September 18, 2017 | World Water Monitoring Day
September 18, 2017 | Fall 2017 Crowdfunding Campaign
Support our crowdfunding campaign! Austin Youth River Watch transforms and inspires underserved high school students through a nature-based, experiential, and service-oriented afterschool and summer program in environmental science. Through our program, students become local environmental heroes, gain leadership and collaborative skills in interdisciplinary settings, and have peak experiences that they carry on with them for the rest of their lives.
But we can’t do this important work alone, we need your help!
Click this link or text 74837 to (512) 399-0330 to help support our mission. With your support, you will not only be investing in our important environmental work, you will also help us transform and inspire 120 more students this year! Please consider giving today!
August 2017 | Our Year in Review
Thanks to all of our dedicated staff, board, and supporters, we accomplished a lot last school year! If you’ve been following us on social media, then you’ve seen how busy we’ve been, and how much fun we’ve been having engaging and empowering youth through our hands-on environmental science program! Every year, Austin Youth River Watch transforms and inspires 120 high-school students through environmental education, community engagement, and adventure. As a result of our work, youth are better prepared to create positive outcomes for themselves and environmental conditions are improved, ensuring a better future for all. Nearly all our River Watchers are defined as “at-risk” by Texas Education Agency Code, which means they are “at-risk” of not graduating. Most of our program participants are economically disadvantaged (71%), and 93% of our students come from ethnic minority backgrounds. In order to retain this population and best serve their needs we provide: full transportation, often the #1 barrier for the underserved; healthy food, to alleviate nutrition access issues; and modest participation stipends, to better enable those who have to work afterschool to help support their household to be in our educational program.
This infographic summarizes the outcomes we achieved this past program year, from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.
We are excited to announce Take Me To The River 2019, a fundraiser and celebration for Austin Youth River Watch, taking place on November 21st at Waterloo Greenway at Symphony Square! Please join us for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live music from Brand New Key, and a silent auction to help support the important work we do. Students will host tables to highlight their work in water quality and watershed restoration. All money raised will benefit future AYRW youth development and environmental stewardship programming.
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Waterloo Greenway at Symphony Square
1111 Red River Street
Parking will be available at Waterloo Greenway, free of charge, in main lot across from the venue at 1100-1110 Red River Street. Attire is business casual.
$50 / ticket, $90 / pair. Get your tickets now: https://www.betterunite.com/austinyouthriverwatch-takemetotheriver2019
(AYRW alumni can attend this event plus 1 guest for free! Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.)
Sponsorships are available, see below for more information.
More exciting details to come!
Paddle Raise and Live Auction
Part of the fun at Take Me to the River will include a paddle raise activity and LIVE auction. The paddle raise allows you to support AYRW’s mission in a fun and engaging way, encouraging your friends next to you to do the same. The live auction is an exciting way for you to support AYRW, in exchange for some amazing prizes. Thanks to the generosity of SXSW, the live auction prize this year is 2 wristbands to 2020 SXSW Music Festival!
We have some really cool packages that will be available for you to bid on at the event’s silent auction, thanks to the generosity of several local individuals, groups, and businesses. Here are just a few of the individual items:
- Canoeing Adventure with the River Watchers
- Tree Climbing Adventure with the River Watchers
- Snorkeling Adventure for 6 at Aquarena Springs in San Marcos, TX
- NSpire Salon – Keratin Smoothing Treatment
- NSpire Salon – Cut and Color
- 4 Round Rock Express Tickets + $100 Salt Lick Gift Card
- JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort – 1 night staycation plus 4 wristbands for on-site waterpark
- Rosens Bagels Catered Brunch
- Coldtowne Comedy – 8-week sketch or improv class
- 2 Orchestra Seats for Austin Classical Guitar Concert + $100 Olive & June Gift Card
- Flat Creek Winery – Wine Tasting & Disk Golf Experience for 4
- Crux Climbing Center – 2 5-Punch Passes
- Kendra Scott Jewelry
- and much more!
Thank You to Our Sponsors
A huge THANK YOU from AYRW’s staff and board to our monetary and in-kind event sponsors listed below. Thank you for supporting this event and the important work we do!
Sponsorships are still available!
If you are interested in giving back and supporting our mission by becoming a sponsor for this event, please contact Jamie Green via email at email@example.com or call (210) 232-7367 for more information. You can also visit the event page and select the desired sponsorship level to complete the transaction all online.
Interested in Serving on our Board of Directors?
Austin Youth River Watch is looking for Board Members. We have an active Board of Directors, who passionately dedicate their time and expertise to help us realize our capacity at youth development and environmental stewardship.
Find out more about Austin Youth River Watch, our impact in the community, and how you can be a part of our organization here: Board Member Post.
3M Half Marathon Beneficiary Announcement
We are exceedingly grateful to 3Mgives for naming us as the beneficiary of the 3M Half Marathon for the second year in a row! Community partners like 3Mgives provide vital support for our programs engaging underserved youth in STEM service-learning activities to improve our environment and enhance collaborative skills. Furthermore, our River Watchers are inspired by being part of such an exciting event that brings Austinites and people from all over the world together in their hometown! Read the whole press release here.
The half marathon will take place on Sunday, January 19th. Registration is currently open. Check back soon for details on how to join our running team or volunteer with us on the day of the race.
June 8, 2019 | Friends & Fireflies Open House Party
- Live music provided by Oh Antonio and His Imaginary Friends
- Food trucks
- Open bar
- A guided hike of the Hornsby Bend River Trail
- Live raffle giving away a few special items and experiences
We Are Hiring!
Do you have a passion for outdoor education and environmental science?
Do you enjoy supporting Austin’s youth and contributing to your community?
Are you looking for a new career with an awesome team?
We are hiring a full-time Program Coordinator to work, often independently, with River Watchers. The Program Coordinator reports to the Program Director.
Interested and qualified applicants should submit a resume, a cover letter with your statement of interest, and a list of at least three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidates who progress in the application process will be invited for interviews in Austin, Texas, beginning in May.
November 3, 2018 | Rain Garden Build Volunteer Event
Join River Watch students, City of Austin Watershed Protection, the Environmental & Water Resources Institute, and other community volunteers in building a rain garden at the Austin Youth River Watch EcoHouse! A rain garden is a shallow, vegetated depression designed to absorb and filter runoff from impervious surfaces like roofs, sidewalks, and driveways in order to help conserve water and protect our water quality. Rain gardens are usually planted with colorful native plants and grasses while providing attractive additions to any yard. Come have fun helping us build this rain garden in our yard and learn more about Austin Youth River Watch! (All materials provided, but feel free to bring your own gloves or shovels if you feel particular to them.)
Stick around afterwards for our open house event from 12:00pm to 3:00pm and enjoy free food and drinks, live music, and fun activities out in nature! This will be a great day to give back to your community and learn more about AYRW’s service to Austin’s youth and environment. We hope to see you there!
Sign up to volunteer via BetterUnite here. To attend both the volunteer event & open house, please register for both.
November 3, 2018 | Open House Party
Following our Rain Garden Build Volunteer Event, Austin Youth River Watch will be hosting an Open House Party! Please join us for an afternoon of food & drink, live music, and fun activities out in nature at our EcoHouse in Hornsby Bend.
This year we will have:
-Live music provided by Brand New Key
-Food and drink from local restaurants
-Adult beverages from Tito’s Vodka, Thirsty Planet, Live Oak Brewery, and Real Ale
-Hikes along the Hornsby Bend River Trail
-Lawn games (bean bag toss, frisbee, bubbles, etc.)