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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ABOUT AYW

American YouthWorks helps young people realize their full potential and effect positive change within their community.

Through our two primary education and career training programs, YouthBuild Austin and our Conservation Corps, we provide the building blocks for learning and engagement that young people can build upon as they grow into adulthood. Conservation Corps crew members conserve natural landscapes and recreation areas across the Central Southern United States. Our Disaster Response Teams are deployed to assist communities impacted by natural disasters such as Hurricanes Harvey, Maria, and Irma. In our YouthBuild Austin program, young people have the opportunity to complete their high school education while simultaneously serving the Greater Austin community being engaged in valuable vocational training in the growing Healthcare, IT and Construction industries.

American YouthWorks connects young people with the tools and resources that we all need to reach career goals and achieve academic success. Our students and crew members have access to wrap-around support services and a network of resources, as well as receive post-graduation college and career guidance. Our instructors, counselors, and crew leaders are dedicated to every student and participant who comes to American YouthWorks. We believe in our community of young people and their commitment to accomplish their goals, make a positive impact in the lives of others, and become agents of change in their own lives.

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

LaCC and TxCC Program Director

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Kelli Agnell

Director of Finance

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Jonnyka Bormann

Director of Development

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Ericus Adams

TxCC Houston Program Manager

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Samantha Alcozer

TxCC Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator

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Isa Arizola

Development Assistant

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Nina Bailey

YouthBuild Austin Case Manager

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David Bock

TxCC Disaster Response Programs Coordinator

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Alex Borden

TxCC Member Coordinator

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Elissa Borromeo

YouthBuild Austin Program Assistant

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Pilar Buchen

Human Resources Manager

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Sarah Campbell

TxCC Coastal Programs Coordinator

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Raquel Carbary

YouthBuild Austin Case Manager

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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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James Duff

TxCC Field Coordinator

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Abby Ficklin

Clean & Green Crew Supervisor

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Rita Fountain

Executive Assistant to the CEO

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Timothy Francis

Facilities Associate

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Jessica Garay

YouthBuild Austin Transition Coordinator

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Brent Gilbertson

YouthBuild Austin Re-Entry GED Instructor

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Chris Gomon

TxCC Conservation Programs Coordinator

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Halle Harklau

LaCC Baton Rouge Office Program 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

TxCC Houston Office Program Assistant

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Julie Jarzemsky

YouthBuild Austin IT Pathways Instructor

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Sandy Joslyn

LaCC Program Development

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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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Mary Ann Murray

Payroll Administrator

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Beatrice Morales

YouthBuild Austin Front Desk Associate

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Jeffery Morgan

Staff Accountant

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Shawn Nay

Technology Director

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Pierre Nguyen

TxCC Disaster Response Programs Manager

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Eric Nino

Clean & Green Crew Supervisor

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Nneka Osiah

YouthBuild Austin Health Care Pathways Instructor

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Johnnie Perales

Facilities and Maintenance Associate

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Vanessa Perez

YouthBuild Austin Re-Entry Specialist

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Richard Reedy

TxCC Disaster Response Programs Field Coordinator

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Courtney Reeves

YouthBuild Austin Program Assistant

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Jesse Reyes

Maintenance Associate

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Trevor Rice

TxCC Youth Crew Supervisor

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Carlos Rodriguez

YouthBuild Austin Assistant Program Director & Case Management

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Jason Rubio

YouthBuild Austin GED Instructor

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Mark Ryan

TxCC Construction Trainer

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James Sepeda

YouthBuild Austin Casa Verde Builders Construction Trainer

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Matthew Stawicki

YouthBuild Austin Education and Media Corps Program Manager

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Annie Stencil

TxCC Youth Initiatives Coordinator

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Paul Stuffel

TxCC Field Operations Manager

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Emily Thornton

Conservation Field Coordinator

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Keith Warner

LaCC Field Coordinator

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Tara Williams

YouthBuild Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator

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Rob Winchester

YouthBuild Austin Lead Site Trainer

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