The life-changing journey that is CASA

The life-changing journey that is CASA

Jul 30 2015

The journey you are about to go on will in fact be life changing. Certainly for the child that you represent, and I hope for you as well. I think it will be life changing in an awesome way.

We are often so privileged. We have so much. We have a running car. We have a mom and dad who love us and a grandma and grandpa too. We have a community, a network of support around us.  Read More

Runners We Love: Amanda Short

Runners We Love: Amanda Short

Jul 28 2015

"I was so annoying," Amanda Short, one of the top fundraisers of last year's CASA Superhero Run, told me when I asked her key to fundraising success in her first year of the race. "Really, it was just about being incredibly annoying. People must have thought, 'Oh my god, if I donate, she'll stop.'" Read More

Meet Volunteer Advocate Dan Hendrickson

Meet Volunteer Advocate Dan Hendrickson

Jul 23 2015

Dan Hendrickson has always been passionate about helping children in need and his own experiences provide him unique insight into the kids he advocates for. "The only reason I was not in foster care," he maintains, "was because nobody in my community reported the things [my parents] were doing."

Dan, a Sr. Manager of Payments Risk and Controls at eBay, heeded a friend's advice to "take his baggage and do something good with it." Read More

Bridging the Gap between Community and Courtroom

Bridging the Gap between Community and Courtroom

Jul 21 2015

Disparities and inequities are impacting families and communities of color in disproportional rates. Solutions are as complex as the issue itself, but finding new ways to engage with the families we work with can draw out a more comprehensive understanding of the issues and concerns they face.

Michelle Iglesias, a CASA volunteer and intern with CASA's Family Finding program, shares her insights after a recent townhall meeting between Austin A.I.R. and the Travis County Model Court Disproportionality Committee. Read More

Never underestimate the power of the Youth Voice

Never underestimate the power of the Youth Voice

Jul 15 2015

I have heard the voice of the next generation and it is loud, powerful and exciting. This week, I went to check out the Youth Voice exhibit at the Thinkery. The exhibit is a selection of work from the Media Awareness Project's work with more than 200 Austin youth, mostly consisting of twenty or so social media style pictures that display different issues affecting kids today. Read More