Washington and Lee University


Austin Voices for Education and Youth

Founded in 2003, Austin Voices for Education and Youth is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging school reform efforts, building a new generation of young leaders and supporting Austin families to reduce social and economic barriers for students. Starting in 2007, Austin Voices developed the Family Resource Center model that now supports 11 campuses in 2 school districts. Part of an innovative community-based school reform model, the FRCs support low-income families with comprehensive supports, including access to healthcare, employment assistance, housing, education and counseling, as well as emergency food and clothing. In 4 years, the FRCs have increased attendance and reduced mobility at several of Austin's highest need campuses. Austin Voices works toward three main goals:
  • Improving Campuses
  • Engaging youth to identify issues, communicate with decision makers, and partnering with adults to take action while building skills that prepare them for college, work and life;
  • Influencing District-wide Change by implementing a community dialogue and organizing input gathered to help create a community vision and plan for Austin schools
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