Making Futures Bright

Your support makes a difference for families like Carmelina’s!

For Carmelina, being a mom to 1-year-old Annabel and 2-year-old Abel was often stressful and challenging. When Abel threw tantrums in public, her role got even harder. Carmelina struggled with her son’s aggressive behavior and the impact it was having on her marriage. As recent immigrants from Nicaragua, her family lived in a high poverty neighborhood in the Austin area. Carmelina desperately wanted a better life for her children, but couldn’t give them the support they needed. One day at a local supermarket, Carmelina was at the right place at the right time when she met an AVANCE parent educator. There she learned about AVANCE’s Parent-Child Education Program and started her family’s journey to a brighter future.

Our intensive, nine-month program puts the whole family on the path to success through a dual-generation approach with parents in one classroom and their children ages 0-3 in another. Carmelina received the education, coaching, and tools she needed to become her children’s first and best teacher. Annabel and Abel got prepared for school, increasing their chances of graduating from high school and continuing to higher education and better paying jobs than the generation before them.

                                                                                     Annabel and Abel

AVANCE-Austin works to close the opportunity gap for low-income, Spanish-speaking families in our community by starting when their children are very young. This early intervention changed everything for Carmelina’s family.

Although Carmelina was at first apprehensive to start the 9-month program with her children, she soon embraced her family’s new routine and looked forward to class every week. Abel, however, not speaking yet and still had a difficult time at home. A free screening given by one of our community partners determined that Abel had developmental delays. He was referred to a speech therapy program, which helped him communicate better. Their situation improved even more once they started participating in our free, home-based Positive Parenting Program sessions. Through one-on-one support with a trained home educator, Carmelina and her husband learned how to work together to handle their son’s behavior in a healthy and loving way.

Carmelina and her husband

 

 

To express her gratitude to the AVANCE community, her husband and she requested to perform a beautiful dance during the program graduation ceremony in May.

In her words, “AVANCE changed my life and saved my marriage.” 

 

 

This is the kind of life-transforming work you make possible when you support AVANCE.

Like other services, AVANCE will not be with the family forever. But the parenting skills, the lifelong passion for learning, and the confidence to be an engaged parent will produce lasting effects for both parent and child. We celebrate Carmelina’s success at AVANCE, but we know there are more parents and very young children who need similar kinds of support to strengthen their families and communities.

During this season of giving, will you help make futures bright for more children like Annabel and Abel?

Please support AVANCE-Austin as generously as you can by making your year-end, tax-deductible donation by December 31. You’ll be helping to change the course of an entire family in the year ahead.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE

Volunteer at the 2017 Holiday Party!

 

Calling all volunteers! AVANCE-Austin’s annual Holiday Party is upon us!

 

When:

Friday, December 15, 2017

What:

Every year, the families of our program, AVANCE staff and supporters get together to connect over a joyous holiday meal. The party is a way to celebrate our community’s most deserved families with music, games, and holiday crafts. Volunteers are a huge part of what makes the event successful, so come help spread the holiday cheer!

Shifts:

Decorating and set up (Dec. 15, 8:00am – 10:30am)
Greeting families (Dec. 15, 10:30am – 2pm)
Serving food (Dec. 15, 12pm – 1:30pm)
Assisting with game and craft stations (Dec. 15, 10:30am – 2pm)
Clean up (Dec 15, 1:30pm – 2:30pm)

Where:

Allan Early Childhood Center Cafeteria
4900 Gonzales St.
Austin, TX 78702

Qualifications: 

Ability to speak Spanish is a plus, but not necessary!

Benefits:

Delicious meal provided
A chance to serve Austin’s most deserved families and be a part of the celebration
Event-planning experience

Interested?
Fill out the volunteer form here and we will contact you shortly!

If you have questions, please contact Anurita Mittra.

Meet our Valor y Sueños 2017 Co-Chairs!

 

Rosie & Blanca with Luncheon Honoree Mitchell Long of The Long Foundation

 

Rosie Mendoza & Blanca Zamora-Garcia
Valor y Sueños 2017 Co-Chairs

 

Rosie Mendoza is the managing shareholder of R. Mendoza & Company, P.C. and Blanca Zamora-Garcia is the owner of Casa Blanca Realty. We are so proud to have these two strong businesswomen as board members and leaders of our Valor y Sueños Luncheon committee!

 

Rosie Mendoza, CPA

Rosie Mendoza provides her expertise, skills and time to numerous Austin organizations because she values volunteerism and a stronger Austin community. Her knowledge of finances and the needs children, women and families have directly benefited the health and human services affecting Austin and Travis County. A graduate of the University of Texas, Rosie’s heart and home is in the Austin area. We are ever grateful for the passion and perseverance Rosie brings to our Valor y Sueños Luncheon committee!  

