Agencies indicated by a star have been thoroughly audited for both efficiency and outcomes by one of the following large grantors: Austin Community Foundation, City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, Glimmer of Hope Foundation, Impact Austin, Junior League of Austin and/or United Way Capital Area within the last two years.
ACTIVE Life’s mission is to make healthy the norm by generating a persistent demand for healthy living among all sectors of society. We envision and are committed to creating an American culture which values, demands and supports healthy for all. To accomplish this goal, we are organizing the movement for healthy change by enlisting and equipping people and places to build and sustain healthy communities.
Adoption Coalition of Texas is a public/private collaboration of nonprofit child placing agencies and Child Protective Services, all working together to find forever families for abused and neglected children in the foster care system waiting for adoption. These are older children and sibling groups, often referred to as forgotten children.
The Amala Foundation unites people from all walks of life and inspires them to grow as individuals and as leaders in service to humanity.
The majority of our programs are focused on young people from all walks of life, including refugee and immigrant youth. Many of these individuals have experienced the worst of humanity: war, abuse, neglect, extreme poverty, child labor, and gang violence. We provide a safe space for these youth to heal, express themselves, share their stories and connect with a loving and supportive community. We empower all of our youth to rise up as leaders in their communities and schools.
Founded in 2001, the Amala Foundation has served over 2300 youth with programs in 5 countries and 4 states. Over the last 13 years, the Amala Foundation has created volunteer opportunities for 2500+ volunteers. The Amala Foundation is headquartered in Austin, Texas.
At Any Baby Can, we believe that every child deserves a strong family. We serve 7,000 clients a year, and we don’t just work hard, we work smart, with only 10% administrative costs. Most of our work is provided through home visitation, and we also offer community classes and support groups. When you donate to Any Baby Can, you’re giving a family the best gift of all: hope.
Assistance League of Austin is a non-profit organization of dedicated volunteers providing direct services addressing specific basic needs of children and adults in schools, hospitals and senior facilities in Greater Austin, significantly improving the quality of their lives. Our THRIFTHOUSE, located at 4901 Burnet Rd, raises funds supporting our six philanthropic programs.
Austin Child Guidance Center (ACGC) offers quality, expert mental health care for children and their families through early intervention, diagnosis and treatment to help them develop the emotional skills for meeting life's challenges. Our team of psychiatrists, psychologists, and therapists provides: individual, group and family therapy; psychiatric and psychological assessments. Issues treated include: ADHD; Conduct Disorder; school phobia/truancy; depression; Pervasive Developmental Disorder; suicidal ideation; juvenile crime; and, risk-taking behaviors.
The Austin Children’s Shelter protects and heals children, young adults and families in need. Since 1984, the Shelter has provided emergency shelter and high quality care for abused and neglected children. ACS now provides a variety of critical services and programs to lay a foundation of hope for the future of children, teens and young adults in need of a safe haven, as well as services for families.
Austin Gifted, Inc. (Austin Gifted) is a 501(c)(3) organization serving gifted students in Central Texas. Housed in Austin, Austin Gifted connects intellectually gifted children with educators specializing in their academic needs. In addition to accelerated and compacted curricula promoting depth, complexity, and enrichment in all subject areas, Austin Gifted nurtures the social and emotional needs of this population. Austin Gifted is comprised of 5 key programs. First, ACE Academy, our full-time school, offers pre-kindergarten through 12th grade instruction to gifted students. Second, our enrichment programs engender a life-long love of learning through our Summer Wonders camp program, and Saturday Wonders, our outreach program for low-SES gifted students in East Austin. Third, Austin Gifted is committed to teacher and parent training through our instructional seminars. Fourth, we provide assessment services through our in-house professionals. Fifth, Austin Gifted promotes research, best practices, and advocacy for gifted students.
Austin Gifted's mission is teaching, supporting, and nurturing gifted learners of all ages. Austin Gifted is the parent corporation for ACE Academy, a full-time independent school for gifted learners; Summer Wonders, an award-winning summer specialty program; expert assessment and IQ testing services; teacher and parent training/education programs; and research initiatives into best practices in gifted education. ACE Academy is a private, non-profit school for intellectually gifted learners from Pre-Kindergarten through High School. ACE brings gifted students together with one another and with teachers who are passionate about giftedness and creativity. ACE provides gifted learners with emotional intelligence classes, encourages creative, inventive thinking, and employs hands-on, inquiry-based learning. Summer Wonders, a five-time winner of the Austin Chronicle’s “Best Summer Camp” award, is an innovative, highly effective summer specialty program for gifted students. Saturday Wonders is a nonresidential, full-day program for underserved gifted students from low socioeconomic status families.
Austin Smiles provides reconstructive plastic surgery, primarily cleft lip and palate, to children and adults in Austin and Latin America. It supports the local cleft team at Dell Children’s Medical Center by providing the following: 1.) patient’s assistance fund, 2.) Camp Amigo, an overnight weekend camp for all patients to attend, 3.) all programming services for the patients and families, 4.) all incentive packages for the patients, and 5.) continuing education for the medical staff. In addition, Austin Smiles collaborates with The University of Texas at Austin in endowing a scholarship for bilingual graduate Speech Language therapy students to accompany teams on medical missions and work with the families and patients. Finally, Austin Smiles performs two to three medical surgical trips annually to Latin America to repair cleft children. On average, Austin Smiles will transform 60 children’s lives in four days of surgery.
We provide children of Austin and surrounding areas with opportunities for personal development, skills necessary to succeed in school and life, and hope for a better future. We strive to eliminate the high school dropout rate and increase college participation. Our three programs, Summer camps, Sunrise Challenge and Leadership Programs, include scholarship opportunities.
