66 Years of Children’s Mental Health Services to Austin

66 Years of Children’s Mental Health Services to Austin

The mission of Austin Child Guidance Center (ACGC) is to improve the mental health of children and their families through early intervention, diagnosis and treatment to help develop the emotional skills to face life’s challenges.
Since 1951, Austin Child Guidance Center has worked diligently to ensure that every child has equal access to quality mental health services. ACGC has earned it’s reputation as a trusted and invaluable resource to the Austin community. Since ACGC first opened it’s doors, over 141,127 clients have been served.
Help Austin Child Guidance Center ensure that all families have access to quality, affordable mental health treatment, no matter their religion, ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, socioeconomic status, or any other measure that is used to divide. Find out more about how to help, HERE.
Austin Child Guidance

Category : Blog


By: Pearl Esema

What is hackathon? <div> hackathon is the only youth and diversity-focused annual hackathon, 100% organized and 100% operated by students of color, in the United States. Hackathon  is held on the campus of Huston-Tillotson University.  <div> hackathon’s mission is to assist Millennials Of Color in recognizing that they can be more than consumers of technology—they too can be creators, innovators, and disruptors of tomorrow’s technology.

Last year (2015), was our inaugural year. 50 Millennials Of Color (high-school and undergrads) spent the first weekend of SXSW, paired with Mentors, developing mobile apps that solved problems in the Education, Health, and Social Justice sectors.

This year, our <div> hackathon is answering the technology pipeline problem. Our  <div> hackathon will serve as an information and social capital conduit—a pipeline—connecting talent-seeking companies to 65 phenomenal Millennials Of Color.

When and where is <div> hackathon? This year, <div> hackathon will be held March 12 and 13, 2016 on the campus of Huston-Tillotson University. Huston-Tillotson University is a federally designated HBCU (a Historically Black College and University). Huston-Tillotson University is home to a diverse student campus. Our student body is 72% African-American, 17% Latino, 6% White, and 4% International.

Who runs <div> hackathon? <div> hackathon is 100% organized and 100% operated by the students of Huston-Tillotson University.

What should you expect to see at <div> hackathon?

  • Over 234 participants (65 Students, 40 Mentors, 100 Spectators, 13 Huston-Tillotson Student Organizers, 5 Guest Judges, 10 Huston-Tillotson Faculty and Staff Members, and 1 Huston-Tillotson President);
  • 65 Students from diverse backgrounds, creating mobile apps that disrupt the Business, Health, Education, and Entertainment sectors;
  • Supportive, engaging, and curriculum-based environment ;
  • Tech talks, which share with students new product knowledge; career survival skills; and the power of personal branding; and
  • Opportunities to network, table, and discuss!

We work hard to create an amazing <div> hackathon experience! Here’s what last year’s participants had to say about our <div> hackathon:

“<div> hackathon was a life changing experience that helped open my mind to becoming innovative and more than just a consumer of technology.” – Judith Job, Huston-Tillotson University Kinesiology student

“At <div> hackathon, I made lasting connections. I was also inspired to continue to create apps.” – Arsenio Brown, Huston-Tillotson University Sociology student

“<div> hackathon opened my eyes to something special about my East Austin community. Spending a weekend seeing different people of color work together to solve different issues was not only empowering but proves that we can go further if we do it together.” – Juan Zuniga, Austin Community College Business Management student

“Thank you so much for putting together the <div> hackathon! It’s great that you guys promoted diversity and women’s equality! I had so much fun, met some amazing people and learned so many tools that I will definitely be using…Please let me know if you guys ever do this again, I’d definitely be interested.” – Maryam Khawar, Austin Peace Academy student

If you would like to support us, or have any further questions or concerns about our <div> hackathon Supporter Tiers below, please contact Autumn Caviness, 512-505-3163, adcaviness@htu.edu and refer to iamthepipeline.com for more information.  Thank you!


