Austin Voices for Education and Youth, in partnership with the Austin Independent School District, held a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 12, 2016, for its new Family Resource Center at Lanier High School.
The Lanier Family Resource Center offers wraparound family support services and adult education classes in order to stabilize and support at-risk families, resulting in increased attendance and academic performance for students.
The Lanier center is the result of an award of nearly $2.5 million from the U. S. Department of Education. The grant also funds services and classes at Burnet Middle School, Cook Elementary and Wooldridge Elementary schools. The grant also supports such activities as after school programs, mentoring, tutoring, and parent engagement.
Lanier High School is the sixth school in AISD to open an Austin Voices for Education and Youth (AVEY) affiliated Family Resource Center.
Allen Weeks, executive director of AVEY, says, “the community school model has played an important role in turning around several of AISD’s most challenging campuses, resulting in increased enrollment and greatly improved academics.”