AVANCE serves low-income predominately Spanish speaking families with
enhancing parenting skills, promoting children’s long-term educational success, and breaking the
family’s trans-generational cycle of poverty. Our intensive 9-month Parent-Child Education Program
offers weekly classes, 4 hrs a day, to adults on parenting, educational toy-making, ESL and accessing
community resources. Their children, birth-3, are provided age-appropriate learning with a focus on
play, pre-literacy, and school readiness. Food, transportation, and home visits are also key. This
holistic approach works! In recent years, AVANCE’s program has gained national recognition for its
success and innovation. Success is due largely to our bilingual, culturally competent staff whose
dedication to the community are cornerstones of AVANCE. After almost 15 years of service, AVANCE-
Austin’s services are more important than ever, as we serve a growing population of families who are
largely disconnected from the web of resources and support programs offered locally.
To inspire a movement that serves economically-disadvantaged youth in our communities by engaging them in new and unlikely pursuits that nurture their greater sense of self and impel them to explore, inquire, engage, and serve, themselves and others; in our communities and beyond.
For more than 40 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas has been pairing children, ages 6-16 with supportive adult mentors who build friendships and offer encouragement and support to each child. Our one-to-one mentoring model helps kids facing adversity achieve measurable outcomes leading to lifelong success. In 2011 alone, our volunteers provided 90,000 hours of mentoring to 1,500 children in Travis, Williamson and Hays counties. The value of that time is nearly $2 million! Even more impressively, last year more than 97 percent of the children we served stayed in school, improved their grades and avoided early parenting. We also are proud to boast that in 2011, we supported more than 70 students who benefited from our scholarship program and awarded more than $45,000 in scholarship funds. The Central Texas agency is ranked in the top 5 percent in the nation for program quality (out of 360 BBBS agencies), and last year, our agency was one of only 18 honorees nationwide that was named a Gold Standard Award agency for sustained pace-setting performance in quality growth. BBBS is a donor-supported mentoring organization. Your investment, whether it be $25, $100, $1,000 or more, provides a safer community, better prepared workforce and more responsible, productive citizens achieving lifelong success. Compared to the alternative -- $99,000 per year to incarcerate one child in a Texas Youth Commission facility -- our program is a great investment with an excellent return.
Mission: BikeTexas advances bicycle access, safety, and education. We encourage and promote bicycling, increased
safety, and improved conditions. We unite and inspire people and provide a cohesive voice for people who ride bikes in
Vision: BikeTexas envisions millions of people riding bikes. Bicycling is an everyday, mainstream activity in communities
across Texas. Bicycling is recognized, accommodated, and funded as a legitimate and essential mode of transportation
throughout Texas. Texas residents embrace a healthy and active lifestyle that includes safe and convenient active
transportation options. As a result, Texas communities benefit from improved health, stronger economies, and a higher
quality of life. Texas is a national model for innovative bicycle-friendly transportation facilities and programs.
Our mission is to inspire kids toward daily, physical activity, and encourage them to lead others to pursue healthier lifestyles.
The the epic proportions of obesity, our nation and our community at risk, so we are taking action starting at home in Austin. We get kids outside, using their muscles and "shaking their bones" from an early age. Some of our current and planned programs include: a (1-5th grade) track/cross-country program - all kids love running; a mountain-biking team for pre-teens, teaching skills, but more importantly building esteem and confidence; an elite/club cycling team, bringing awareness to our mission via an active volunteer-based community whereby parents lead by example with lifestyle choice; and an urban skateboarding festival/clinic. We also use social media, including an interactive website, to spur community involvement and share resources supporting healthy choices.
Our Mission: To enable and inspire all kids, especially those that need us most, to become productive, caring, and responsible citizens. We are the largest human services agency in Travis County devoted entirely to youth development, especially for kids that come from families with limited resources.
Since 1967, Boys & Girls Clubs of Austin has been helping kids stay out of trouble, stay in school and succeed in life. More than a safe haven for kids “at risk,” the Clubs nurture, inspire and celebrate the limitless potential of our young people. Through the Clubs, kids are given the tools and opportunities to have hope for a brighter future. 57% of Club alumni surveyed nationally say the Club “saved my life.” Supporting the Club is not charity, rather an investment in our community’s most precious resource: our kids.
The mission of the Agency is to stop the cycle of abuse and neglect of children in Texas, by providing residential care services to infants, children and adolescents in a facility and in licensed therapeutic and basic foster homes in central and south Texas. The Agency does treatment in the areas of familial, educational, physical, social, recreational and behavioral growth of clients.
The mission of the C5 Program of Texas is to inspire high-potential youth from risk-filled environments to pursue personal success, to prepare them for leadership roles in college, work and community, and to motivate them to become role models for others.
We do this by engaging middle and high school students from under resourced communities in five years of intensive leadership experiences including year-round leadership development programs, signature summer activities, community action, and preparation for continuing education and career development.
We support C5 youth in becoming…
Committed to a better future.
Drawing on the 101-year traditions of Camp Fire USA, Camp Fire USA Balcones Council builds healthy, resilient, responsible youth through active learning, outdoor experiences, service to community, and by engaging families. Camp Fire USA is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian, inclusive youth organization. The Balcones Council is one of nearly 100 Camp Fire USA councils throughout the nation, and has been providing quality outdoor programs for children and their families in ten central Texas counties since 1966. Camp Fire USA’s mission is to build caring, confident youth and future leaders. In central Texas, Camp Fire USA Balcones Council develops responsible youth through supportive, community programs such as after-school programs, outdoor family nature programs, community service-learning activities and weekend/summer outdoor adventure programs for all ages.
