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).

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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.

Pathways to success lead to high school graduation

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

American Graduate Champion: Mandy Stalcup

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

mandy_stalcup_crockett_hsToday’s Champion is Mandy Stalcup!  As a Communities In Schools Program Manager at Crockett High School, Stalcup provides a range of programming to support students on the campus including working with students individually, in groups, college & career exploration, with basic needs and more. Her nomination letter said, “The time Mandy spends helping her students stay focused on grades and attendance and with college and scholarship applications makes a huge difference in keeping them motivated and on track. Students are empowered when they are given support and encouragement from a caring adult.”

One example provided of how Mandy’s work empowers students to stay in school and achieve in life is how she helped a student named Keyanna. Keyanna graduated from Crockett High School in June 2015 and she credits Mandy with helping her stay focused on keeping her grades up and also with providing assistance as she navigated scholarship and financial aid applications. All the effort Keyanna and Mandy put in paid off. Keyanna graduated with a 3.6 GPA, she was accepted to five universities, and she received several scholarships. “I don’t know where I’d be today without Mandy,” she said. Despite living all the way across town for long periods during high school, Keyanna was never late and didn’t let the obstacles she faced keep her from succeeding in school. Mandy helped her get bus passes and provided ongoing support and encouragement, reminding Keyanna of her goals and what she needed to do to stay on track. This fall, Keyanna started her college career at the University of Texas and she will be the first in her family to attend a four-year university. Mandy has kept in touch with Keyanna since graduation and continues to cheer her on.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: William Bugh

LRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

Today’s Champion is William Bugh! William Bugh is an American Sign Language teacher in Round Rock, Texas. Bugh uses his own impaired hearing to enrich lessons. He realistically and creatively teaches his students what it means to be deaf and covers important deaf history in his lessons. He “uses hearing disability to his and his students’ advantage,” his nomination form said. “It is an inspiring story of a teacher who is able to overcome his disabilities and use them to his advantage.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: James Lilley

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

Today’s Champion is James Lilley! James Lilley is an assistant manager at Andy’s Frozen Custard in Round Rock, Texas. He inspires his younger coworkers to pursue college careers and visit potential colleges. He shows his coworkers “being a minority doesn’t mean that you can’t go to college,” according to Braylen Hines-King, his nominator. “James Lilley is a champion because he proved that even if you have low income there are still ways for you to go college with scholarships from extra circular activities such as baseball,” Hines-King said.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Sara Parriott

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

Today’s Champion is Sara Parriott! Sarah Parriott is a business teacher and tutor in Round Rock, Texas. Parriott went out of her way to help a first-generation Latino student finish high school. “Inspired, always be close with your teachers because they always can help you especially graduate or any struggles you’re facing,” her nomination form said.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Gina Lozano

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

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Today’s champion is Gina Lozano! Gina Lozano is a debate coach in Lockhart, Texas. She goes above and beyond to teach and nurture her students. “Besides being my debate coach Gina has been a mentor to her students, aiding in finding scholarships for college, acting almost like a counselor in listening to problems and offering advice on how to handle them in a mature manner,” her nomination form said.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Ever Calderon

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

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Today’s champion is Ever Calderon! Ever Calderon is a father in Kyle, Texas. In addition to being a father, Calderon is a sheet metal worker, hard worker, and a wise man. “My father encourages my brother, sister and I to reach higher goals than what was given to him as a youth. He loves us and my mom no matter what,” his nomination form said. “He inspires my family members and [me] to work for what you have and learning is the key to success.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Joellen Gates

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

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Today’s champion is Joellen Gates! Joellen Gates is a community member in Buda, Texas. When she isn’t working for the IRS, Gates works to help addiction sufferers through a support group – 1313 – she and her husband started. “She is a champion because she puts everything to the side to help another,” her nomination form said. “In her 1313 meeting in Austin, TX, she leads the meeting and speaks with addicts, alcoholics, and recovering people and works with them through a 12 step process that she has found worked for her in her time of weakness. She receives phone calls from these people all day every day no matter what time it is, and speaks with them in a comforting but firm way to lead them down the path of success.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

Pathways to success video content

Here are videos showcasing pathways to success throughout the Austin community:

At Graduation Goodwill Students Set Example for Others

Ann Richards Students Learn Science in the Garden

ACC Graduates First Class from Early College Program

College Bound Seniors Celebrate College Signing Day

Academia Cuauhtli Works to Bridge History with Language

Social and Emotional Learning By the Brush Stroke

McCallum Music Progam Gets Grammy Nod

UT Working to Help Low-Income Students Graduate

High Schoolers to Earn Associates Degree from ACC

Goodwill Charter Schools Offer Second Chance

AISD Awards Belated Diplomas to War Veterans

TX Veterans Commision Encourages Veterans to go to College

Special Ed Career School Provides Pathway After Graduation

Minors playing in E minor: Juvenile Justice Center Residents Learn the Art of Classical Guitar

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Arts In Contexts Shorts: Barrio Writers

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An Eastside Education

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Learn about combating the dropout rate with this video from KLRU’s American Graduate Day 2014:

Susan Dawson, President and Executive Director of E3 Alliance, Dr. Phillip Eaglin, Founder and CEO of Changing Expectations, and Rocky Zepeda, Del Valle District Coordinator For At Risk Student Services, District Homeless Liaison and Foster Care Liaison discuss ways to make the extra effort to engage students and helping kids out early on in order to reduce the growing dropout rate in America.