13 years of impacting lives at American YouthWorks

Help Clifford Help Kids is a super important (and super fun) event that helps young people at American YouthWorks finish high school, learn job skills, and give back to others.

Check out this video.  It’s the amazing story of Maria, an alumni who spoke at Help Clifford Help Kids.  She got the help she needed at American YouthWorks.

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Guests gathered at the ACL Live at the Moody Theater and, together, raised $309,000.  That will help a lot of young people!  Bob Schneider rocked the house.  Dinner from the W Austin was delicious.  Also, there were some amazing live and silent auction items.  How about a trip to St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands?  Or a Fender Guitar signed by Steve Miller?

Check out the pictures too!  There’s more on Facebook!  Show your friends how much fun it was!



Stephanie came to American YouthWorks because she had a 6 month old child and we offer free child care for our students.  She was 16 at the time and was missing a lot of school to care for her son.  There was no way that she could afford daycare and there was no one who could help her.  Stephanie thought dropping out was her only option.

Without American YouthWorks, I would have stopped going to school,” she said.  Now, she expects to graduate at the end of this school year!  And then Stephanie plans to go to college!
According to the Center for Disease Control, only 50% of teen mothers receive a high school diploma, compared to the 90% graduation rate of teen girls without children.  A whopping 1/3 of American YouthWorks’ students are pregnant or parenting; this makes them more likely to drop out.  As a solution, we created our parent and child development center for moms and dads just like Stephanie.  It costs more for our school to operate a child care facility, but we think it’s worth it.  You see, contrary to what many people believe about teen parents, we’ve learned that the young moms and dads in our program are some of our most motivated students!  The last two valedictorians at American YouthWorks have been parents.  In fact, many say that their own children are the reason they want to finish high school; they want to be positive role models and stable providers.We need your help to keep our teen parents, like Stephanie, in school!

Stephanie and her son

Stephanie said, “sometimes when teenagers get pregnant, they drop out of high school, but I don’t see it that way.  I want to graduate, go to college and give my kids a better life than I had.  My parents didn’t graduate high school and they always struggled to  find jobs and earn a living.  I don’t want to go through that with my kids.  I want to be someone in life.

Your investment in our parent and child development center will ensure that moms and dads, just like Stephanie, get the better life they are striving for.  Without our child care facility, many parenting students would drop out of high school.  Your generous gift will help our students earn their critically important high school diploma, graduate with job skills and build a healthy, happy family.

Please, donate today.  Give our students the opportunity to be bright, productive members of our community!

We can accept your gift through our secure online cart, powered by eTapestry.  Or you can mail a check to American YouthWorks, 1901 E. Ben White Blvd., Austin, TX 78741 and put “child care” in the memo line.  Call Rachel at 512-744-1904 if you would like to speak to someone about donating.


Your donation will ensure we are able to provide education and jobs training to at-risk youth!  We are currently accepting donations through eTapestry on our secure, online cart.  Or, you can mail a check to American YouthWorks, 1901 E. Ben White Blvd., Austin, TX 78741.

We are writing today to ask for your help with rebuilding Bastrop. 


As you may know, our Texas Environmental Corps has been working determinedly in Bastrop County since the fires began in September of 2011. Immediately following the fires, we provided volunteer assistance to homeowners in need. Since then, we have been committed to the long term restoration of both Bastrop State Park and Bastrop County. We helped reopen Bastrop State Park by clearing hazardous trees and rebuilding trails.  And we worked on a county-wide reseeding project that will save the soil, preventing further damage to the forest and waterways as well as Bastrop’s roads and bridges.

We’re honored to be included in such an important project as the recovery of Bastrop County.

Your gift is necessary to restore the economically important Bastrop State Park and ecologically unique Lost Pines forest.  Some of our work has been made possible through grants and federal support. Partnerships with agencies such as the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Bastrop County Lost Pines Recovery Team have supported and sponsored our crews. But Bastrop still needs our help; there’s a lot more work we can do.  Your donation will enable our Texas Environmental Corps to provide significant assistance to a community in need.

The ecological restoration of Bastrop County is an important part of the overall recovery effort.  That’s why we’re asking for your support.  Your donation, no matter the size, will help  Bastrop County become the iconic and environmentally valuable region it once was, and to make the State Park safe for users and wildlife alike.

Help make this important resource available and enjoyable for generations to come.

How can I donate?

Click here to donate using our secure, online cart.


Send a check made payable to: American YouthWorks

1901 E. Ben White Blvd.

Austin, TX 78741

Put “Bastrop Recovery” in the memo line.

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We are located at: 1901 E. Ben White Blvd., Austin, TX 78741

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