Candlelight Ranch provides outdoor, educational, recreational and therapeutic programs for Central Texas Children with special needs and at-risk children and youth. We serve children with chronic or terminal illness, physical or learning disabilities, emotional needs, children who are in the foster-care system and children who live in urban economically-disadvantaged areas.
Candlelight Ranch encompasses a pristine 40 acres containing canyons, natural springs, hiking trails and grottos along the northern shore of Lake Travis and almost all of our main facilities are wheelchair accessible. Candlelight Ranch staff and volunteers customize programs to meet the needs of each individual group.
Our mission is to advocate for abused and neglected children in the court system by recruiting, training and supporting community volunteers. Our vision is to provide every child and youth in State foster care with effective advocacy to achieve permanent homes, free of abuse - 100%. Childhood is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and every child has the right to a safe and stable home. We know that children in foster care fare better and receive more help when they have an independent, trained, and consistent adult advocating for their needs. Advocates experience enrichment and satisfaction as they speak up for the best interests of the children. CASA’s volunteer advocate program provides free and flexible training for ordinary people to become advocates and make an extraordinary difference for children in foster care. CASA of Central Texas serves Hays County as well as Caldwell, Comal and Guadalupe.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Travis County believes every child who’s been abused or neglected deserves to have a dedicated advocate speaking up for their best interest in court, at school and in our community. To accomplish this, CASA educates and empowers diverse community volunteers who ensure each child’s needs remain a priority in an over-burdened child welfare system. When the state steps in to protect a child’s safety because the people responsible for protecting them have not, a judge appoints a trained CASA volunteer to make independent and informed recommendations and help the judge decide what’s best for the child.
For children who’ve been abused or neglected, CASA means having a home instead of feeling lost, and being a priority instead of feeling invisible. For volunteers, CASA is a life-changing experience that makes our community a better place.
The Center is the only nonprofit in Travis County involved in the investigation of crimes against children. We provide services such as forensic interviews, therapy, and parenting education at no cost to families. Our mission is to reduce the trauma to children during the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases.
Central Texas Children’s Home helps you give children the better world they deserve. Since 1969 boys and girls live in a safe place, a loving home, a supportive family where they rebuild, restore and repair lives broken by abuse, neglect, abandonment, apathy and poor choices. Therapy, counseling, coping strategies, self-esteem, life skills, values development, social re-connections, family reunification, academic integration and personal care are some of the treatment options available to every child, regardless of race, religion, sex or national origin. We are structured to give children a second chance to be children. Through us, you can help any child grow up, graduate, attend college or begin their life independent of their past.
Children At Heart Ministries is a family of Christian ministries that exists to honor God and build a better world by serving children and strengthening families. Under God's leadership, we will break the generational cycle of child abuse and family crisis.
Our mission is to put Christian principles into practice by providing education, leadership, and development activities, which promote moral excellence, self-confidence, community support, and positive opportunities for at-risk youth.
Christian Outreach Foundation offers a free after school program, Outreach Afterschool to underprivileged kids, located at Oak Springs Elementary in East Austin. The program operates Monday through Friday from 3-6PM serving 60 kids Kinder through Fifth grade. Outreach Afterschool offers bible study, arts & crafts, homework help, outdoor recreation, guest visitors, life skills, etc.
We also provide resources to the families whose kids we serve. We are very excited to start our second year of operation and help make a difference in the lives of these at-risk youth!
The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization whose mission is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases.
Since our founding over four decades ago, CCFA has remained at the forefront of research in Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Today, we fund cutting-edge studies at major medical institutions, nurture investigators at the early stages of their careers, and finance underdeveloped areas of research.
One of our programs is called Team Challenge, an endurance training and fundraising program. With Team Challenge you'll train with professional coaches and like-minded teammates for a rewarding and exciting 13.1 mile endurance event at one of our great destination races while raising vital funds for research into these diseases. Funds raised help make new treatments possible and fuel the search for cures.
Explore Austin’s mentoring program guides underserved youth on a 6-year (6th – 12th grade) journey to leadership. The outdoor adventure curriculum imposes unique physical, emotional, and mental challenges, and adult mentors help translate these challenges into meaningful life lessons. The end results are young leaders of character, integrity and resilience who are prepared to succeed in life.
Extend-A-Care's mission is “to support families, employers, and communities by providing after-school, summer, and preschool programming that is high in quality, convenient, affordable, and enriching.” Extend-A-Care’s primary objectives are to enhance the cognitive, social, and physical development of our children, to assist working families in becoming self-supporting, and to reduce the number of Central Texas children who fall victim to or commit crimes due to inadequate adult supervision.
We have organized Father Restoration as a non-profit in order to help draw attention to and tackle the systemic problem of fatherlessness in our city and state, our country and the world. We are working to challenge fathers to change their own lives, then involve or re-involve themselves in the lives of their children.
- Speak to fathers in juvenile facilities, jails, and prisons – especially young adult offenders - discussing the importance of developing fatherhood skills.
- Develop “Daddy Class” for negligent fathers.
- Publish kid’s stories about their missing– in written and video form.
- Publish adult stories of the negative impact of their own fatherlessness.
- Develop TV commercials, songs, and billboards spotlighting the problem of fatherlessness.
- Institute assembly programs for high school boys, encouraging responsible behavior.
- Conduct positive conferences on the virtues of fatherhood and the problem of fatherlessness.
For the Children is a 501(c)(3) organization aiding in the education of at-risk elementary school students in Travis, Williamson and Hayes counties. We procure and distribute school supplies based on the number of students qualifying for the federal free/reduced-cost lunch program. 100% of donated funds are used for the purchase of new school supplies. For the last 22 years, For The Children has pursued ONE program and one goal- supply children with challenging home environments with basic school supplies to help make their school careers successful. The school supplies provided help boost the child’s self-esteem and confidence at the beginning of the new school year.