 

 

Blanca Zamora-Garcia

Passionate about positively impacting her community, Blanca Zamora-Garcia has served on multiple Boards of Directors and committees in the Austin area. As a former educator with a Masters from the University of Texas, Blanca realizes the importance of the developmental and social milestones that occur in a child’s formative years. Blanca’s dedication to advancing the AVANCE-Austin mission and inspiring the Valor y Sueños Luncheon committee is truly admirable!   

 

 

The Valor y Sueños Luncheon honors the courage & dreams of parents who strive against all odds to help their children grow up healthy, happy, and successful. We will never give up on their dreams of children who, if given the chance, will strengthen the fabric of our country. With your participation, we will not only experience an empowering afternoon, we will also provide significant support to ensure that very young children and their parents have the chance to thrive in our community. 

 

 

Valor y Sueños 2017 Cover Mom: Daniela y Lucia

Daniela* never considered herself a creative type. In fact, when her friend was telling her about AVANCE, the whole program sounded promising, except…the toy making component of the curriculum. She was wary about her creative skills, but signed up anyway because she knew her daughter, Lucia*, would greatly benefit from an early education program.

At first, she quietly dreaded toy making and was self-conscious of her artwork, but the toy making hour of the week quickly became her favorite part of the curriculum. Toy making offered an oasis, a time to relax, create, talk with her peers who became friends, and rediscover the simple joy of creating, especially a toy designed solely for her daughter. Once she saw Lucia’s pure delight in receiving a handmade toy from her mother, any insecurities and judgment over the toy faded away. Her daughter treasures the toys crafted by her mother at AVANCE, and Daniela cherishes that time where she discovered her own gifts of creativity.

*Names have been changed for confidentiality

 

 

Want to hear more AVANCE success stories? Join us at this year’s Valor y Sueños Luncheon to not only hear inspiring stories from AVANCE-Austin graduates, but also provide significant support to ensure that very young children and their parents have the chance to thrive in our community.

 

Valor y Sueños 2017 Cover Mom: Julieta y Nicola

The weekly fieldtrip to the library is a sheer highlight for both Juileta* and her daughter, Nicola*. Juileta loves watching Nicola thoughtfully browse the book shelves, carefully contemplating which one to choose. This weekly ritual all started after the initial visit to the public library with AVANCE.

Though a passionate proponent for reading, Juileta was hesitant to go to the library on her own. She was concerned about communicating with the staff in English and was skeptical about the documents needed to apply for a card. From the outside, the library loomed as a solemn and unwelcoming institution.

This perception changed when she visited the library with the AVANCE staff on a class outing. The librarians were friendly and helpful, and the space inviting and calm. She left that day with a library card and aspirations to return with her daughter.

The library visit coupled with the parenting classes rekindled Juileta’s confidence in her parenting and teaching capabilities.  She reworked her weekly schedule to incorporate additional one-on-one learning time with Nicola. This included the much anticipated visit to the library, and a newly established evening routine of reading a book before bed.

Juileta always believed in the transformative power of reading and is thankful that AVANCE provided the encouraging nudge to stepping into and proudly becoming her daughter’s first and best teacher.

*Names have been changed for confidentiality 

 

 

Want to hear more AVANCE success stories? Join us at this year’s Valor y Sueños Luncheon to not only hear inspiring stories from AVANCE-Austin graduates, but also provide significant support to ensure that very young children and their parents have the chance to thrive in our community.

Valor y Sueños 2017 Cover Mom: Carolina y Diego

 

Diego* was too isolated, worried his mother, Carolina*.

Carolina worked a demanding job that resulted in Diego spending lots of time alone with his grandmother in an apartment complex in the out skirts of town. Carolina grew concerned about her son’s social development when she saw Diego’s reluctance to interact with other children, and noticed that his communication abilities were not as mature as other children in his age bracket. Carolina remembered talking to an AVANCE representative at a community resource fair and decided to participate in their program. She hoped that AVANCE would provide Diego with a safe and comfortable learning environment where he could learn to socialize, play with children his own age, and progress in his communication skills.

Once the program started, she noticed an immediate shift in Diego’s disposition – once self-conscious and timid, Diego was now joyous and self-assured. Carolina also grew in confidence. Similar to Diego, she too had been very isolated before AVANCE. At AVANCE, she connected to a circle of friends, compassionate and resilient mothers who wanted the absolute best for their children. Through AVANCE, both Diego and Carolina found new communities of support and belonging, which only brought them closer together as a mother/son team.

*Names have been changed for confidentiality

 

 

Want to hear more AVANCE success stories? Join us at this year’s Valor y Sueños Luncheon to not only hear inspiring stories from AVANCE-Austin graduates, but also provide significant support to ensure that very young children and their parents have the chance to thrive in our community.

