American YouthWorks

aka AYW, Texas Conservation Corps, Louisiana Conservation Corps, AYW Conservation Corps, YouthBuild Austin, Casa Verde Builders   |   Austin, TX   |  www.americanyouthworks.org

Mission

The mission of American YouthWorks is to empower young people with opportunities to build careers, strengthen communities, and improve the environment through education, on-the-job training, and service to others.

Ruling year info

1981

CEO

Mr. Parc Smith

Main address

1901 East Ben White Blvd.

Austin, TX 78741 USA

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Formerly known as

American Institute for Learning

Creative Rapid Learning Center

EIN

74-2197942

NTEE code info

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

Employment Training (J22)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

American YouthWorks is addressing the problems of accessibility to job training programs for young people, poverty in our community, environmental preservation, and the school to prison pipeline. By addressing each of these problems we improve the economic mobility of low-income individuals and empower young people to become leaders of instilling positive change throughout their communities.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Texas Conservation Corps

Texas Conservation Corps (TxCC) is a 21st Century Conservation Service Corps accredited program that empowers young people through AmeriCorps service, conservation, education, and jobs training.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

YouthBuild Austin provides opportunity youth the ability to obtain their high school education and receive skills training in healthcare, information technology, or green construction while completing service projects in their community.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Our organization aims to provide young people a positive outlet to discover their strengths and receive beneficial job skills training in areas that will benefit them professionally while completing meaningful service projects throughout our community.

American YouthWorks is comprised of two unique programs, YouthBuild Austin & Texas Conservation Corps. Each offer a diverse array of job training options for young people to build skills through hands on service projects. YouthBuild Austin empowers opportunity youth, ages 16-24, to complete their high school education and vocational training in information technology, healthcare, and green construction. Texas Conservation Corps empowers young people, ages 16-28, to become the next generation of conservationists with specialized training and service projects in habitat restoration, public lands maintenance, disaster response, and coastal restoration.

American YouthWorks has the capacity to enroll 300+ members every year. Each member completes specialized training and service projects based on which career track they pursue in our programs.

YouthBuild Austin has courses and trainings that result in certifications in OSHA10, NCCER, CompTia Fundamentals, CompTia A+, Adobe Illustrator, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), and Certified Health Worker (CHW). Construction students complete projects building tiny homes for the homeless and building renovations for low-income families. Information technology students complete projects for community organizations related to computer refurbishing, graphic design, and technical support. Healthcare students participate in community healthcare projects at senior living centers, child care facilities, pop-up clinics, and blood drives.

AYW Conservation Corps empowers young people through job skills training and education by completing service projects on public lands. Projects include trail building, invasive species management, coastal restoration, and historical preservation. Additionally, crews remain on-call to deploy with FEMA for state and national disasters. AYW Conservation Corps consists of Texas Conservation Corps(TxCC) which has operating sites in both Austin & Houston, and Louisiana Conservation Corps (LaCC) which operates out of Baton Rouge.

Our youth participants have logged over 1,035,462 hours of service to their community. We look forward to continuing our mission to provide young people with opportunities to build careers, strengthen communities, and improve the environment through education, on-the-job training, and service to others.

Financials

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Operations

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American YouthWorks

Board of directors
as of 12/3/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Aaron Lee

Texas Capital Bank

Richard Rhodes

Austin Community College

Brad Heath

VirTex Enterprises, LP

Natalie Kunkel

Dell, Inc

Aaron Lee

Texas Capital Bank

Ed Wallace

Ed B. Wallace, Architect & Planner

Margarine Beaman

Beaman Metal Company

Tammy Benton

Amazon Web Services

Sonia Troche

Woodforest Bank

Ruben Cantu

Impact Hub

Richard Hatfield

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No