Foster Angels of Central Texas helps improve the lives of foster children of all ages and was designed to give direct help to foster children in need. Our mission is to ensure that each child has his or her basic needs met, and to provide life-enriching and life-enhancing experiences whenever possible.
In its short existence, Foster Angels has already changed the lives of hundreds of foster children and is a welcome relief to caseworkers who are often burdened with the financial responsibility as a last resort in order to take care of these children.
Foster children often grow up to have low self-esteem and self-worth, which leads to a higher rate of incarceration and homelessness as adults. Some children have only the clothes on their backs when removed from their homes because of abuse and neglect. Foster Angels provides these children with what they need to build confidence and put them on a path to lifelong success. Due to a simple program and low overhead costs, we are able to give 100% of all donations directly to the kids in need.
The needs of foster children will only continue to grow as more and more children are removed from their homes each month due to abuse and neglect. Foster Angels of Central Texas is dedicated to this special, and often overlooked population, and will ensure that their needs are met when there is nowhere else to turn.
Girl Scouts is, as it always has been, the organization best positioned to offer girls the tools they need to be successful leaders now and throughout their lives. Through Girl Scouts, participants discover themselves, connect with others, and take action to make the world a better place.
Hand to Hold’s mission is to provide comprehensive resources and support programs to parents of preemies, babies born with special health care needs and those who have experienced a loss due to these or other complications.
HealthStart believes the key to healthier communities is introducing health and wellness concepts to children as young as possible. HealthStart received its 501c3 application approval in June 2010. In September 2010 we launched our health and science curriculum, Health Education for Youngsters!, so children learn how to make good health choices at an early age.
In 2010-11 four preschools tested HEY! All found the curriculum easy to use. HealthStart continued testing and improving HEY! in the 2011-2012 school year with 11 preschool partners reaching over 200 students. Over half our pilot schools serve families below 200% of poverty.
Furthermore when young children take what they learn to home to their families they act as change agents affecting family health behaviors. Parent materials are sent home weekly. HealthStart also offers teacher training and a variety of outreach activities including grocery store field trips and participatory health events.
For 120 years, Helping Hand Home for Children has provided a safe haven for children healing from physical, emotional and sexual abuse, neglect or abandonment. Today, HHH provides a continuum of services that includes therapeutic residential treatment, education at an on-site charter school, placement in highly trained foster homes, and adoption services. With private and community support, Helping Hand Home gives children the best in care through a highly educated staff, low child to staff ratio and a comprehensive approach to healing.
Imagine A Way is a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded on a simple yet powerful principle that every child should have the chance to reach their full potential.
We provide financial support for therapy and also help deliver a network of resources to help families with children diagnosed with Autism.
We are only able to help as many families as we have funding for at the time of selection. We welcome any donations to ensure that families are provided the care and therapy to help these children.
Our focus is on children in the critical early childhood years of 2 to 6, when the window of opportunity exists to have the greatest impact on their lives.
We provide recreational activities promoting citizenship and improving lives of youth in the community. Our programs develp communities by building a foundation for leadership, sportsmanship, healthy living, and changing lives. Familes develop life defining relationships with our program
Jane's Due Process is the only organization ensuring legal representation for pregnant minors in Texas. Our services include a 24/7, toll-free legal hotline and network attorney program.
The Jeremiah Program helps highly motivated women break the cycle of
poverty by combining a structured environment with high expectations for
education and employment, and the guidance to help them succeed. Through Jeremiah Program, women realize their potential and change their lives to create a better future for themselves and their children.
Mission: To transform families from poverty to prosperity
The mission of the Kelly Davidson Pediatric Cancer Foundation is to educate and empower families and friends of children diagnosed with cancer by providing them access to resources and information, as well as support, so that they may play an active role in the treatment and survivorship of the disease.
Kids in a New Groove provides private one-on-one music instruction to kids in the Texas foster care system. Our vision is to build a solid foundation for foster youth so that they can age out of care with tools for success. We serve foster youth all over Texas, including Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston. We provide youth with a consistent weekly mentor, and also present them with a brand new musical instrument which they earn from practicing and meeting program goals. Through Kids in a New Groove, lessons become a lifeline to a better future.
Leap of Joy! is a non-profit organization empowering young people through dance & creative movement. Through grants & private donations we offer after school programming for elementary aged students without charge. Classes learn foundational dance techniques, including ballet & modern,hip hop,musical theater and yoga.
LifeWorks transitions youth and families from crisis to safety and success. Providing a comprehensive safety net of services in Austin, Lifeworks serves 10,000+ individuals annually through thirteen programs. Services include outreach & housing for homeless youth, Youth/Adult Counseling, Youth Development, GED, Youth Resource Center, and programs addressing the needs of foster care youth.
Our mission is to be a resource for parents/caregivers, educators, and businesses looking for meaningful volunteer opportunities suitable for young children in the Austin community. Through creating and organizing hands-on volunteer activities/programs, Little Helping Hands provides ongoing opportunities to instill the value of community service in early childhood.
Mainspring Schools provides the highest quality early education and care to Austin’s most economically disadvantaged children, along with comprehensive services for the children and families so each child will
succeed in school and life regardless of socioeconomic status.
Mainspring’s high quality education services are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the most rigorous accrediting body in the country. Disadvantaged children at Mainspring defy the statistical odds and start school on grade level and ready to learn!