Summer Bash and Scholarship Fundraiser


Thank-you to everyone to came out to our Summer Bash and Scholarship Fundraiser, Angel Austin with Life Music House Concerts for amazing us with your beautiful voice, Net Visual Tours for the photos, Balkan Cafe & Grill for hosting us, and District 4 City Council Member, Greg Casar for your support. Harish Kotecha shared information on his efforts that have resulted in $123k in school supplies and scholarships to date with this year: $20k in school supplies and $33k in scholarship. Scholarships have been allocated to Capital Idea, Manor Independent School District, Austin Community College, and Austin Independent School District.

Here are ways people can still help:
  • To Donate, click here
  • Donate goods/services for live auction planned for Nov 5th Aadhaar Gala at 7pm at Crown Plaza
  • Sponsor the event, sponsor ship levels: $250, $500 and $1,000+ – details by writing at info@hc4a.org or calling 512.994.4638

To see more photos from event, visit: HERE .

NAI scholarships

North Austin Influencers  North Austin Influencers

4th Annual Bollywood Meets Borscht Belt 2016 and Wine and Cheese Affair with Hindu Charities For America


4th Annual Bollywood Meets Borscht Belt 2016 is coming soon and there are some sponsorship opportunities.

Bollywood Meets Borscht Belt (BMBB) is designed to help spread the gift of wisdom. The net proceeds from BMBB will be used to purchase School Supplies for Austin area homeless students. You will be helping us in education for deserving but financially deprived little kids of our area.

Hindu Charities For America (HC4A) is asking for support on this event with sponsorship:

General Sponsorship: $200

  • Mingle and Mix with over 400 South Asian, Jewish and other communities
  • You will be helping to provide school supplies to Homeless children in Austin area to start the 2016-2017 School Year
  • Your sponsorship will be listed in the program listing
  • Email marketing for event where Sponsors will be listed with website link – Minimum of two email blasts, each to about 3,500 South Asians and other communities in Austin area
  • Facebook listing of sponsorship – at least few thousand shares!
  • Two free Reserved tickets to the event (total value $60) if attending, RSVP by May 15th
  • Opportunity to be on TV Asia, who plans to cover the event!

Details of 4th Annual BMBB: 
General Admission:           

Adults over 18yrs $30

Children between 6yrs and 18yrs $10

Table of 10 Sponsorship:                $500
Venue:                                           Dell Jewish Community Campus, 7300 Hart Lane, Austin TX 78731
Date and Time:                              Sunday June 5th, 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Dress Code:                                    Ethnic festive dress encouraged

Visit www.HC4A.org for more information  or call for more information to  (512) 994-4638
The organization will also host another event with the purpose of the Wine and Cheese Affair Friday May 20th 6 pm to 8 pm is to introduce Hindu Charities For America (HC4A) to community volunteers who potentially may be interested in getting involved, specifically as HC4A Foundation member.  HC4A’s mission is to Bridge Income Disparity Through Education. Toward this goal, HC4A, founded in 2010, has been working with Jewish community to raise funds for annual donation of school supplies for homeless children in Austin metro area. Last year over $18k was raised and this year, the plan is $20k+  .  HC4A also donates vocational training scholarships to those students who fall below federally defined poverty measure. This year, we plan to donate over $43k through Austin Community College, Capital Idea and Manor ISD. At present the organization who has 5 Foundation members and looking to expand to 11.
Specifically, the Foundation Members play the following role:
  • Foundation board members each contributes towards charity $2500 or more a year.
  • Members help expand the charity via their influence and contacts
  • They solicit community leaders to make monetary contribution towards the cause
  • Members are expected to spend a minimum of 10 Hours per year towards charitable cause
  • Chairman presents the State of Affairs quarterly to the Foundation Board and is assisted by the Executive Board President
 Please contact Harish Kotecha at (512) 773.7815 to attend the Wine & Cheese Affair so that you can learn more about the efforts. The general location is near Mansfield Dam on 620.
Hindu Charity for America

TAMACC to Host Statewide Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon


The Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC) will honor 13 outstanding Latina business and community leaders from across Texas at the fifth annual Women of Distinction Awards luncheon Friday, May 13, 2016 at the AustinClub, 110 East 9th Street, Austin, Texas from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce was founded in 1975 by a small group of Hispanic businesspersons interested in increasing business opportunities for themselves and other similar business owners.

