Student-led candidate forums for school trustee elections
Teacher study groups around innovative strategies for at-risk youth
Implementation of the “Lifeskills” curriculum in AISD
The “Our Voices” community conversation process to support AISD’s strategic plan
The “Right Question Project” curriculum to equip parents to support, monitor and advocate for their children
“Creative Expressions” after school programs that mobilize student voices using art, music and spoken word.
In 2010, AVEY founder Amy Averett turned over the organization to current Executive Director Allen Weeks, who had been a frequent collaborator with Austin Voices.
While maintaining the mission, vision and programs that had made AVEY a powerful force for educational change, Weeks brought programs that he and his wife Julie had initiated through their work in the St. John community.
These include the Family Resource Centers, Stand Up for Reagan effort in the St. John community and Save Texas Schools, which they had founded along with AVEY board member Susan Moffat to address accountability laws affecting schools in diverse, low income communities.
AVEY continues to innovate and improve to meet the challenging landscape of public education in Texas.
The foundation of all its efforts remains the strong belief that democracy works. Given the right training and support, youth and adult community stakeholders can grow and sustain great public schools that meet the needs of all children.