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“AUSTIN YES Gives Thanks:” A Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Friends, First, let me say thank you for believing in our mission over the last year. Your support, whether through spreading awareness, fundraising, sponsoring, volunteering, or a simple like on our social media, has led us to have a successful year. It doesn’t seem like ‘thank

AUSTIN YES’ “Back to Basics” School Supplies Distribution

August is here, and for students in Texas, that means it’s time for back to school preparations. Over the past few weeks, AUSTIN YES, in partnership with attorney Thomas J. Henry, has been busy ramping up their free school supplies distributions for the 2021-2022 school year. This

Austin YES’ “Back to Basics” School Essentials

The start of the 2021-2022 school year is just around the corner, and we are excited to hear students will be able to attend classes in person! At Austin YES, that also means we are ramping up to begin our “Back to Basics” program which distributes free

SA YES’ Jubilant June

While most people think of the month of May and June as the time to sit back, relax, maybe even take a vacation – SA YES is working full speed ahead. Within the past two months, they’ve provided $10,000 in grants benefitting STEM programs and inner city

SA YES Celebrates an Amazing Month of May

After a year-long hiatus, SA YES kicked off the month of May with the relaunch of their annual fundraising initiatives – The Taste of Education Dinner (May 2) and Golf Classic Tournament (May 3-4). Through the generous contribution of event attendees, SA YES raised a combined total

Celebrate National Library Week All Month With AUSTIN YES

National Library Week is taking place April 4-10, 2021, but AUSTIN YES encourages you to celebrate with us all month! This year’s theme is “Welcome to Your Library,” which promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building – and that everyone

SA YES Unveils Three New “Little Lockers” To Kickstart National Reading Month

In honor of National Reading Month, SA YES unveiled two “Little Lockers” at Edgewood ISD and South San ISD on Thursday, March 4. In addition, the organization’s subsidiary, AUSTIN YES, unveiled an additional “Little Locker” at Del Valle ISD on Friday, March 5. These “Little Lockers” are

Safer Internet Day – How to Ensure Your Children Are Protected Online

Tuesday, February 9 is Safer Internet Day. This day calls upon all stakeholders to join together to make the internet a safer and better place, especially for children. While online learning varies by household, one commonality is the fact that children are spending more time online, and

“Top 10 2021 Goals” For You and Your Family

We’ve now begun the long-anticipated flip of the calendar to 2021. With the new year upon us, we have the opportunity to begin planning for a brighter 2021 – with new goals, activities, and opportunities to create new memories.  Below we have compiled a “Top 10” list

Safe and Socially-Distant Holiday Activities

Another year is quickly coming to an end, and the 2020 holiday season will be unlike any that we have experienced before. The gatherings will definitely be smaller, allowing family and close loved ones to create new traditions. When we are all struggling to make sense of

How You Can Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month At Home

The Hispanic population accounts for the second-largest ethnic group in the U.S. By 2022, Hispanics are expected to become the largest population group in Texas. September 15 marks the start of Hispanic Heritage month—a month to recognize the contributions of Hispanic Americans to U.S. culture.  Throughout the

Austin YES Exceeds Fundraising Goal with Online Auction and Truck Raffle

Amidst the current pandemic, we shifted our largest fundraising events of the year to an online auction and truck raffle. The auction included a variety of exciting items to bid on from gift cards to vacation getaways. Sponsor Thomas J. Henry proudly donated $25,000, in addition to

Healthy Summer Recipes for Kids

Summer is the perfect time to encourage healthy eating habits with your children. Many crops are in their peak season, and the abundance of fresh produce can make for deliciously healthy dishes kids will love. Offering children fun and nutritious food choices can help keep them focused,

5 Math Learning Resources to Try at Home

With the school year coming to end, you don’t have to lose all the hard work your kids have been doing these last few weeks. Math is one area most students complain about, but luckily, there are plenty of great online resources available that are fun and

Austin YES Guide to Technology-Free Activities

While technology is an essential tool for homeschool education, it is important to find a balance in your child’s learning where they can participate in outdoor and physical activities. Finding a few minutes to disconnect and take a break from the computer screen can help your child

At-Home Resources for Parents and Children

With students home, we understand the need for educational resources has grown exponentially. Our mission is to ensure all students have the essential tools to be successful. In this time of uncertainty, we wish to keep you informed on available resources, news, and updates that may affect

SA YES “Little Library” Unveiling

In honor of National Reading Month, our sister market, SA YES unveiled a “Little Library” in the Harlandale Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas. On Monday, March 2, 2020, this “Little Library” was introduced to the public in the Sosa Parent Education Center, the only family

National Mentoring Month

National Mentoring Month is held each January to promote youth mentoring in the United States. The new year is the perfect time for students to set educational and personal goals for the semester. Most of the time, goals are best accomplished when one has the proper support