The Parenting Program at Mainspring Schools acknowledges that parents are a child’s most influential teacher and seeks to give parents the skills to raise school-successful children. One parent said, “I feel as
if my boys and I are all very important to the staff at Mainspring. They make me feel like they actually care for my boys and truly want to bring out the best in them, and even in me. The Parent Support Group has
encouraged me to try different parenting techniques that have proven to be effective.”
The urgent mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of every baby by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant death. The March of Dimes carries out this mission through programs of research, community services, education and advocacy.
Minis and Friends is dedicated to bringing our mobile herd of trained miniature
horses/donkeys ambassadors to visit and interact with people of all ages who
may be suffering mentally, physically or emotionally using our technique of Equine Guided Interactions
(EGI). Our unique programs tailor activities for children through adults with disabilities, at-risk youth,
individuals in transition and elder adults to improve their motor skills, ability to connect, tactile
response, use of senses and spirits through interaction with miniature horses.
As many as 23 minis may work at any one time on weekends and some holidays in the greater Austin
Our programs are designed to work with the many facilities for people with special needs. They are:
Minis Out, In the Community (partner agencies);
Minis Out, Moving On (children and youth in transition);
Minis Out, Project Blanket (children with special needs);
Minis Out, Silver Saints (adults and seniors).
Since 1984, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) has worked tirelessly to fight child abduction and victimization, and to safely reunite missing children with their families. Its mission is: (1) help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation; (2) help find missing children; and (3) assist victims of child abduction and sexual exploitation, their families, and the professionals who serve them.
The Austin-based Texas Regional Office is the official statewide representative for the array of services and programs offered by NCMEC. Its primary focus is to (1) offer training for law enforcement and prosecutors with a particular emphasis on Internet or technology related crimes against children; and (2) work closely with government and non-governmental organizations in prevention and education programs to educate members of the community about child safety.
The Texas Regional Office is funded entirely by private donations. All training and education programs are offered free of charge.
Out Youth works to promote the well being of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) youth and their straight allies. We have a community center, satellite youth groups, social events, activism and youth leadership programs, and counseling. We also house the Texas GSA Network, supporting student lead GSAs across Texas.
Palmer Drug Abuse Program of Austin, PDAP, provides free services to teenagers and young adults who seek and have a desire to live a life free from the effects of drugs and alcohol. In dealing with substance abuse, the program offers peer support and guidance to young people and their families whose lives have become unmanageable due to the devastating effects of drugs and alcohol. Palmer Drug Abuse Program works with Eanes Independent School and Austin Independent School District supporting student struggling with issues surrounding drugs and alcohol. Palmer Drug Abuse Program provides two evening meetings each week of the year to teens and Parents. Palmer Drug Abuse Program of Austin also provides weekend activities for struggling teens.
Spirit Reins tranforms the lives of children and families through trauma-informed therapy services, training, and research. We offer a variety of innovative professional counseling services and specialize in serving children who have experienced abuse, neglect, or other traumatic events by incorporating Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy(TF-EAP). TF-EAP utilizes the physiology and psychology of horses to help individuals effectively process trauma. Our therapy model is based on the neuroscience of brain development, how trauma affects the brain, and how trauma affects the ability to form healthy relationships. Spirit Reins is a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization changing lives, one family at a time.
STARRY supports children, youth and families in crisis through services that protect, educate and promote strong families. STARRY programs include free Counseling for children, youth and families; Foster Care & Adoption; an Emergency Shelter for abused and neglected children; and SAFE, a program for homeless and runaway youth.
Our mission is to know, love and serve street-dependent young people so that some may come to know Christ. We do not turn away individuals but focus primarily on ages 17-30, half under 24. We
deliver weekly Bible studies, prayer times, fellowship, encourage improved self-care, and general rising
expectations of life. Our counseling services with clients are firmly based in strengths-based brief therapy
in a variety of casual settings. We expose clients to “church” environments (at partner churches) and
provide opportunities to go deeper in discipleship and worship with other Christians. We provide textbooks
to clients choosing to attend college. We educate our community’s church leadership, adults, youth and
children to be more compassionate toward homeless through speaking, service projects and volunteerism.
STRONG START prevents child abuse and neglect. Our mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect by strengthening families and keeping children safe with effective early intervention programs designed to teach young children social and emotional development, problem solving, expression of feelings, communication, and behavior management. This therapeutic classroom is coupled with educational home visits with the entire family to discuss parenting skills, child development, and appropriate discipline. We offer parenting classes, mental health referrals, and ancillary support. All services are free and confidential for the families of STRONG START.
Tejas Family Guidance Center is a nonprofit mental health agency solely dedicated to providing quality mental health services to youth and their families. Through early intervention, diagnosis, and treatment we help children, adolescents, young adults, individuals, and families develop the emotional skills needed for meeting life’s challenges. Tejas also trains new clinicians with the goal of preparing skilled child and family therapists to meet growing regional demands. Our fees are based on a sliding scale to ensure everyone receives professional mental health services regardless of income. Our team works closely together to provide individual, family, couples, and group therapy; psychological evaluations and assessments, neuropsychological evaluations; parent education; and training to current and future mental health professionals. We address a wide variety of issues including anxiety, depression, behavioral management, parent support & guidance, ADHD/attention problems, developmental disorders, grief, relationship issues, communication issues, learning disorders and problems in school.
TBCH provides supportive services based on Christian values for children, youth, and families through three programs: Campus Life, a residential program for children between the ages of 5 and 18; Family Care, a residential program for single mothers and their children; and HOPE, an apartment ministry to under-served families in the Round Rock community.
The BeHive is a free afterschool and summer program dedicated to providing a safe
haven and academic support to low income elementary school children, and to
encourage them to become good citizens. The BeHive, formerly Heart House, is a tightly woven family of
dynamic staff, caring volunteers, community collaborators and beloved children and families.
