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Earn your GED or high school diploma, start a career and become empowered by your community.

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Become part of the next generation of convervationists through environmental education, preservation and service.

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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

Natalie Kunkel

Judge Brandy Mueller

Margarine G. Beaman
Vice Board Chair

Rubén Cantú

Shasta Buchanan, Ed.D.

Tammy Benton
Secretary

Ed B. Wallace

Craig Bach


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Parc Smith

American YouthWorks Chief Executive Officer

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Élizá Anzaldúa Montaña

Chief Operating Officer

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Jonnyka Bormann

Chief Development Officer

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Nina Bailey

Human Resources Manager

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David Clauss

YouthBuild Austin Program Director

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Tammy ElTawil

Director of Finance

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Meg Krueger

Conservation Corps Program Director

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Alejandra Alacaraz

YouthBuild Austin Mentor Program Coordinator

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Marissa Allen

YouthBuild Austin New Start Case Manager

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David Bock

TxCC Field Operations Manager

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Allison Brandt

YouthBuild Austin Employer Specialist

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Dylan Brown

YouthBuild Austin Construction Trainer

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Maranda Burhans

TXCC Austin Field Coordinator

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Raquel Carbary

YouthBuild Austin Participant Services Manager

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Marina Chazco

Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator

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Cailley Cole-Sigmon

Conservation Corps Participant Services Coordinator

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Violeta Curameng

Coastal Restoration Houston Field Coordinator

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James Delgado

YouthBuild Austin Construction Program Manager

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Caroline Escobar

YouthBuild Austin Case Manager

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Katie Eveland

TXCC Case Manager

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Rita Fountain

Executive Assistant to the CEO

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Lekeisha Fulton

Post-Secondary Job Readiness Specialist

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Brent Gilbertson

YouthBuild Austin GED Instructor

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Chris Gomon

ACCC Program Coordinator

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Bryanalyse Hernandez

YouthBuild Austin Construction Trainer Coordinator

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Susan Hill

YouthBuild Austin Health Career Pathways Instructor

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Robert Hudson

Participant Services Coordinator

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Peggy Holub

Staff Accountant

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Kellie LeCompte

Creative Services Coordinator

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Carlos Leos

TXCC Austin Field Coordinator

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Ann Lewandowski

YouthBuild Austin Recruitment & Outreach Coordinator

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Brian Lewis

Network Administrator

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Emilee Meinert

Post Secondary Education Specialist

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Jeffery Morgan

Staff Accountant

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Pierre Nguyen

Development Coordinator

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Erick Nino

TXCC HEAT Program Coordinator

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Taryn Orona

LaCC Field Coordinator

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Johnnie Perales

Maintenance Associate I

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Vanessa Perez

YouthBuild Austin New Start Program Manager

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Courtney Reeves

YouthBuild Austin Member Coordinator

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Jesse Reyes

Facilities and Maintenance Lead

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Trevor Rice

TXCC Special Projects Coordinator

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Ashley Rodriguez

YouthBuild Austin Support Trainer

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Michael Silaski

YouthBuild Austin Construction Trainer

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Clarence E. Shepard

Program Operations and Compliance Director

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Megan Smith

TXCC San Antonio Missions Crew Supervisor
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Matthew Stawicki

YouthBuild Austin Education and Training anager

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Wayne Steele

TXCC Austin Field Coordinator

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Paul Stuffel

Conservation Corps Field Operations Manager

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Kat Theus

TxCC Houston Workforce Development Manager

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Edward Thomas

YouthBuild Austin GED Instructor

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Emily Thornton

LaCC Program Coordinator

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Britni Trustman

YouthBuild Austin Grants and Compliance Manager

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Natalie Umana

TXCC Houston Site Coordinator

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Etienne Vidal

YouthBuild Austin Restorative Justice Associate

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Amanda Wallace

TXCC TAT Field Coordinator

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Alison Westphal

TxCC Houston Operating Site Director

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Rob Winchester

YouthBuild Austin Construction Trainer

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