African American Youth Resource Center
The African American Youth Harvest Resource Center (AAYRC) is the flagship of our organization. The AAYRC provides free meeting space in Austin to community and non-profit groups. Most of our wraparound services are also facilitated out of this convenient, centrally located space. Where there is a need for counseling services by licensed professionals, drug education classes or youth substance abuse prevention; we have you covered.
SHIFT Ascension is a campus based alternative to suspension serving Austin, Travis and Williamson County. SHIFT Ascension focuses on reducing the amount of students have that have been repeat of offenders since elementary, reducing truancy rates and improving the quality of life for students who may otherwise be approaching severe infractions that will place them in the pipeline to a juvenile detention facility.
Krew12 | After-School Enrichment Program
The Krew12 program was designed as a mentoring, tutoring, & multi-media development program. Youth engage in project-based learning experiences designed to incorporate various media-disciplines including social media, design, photography, film, television and radio. Youth are then challenged to use these skills to produce a variety of media products, serve the community and use entrepreneurship training to earn financial compensation.
Krew 12 Short Films
The African American Youth Harvest Foundation’s Juvenile Justice Mentoring Initiative (JJMI) works with Travis County Juvenile Courts and Gardner Betts Juvenile Detention Center to provide group and one-on-one mentoring opportunities. This comprehensive mentor relationship between caring adults and youth that are currently incarcerated or on probation is important for youth that are attempting to reintegrate into society.
B.E.A.C.O.N. Workforce Development
B.E.A.C.O.N. Workforce Development helps youth and adults find employment through the employer partnerships with the African American Youth Harvest Foundation has established with local employers. This innovative approach seeks to boost the economy by reducing the unemployment rate and equip our clients with jobs at a livable wage. In order to consistently supply our employment partners with personnel that will retain employment and be a cultural fir for their companies; B.E.A.C.O.N. staff provides career assessments, case management and soft skills training before entering the workplace. We take it a step further to combat barriers to success for our clients by providing free bus passes for those without reliable transportation and a host of other resources to ensure they achieve their goals.
Dell Computer Lab
Our Dell Computer Lab seeks to eliminate the digital divide amongst certain age groups, minority populations, lack of access, and learning barriers. In addition, we offer STEM & STEAM opportunities that are a direct byproduct of the computer lab: Robotics & Sugar CODER’s- Beginner level STEAM program that provides computer science education to young girls of color.
Harvest Foundation Scholarship Fund
Designed to foster academic achievement in higher education and cultivate interest. We encourage AAYHF students to close the pipeline to prison and start the process of cradle to college. Funds donated to this scholarship fund are awarded yearly to high school graduating seniors with higher education aspirations as a means for self-sufficiency.
A six week summer program designed to prevent summer learning loss by offering STEAM focus initiatives, life skills training, health and wellness through physical activity, and youth entrepreneurship training.