 

Valor y Sueños 2017 Cover Mom: Gabriela y Natalia

 

Gabriela’s* passion for early childhood education was reenergized by AVANCE-Austin. A spirited champion for the transformative power of education, Gabriela initially enrolled in AVANCE for the learning opportunities for her three-year-old daughter, Natalia.* As she witnessed Natalia’s enhanced ease in social interactions and communication, Gabriela also realized that she herself had a genuine interest in early childhood development.

This reawakened curiosity prompted her to return to AVANCE’s partnered summer programming, H-E-B Read3. Gabriela volunteered as a classroom assistant to gain additional experience in this professional arena. She joined AVANCE staff in developing lesson plans and managing a toddlers classroom. Now, she embarks into the next chapter with a nourished commitment to continue fostering a love for learning in her daughter and in her own journey toward sharing that love through her teaching.

*Names have been changed for confidentiality

 

 

Want to hear more AVANCE success stories? Join us at this year’s Valor y Sueños Luncheon to not only hear inspiring stories from AVANCE-Austin graduates, but also provide significant support to ensure that very young children and their parents have the chance to thrive in our community.

Griffith Family Legacy Award 2017: The Long Foundation

A spirited advocate for the transformative power of education, The Long Foundation changes lives by supporting programs committed to unlocking potential through learning. Their dedication to helping communities rise through education makes them an ideal partner in AVANCE-Austin’s work and realization of our mission and vision. Since 2011, The Long Foundation has steadfastly assisted us in achieving our goals for our signature Parent-Child Educational Program. Their tremendous support of this program instantly and profoundly impacts the families we serve by empowering mothers to step into their fullest potential and readying their children for a strong start into their academic career. We are deeply grateful for their dedicated championship of our work and for their generosity that unlocks our families’ potential to soar.
 
On November 1, we will honor The Long Foundation with the Griffith Family Legacy Award at the Valor y Sueños Luncheon. We hope you’ll join us to not only thank The Long Foundation for their continuous support of the AVANCE mission, but for their commitment to improving education in our community.
 
 
The Valor y Sueños Luncheon honors the courage & dreams of parents who strive against all odds to help their children grow up healthy, happy, and successful. We will never give up on their dreams of children who, if given the chance, will strengthen the fabric of our country. With your participation, we will not only experience an empowering afternoon, we will also provide significant support to ensure that very young children and their parents have the chance to thrive in our community.     
 
 

Honoring our Corporate Hero Wells Fargo

A dynamic and engaged community partner, Wells Fargo enthusiastically propels the AVANCE-Austin mission forward into a tangible reality. Their exuberant support has helped add capacity to our ability to serve over 390 children and families each year by providing professional volunteer leadership on our Board of Directors,  serving as ambassadors to help educate our community about the AVANCE mission, increasing our Home Visitation program through financial support and grants, and recruiting volunteers for special projects that directly serve our families.   

We are humbled and honored to partner with Wells Fargo to strengthen our city together!

On November 1, we will honor Wells Fargo with the Corporate Hero Award at the Valor y Sueños Luncheon. We hope you’ll join us in recognizing Wells Fargo’s exemplary commitment to AVANCE, as well as bettering our community.

 

The Valor y Sueños Luncheon honors the courage & dreams of parents who strive against all odds to help their children grow up healthy, happy, and successful. We will never give up on their dreams of children who, if given the chance, will strengthen the fabric of our country. With your participation, we will not only experience an empowering afternoon, we will also provide significant support to ensure that very young children and their parents have the chance to thrive in our community.     

 

 

Honoring City-Wide Leader Barbara Rush

Since 1997, Barbara Rush has been a dedicated champion for AVANCE-Austin. At the beginning phases of our Austin chapter, Barbara was highly instrumental in securing critical funding to ensure a stable foundation for success. Since her initial involvement, Barbara has devoted many years of service to help AVANCE achieve its mission of serving thousands of young children and their families. From volunteering at events to serving on the board, Barbara has invested her time, talent, and treasure into the continued growth of AVANCE. Her willingness to advocate and support causes that uplift her community is a driving characteristic to who she is and makes her a valuable and admirable leader in Austin. 
 
On November 1, we will honor Barbara Rush with the Individual Hero Award at the Valor y Sueños Luncheon. We hope you’ll join us to thank Barbara for her investment, not only in AVANCE, but our community as a whole.
 
 
The Valor y Sueños Luncheon honors the courage & dreams of parents who strive against all odds to help their children grow up healthy, happy, and successful. We will never give up on their dreams of children who, if given the chance, will strengthen the fabric of our country. With your participation, we will not only experience an empowering afternoon, we will also provide significant support to ensure that very young children and their parents have the chance to thrive in our community.