“I know I speak for all our Chamber and business members in congratulating this year’s Women of Distinction award recipients,” said TAMACC Chairman of the Board Sam Guzman. “Year after year we are proud and honored to recognize and celebrate the outstanding successes and contributions that Hispanic women make to our communities, state, and indeed our nation.”

The 2016 Women of Distinction are:

Aliana Apodaca, President, Positive Directions Co., El Paso

Rosemary H. Banda, Community Volunteer, Austin

Barbara Ann Canales, Secretary, Port of Corpus Christi Authority Commission, Corpus Christi

Judith A. Canales, State Executive Director, United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency, College Station

Dr. Catalina E. Garcia, M.D., President, Dallas Anesthesiology Group, Dallas

Virginia “Viky” Garcia, Community Volunteer, Laredo

Dr. Eva Garza-Nyer, Ph.D., Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Texas College Advisor, Austin

Genoveva G. Gomez, Vice President of Engineering and Construction, San Antonio Water System, San Antonio

Alida Y. Helgerman, Marketing and Public Relations Manager, Border Federal Credit Union, Del Rio

Helen Soto Knaggs, Office Manager, Texas Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr., Austin

Cristina Rivera, Chief Executive Officer, Rio Grande Regional Hospital, McAllen

Alice Rodriguez, Councilwoman, City of Waco, Waco

Major General Angela “Angie” Salinas, United States Marine Corps (Retired), Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, San Antonio

For additional information, event tickets, or sponsorship opportunities please visit our web site at www.TAMACC.org

Women of Distinction


SCORE offers Small Business Workshops at Round Rock Public Library


The Round Rock Public Library and the SCORE Austin chapter is resuming Biz.ability business workshops for small business owners (or those who are interested in starting their own business) this fall. SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship.

Biz.ability business workshops will be from 12:30  to 3:30 p.m. at the Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock, Texas and will include topics and speakers:

7 Steps to Small Business Marketing Success—March 4, 2016

You started your business because you love doing what you do…and because there are people who truly need your product or service. Not only do they need what you offer, but they are willing to pay a premium for your unique approach to meeting their need. But how do you connect with this “target market” in a way that builds “know, like, and trust” so that they will buy, buy more, and refer you to family and friends? You need a Marketing system!

Presented by Jeff Stec, Principal at Tylerica Systems, LLC, Certified Duct Tape Marketing Consultant, Duct Tape Marketing Total Online PresenceTM Expert and Contributing Author to “Renewable Referrals: How to Cultivate More Profits.”(Workshop attendees will receive a complimentary copy.)

Financial Forecasts and Reporting—March 18, 2016

In this workshop you will learn the basics needed to manage your small business financials. You will see how to forecast sales and expenses; see true start-up costs; discuss profit and loss and pricing; and how to set and use financial benchmarks. This workshop will be led by SCORE volunteer Carleton Smith who has extensive experience as a corporate executive and small business mentor and trainer.

Alternatives for Funding Your Start-up or Growing Your Business—March 25, 2016

In this workshop you will be exposed to options for financing your small business, including start-up and expansion. In addition, you will learn what is needed to qualify for various types of financing. The workshop will address traditional bank lending, SBA lending sources and alternative funding such as micro-lending.

A panel of experts including local banker Rene Flores of  First Texas State Bank, and representatives of alternative funding organizations Marco Melendez of People Fund, Arie Muniz of Lift Fund and Darin Thompson of Able Lending, will lead this engaging and informative workshop.

For more details, full list of workshops, and to register, visit here.


Amplify Austin Day : Annual community-wide day of online giving


Amplify Austin Day is our city’s annual community-wide day of online giving. The 24- hour period provides an easy and fun way for our entire community to give together while helping local nonprofits. Over the past three years, Amplify Austin has raised over $16.2M for hundreds of local organizations. In 2015, 41 percent of the 44,700 Amplify Austin donations were first time gifts to nonprofit organizations. Together the community raised over $7.7M for over 500 Central Texas nonprofits.

