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Gala Venue & Itinerary Update – Tickets are Selling Fast!

Gala Venue & Itinerary Update – Tickets are Selling Fast! Reserve Your Table Today!
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*Gala Weekend Itinerary Update*

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Martin Luther King, III,

will be the Keynote Speaker at the African American Youth Harvest Foundation Annual Gala, Saturday, October 28. In addition, he will be present for a VIP Brunch and Statewide Youth Summit.


Friday, October 27


Tour of AAYHF Facilities &

Youth Resource Center

Location: AAYHF, 6633 Hwy 290 E.,

Suite #307, Austin, TX 78723

Friday, October 27


VIP Brunch w/MLK III & Panel Discussion (Invitation Only)

Location: Impact Hub,

5540 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78756


Saturday, October 28

Statewide Youth Summit

Registration Required

Email us:


Location: AISD Performing Arts Center, 1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd.,

Austin, TX 78723

*Seeking Sponsorship

Saturday, October 28

“Changing the Story” Annual Gala

6pm-7pm – Reception

7pm-10pm – Formal Dinner & Event

Location: Fairmont Austin Hotel,

101 Red River Street, Austin, TX 78701

For Sponsorship and Special Event inquires contact Michael Lofton: MRLOFTON@AAYHF.ORG

Reserve Your Seat Here

AAYHF would like to thank AISD for the utilization of the AISD Performing Arts Center, which will be the venue for the

Statewide Youth Summit.

Registration coming within the next few weeks.

AAYHF also would like to thank the IMPACT HUB for the use of their facility where the AAYHF MLK III – VIP Brunch will be hosted.

We hope you will consider attending the AAYHF Annual Gala on October 28, 2023. It is a great opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young people in Austin and to celebrate local Honorees that are making a difference in our community.

  • You will have the opportunity to hear from Martin Luther King III, a powerful advocate for social justice.
  • You will be supporting the work of AAYHF, which is dedicated to helping youth succeed.
  • You will be part of a special evening that will celebrate the achievements of local Honorees.

Tickets are selling fast for the AAYHF Annual Gala. Secure your table/tickets today! This will be a

Formal Dinner Event.

Purchase Gala Tickets Here!


See for yourself the excitement that takes place in our Mentoring Programs and around the Offices of the Harvest Foundation!

Open the YouTube video links below to learn more about the vision and mission Michael Lofton, Founder & CEO, and the AAYHF Team have for young people!


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AAYHF Annual Back-to-School Backpack Giveawa y Video!

Cap Metro & Harvest Foundation Trauma Recovery Center Video!

Michael Lofton speaks during a Youth Mentoring Session Video!

Mentoring Groups Physical and Nutrition Fitness Day Video!

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Queens to Be/Q2B and Boys2Men/B2M are weekly scheduled AAYHF mentoring programs held onsite every Tuesday. Our mentoring programs are year-round and free for youth participants. For more information contact email us at


Last week with AAYHF!

Physical fitness is an important part of overall health and well-being, and it’s wonderful that the AAYHF Boys2Men all male mentoring group is including it as part of their program.

Physical fitness can help young men in a variety of ways, including:

  • Improved physical health, Increased self-esteem, Reduced stress, Improves sleep, Increased energy and improved academic performance.

If you’re interested in enrolling a young man or becoming a mentor, please contact DeAndre Wheeler at

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AAYHF Queens to Be (Q2B) girls mentoring group is an outstanding example of the commitment that the AAYHF team has to young people. The program provides girls with the support and guidance they need to succeed, and it helps them to develop into strong, confident women.

The program is designed to help girls in a variety of ways, including:

  • Academic support, Life skills, Personal development, Social Skills, Healthy Relationships and more!

For more information and enrollment email us at

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“Youth Leadership Institute”! AAYHF is partnering with the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc – Beta Psi Omega Chapter to provide this year-long leadership program to youth ages 10 – 13 years old and we have room for more! We meet on the second Saturday of each month.

For more information email us at:

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Sept 4 – 8 with AAYHF!

As this video reflects, Michael Lofton really cares about the young people and encourages them to be caring and kind towards others.

For more information about our free Boys and Girls Mentoring Programs email us at: CONTACTUS@AAYHF.ORG

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Our mentoring programs create positive experiences with the AAYHF Boys and Girls in the program. Our program youth are having fun and learning at the same time.

It’s important for young people to have positive role models and mentors in their lives. The AAYHF Boys and Girls mentoring programs provide a great opportunity for young people to connect with caring adults who can help them reach their full potential.

