THN's Quarters for Kids program provides homeless youth with new school clothes, including gym wear and shoes, that adhere to school dress codes. To ease the stigma and conspicuousness associated with wearing second-hand clothing, particularly among teens, Quarters for Kids outfits students in all-new clothing items. The school-appropriate packages include two new school outfits, as well as gym clothes, underwear, and socks.
APA shelters FeLV-positive cats in individual enclosures so that they can live out the remainder of their lives in comfort, without the risk of infecting other animals. Infected felines cannot live in normal shelters due to the contagious nature of their illness, so they must move either to specialized shelters or adoptive homes. APA requires additional funding to build more cat enclosures for FeLV-positive cats, with the goal to prevent unnecessary euthanasia.
Dance Xplosion's five-class pass encourages fleet-footed forays into an assortment of classes, taught by a staff of glissading gurus and fit for all levels of experience. Dance Xplosion's roomy studios are located within a short saut de chat of one another, and are artfully outfitted with wall-to-wall mirrors and booming sound systems. Gambol across professional-grade, joint-coddling Marley floors while perfecting appendage articulations in forms including tap, jazz, and ballet. For those with less twinkling toes, fitness courses in mat Pilates and Hatha yoga are also available to help guests gain the strength and flexibility of a rubber band made out of steel. Some classes require specific clothing or equipment; check the Dance Xplosion website for more information on classes and attire. Dancewear and other gear is available nearby at Bright Lights Dancewear. Call to make your reservations.
The Amala Foundation aims to inspire youth to become peaceful and compassionate leaders through local, national, and international humanitarian service projects. Many of these projects are directed at helping to connect underserved youth, including refugee and immigrant children, with opportunities to take leadership roles and serve others. Youth participants have often experienced religious persecution, child labor, extreme poverty, gang violence, or war, and Amala's projects are aimed at helping them to achieve inner peace as well as peace within the communities where they work. Programs include the One Village Project and the Global Youth Peace Summit, which unite youth from around the globe to help them heal and connect with others. Over the last decade, the Amala Foundation has directly impacted the lives of thousands of young people in Austin and around the world.
While standing on the balcony of a hotel in London, Lady Bird Johnson and Ann Butler, the wife of Austin’s mayor, admired the green trail that follows the Thames. The scene inspired them to hatch a plan to beautify their own waterways. Over the next three decades, in partnership with local garden clubs, they planted trees and flowers along the polluted shores of Lady Bird Lake, undoing centuries of damage from the flooding of the Colorado River. Now the trail receives 1.5 million visitors each year and creates an oasis among Austin's skyscrapers and streets. The Trail Foundation implements improvements to the trail’s infrastructure and environment while honoring the vision of its founders. The foundation has built tree groves, landscape lighting, and a bathroom that reduces overall maintenance costs and blends into the natural environment without the use of an invisibility cloak.