AUSTIN YES Looks Back on 2019

 Another year is quickly coming to a close, and AUSTIN YES has a year of success to celebrate.   “AUSTIN YES is grateful for the amount of support we received in 2019. We are extremely humbled by the generous members of our community,” said AUSTIN YES Executive

National Scholarship Month

November is often associated with the month of giving, and what better gift to give than that of education?  The first step in this process is helping students realize their dreams can become a reality through continuing education.  The financial implications of college can be a daunting

National Bullying Prevention Month

As a nonprofit whose mission is to help provide students with the school supplies they need to succeed, we also advocate for other important topics that play a critical role in students’ lives. National Bullying Prevention Month was founded by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center in 2006

Austin YES Goes Back to Basics for 2019 School Supply Distribution

  Our Back to Basics Project has officially ended for the 2019-2020 school year! Over the month of August, Austin YES visited 10 elementary schools in Del Valle ISD and Austin ISD to personally distribute free school supply kits to kindergarten through 5th grade students. In total,

2019 Drive Away for Education Raised Over $46K

  We are overjoyed to share that our 2019 Drive Away for Education Truck Raffle raised $46,825!  Each year, our team looks forward to putting on this raffle to raise funds for Title 1 elementary students and to give one lucky winner the chance to win a

Summer Reading

Happy summer! To keep young brains active over the break, we have some tips and tricks to help keep their reading skills at grade level.   How to Encourage Summer Reading Let your children decide what they would like to read. During the school year, students often read

2019 Drive Away 4 Education

  We are excited to announce the launch of our 2019 Drive Away 4 Education Truck Raffle! About the event: This annual event consists of a citywide raffle in Austin that gives participants the chance to win a brand new 2019 Ford F-150 XL valued at over

2019 Taste of Education Dinner and Golf Classic

Delivering the necessary school supplies to help students succeed is a year-round process of raising funds and support. In order to raise funds, our affiliate SA YES proudly hosts an annual Taste of Education Dinner and Golf Classic that benefits all three branches. This year’s festivities proved

How to Volunteer as a Family Over Spring Break

Spring break is around the corner and we are sure students and educators alike are looking forward to a week of fun! If you are in need of some ideas to share with your little ones for how they can spend their time off, consider spending the

The Importance of Reading and Giving Back

Reading is a vital skill to help young learners grow. This hobby improves spelling, grammar, expands vocabulary and can also help increase focus. Exploring new books also helps to expand the imagination and unleash creativity! With an ever-growing list of benefits, reading has proven to be a source

New Year’s Resolutions for Success in School

Happy New Year! With the new year comes fresh opportunities to learn and grow. As students return to school for the second half of the academic school year, consider setting aside some time to set new year’s resolutions. Resolutions are a great way for students to look

Continuing Education Through the Holidays

We are dedicated to providing students with the tools they need to help them learn and grow. While the kids are home from school for winter break, there are many ways they can enjoy their time off and continue learning. From books, educational games and family activities,

Austin YES Joins Global #GivingTuesday Movement

November is the month of giving thanks and giving back. As an organization that is dedicated to giving back to Title 1 Elementary students, we are always thrilled to take part in movements that help shine a light on nonprofits.  #GivingTuesday is a growing social campaign that takes

2018 Drive Away for Education Raffle Raises Over $32K

To supplement our efforts to provide free school supplies for Title 1 Elementary schools in Austin, Austin YES is proud to announce this year’s Drive Away for Education Raffle raised a total of $32,101.19. Each raffle ticket sold helped five local children start the school year off

One Year Down, Many More to Go

Our first ever Back to Basics Project in Austin has come to an end for the year! After distributing school supplies to 7,500 students in Del Valle ISD, we are proud to call our expansion into Austin a success. This project came to fruition after we saw

Austin YES 2018 DA4E Winner

Congratulations to Harlan Smith for being our 2018 Drive Away for Education Raffle winner! Harlan received a 2018 Mercedes-Benz C300 thanks to Thomas J. Henry.  We would like to thank our other sponsors, Telemundo Austin, CBS Austin and the Austin American-Statesman. Our annual Drive Away for Education

Austin YES Goes to Back to School

Summer days have come to an end, but Austin YES is starting a new adventure with the Austin community. In partnership with Thomas J. Henry, Austin YES will support 7,500 students in Del Valle ISD through the Back to Basics Program. Kindergarten through fifth-grade students will receive

Saying YES to Austin

Hello, Austin! We are Austin Youth Educational Support Project (Austin YES), a partner of SA YES, the largest distributor of school supplies in South Texas. Ahead of the 2018 – 2019 school year, we are proud to announce that we’ll be arriving in the Austin area soon.