Interested in becoming a mentor? Contact DeAndre Wheeler at DWHEELER@AAYHF.ORG

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Yes, the AAYHF weekly Mentoring Program offers academic tutoring as well as other life skills. The program’s academic tutoring component is designed to help boys and girls improve their grades and academic performance. The mentors provide one-on-one/group tutoring in a variety of subjects, including math, science, reading, and writing. They also help the mentees develop study skills and time management skills. This program is FREE!

For more information and registration email us at: CONTACTUS@AAYHF.ORG

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AAYHF Boys2Men (B2M) weekly mentoring program is a valuable resource for young men who are looking to develop their leadership skills and make a positive impact on their communities. The program is a powerful force for good in the lives of young men. For more information about this FREE program email us at: CONTACTUS@AAYHF.ORG

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It’s wonderful to see that the AAYHF Boys2Men mentees are giving back to their community. Painting Cal’s Beauty Supply Store is a great way to help out a local business and make their community look better.

We are sure the mentees learned a lot from this experience. They learned about teamwork, responsibility, and community service. They also learned about the importance of giving back to others.

Our program youth are making a positive impact on the community and helping to make it a better place.

We hope the mentees continue to give back and make a difference in the lives of others. They are the future of our community! Keep us the good work B2M!

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Michael Lofton with Gloria Vera-Bedolla attending the Dream Together 2030 at the Texas State Capitol on August 28, 2023.

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The 6th Annual Dr. Charles Urdy Golf Tournament, September 18, with proceeds to benefit the African American Youth Harvest Foundation. For complete details and ticket purchases GET TICKETS HERE

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Saturday, August 26, 2023 –

Event Day –

60th Anniversary MLK March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom –

Washington, D.C.

AAYHF CEO, Michael Lofton and wife, Elaine, attended the 60th Anniversary of the March on Washington. In addition to Lofton’s scheduled meetings, Michael met the following individuals:

Rev. Al Sharpton. Pastor Frederick Haynes, National Urban League President Marc Morial, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Hakeem Jefferies, Mayor Andrew Young, Mario Van Peebles, Korey Wise, Attorney Benjamin Crump, CNN Political Contributor Van Jones, First Lady of New York, several members from the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus and many more. 

The event was breathtaking, and a lot of critical information was shared. I will post a lot of the speeches from the 20 plus speakers. Michael and Elaine met Martin Luther King III and family before they left D.C. on Sunday, and they look forward to coming to Austin to be with the community on October 27th and 28th. 

We hope everyone can come and join us for all the events we have planned. 

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Friday, August 25, 2023 – March on Washington

Pre-Event Day – Washington, D.C.

Michael Lofton photographed with, Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder & President, National Action Network (NAN)/Civil Rights Activist, Senior Pastor, Frederick D. Haynes, III (Dallas, TX) and Marc H. Morial, President, National Urban League.

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“Thank you, Mr. Lofton and the team at @aayhfoundation for all the amazing work you do for our youth & community. We had a great time seeing your programs in action!”


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Thank you to our friends at The Brewtorium Brewery & Kitchen (Austin, TX) for their ongoing support!

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“Delighted to connect Michael Lofton, CEO of  African American Youth Harvest Foundation  with  TCSOA (Travis County Sheriff’s Officers Association)  leadership. I’m grateful that The Association presented a check to support AAYHF youth programs.”

—Commissioner Ann Howard – at  Travis County, Texas – Government .

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Thanks to Jack n Jill Austin Chapter for supporting AAYHF!

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Thank you to A+ Federal Credit Union for their generous support of AAYHF families and programs!

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STEM, Technology, 3-D Printing, Gaming & Coding and more is offered at no charge for youth ages kindergarten through 12th grade inside of the Dell Tech Lounge.

STEM workshops are one of the continuous programs that AAYHF offers for young people.

What is STEM? STEM consists of the natural sciences, technology-related, engineering and math fields.

For more info:

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Happening in Austin!

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Health & Vaccine Care

Adult and children’s COVID and other health vaccines clinics scheduled for September 2023.

Clínicas de vacunas COVID y otras vacunas de salud para adultos y niños programadas para septiembre de 2023.

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Food Pantry Info

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African American Youth Harvest Foundation

6633 Hwy 290 E., #307

Austin, TX 78723



Michael Lofton, Founder & CEO


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CHANGE to 77948

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