In our unique, student-centered neighborhood clubhouses, our exceptional afterschool and summer
programs provide critical academic support, and encourage self-discovery and critical thinking skills. The
BeHive gives children a sense of community, and helps them feel safe, valued and enthusiastic about
The BeHive kids come from all ethnic backgrounds, and have often seen extreme violence in their
neighborhoods and even within their families. Most do not live with both parents; many do not even live with
one parent. About 80% of our students live in the immediate area where The BeHive clubhouses are located,
creating a positive connection for these children to their immediate community.
The BeHive families typically make about $18,000 per year. They cannot afford to pay for afterschool, which
is about $2 MORE per hour than minimum wage. These families tend to move often to take advantage of
the ‘one-month-free’ that many apartments offer, adding to the instability felt by their children. Despite the
significant challenges faced by our families, they love their children deeply and want them to have a better
The Children's Project International undertakes charitable activities dedicated to improving the lives of the world's children by providing life-sustaining goods, personally enriching tools, and the belief in a better tomorrow.
The Comfort Crew for Military Kids supports and comforts children managing the challenges of today’s military life: deployment, reintegration, moving, visible and invisible injuries, and grief. The Comfort Crew has endeavored to meet this goal by working directly with military children and families, recognizing their unique challenges, providing educational resources, and supporting physical and emotional resiliency.
Whether visiting with a military child at school, providing a Comfort Kit to help with the obstacles they face, sponsoring a camp, or educating our community about ways to support resiliency, our goal is to let these children and their families know they do not have to shoulder the burdens of military life on their own — we are With You All the Way!
The First Tee of Greater Austin is a chapter of The First Tee and is a nonprofit youth mentoring program. Started in 1999, it is committed to enriching the lives of young people in the greater Austin area through the game of golf. The program offers youth from all backgrounds a safe place to go during after-school hours where they can participate in structured activities to help them grow and learn. The First Tee Life Skills Experience curriculum teaches interpersonal skills, self-management, goal setting, and resistance skills and of course, the 9 core values of The First Tee:
The First Tee of Greater Austin is considered one of the finest chapters in the world. Its programs serve a diverse population of youth. This year 4,000 area kids were served with 98% of them receiving 100% subsidy to participate in the program.
We run several programs including Kid's Café which provides nutritious evening meals to children. To date more than 50,000 meals have been served. We also conduct weekly self-esteem building classes for fifth grade girls and boys at Campbell Elementary School. The sessions focus on personal, civic and educational development, with a goal of enhancing self-worth through self-awareness.
The Miracle Foundation revolutionizes the way orphanages are run worldwide, starting in India. We’re a group of big-thinking social entrepreneurs from Austin, Texas that partner with struggling orphanages and provide food, education, love, training and yes, even college. We transform orphanages from barely surviving to totally thriving. Our measurable approach weeds out corruption and ensures donations are going into the mouths, hearts and minds of the orphaned children we serve.
The Settlement Home is a therapeutic residential treatment facility and foster family and adoption program for severely abused and neglected children who have been temporarily or permanently removed from their homes.
Our mission is to promote healing and growth to children, young adults and families by providing a continuum of care, support and resources.
Our programs include a Residential Treatment Center, Group Home Program, Transitional Living Program and Foster & Adoption Program. We have a UT charter school on our campus.
The mission of TCDC is to provide quality, affordable early care and education to children within our economically and racially diverse community. We strive to provide stability and support to the children in our care and to their families, so that together we can truly impact future generations.
Without Regrets Foundation provides gravely ill parents and their minor children with memorable family experiences. This special time together creates memories that will last forever.
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Wonders & Worries helps children and their families cope when a parent or caregiver has a chronic or life-threatening illness. Our professional services are always provided free of charge, and are available in English and Spanish.
Youth2Seniors creates intergenerational programs designed to engage youth, enhance the lives of senior citizens and bridge generations. Our programs include intergenerational art, Bear H.U.G.s, quarterly events (trick-or-treating, Easter visits, etc), Intergenerational Day for the family and 2 special projects each year.
Advocates for Children of Trauma raises public awareness of the scope and serious impact of child trauma as well as on the safety and healthy development of children and families.
Austin SPD Alliance, a parent led 501(c)3 nonprofit, is the only Texas organization meeting the needs of local families living with SPD (sensory processing disorder) and sensory issues by providing free services, programs and resources.
Austin Voices for Education and Youth mobilizes the community to strengthen schools and expand opportunities for Austin’s youth. We work alongside community members, young people, parents, and educators to improve our schools and neighborhoods.
The Battle for a Cure Foundation is recognized as a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization. We have various outreach programs for children fighting cancer and their families. We offer programs on a local and national level. On a national level, we offer our Hope Box Program to kids fighting cancer and their siblings across the U.S. Through this program, children receive boxes of toys and gifts throughout the year. We also have various outreach programs for local families who are fighting childhood cancer, such as events at Dell Children's Hospital and private events for the families. We are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of these children and their families!
We provide Horse riding and therapy services to all children. We emphasize services to children with special needs and work with children with physical, emotional, behavioral and developmental issues. Each child is assisted individually. Horses provide an outlet for stressors, as well as encourage a bonding relationship for children with relationship issues.
Caring Family Network strengthens and supports families who care for vulnerable children.
Championship Hearts Foundation sponsors the Young Athlete Heart Screening Program. The purpose of this program is to check for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), a serious genetic heart condition that affects roughly one in 500 people. We offer this simple, painless, screening free of charge to Texas student athletes between the ages of 14-18.
