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.

alexander-christouVolunteer Opportunities
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: 

Boys
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.

 

 

Caring, consistent adults key to child success

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
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American Graduate Champion: Sarah Shaney

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.

2015_sarah_shaney_photo1Today’s Champion is Sarah Shaney! Sarah works as a CIS Program Manager at Eastside Memorial High School. Her nomination letter from the community said, “Sarah is an American Graduate Champion because she does whatever it takes to help her students, from providing basic needs assistance and individual and group sessions, to success coaching to help her students stay on track with their academic goals. Sarah’s work demonstrates that meeting students where they are, taking the time to listen and understand, and tailoring the support offered to the unique circumstances of the student really can keep students from dropping out, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.”

The Communities In Schools program at Eastside Memorial is managed by Sarah and serves 115 students. During her first year at Eastside Memorial, Sarah implemented a success coaching program at Eastside. Eighty students on Sarah’s 2014-15 caseload received success coaching three times during the school year. Volunteers met individually with students under Sarah’s direction, working with students to talk about GPAs, grades, college and career plans, and to check on progress toward meeting their goals. Sarah helps to provide students on campus with new ways to cope with stress including round-table discussion groups and a peer-to-peer mental health educator program. Sarah believes in advocating for her students both on campus and in the community. During the Texas Legislative Session earlier this year, Sarah and a group of CIS students visited the capital to talk directly to representatives about the realities of student life and the importance of CIS services. It was a great opportunity for students to be part of the conversation and Sarah really shined talking passionately about her students and her work. At a campus visit to Eastside in the spring of 2015, one of the students Sarah works with told CIS that he was planning to drop out of school because he struggled to juggle two jobs and school but that Sarah had helped him rearrange his schedule and set goals so he could stay enrolled. He said that thanks to Sarah, he would not only graduate from high school but that he also planned to apply to college next year.

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: Alex O’Brien

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 Alex O’Brien! Alex O’Brien is a math teacher in Buda, Texas. She is invested in her students. “Mrs. O’Brien is a champion because she is extremely smart and organized. She stays on top of her students and can always help them on anything they need help with,” 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: Debbie Cook

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 Debbie Cook! Debbie Cook is a tennis coach and AP U.S. History teacher in San Marcos, Texas. Recently, Cook lost her house to heavy rainfall, losing almost everything and stalling plans to open a woodworking shop with another teacher after retiring. The community poured out its support. Despite her losses, Cook maintained her positive attitude, keeping her chin up and smiling during classes and pushing her athletes in tennis matches. “Coach Cook would always make the entire team run whenever I used the phrase ‘I can’t.’ She believed in us not necessarily always win, but to give 110% every time we played,” her nomination form said.

“She touched everyone’s lives just as much as she did mine. She is genuinely compassionate and unselfish. I aspire to be like her,” Claudia Norman continued on the form. “Someone who may seem ordinary, impacted me on such a personal level that I attempt to be positive for her, then eventually myself. I see just how much an attitude can effect someone’s reality. Coach Cook exemplifies many of the attributes I wish to posses and learn throughout my life. She taught me and so many others that we can do it, we can be great.”

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: Hannah Ramsey

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 Hannah Ramsey! Hannah Ramsey is a student from Buda, Texas. She attends Georgetown University and plays softball. She is a great role model for young people. “Hannah is a dedicated student, she works hard at anything she is given. If there is an obstacle in front of her, she will find a way to surpass that obstacle and excel. She is very down to earth and has a big heart,” 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: Nancy Cantu

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 Nancy Cantu! Nancy Cantu is a teacher in Kyle, Texas. She is an inspiring person and carries her inspiring nature throughout her life. “She is a role model that inspires me to be a better person,” her nomination form said. “She is a champion because she is a great mother, friend, and person.”

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: Jonathan Lopez

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 Jonathan Lopez! Jonathan Lopez is a student in Kyle, Texas. He is a member of the Kyle Area Youth Advisory Council (KAYAC). “This young man has been there for me since elementary school and has always been very supportive to me and everyone else,” his nomination form said. “Everyone will be able to have hope for the future of our world knowing good people still exist like my best friend.”

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: Maria Nesloney

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 Maria Nesloney! Maria Nesloney is a Language Arts teacher in Rockport, Texas. She is a helpful teacher with good advice. “She was always my go to listener. She gives the best advice. Without having met her, my life would be completely different. I am happy to have met her,” 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: Jacob Aguirre

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 Jacob Aguirre! Jacob Aguirre is a student in Kyle, Texas at a Hays County Independent School District school. “They work hard,” his nomination form said. “Others need to work hard too.”

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.