Youth and Family Mental Health and Wellness Center

The Center for Youth and Family Wellness focuses on providing each child with the necessary skills to manage stress, promote academic engagement, and build positive relationships; substance abuse education and planning for the future are also stressed. We use a holistic approach to assist children and families in dealing with life challenges. Further, parents are shown positive and effective strategies for dealing with issues of parenting as well as sharing their hard-earned wisdom. Mentors give ongoing, individualized support and guidance. This approach to dealing with the whole child ensures positive outcomes for everyone involved. It follows the adage "It takes a village to raise a child."

Objectives of this program:

  • To help students understand that their behaviors and attitudes reflect no only upon themselves, but also upon their family, their school, and even their community.
  • To improve adult/student relationships.
  • To give students the opportunity to explore and reflect upon the concept of leadership while building leadership skills.
  • To improve self-awareness and self-respect.
  • To promote academic engagement and post-secondary success.
The AAYHF offers comprehensive programming in the following areas to children, youth, and families:

Programs for Individuals and Families

  • Individual mentoring 
  • Group mentoring 
  • Individual tutoring
  • Individual and family counseling 
    • We offer free counseling on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sessions last 45 minutes and are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. If you would like to schedule an appointment, call 512-428-4480 ext. 221, or email

Substance Abuse Program

  • AAYHF in partnership with ATCIC offers substance abuse counseling for students who are screened for this service. The program offers a therapeutic alliance with Thomas Lane,  a full-time licensed chemical dependency counselor.
  • This professional offers individual, campus, and community based supports to youth and their families. This program is solution-focused to cater to the needs of the student. It is designed to break the barriers associated with substance abuse and the harm it can bring to a developing teen and his/her family. Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis through a referral process.
  • For more information about the Substance Abuse program, contact
    Thomas D. Lane, LCDC
    Substance Abuse Coordinator
    Office: (512) 428-4480 ext. 207

Anger Management Skills Training

Individuals are educated in understanding anger, managing anger, and learning how to deal with people in a professional and respectful manner.

Parent Coaching

  • Parent empowerment education includes parents being involved in an open discussion about the challenges of being a parent. They are provided with opportunities to share their parenting wisdom with others, and are taught positive discipline and relationship-building strategies.
  • Parent Initiated through Action (PITA): the parent empowerment hour is an open forum designed for parents who desire to initiate action. Parents are able to share their views regarding parenting challenges, school involvement, and ideas for improvement. Staff members of AAYHF will participate in these forums by providing community resources that strengthen the family as a whole.

For more information about these programs and more, please contact

Sonia Baker, Ph.D., LPC, LSSP
African American Youth Harvest Foundation
Director of Youth and Family Mental Health and Wellness
6633 East Hwy 290, Suite 303
Austin, TX 78723
Phone: (512) 428-4480, ext. 208
Fax: (512) 291-6103