Colin's Hope is an all-volunteer organization that creates and supports programs that aid in preventing children from drowning. Colin's Hope of saving children from drowning is being achieved through increased water safety awareness and improved standards throughout the community.
Providing hope through relationships and using a holistic approach to community development, CTC is empowering our world.
Con Mi MADRE is a college preparatory program that provides Hispanic female students and their mothers with the educational and social support needed to encourage academic and personal success. 6th-12th grade girls and their mothers benefit from conferences, campus meetings, college visits, tutoring, mentoring, counseling, financial assistance, and parental workshops.
Mission is "helping youth promote safe schools and safe communities". CARY’s Youth Violence Prevention Program is targeted to disciplinary students with assault, aggression and abuse incidents. Program consists of 12 month case management with our PeaceRox Program with Aggression Replacement Training. CARY also provides the Olweus Bully Prevention Program to teachers and students at three middle schools and the new Behavior Coaching Mentor Program for 100 youth transitioning from 8th grade to 9th grade at LBJ & Reagan High Schools.
To transform lives by engaging the strengths of working-poor Hispanic families to promote their successful participation in society.
Emerson Academy is a non-profit child development center serving Round Rock, Pflugerville, Hutto, and the surrounding communities. Emerson provides an inclusive learning environment where ALL children can learn and grow together. From our highly trained staff to our literacy-based and developmentally-appropriate curicculum, Emerson Academy gives exceptional educational opportunities so that every child may succeed.
Fresh Chefs Society empowers youth transitioning out of foster care with the skills they need to take charge of their eating lifestyle. Through the culinary arts, Fresh Chefs creates meaningful educational experiences by pairing youth with community chefs and restaurants. With our Apprenticeships, Guest Chefs, Home Cook Mentor, and iCook programs, we provide the tools necessary for youth to learn how to cook independently, healthily, and on a budget. With these programs, youth are given a chance to improve skills, create a network of support, and be a part of the community.
Girls Inc.’s mission is to inspire girls ages 9-18 to be STRONG, SMART, and BOLD, while encouraging them to take risks and master physical, intellectual, and emotional challenges. Girls Inc. of Greater Austin’s programs consist of Girls Inc. Sporting Chance, Economic Literacy, Vision Board Creations, Body Images, Health and Nutrition.
Our mission is "to educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living." Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a prevention program that uses the power of running to help preteen girls in 3rd through 5th grade develop self-respect and value a healthy lifestyle.
Hoop Zone provides life skills and life value to kids in central texas through the game of Basketball.
Redirecting the lives of fatherless young men, ages 17-24. We provide for basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter, plus Life Skills Training, Completion of Education and Employment. Whether battling with homelessness, addiction or being an ex-offender, we want to help young men to become fathers and men of responsibility.
To educate and inspire young people to value free enterprise, business, and economics in order to improve the quality of their lives.
The Kent Cummins Magic Camp raises self-esteem and builds self-confidence in elementary and middle school children through programs using the fascination and fun of juggling, puppetry, and MAGIC!
Studies show that at least one in five students has an uncorrected vision problem (Freebee, 2004) and one study indicated that 85% of academically or behaviorally at-risk students had vision problems that were either previously undetected or untreated (Johnson, Blair & Zaba, 2000). In Austin ISD alone, an average of 70% of students who fail the school-provided vision screening never report seeing an eye doctor within the school year.
Through a mobile vision clinic, Kids Vision for Life - Central Texas (KVFL) will provide free comprehensive vision services to students in 12 area school districts. Students will be able to complete an eye exam and receive high-quality name brand prescription lenses all during the regular school day at no cost to their parents. In addition, E3 Alliance and Seton Healthcare Family will conduct a three-year study to determine the impact of vision correction on academic performance and behavior.
LSS provides help, healing & hope to people throughout Texas, Louisiana & Mississippi. Services include foster care, adoption, children’s residential treatment, independent & assisted living, skilled nursing care, disaster response, and emergency assistance.
Marathon High is a free, 8-month after school training program designed to give students who would not normally participate in standard interscholastic sports a chance to complete the Austin Marathon or Half Marathon. The program consists of three training days per week including two after-school runs and one Saturday run. Students participating in the program get the incredible opportunity to be coached by Olympic-level runners that are part of adidas/RogueAC. Our mission is to promote balanced, healthy lifestyles to young adults and show them that they can achieve anything they put their heart into, all by simply running. Throughout the program the students learn how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. For example, students get to experience sustainable, organic agriculture through field trips to local farms and then learn the ease of preparing healthy meals at local kitchens.
Our mission is to build a lifelong love of running and walking, combined with the ability to make and enjoy healthy food choices for children and their families. Our aim is to build joyful community around children and their families by encouraging healthy lifestyles.
The Missy Project is dedicated to Raising Awareness of Brain Aneurysm Disease in children through education, outreach and early detection research. After the sudden death of their 12 year old daughter Missy from a Brain Aneurysm, TMP started a Community Screening Program which provides Free MRI Screenings in Austin for those with a family history. It is the only Early Detection Screening Program in the country.
To provide equine assisted learning activities to enhance the quality of
life for people of all ages who have mental, emotional or physical issues. In doing so, we help to promote the awareness of the role miniature horses can play in our health and well being.
We provide new, warm pajamas and books to children in need in shelters, many of who are waiting and hoping to be adopted.
A 501(c) Non-Profit Organization charitable that unites parents, schools, community, and churches together to reach our children with vital messages that will empower them to tell if anyone harm them in anyway. P.A.P is here to protect children.
