Aug 30 2016
"It felt like I always had a heart for helping," explained Fawn Jackson-Young, a Utility Account Analyst who has worked for the City of Austin for 23 years. "As I got older it seemed like that heart was coming out more and more."
Fawn always devoted herself to helping others, volunteering with organizations like Family Eldercare and Foundation Communities. Her family has long since gotten used to Fawn missing family dinners to spend her holidays feeding the hungry. Read More
Aug 25 2016
I came out to my friends and family in 2012. The feelings I felt? Scared. Worried. Nervous. Even though I knew (deep down) that those close to me would be accepting, I still had these emotions constantly present. The butterflies in the pit of my stomach, having a difficult time saying the short phrase, “I am gay.” After that courageous moment of being proud of my identity, I figured that was the end of it. That I could now move on and not have to deal with that topic anymore. Read More
Aug 23 2016
My family loves the CASA Superhero Run. My daughter, Charlotte, is only two but she treasures the trophy she won in the Super Baby costume contest last year, and my three year old son, Kyle, was ecstatic to get his own trophy last year when he raised enough money to be a CASA Crusader. My husband and I just love seeing how excited it makes our kids and we love supporting CASA as a family.
A big part of that, for us, is the fundraising aspect of the race. Not only do we get to raise money for such a great cause, it's a way to tell our kids, "This is who we are. This is what we do as a family." When they show up on race day, they aren't just there to enjoy the activities; they're there to be a true superhero for other kids. Read More
Aug 18 2016
Legally, there is no such thing as educational neglect. It is, quite simply, not a recognized type of child abuse. Education is necessary for finding the best outcomes for youth, but when it comes to finding children shelter and food and parents, education tends to fall to the bottom of the list and then to fall through the cracks. Read More
Aug 04 2016
When Lucky Cantu was two years old, she pointed to the television, where Fiddler on the Roof was playing, and asked, "How can I do that?" She didn't stop asking until her mother, Norma, found a theater class that would take kids as young as Lucky. She still has that same drive, acting in plays, movies and commercials, starring in big roles like the Wicked Witch of the West, Willy Wonka and Cindy-Lou Who. And she hasn't turned nine yet.
That's just who Lucky is, curious, tenacious and gifted with unparalleled energy and drive to accomplish the things she cares about. Every year she has five Halloween costumes, from Audrey Hepburn to Gene Simmons to Frida Kahlo. She has learned Mandarin ("My mom gave up learning with me the first week. I kept correcting her," she said), takes Tae Kwon Do six days a week, attends film and dance camps and has already started going on college visits. Lucky Cantu is impressive.
But even more striking than her many accomplishments is Lucky's desire to help others. Every year she invites friends to come to her house to make bags of food to hand out to the homeless. At her Tae Kwon Do studio in her position as a Junior Leader, "Master Lucky" helps teach the younger kids. Read More
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