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Founded in 2006, African American Youth Harvest Foundation’s (AAYHF) mission is to provide resources to underserved, at-risk youth and their families on their path to self-sufficiency. We envision a world where all youth and their families who are in need can transition out of crisis and achieve full autonomy and independence.
AAYHF seeks to engage vulnerable youth and their families through our provision of wraparound and culturally competent programs. Our belief is that at-risk youth are best served through the outreach and engagement of family members. Through this holistic approach, we not only serve adolescent clients but also strengthen the familial unit by providing resources and support. As an example, when a middle school student is referred to us for case management by the Austin Independent School District (AISD), our staff meets with their entire family to identify and address the needs of all family members. An unemployed parent might be referred to our Workforce Development program, or a sibling in need of mental health counseling might be referred to our internal, licensed provider. By taking this approach, we can be a trusted resource in the community and our impact is felt beyond the youth with whom we initially work.