Membership Assistance

The YMCA of Austin announced that more than 5,000 Austin-area families received financial assistance for YMCA membership in 2016 through the Y’s Membership for All program. “The Y is an important part of our young family’s life,” says Angela G., a Membership for All...

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Computer Science Education

A new $5 million grant from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) aims to increase the number of Texas educators certified to teach computer science. UT Austin’s WeTeach_CS program will use the grant to provide intensive, sustained K-12 professional development. “TEA’s...

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Team Sports

An Austin mom and CEO announced the launch of an app to help streamline youth sports team management and game day information for busy parents and coaches. Name the Teammate puts roster, team and venue information right at a parent’s fingertips and makes it easier for...

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Sensory-Friendly Style

In January, stylists and managers at Cookie Cutters received training on techniques to ensure that children with special needs have a satisfying haircutting experience. The salon is one of the first local businesses to partner with the Autism Society of Texas to...

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Violence Prevention

Burnet Middle School recently joined over 2,400 schools nationwide for Sandy Hook Promise’s (SHP) national "Start With Hello" call-to-action week. Start With Hello is a no-cost, easy-to-implement program for schools and community organizations. With the program,...

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Food Quest

Celebrating local foods and all things Texas, H-E-B is searching for the most creative and mouthwatering, Texas-based food and beverage entrepreneurs or small businesses to participate in the 2017 H-E-B Primo Picks Quest for Texas Best competition. Interested creators...

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Volunteer Awards

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism, recently announced its Texas honorees. Included were two Austin youths named as finalists. Carissa Mallory, 17, and Eesha Nayak, 15, both of...

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Austin Rugby

The Austin Huns recently announced a new partnership with Spectrum Sports, in which all seven of the team’s home games for the 2017 season will be broadcast exclusively on Spectrum Sports in Texas. “We expect an exciting season ahead, and our club cannot wait to share...

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Healthy Eating

Whole Kids Foundation announced in January that it raised $2.8 million to fund its Growing Healthy Kids campaign to give schoolchildren better access to fruits and vegetables. The foundation provides grants to develop school salad bars and school gardens. “We are so...

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Roadside Cleanup

Volunteers with Keep Austin Beautiful (KAB) worked in January to remove the remains of one popular Austin holiday tradition: decorating the ashe juniper trees along Loop 360. The tradition leaves tinsel, ornaments and more in the environment well after the holiday...

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Baby Gear

Gearapalooza, a national touring event, will visit Baby Earth in Round Rock on Feb. 11. The tour is hosted by Bump Club and Beyond (BCB), a social event company connecting moms and moms-to-be with information, experts, products and each other. “As a mom, I am always...

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School Recess

Two new guidance documents aim to support school recess and enhance active school environments. The documents were released in January by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators. “This is a...

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