Community Resources

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100 Black Men of Austin
The mission of the 100 Black Men of Austin is to improve community life, strengthen educational and economic opportunities for all African Americans.

Allgo
Allgo praises vibrant queer individuals of color communities here in Texas and beyond through our cultural arts, wellness, and social justice programming. The organization is a supporter of art and artistic expression and the wellness of others. Their mission is to build a just and equitable society.

Austin Alpha Foundation
AAF is a leadership development institute for African American males 8th-12th grade on July 30th 9-5 on UT campus. Their mission is to develop initiatives that benefit the Austin residents.

Austin Area Urban League Young Professionals
Committed to making Austin a place where young professionals of color can empower their community, change lives, and thrive both socially and professionally.

Austin Black Health and Wellness Coalition
Addressing health and wellness inequities in Austin.

Austin Black Newcomers Association
Promotes engagement and community service among African-American newcomers to Austin.

Austin Black Wall Street
Austin Black Wall Street is a community of black-owned businesses in the Austin and Central Texas area. ABWS also serves as a resource for advocacy and education within the Black community.

Austin Justice Coalition
Grassroots, activist-led organization addressing criminal justice reform at the local level, teaching students true black history on Saturdays.

Austin While Black
Austin While Black is a webseries sharing the stories of Black Austinites.

Be the Bridge to Racial Unity
Develops a curriculum to start racial conversations within the church.

Black Leadership Academy
Provides students a broader and more inclusive understanding of American history.

Black Pflugerville
Black Pflugerville brings stability to the people displaced out of East Austin, redoing the black cemetery.

Blacks in Tech
Supporting black people in the technology field.

Cartoons and Cereal
Introduces children to black and brown superheroes.

Claim Your Destiny Foundation
Brings in executives and mentors to teach children to become successful leaders.

Conversation Corps
Brings Austinites together in civic dialogue focused on public issues.

Excellence and Advancement Foundation
Coordinating prevention and intervention programs to support children that may be at risk of becoming involved in the criminal justice system.

Greater Austin Area My Brother’s Keeper
Provides every newborn male of color a set of library books age 0-5.

Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce
Promotes development of African-American businesses.

No Place For Hate
Promotes coming together and working together in all AISD schools.

One Human Race
Creates a safe, open, and productive environment for everyone to participate in discussions about race.

Red Bench
Conversations between people of different backgrounds on the last Tuesday of each month.

Texas Gun Sense
Works to reduce gun violence by promoting effective gun laws through research and public awareness.

Undoing Racism Austin
Undoing Racism Austin is an organization raising awareness of racism in Austin and what to do about it.

WHEREU
Mobile application that identifies black owned businesses in your area.

Young Urban Art Meisters
Youth art program hosted every Tuesday at the Carver.

After Newtown: Mental health resources in Austin

As part of PBS’s After Newtown initiative, we asked our viewers how KLRU should respond to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. An overwhelming number of you wanted us to focus on access to mental health care. KLRU will also feature this video during Need To Know on Feb. 22.

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is dedicated to education, early detection and advocacy for people who suffer from mental illness. According to the group’s numbers, “one in 10 children struggles with mental illness severe enough to cause significant impairment to their day-to-day lives,” and only half of those children receive treatment. NAMI aims to diagnose these cases early, by working with teachers and parents to teach them how to identify and deal with symptoms.

NAMI Austin President Adrienne Kennedy joined us in studio for a conversation about what her organization does, and what sorts of resources are available to people living in Central Texas.

NAMI is hosting a Capitol Day on February 28 at the Texas State Capitol. Lawmakers will speak, lunch will be served, and an afternoon rally will take place on the South Steps. You can find more information about Capitol Day on their website namiaustin.org.