Austin Voices for Education and Youth creates community collaboration to strengthen families, support kids and improve schools. We believe our public schools can serve as powerful hubs for bringing neighborhoods, families and students together to achieve positive change.
Austin Voices focuses its programs in four strategic areas:
AVEY works with community stakeholders, including students, teachers/staff, parents and community members to support great education for all children. Efforts include community-based strategic planning and partner development.
We have three after school programs that develop student voice and leadership skills: Stand Up Clubs (Reagan HS & Eastside Memorial HS), Creative Expressions (Reagan HS, Travis HS, Fulmore MS & Pearce MS) and Project AIM (Burnet MS, Dobie MS & Webb MS).
The goal of our Family Resource Centers is to strengthen at-risk families in order to support stable and successful students. AVEY FRCs provide wraparound services for families, as well as adult/parent engagement and monthly community partner meetings.
Schools are strongly affected by local and state government. We help communities support public education through policy change. Our programs have mobilized thousands around the issues of public school funding and accountability/testing.
“Austin Voices for Education and Youth is the most successful model for building community schools that I’ve seen in my three-decades career in public education.”
Eastside Vertical Team
In Spring of 2011, Austin Voices began working with Eastside Memorial High School to facilitate community and parent engagement, as well as strategic planning. In 2013, that work expanded to the whole vertical team of schools: Eastside Memorial HS, Martin MS, Allison ES, Brooke ES, Govalle ES, Metz ES, Ortega ES, and Zavala ES. In the winter of 2013, Austin Voices facilitated the community meetings that led to the selection of Talent Development Secondary/Johns Hopkins University to work with Eastside Memorial as an academic partner over the next three years.
Reagan Community School Project
AVEY has been working to transform schools in the St. John area of Austin since 2007, including Reagan High School, Webb Middle School, Pickle Elementary and T. A. Brown Elementary. AVEY believes in strong community-based school improvement, not cookie-cutter reforms that are brought in from the outside.
Lanier Community School Project
In Summer 2015, Austin Voices was awarded one of 11 federal Full-Service Community School 5-year $2.5 million grants to support four schools in the Lanier HS feeder pattern: Lanier HS, Burnet MS, Cook Elementary and Wooldridge Elementary. The goal of the grant is to strengthen families, increase academic success for students and build community engagement for the Lanier Vertical Team.