our-mission

The mission of American YouthWorks is 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.

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THE HISTORY

In 1975, Richard Halpin founded American YouthWorks (AYW) as a GED and literacy program for incarcerated youth in Austin. Since then, AYW has grown to serve the entire Austin community, and is now home to two primary programs: YouthBuild Austin and Texas Conservation Corps (TxCC).

TxCC, established in 1993, conserves natural landscapes across the Southwest and responds to natural disasters. YouthBuild Austin, established 1997, offer young adults the opportunity to complete their high school education and simultaneously receive career training.

In 2010, Parc Smith became CEO after more than 15 years of employment at American YouthWorks. He began as a crew leader in 1995, and later became a TxCC Program Coordinator, then TxCC Program Director in 2000. He is passionate about service to the community, environmental preservation, and creating education and career opportunities for young people in Austin.

Board of Directors

Aaron Lee
Board Chair

Dr. Richard Rhodes
Immediate Past Board Chair

Margarine G. Beaman
Vice Board Chair

Tammy Benton
Secretary

Brad Heath

Natalie Kunkel

Sonia Troche
Treasurer

Joe Miguez

Ed B. Wallace


Parc Smith

American YouthWorks CEO

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Eliza Montana

Senior Director of Operations

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David Clauss

YouthBuild Austin Program Director

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Jody Karr

TxCC Program Director

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Samantha Alcozer

TxCC Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator

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David Bock

TxCC Disaster Programs Field Coordinator

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Alex Borden

TxCC Member Coordinator

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Jonnyka Bormann

Development Associate

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Matthew Bullard

TxCC Conservation Field Coordinator

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Sarah Campbell

TxCC Coastal Programs Coordinator

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Jessica Castillo-Salas

YouthBuild Austin Mentor Coordinator

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James Delgado

YouthBuild Austin Construction Program Coordinator

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Pilar Espinoza

YouthBuild Austin Administrative Assistant

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Timothy Francis

Maintenance Associate

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Rita Fountain

Executive Assistant to the CEO

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Jessica Garay

YouthBuild Austin Transition Coordinator

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Chris Gomon

TxCC Conservation Programs Coordinator

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Halle Harklau

LaCC Program Administrative Assistant

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Colin Helpio

TxCC Project Tracking Coordinator

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Bryanalyse Hernandez

YouthBuild Austin Construction Trainer

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Breana Hyche

Program Assistant, Houston Office

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Erica Keller

TxCC Training and Logistics Coordinator

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Elliott Lehnen

YouthBuild Austin Project Support Trainer

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Erin Lehnen

TxCC Assistant Program Director

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Leticia Lopez

Administrative Assistant

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Joaquin Lugo

YouthBuild Austin Construction Trainer

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Jesse Melanson

YouthBuild Austin Media Corps Teacher & Trainer

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Mary Ann Murray

Payroll Administrator

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Mindy Nguyen

YouthBuild Austin GED Teacher

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Nneka Osiah

HealthCorps Coordinator

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Johnnie Perales

Maintenance Associate

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Vanessa Perez

YouthBuild Austin Re-Entry Specialist

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Nate Peters

TxCC Trails Across Texas Field Coordinator

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Courtney Reeves

YouthBuild Austin Program Assistant

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Jesse Reyes

Maintenance Associate

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Carlos Rodriguez

YouthBuild Austin Assistant Program Director & Case Management

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Jason Rubio

YouthBuild Austin GED Teacher

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Ray Santos

YouthBuild Austin Casa Verde Builders Construction Trainer

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Narda Sanchez

Front Desk Associate

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James Sepeda

YouthBuild Austin Casa Verde Builders Construction Trainer

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Matthew Stawicki

YouthBuild Austin Media Corps Coordinator

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Annie Stencil

Youth Initiatives Coordinator

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Paul Stuffel

TxCC Field Operations Manager

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Genevee Surgers

Associate Accountant

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L. Evette Sutton

YouthBuild Austin Case Manager

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Michael Torres

Alumni Mentor

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Britni Trustman

YouthBuild Austin Assistant Program Director & Grants Coordinator

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Maria Valdez

YouthBuild Austin Recruitement/Outreach Specialist

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Keith Warner

LaCC Field Coordinator

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Rob Winchester

YouthBuild Austin Lead Site Trainer

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