AAYHF WILL BE CELEBRATING OUR 16TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY NEXT MONTH!
On May 23, Michael Lofton, Founder & CEO, African American Youth Harvest Foundation, took part in the Aspen Institute Panel Discussion.
AAYHF attended the HC4A (Hindu Communities for America) Scholarship event at the Mayor’s Office. Mayor Kirk Watson gave out the scholarships.
AAYHF is partnering with HC4A for the Cybersecurity Certification program for our AAYHF Youth.
5/23: A Big Welcome to ACC ( Austin Community College)!! Getting a Tour of the Foundation.
Thank you to the Brewtorium for their ongoing support!
“Black is Beautiful is a collaborative brew started by Weathered Souls Brewing in San Antonio. Breweries all over the world were invited to brew their own version of Black is Beautiful to raise funds and awareness for the fight for social justice for people of color in our country. Our proceeds will to go to the @aayhfoundation , who seeks to improve access to vital educational, economic and enrichment resources to low income or underinsured community members throughout Austin.”
5/24: A night of Fun???? in the making… T-Shirts of course. Thank you our Guest Speakers: Team Duo, Sonia/Sonya for providing our young ladies with an opportunity to learn the skills in making T-Shirts. Absolutely GOLDEN!!!!
5/16: This Boys & Girls Mentoring Meeting offered another unique learning experience with Martial Arts training.
Fire Dragon Marital Artis Institute (Austin, TX), lead by Grandmaster Moses Williams, held a Marial Arts class with the youth at the African American Youth Harvest Foundation. Professor Moses Williams, has 47 years of marital arts and holds a Ph.D. in Martial Arts Science.
Take a look at these two action videos!
MICHAEL LOFTON INSPIRING THE YOUTH AFTER MARITAL ARTS CLASS (he says it and the youth repeat it)! “I am Magical, I am Important, My Mental Health Matters…”
A night of talking about feelings and how to manage our emotions.
“After talking it out, we all pretty much left FEELING just fine… ????“
On behalf of the African American Youth Harvest Foundation (AAYHF) and the Hindu Charities for America (HC4A), we would like to express our sincere gratitude to Anirudh and Dr. Kumar of Great Learning Program for their partial sponsorship of the Postgraduate Program in Cybersecurity for three of our deserving students, AJ, Devon, and Ebai. This is our inaugural cohort of students, and we are hopeful that based on this success we can have more students go through the program. All the students have received their Dell Tech Certifications.
AAYHF is accepting registration for our summer Dell Tech Certifications, those interested, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
May 2 at AAYHF –
CHIEF JOSE CHACON VISITS AAYHF &
BOY’S & GIRL’S MENTORING GROUP
Greetings from Michael Lofton
“We had a great meeting last night with our Youth & Parents and APD Chief Jose Chacon. The Community had a great discussion with Chief Chacon on Community Policing and discussed ways to improve relationships.
Some of the Topics we Discussed were as follows:
Disparate Traffic Stops by DPS
Police Training / Ethical Concerns / Disciplinary Actions
Texas Relays and The Targeting of Black Youth Showing off their Vehicles, with Excessive Traffic Stops
APD Re-engagement in The Community to Improve Relationships
Addressing The Mental Health / Stress from Years of Policing Concerns in the African American Community
APD / AAYHF Youth and Sport Competition Events -For Example: Flag Football / Basketball
APD / More Engagement with Youth in Our Group Mentoring Programs and our Urban University Summer Camp
In closing It was a great conversation by all and we had fun with our kids, and we have plans for future conversations with the community and our youth.“
WATCH THIS VIDEO – MR. LOFTON LEADING YOUTH AFFIRMATIONS!!
Just a few more from the individual Boy’s & Girl’s Mentoring meetings on May 2, where the Austin Chief of Police also visited with parents, youth and other members of the community.
AAYHF participated today in the 7th Annual STEAM FEST at
Martin Middle School
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH
On April 25, AAYHF participated in Mental Health Day and activities at Austin Achieve Public School.
The activities were: Making Stress Balls and Kindness and Self-esteem activity with Skittles and M&M’s candies.
If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org
People can call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org for themselves or if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.
988 serves as a universal entry point so that no matter where you live in the United States, you can reach a trained crisis counselor who can help.
988 offers 24/7 access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing mental health-related distress. That could be:
• Thoughts of suicide
• Mental health or substance use crisis, or
• Any other kind of emotion distress
Austin Texas Exonerated LaCresha Murray reaches out to AAYHF for assistance to remove two bullets from her arm being shot 6 times by off duty police officer in Copperas Cove Texas. LaCresha is needing basic needs support along with counseling. The officer has been indicted and Mr. Gary Bledsoe’s Law Firm is representing LaCresha.
UPDATE: The surgery to remove the bullets from LaCresha’s arm is scheduled for Wednesday, May 31.
LaCresha Murray receiving services clothes/food/shoes) from AAYHF.
New Mentor Training at AAYHF!
AAYHF STEM & TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE
LOOK AT A FEW OF OUR TECHNOLOGY STUDENTS’ 3D PRINTING CREATIONS!
We want to recognize
Jaden, Tristen and Noah!
Jaden, Tristen and Noah are STEM/Technology/Gaming/Coding/3D Printing students at AAYHF and they created these designs using Coding and the 3D Printer.
Look at their fine work.
One of our Youth made A& B Honor Roll.. Give it up for Tristen
AAYHF and Dell Technologies are in partnership with Manor ISD working, training, mentoring in educating Dell Student Tech Crew of Manor how to diagnose and repair Chromebooks.
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.
Outstanding News here! Two AAYHF youth earn their Dell Tech Certification!
Austin Legal Access has launched a new law firm, located inside of the African American Youth Resource Center at 6633 E Hwy 290, Suite 303, Austin, Texas 78723. ALA opened its doors for legal services on March 6, 2023. Executive Director and Managing Attorney, Dyan Lofton, will be accepting cases in the following areas: Criminal Defense, Family Law, and Wills/Probate. For more information and to learn more about ALA, please visit: www.AustinLegalAccess.org
Happening in Austin!
Families facing hardship and crisis can apply for assistance. Find out complete details HERE.