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Connecting Food & Futures at Williamson County Juvenile Center

For the past four years, Skillpoint Alliance has been partnered with the Williamson County Juvenile Detention Facility to provide students with a three week Culinary certification training, which ends with the students hosting a pop-up restaurant at the local Eastview High School in Georgetown. Alongside their instructor, Mike Longtain, the ten students selected to participate in the certification program spent hours each day in the industrial-style kitchen learning techniques and recipes Continue Reading >

Celebrating Collaboration: How Skillpoint has Impacted the City of Waco

From the desk of Mallory Herridge, Skillpoint's Waco Program Director;  Greetings from the wonderful city of Waco! When I think about the new, hit show Fixer Upper (on HGTV) and all of the attention and popularity it has brought to Waco over the last couple of years, I think about how fitting its themes of making new and restoration are for our community.  I've seen Waco change significantly since 2002 but the change I'm most proud of is the growing culture and emphasis on cross-sector Continue Reading >

2016 Nature’s Alliance – Reagan HS

Cities Connecting Children to Nature Initiative: In 2014 the National League of Cities and the Children & Nature Network partnered together to create the Cities Connecting Children to Nature Initiative (CCCN) with the goal of helping city leaders and their partners ensure that all children have the opportunity to play, learn and grow in nature, from city parks to the great outdoors. The initiative believes that City leaders have extensive tools at their disposal to connect young people Continue Reading >

2016 Community First! Village – African American Youth Harvest Foundation

Background: Mobile Loaves & Fishes began in 1998 when five parishioners of St. John Neumann Catholic Church began delivering meals out of the back of a minivan to men and women they found living on the streets of their city. Since that first truck run, teams of volunteers have served over 4 million meals, and are the largest prepared feeding program to the homeless and working poor in Austin. Today, in addition to continuing our truck ministry, we have expanded to include our Community Continue Reading >

From Africa to Austin: How a passion for STEM crossed the Atlantic Ocean

Skillpoint is excited to introduce its new Velocity Program Lead, Sara Silva. Sara specializes in sparking students’ interest in STEM-related fields by connecting them with industry and community via relevant, hands-on work experience through the Velocity program. At Skillpoint, Sara oversees the delivery of the Velocity program; connects with schools and industry partners; and trains Velocity facilitators to ensure quality of the program. Before joining Skillpoint, Sara spent 20 years in Continue Reading >

A Velocity Facilitator’s Perspective: Alyssa Studer

This is a guest blog post by Alyssa Studer, a Velocity program facilitator for Summer 2016. In the Velocity program, a group of 20 high school students form a consulting company, and work with an industry client to develop a solution to a real-world problem. The group of students Alyssa just worked with developed a web application to help WP Engine track the health of their servers.  Self-motivated, hardworking, enthusiastic, and collaborative. These are all adjectives that describe Continue Reading >

Skillpoint’s Velocity Students Impact Austin and Beyond

Interested in forming a partnership with our Velocity program? Contact us at velocity@skillpointalliance.org. This spring, students from Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders teamed up to solve real world problems in the Austin area and beyond through Skillpoint's Velocity program. The students partnered with Meals on Wheels, HOPE for Senegal, and the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) to design solar panels, mobile-friendly applications and a self sustaining garden that Continue Reading >

Bringing It All Together: Celebrate National Welding Month!

We are in the midst of National Welding Month, and if you’re someone who does not already have it circled on your calendar, get ready to learn why this is exciting for Central Texans. As the American Welding Society says, “Welding is literally the glue of the modern world.” What’s not to get excited about? Last summer, MyStatesman.com highlighted a problem that we’re still experiencing in Austin: a shortage of skilled workers in welding to fill jobs as the industry grows and many employees Continue Reading >

4 Tips to Help Your Job Search

Job searching can be an emotionally draining and time consuming experience. Getting rejection emails, phone calls or even no reply at all can wear down even the most optimistic job seeker. If you are just beginning the job hunt or have been searching for a long time, keeping in a productive frame of mind can be a challenge. The following is a list of tips and tricks that can be a helpful change of pace for the job search. Set specific work time Online applications can take hours to Continue Reading >

Kickstarting STEM in Austin High Schools with Velocity

We are a month into this year’s Velocity programming and everyone is off to a great start. We have three projects happening at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, with students working on everything from Solar Design to self-irrigating gardens! And did you know we’re blogging about our process over at the State Farm Youth Advisory Board? We’re proud to be a recipient of their youth-led service-learning project grants for one of our Velocity Prep projects this summer, and to keep Continue Reading >