To bring awareness to parents in our communities by providing information on registered sex offenders locally and worldwide. To assist,advocate for empower individuals who have experienced any abuse; To provide stroner protection for our children and keep our community safe. Deter perpetrators of any type of abuse;Hold accountable societal structures that hide perpetrators an dfail to protect our children. the mission is to bring all perpetrators to justice. To assist, advocate for and empower individuals who have experienced trauma and/ or sexual, physical, and emotional abuse as a child.
Partnerships for Children provides critical resources to abused and neglected children in our community who are in the care of Child Protective Services.
Our mission is the prevention of child abuse and neglect in all its forms for all children throughout Texas. Our vision is that every child is free from abuse and neglect and lives in a community committed to preventing child abuse, through public education, awareness and training, and statewide resource coordination.
Our mission is to provide central Texas underprivileged women with the opportunity to experience the once-in-a-lifetime magic of their high school prom, without having to worry about the financial obligations the event requires. We provide dresses, shoes, accessories and gift certificates to help make the perfect prom.
Sammy's House provides services for children who are medically fragile and/or developmentally delayed in a nurturing, inclusive environment. Our mission is to give children the opportunities they need to reach their highest potential through therapy support, curriculum-based instruction, and child care. We support families by providing parent education, offering evening and weekend respite care, lending therapeutic equipment, and making referrals to community services. We serve 250 infants, toddlers, and young children per year with a wide variety of special needs, including cognitive and physical disabilities, developmental delays, and complex medical needs. Over a third of the children we serve come from low-income families, and many are at risk for child abuse. Our impact includes helping children with special needs gain greater independence, minimizing the cognitive decline associated with certain conditions, increasing school readiness through adaptive curricula, and improving the quality of life of caregivers raising children with special needs.
The Seedling Foundation supports public schools by encouraging and facilitating community involvement. Major program areas include a school-based mentoring program, which matches children of incarcerated parents with caring adults in the Austin area public schools, and campus beautification projects on public school campuses.
Shoes for Austin provides disadvantaged children with new athletic shoes as a reward for achieving educational and self-improvement goals. Shoes are awarded to children who improve school grades, learn about health and wellness, and improve reading skills. Shoes for Austin has donated more than 55,000 pairs of shoes since 2000.
Southwest Key Programs is a 20-year-old, Austin-based nonprofit organization which runs programs for youth involved in the juvenile justice system, and shelters for unaccompanied immigrant minors. With over 45 programs in seven states across the nation, Southwest Key’s 900 employees positively impact the lives of thousands of individuals each day.
SpineHope envisions a world where every child with a spinal deformity has an opportunity to live a normal live. Our dedicated team of medical volunteers transforms the lives of children worldwide through surgery, education, and research.
STEM Tutoring is a nonprofit tutoring company based in Austin, TX with a mission to prepare economically disadvantaged, minority, and women students in low performing schools for success in science, technology, engineering, and math through creative and engaging tutoring experiences.
STEM Tutoring gives students at low performing schools in Austin free before and after school tutoring in science and math with highly-qualified instructors. We believe a key to bringing about systemic change in student performance in math and science is giving students opportunities to receive the extra time, attention, and guidance necessary for academic success.
But beyond in-class performance, STEM Tutoring wants to inspire students to pursue STEM careers by serving as a bridge that connects STEM professionals in Austin—scientists, engineers, professors, architects, computer engineers, doctors, bankers, etc.—with our students through volunteer tutoring/mentoring opportunities, as well as interactive STEM-based projects.
The Texas Book Festival celebrates authors and their contributions to the culture of literacy, ideas and the imagination. We work to instill a life long love of reading for Children in Title I schools. We also provide grants to Texas public libraries to help enhance book collections and develop literacy and technology programs.
The Texas Council is a non profit agency, led by volunteers from over 230 county and regional child welfare boards in the State. Our mission is simple: to meet the needs of children in Texas that cannot be met by the limited state funding of Child Protective Services.
Last year with the help of over 2000 volunteers and donors, we were able to contribute over 30 million dollars to fill in the gaps in services for kids in care. This included everything from glasses, underwear & socks, winter coats, hearing aids to drivers training, fees for summer school, Christmas & birthday presents, camps, and countless other needs that CPS cannot fill.
The Texas Network of Youth Services is dedicated to enhancing the professionalism and effectiveness of community-based agencies serving youth and families in Texas. The network connects youth service staff and administrators, as well as youth and other youth advocates, on behalf of youth and their families who are in “at risk” situations.
This program is designed to support the youth in our community by offering these children a safe place to gather and enjoy educational and social benefits, as well as athletic opportunities. The Goal of PAL is to prevent and combat juvenile delinquency and to promote and improve the moral, civic and health standards of our youth.
We are "Friends of Youth." We offer kickball, soccer, and baseball to the youth in the North Central Austin area. We are here for the youth. We pride ourselves on being diverse. We are completely run by volunteers. We have many low income children we work with.
The University of Texas Autism Project (UTAP) is a center of excellence for services and knowledge, related to living with autism. UTAP has partnered with families, scientists, medical communities, educators, and researchers to lead the charge in developing best practices in basic science, medical treatment, educational practices, and family support.
William’s Community School is built on the strong philosophical belief that, given the right supports, every child can thrive. We are committed to ensuring a challenging and accepting educational environment with a strong emphasis on building lasting relationships. We strive to provide a sense of safety, community and family to students and parents by fostering and developing a successful partnership. At William’s Community School, we encourage students to develop caring attitudes and respect towards themselves, other children, adults, their school and their environment.
YouthLaunch Mission: To provide empowering service experiences for young people Vision: All young people develop skills, confidence and resiliency through empowering service and grow into productive, community-minded individuals. YouthLaunch programs engage young people as the service providers for a wide variety of community issues, including teen pregnancy, substance abuse and environmental sustainability.
YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and
promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.