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Tackling inequities in technology

As we enter the month of April, the staff at AVANCE-Austin can’t help but reflect on an entire year of virtual learning and remote living. When schools closed in March of 2020, staff had to quickly transition from in-person programming to a virtual model through the creation of “AVANCE Sobre Ruedas” (AVANCE on-wheels), thanks to…

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Welcoming new board member series: Meet Yajaira

Finishing up our series of introductions to our newest Board Members and leaders of our community, please welcome Yajaira Muñoz-McKiver who has lived in Austin for over 30 years! Yajaira works for Amerigroup and Dell Children´s Health Plan managing care for Medicaid. We asked Yajaira a few questions about her upcoming involvement with AVANCE-Austin and…

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Welcoming new board member series: Meet Vanessa

Continuing our series of introductions to our newest Board Members and leaders of our community, please welcome Vanessa Santamaria Dainton who has lived in Austin for 33 years and enjoys spending time with family, reading, journaling, and exercise- especially walking her dog Lali. She also likes to paint, sew, and create jewelry. Vanessa consults in…

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Welcoming new board member series: Meet Susana

Continuing our series of introductions to our newest Board Members and leaders of our community, please welcome Susana Castillo who has lived in Austin since February 2004 and enjoys exercise, knitting, cooking, and spending time with family. Susana is self-employed and the managing attorney at Castillo Law Office. We asked Susana a few questions about…

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Welcoming new board member series: Meet Jorge

Continuing our series of introductions to our newest Board Members and leaders of our community, please welcome Jorge Padilla who has lived in Austin for twenty years. He moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas in 2000, with the exception of a few summers and has lived here ever since! Jorge enjoys spending…

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Welcoming new board member series: Meet Belinda

Continuing our series of introductions to our newest Board Members and leaders of our community, please welcome Belinda Arambula who has lived in Austin for 13 years (with just 1-and-a-half-year Hiatus to Savannah, GA), works as an Attorney at Burns, Anderson, Jury, and Brenner, LLP and enjoys running on her spare time. We asked Belinda…

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Welcoming new board members series: Meet Alma

Social distancing since 2020 has some of us feeling a little disconnected. Let us help you feel a bit more acquainted with the leaders of our community – the AVANCE-Austin board of directors. Meet one of our newest recruits, Alma Ruiz, who has lived in Austin since 2011. This year will be Alma’s first year…

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The Importance of a Volunteer During a Pandemic

Covid-19 has impacted many people, organizations, and the way we live. AVANCE-Austin has done everything we can to ensure the safety of our staff, the families we serve, and the volunteers that help us along the way. One way, was to transition our in-person Parent-Child Education Program classes into online versions. With this significant change,…

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A Hero’s Legacy

Honoring Balie Griffith (1931 – 2020) Born and raised in East Texas, Balie Griffith knew all too well the economical disadvantages children face very early on in their lives. While establishing himself as a successful entrepreneur and investor in Austin, Balie continually poured his time, treasure, and talents back into the city through his philanthropic…

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Program Suspension Notice Due to COVID-19

For 23 years, AVANCE-Austin has worked tirelessly to help families achieve their full potential through our two-generation educational programming and family support services. The well-being of our parents and their young children has always been our priority. With the safety and well-being of AVANCE children, parents, staff and volunteers in mind, we are taking the…

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