Amala Foundation

Austin, TX   |  www.amalafoundation.org

Mission

The Amala Foundation is an Austin-based nonprofit with a mission to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to connect with themselves and others, grow as individuals, and serve as conscious leaders in their communities. We have been serving diverse communities in Austin for 15 years. We at Amala believe that building a culture of wellness, safety, and belonging is critical to the success of families, schools, organizations, and societies. Effective learning at all ages can most effectively take place when all community members have tools for emotional wellbeing and a social support system to help them cope with the challenges they face in life. Amala offers social emotional learning (SEL) opportunities for both youth and adults so they can collectively build a culture of wellness in their communities. Our youth programs offer students a unique blend of mindfulness, movement, and restorative circles to help them learn to navigate the challenges of adolescence, connect with peers, build healthy relationships with themselves and others, and develop wellness practices. Our adult trainings and workshops are offered to parents, teachers, administrators, and other youth development professionals. These learning opportunities are focused on equity and cultural responsiveness, mindfulness, self-care, and healthy communication. We have served and worked with Austin Independent School District, Gardner Betts Juvenile Center, SAFE Alliance, African American Behavioral Health Network, Carver Museum, Austin Youth Works in addition to many other community organizations. The collective aim of our programs is to help schools, organizations, and communities become more healthy, equitable, inclusive, and compassionate. Find more information at www.amalafoundation.org.

Ruling year info

2004

Executive Director

Ms. Maria Laura Arabbo

Main address

1006 S 8th St

Austin, TX 78704 USA

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EIN

77-0631194

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Intergroup/Race Relations (R30)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

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Our programs

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

Rise Up

Rise Up gives emerging teen leaders ages 15-19 a space to express themselves, connect with other inspired youth, gain leadership skills, and serve their community. Sessions take place every other Thursday 6-8:30 pm throughout the school year, and include interactive activities, mindfulness experiences, and sharing circles

Rise Up is:
-A safe, nonjudgmental space for youth to share their true selves

-An opportunity to connect with youth from different schools and neighborhoods

-A place where youth can discuss the difficulties of being a teenager and learn tools to deal with the ups and downs of life

-An invitation to develop leadership skills and explore ways to engage in their community

-A place where adults listen more than they talk!

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Multiracial people
LGBTQ people
Immigrants and migrants
At-risk youth

The Global Youth Peace Summit unites 70 youth representing over 25 different countries for a week-long experience devoted to healing, personal growth, cultural exchange, leadership development and community building.

Many of the youth who attend have experienced the worst of humanity including war, torture, child labor, gang violence, neglect and abuse.

Since 2007, the Global Youth Peace Summit has occurred in Austin, Texas every Summer in August. In 2013, the Amala Foundation held its first Summit outside of Texas in Northern California at Point Reyes National Seashore. The Amala Foundation has begun planning Summits for Kenya in 2016 and Israel in early 2017.

Population(s) Served

The One Village Music Project unites 15 young musicians, including refugee, immigrant and at-risk youth, and gives them an opportunity to showcase their music with the world.

Population(s) Served

Camp Indigo is a week-long day camp for children ages 4-12, promoting a high level of respect for self and others, increased confidence while acting as a space for healing and personal growth.

Population(s) Served

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Amala Foundation

Board of directors
as of 12/16/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Vanessa Santamaria Dainton


Board co-chair

Tasha Banks

Dell Medical School

Term: 2020 - 2022

Savannah Kumar

ACLU

Adam Michaelson

Virtway Invest

Lynn Rubinett

Lakeside Mediation

Gregory Porter

Greg & Taylor Brands, LLC

Marcus Griggs

SAFE Alliance

Amaryllis Martin

EcoRise

Norma Castillo

AISD

Nindeba Espoir

Harvard Medical School

Organizational demographics

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