AVANCE-Austin Receives $100,000 Impact Austin Education Grant

Underserved Del Valle community to receive parent-child education services.
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June 13, 2012 - PRLog -- Austin, TX – AVANCE-Austin (ah-vahn-ceh) has been elected by Impact Austin, a progressive leader in women’s philanthropy, to receive a $100,000 community partnership grant. The grant will enable AVANCE-Austin to expand their parent-child education services to Del Valle, an underserved community with the highest child poverty rate in Travis County, Texas. More than 85% of children in Del Valle public schools are low-income.

Currently there are no formal parenting education services operating within Del Valle School District, which the district is committed to changing. Outside of the schools, lack of transportation prevents access to quality parenting programs since bus services are limited and most service providers do not provide transportation.

“This is a critical time in Austin,” explains Sofia Casini, AVANCE-Austin’s Executive Director. “It’s a time of two stories, one of investment driven growth and one of growing poverty, where a large part of the community is unable to take part in the prosperity. With the high cost of living, many of Austin’s neediest families are moving to nearby Del Valle, where they are isolated, lack transportation, and there are few resources. We are thrilled to have won the Impact Austin competition! This funding will ensure that young Latino children, the majority of our population growth, enter school on an even playing field with their peers, and go on to succeed.”

AVANCE-Austin competed against 29 other agencies in a competitive six-month application process, culminating in two finalists being chosen in the education category. The decision came down to a five-minute presentation at Impact Austin’s annual meeting, where members vote on the winners.

“Our track record and our ability to convey the need of offering essential services to an otherwise neglected community is what I believe helped set us apart from the other candidates,” said Casini. “According to the 2010 U.S. Census Travis County’s population went up 26% in the past ten years. The Census shows the largest growth was in Latino children under age five, a majority of whom are being born into low-income families. During this time period, the Census also shows that Travis County’s poverty rate doubled. The highest rates of growth occurred outside of the Austin city center due to the rising cost of living. AVANCE-Austin’s services are expanding to meet the growing need of low income families.”

An awards ceremony will be held at AVANCE-Austin located at 4818 E. Ben White Boulevard, Suite 205, on Monday, June 18th.For more information about attending, and covering the event contact AVANCE-Austin via telephone, 1 (512) 326-9335, or via email, scasini.aus@avance.org.

More Info about AVANCE:

AVANCE-Austin, in its 14th year of operation, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to Unlocking America’s Potential by strengthening families in at-risk communities through effective parent education and support programs. Connect with AVANCE on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

In 2013, AVANCE will celebrate 40 years of serving families. Details surrounding AVANCE’s anniversary events and 1st Annual Parent-Child Education Conference are forthcoming. For more information, sponsorship and exhibit opportunities please contact mjohnson.nat@avance.org.

More Info about Impact Austin:

Impact Austin is a progressive leader in women’s philanthropy, bringing new resources to the community and making philanthropy accessible. Through high-impact grant making, we engage, develop and inspire women to effect positive change.
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