Last year, over 500 nonprofits participated in Amplify Austin Day.  On March 8-9, 2016, Amplify Austin’s goal is to raise over $9M for more than 600 nonprofits.  All of these organizations play an important role in making Central Texas a better place to live. Amplify Austin Day raises much-needed funds for nonprofits of all sizes, in all areas of service, and participating donors choosing the nonprofit to benefit from their contributions while connecting with one or more of nonprofit partners to give back to Central Texas! Get ready to amp up the giving on March 8-9, 2016!

Search by nonprofit or keyword to select your organization of choice, here .

amplify austin

Austin Partners in Education

Category : Blog


Focusing on Austin ISD’s schools located in under-resourced communities and serving predominantly economically disadvantaged students, Austin Partners in Education (APIE) delivers innovative, volunteer-driven academic and mentoring programs in reading and math designed to improve student academic performance. APIE’s 1,800 volunteers work with students at pivotal junctures in their education, providing a vital extension of academic and social/emotional support to students. Through the flagship Classroom Coaching program, students benefit from small group (3:1 or below) instruction from volunteers drawn from more than 200 Austin area government agencies, businesses and community organizations.

 In the 2014-15 school year, APIE served 3,300 students through the following programs:

  • Elementary Reading Classroom Coaching and Compañeros en Lectura: Volunteers in the classroom work weekly with students developing reading skills in either English or Spanish.
  • Middle School Math Classroom Coaching: Volunteers in the classroom work weekly with students to build a strong foundation in middle school math, putting them on track to succeed in high school algebra.
  • College Readiness (9th-12th grade) and Case Management: Advocates offer information, advising and tutoring to students “in the bubble” between being qualified to graduate and being college ready.
  • Mentoring (all grades): Volunteers work one-on-one with students during the school day to help students improve their social and study skills, strengthen their communication skills, and build self-confidence.
Quick Bites of APIE: Benefits of Being a Volunteer
  • Increases self-confidence – volunteering can create a significant boost to your self-esteem and overall life satisfaction.
  • Brings fulfillment – volunteer work can be energizing, inspiring, and give you an escape from the everyday work flow.
  • Helps develop new skills – it’s an opportunity to enhance your current skill set and carry those skills to advance your career.
  • A healthier body – research shows those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression compared to those who do not volunteer.
  • Increases happiness – researchers studied the relationship between volunteering and measures of happiness and found the more you volunteer the happier you are.

Find out how to get involved, here.

Austin Partners In Education


2016 Applications for Governor’s Community Achievement Awards due February 2016


For more than two decades, Keep Texas Beautiful, in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), has awarded the prestigious Governor’s Community Achievement Awards (GCAA) to ten Texas communities with the best grassroots environmental programs in the state each year.

The competition distributes $2 million in funding from TxDOT across the 10 communities, with the amount based on population size. The funds are used for landscaping projects along local rights-of-way. A community’s environmental program is judged on achievements in seven areas:

* Community Leadership and Coordination

* Public Awareness

* Education

* Beautification and Community Improvement

* Litter Prevention and Cleanup

* Solid Waste Management

* Litter Law and Illegal Dumping Enforcement

While many applications come from cities and towns that are part of the KTB affiliate network, that is not a requirement. The goal is to recognize communities who are working diligently to create and sustain comprehensive environmental and beautification programs.

Why should your community apply?

* Applying for the GCAA creates a written record of your community’s environmental achievements, helpful when applying for grants and state funding.

* Working toward the GCAA brings together various segments of the community, including schoolchildren, adult volunteers and law enforcement, creating a sense of community pride.

* Studies show that a focus on litter prevention and beautification has positive economic effects on the community, reducing crime rates, and increasing tourism and economic development.

For questions or more information, email awards@ktb.org.


Governor's Community Achievement Awards


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