On Monday, May 19th, Leonor Vargas, Director of the Family Resource Center at Consuelo Mendez Middle School, provided testimony before the Texas Senate advocating for state support of flood-affected families in Dove Springs.
To Hear Leonor Vargas’s Testimony: Click Here
AISD AWARDS TAP the 2014 LATINO EXCELLENCE in ADVOCACY AWARD
The Austin Project was recognized at the Austin ISD’s 2014 Latino Academic Achievement Award Ceremony on May 10th. TAP was selected from a number of candidates to receive the Latino Excellence in Advocacy Award, in honor of the significant amount of service benefiting Latino students in the Austin Independent School District. The nomination came from Rebecca Ramirez, Assistant Principal at Mendez Middle School, who cited the great work done by The Austin Project’s (TAP) Family Resource Center at Consuelo Mendez Middle School, led by TAP staff member, Leonor Vargas, the Director of the Family Resource Center, in acknowledgement of the center’s contributions to Latino students and families in that school community in particular.
–The Latino Excellence in Advocacy Award is given each year to any organization, Latino or not, which has provided outstanding support in advancing Latino academic achievement and promoting educational outcomes in the greater Austin area for a minimum of two consecutive years.–
Martin Middle School Community Health Fair was Well Attended
Interim AISD Superintendent, Paul Cruz, joined The Austin Project Family Resource Center Director, Blanca Herrera and parent leaders at the Martin Middle School Community Health Fair. Special thanks to volunteers Joe Trevino, James Jones, Martin’s PTA, principal Vega for her burger building skills, and UT’s Project 2014, as well as Breakthrough Austin, and numerous other service providers who shared their time and resources with Eastside community families. It was great to have School Board Member Jayme Mathais attend the event as well!
TAP’s STAFF ATTENDS COMMUNITY SCHOOL CONFERENCE
TAP staff Donna Hagey and Blanca Herrera attended the Community Schools: The Engine of Opportunity conference, April 9-11, in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Coalition for Community Schools is a national forum that reflects the Coalition’s commitment to equal opportunity for all students and the belief that community schools, with their deep and sustained partnerships between schools and community resources, are the “engine” that will prepare young people to succeed.
The conference brought forward the growing awareness and discussion of the important of student engagement in learning, and the influence of out-of-school factors, including poverty on student achievement. Some of the Key Speakers at the conference included, Chris Edley, Chair of the Commission on Equity and Excellence, David Johns, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, Ira Harkavy, Nettle Center for Community Partnerships, and California State Senator, Carol Liu.
TAP Remembers Long Time Donor J. Chrys Dougherty III
TAP remembers longtime Texan and substantial benefactor of the community, J. Chrys Dougherty III. Chrys’s name has been long synonymous with donating to multiple causes in the community like The Austin Project. Chrys served on the Board of Directors at The Austin Project and was instrumental in helping to strengthen families and in improving education in east Austin. A memorial service will be held at University Presbyterian church at 3:00 PM on Saturday, March 1.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in Chrys’s honor can be made to The Austin Project, 5221 Ledesma Road, Austin, TX 78721 – Click here for more information.