Envisioning a community in which youth and families communicate with respect and understanding, leading healthy, productive, substance-free lives.
Youth Advocacy is a service-minded group of people focused on intervention services and substance abuse prevention in Austin along for our neighbors in Austin and Travis County. We have been working in the community since 1975, focusing primarily on children and their families in urban and low-income areas.
Our story began when the rates of spray paint inhalant abuse were rapidly increasing, at which point we stepped in with the Hermanitos program to deliver intervention services targeted towards at-risk Hispanic youth in urban and low-income areas. YA merged with WAP in 2001 and has since evolved to include a wider variety of evidence-based programs for youth and their families.
We approach our goals in a number of ways: youth mentoring, juvenile probation case management and rehabilitation, family strengthening programs, and life skills classes. In doing this, we utilize a strengths-based approach, a client-led practice rooted in emphasizing a child’s self-determination and strengths while engaging family members as a partner in creating positive future outcomes.
YA programs are evidence-based and highly collaborative with entities such as schools, community centers, courts, and local government agencies. Our programs are designed to help youth overcome obstacles and live happier, healthier lives.
Youth Advocacy programs currently receive funding from the following sources:
Texas Department of State Health Services (CLFC)
Travis County Health and Human Services (CLFC, ICMS)
City of Austin Community Youth Development Fund (C4Y&F)
We would also like to thank our donors for their generous support:
Potbelly’s Sandwich Shop (Southwest location) and private donors