Good Times Again at 8 pm Friday presents the biggest stars and the best musical performances from the Glen Campbell Good Time Hour from the 70s.

Dump invasive plants for beautifully beneficial options and visit a shady, compact, low-care garden on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

 

Local students chosen for PBS NewsHour SRL Academy

Two Central Texas students are among 20 middle and high school students chosen to be part of the annual PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs Academy in Washington D.C. this summer.

Mercedes Ezeji from Pflugerville High School and Cesar Haros from Cedar Ridge High School will work alongside public media mentors to produce original digital content and sharpen their journalism and production skills. They will also help program leaders develop strategies to engage young people with the news and current affairs and ensure that diverse youth voices are active in the conversations about critical issues facing the nation.

Mercedes Ezeji | Pflugerville High School from Student Reporting Labs on Vimeo.

During the 2015-2016 school year, these young journalists have reported on how their peers view racial tensions in their own communities and how young people are breaking down gender stereotypes, contributing to the NewsHour’s broadcast and digital platforms.

Cesar Haros | Cedar Ridge High School from Student Reporting Labs on Vimeo.

Student Reporting Labs is a part of “American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen,” a public media initiative helping communities improve education opportunities for all students and build the next generation of skilled graduates, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Student Reporting Labs STEM strand is supported by the National Science Foundation.

Austin Revealed: Chicano identity through the arts

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The Chicano movement empowered Mexican Americans from all walks of life to celebrate their roots. In the fourth installment of Austin Revealed: Chicano Civil Rights, hear how locals fought criticism and came together to embrace their heritage through the arts.

Austin Revealed: Chicano Civil Rights debuts on Thursdays in March on KLRU.org. Past installments address the rise of Mexican Americans in politics, organizing and activism and the struggle of the Chicano movement as the Mexican-American community in Austin continues to fight for their rights.

KLRU has also partnered with The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center to present a screening and discussion of the documentary on March 31 as part of their César Chávez celebrations. Find more information about the screening here.