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2014
Education Grant Recipient:

Ann Richards School Foundation

Project:

Ann Richards School (ARS) MakerSpace

Grant Award:

$100,000


Ann Richards School (ARS) is an all-girls public school serving grades 6 through 12, with 75% of the students from Title One (low income feeder schools) and 25% of the students from other Austin Independent School District (AISD) schools. The school’s MakerSpace project funded by the Impact Austin grant is a...

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2014
Education Grant Recipient:

Ann Richards School Foundation

Project:

Ann Richards School (ARS) MakerSpace


Ann Richards School (ARS) is an all-girls public school serving grades 6 through 12, with 75% of the students from Title One (low income feeder schools) and 25% of the students from other Austin Independent School District (AISD) schools. The school’s MakerSpace project funded by the Impact Austin grant is a cutting-edge hands-on, project-based center, the collaborative effort of the Ann Richards Foundation, AISD, and the Austin high tech industry.  The ARS MakerSpace will positively impact both the students and the south Austin community by providing a tinkering space to transform projects from concept to creation and allow students to deepen their understanding of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math skills concepts). The next generation of great inventors will benefit from the opportunity to expand their knowledge in a designated space to tinker, invent, and develop skills necessary for success in the 21st century work environment.

For more information visit www.annrichardsschool.org


2014
Environment Grant Recipient:

Austin Youth River Watch

Project:

River Watchers Restoring Austin Streams

Grant Award:

$100,000


Austin Youth River Watch combines environmental education with drop-out prevention, providing a safe place for teenagers to grow and gain confidence, while learning to be active stewards of our planet.  In the current program, approximately 120 at-risk students from nine Austin Independent School District high schools learn to collect,...

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2014
Environment Grant Recipient:

Austin Youth River Watch

Project:

River Watchers Restoring Austin Streams


Austin Youth River Watch combines environmental education with drop-out prevention, providing a safe place for teenagers to grow and gain confidence, while learning to be active stewards of our planet.  In the current program, approximately 120 at-risk students from nine Austin Independent School District high schools learn to collect, analyze, and publish water-quality data from 25 freshwater sites along Austin-area streams and the Colorado River. The new program funded by Impact Austin will engage these students in hands-on stream restoration projects, such as bank stabilization, vegetation management, and trail building.  These week-long service-learning projects will include a weekend “work day” with community volunteers led by the students. The new program will benefit Austin-area streams and the ecosystems they support through at least 10 restoration projects each year; enhance students’ knowledge of aquatic science and improve their leadership skills; and involve at least 100 new community volunteers.

For more information visit www.ayrw.org


2014
Family Grant Recipient:

CASA of Travis County

Project:

Trauma-Informed Care in the Foster Care System

Grant Award:

$100,000


CASA of Travis County promotes and protects the best interests of abused and neglected children by training volunteers to advocate for them in courts, schools, and the community.  CASA helps these children find safe, permanent, loving homes.  CASA will use their Impact Austin grant for a new...

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2014
Family Grant Recipient:

CASA of Travis County

Project:

Trauma-Informed Care in the Foster Care System


CASA of Travis County promotes and protects the best interests of abused and neglected children by training volunteers to advocate for them in courts, schools, and the community.  CASA helps these children find safe, permanent, loving homes.  CASA will use their Impact Austin grant for a new project, “Trauma-Informed Care in the Foster Care System,” intended to improve and standardize the level of skills for providers through a collaborative training system developed at Texas Christian University.  The overarching goal of this collaboration is to help foster youth healing more quickly from the trauma of abuse and neglect by surrounding them with volunteers and child care professionals trained in the principles of Trust-Based Relational Intervention.   The main principles of this approach focus on identifying, understanding, and responding to the child's needs rather than their behavior, and this project will provide necessary training to volunteers and community partners.

For more information visit www.casatravis.org


2014
Health & Well-Being Grant Recipient:

Samaritan Center

Project:

Integrated Health Care for a Healthier Community

Grant Award:

$100,000


The Samaritan Center’s mission is to provide professional counseling, integrative medicine, and community education to prevent and treat abuse, teach healthy life skills, and strengthen families. The Integrated Health Care for a Healthier Community Project funded by Impact Austin’s grant will address the problem of...

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2014
Health & Well-Being Grant Recipient:

Samaritan Center

Project:

Integrated Health Care for a Healthier Community


The Samaritan Center’s mission is to provide professional counseling, integrative medicine, and community education to prevent and treat abuse, teach healthy life skills, and strengthen families. The Integrated Health Care for a Healthier Community Project funded by Impact Austin’s grant will address the problem of a fragmented health care system by providing telepsychiatry services and by providing a full-time case manager.  The telepsychiatric care will provide access to time-sensitive psychiatric assessments, medication adjustments and prescription assistance that is currently not available for 208 adults and children.  The case manager will help clients access other needed services in the community as well as improve communication and coordination of care among the treating professionals and clients.

For more information visit www.samaritan-center.org


2013
Culture Grant Recipient:

ZACH Theatre

Project:

Arts Across the Curriculum

Grant Award:

$101,000


ZACH aims to create a unique theatre experience that ignites the imagination, lifts the spirit, and creates meaningful dialogue that engages our community. ZACH's season of professional theatre productions celebrates diversity and offers a wide array of cross-cultural educational and participatory activities including professional theatre classes and interactive...

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2013
Culture Grant Recipient:

ZACH Theatre

Project:

Arts Across the Curriculum


ZACH aims to create a unique theatre experience that ignites the imagination, lifts the spirit, and creates meaningful dialogue that engages our community. ZACH's season of professional theatre productions celebrates diversity and offers a wide array of cross-cultural educational and participatory activities including professional theatre classes and interactive plays for children.


ZACH Theatre's Arts Across the Curriculum is an arts integration and professional development program that trains elementary teachers in theatre techniques that actively engage students in language arts, math, science and social studies curriculum. This program will increase service from three Title 1 schools to 16 Title 1 schools, serving 1,500 low-income, at-risk students in 60 classrooms over two years. The goal of this program is to provide arts-rich education resulting in higher grades, test scores and graduation rates.

For more details, visit their website: www.zachtheatre.org