Austin Foundation Programs
Each of the Austin Foundation's programs concentrate's on building a child's physical, social, mental and emotional strength through constructive fitness training and instruction. The continued success of these courses has allowed the Austin foundation to offer an increasing number and variety of fitness, education and youth leadership programs. These programs are provided in partnership with schools, community centers and other youth organizations. Please see our website for more information about our various programs.
Youth & Fitness (Signature Program)
Youth & Fitness is our cornerstone program and is designed to encourage participants to try new activities, discover new, enjoyable exercises and learn basic nutrition and general fitness principles. Through a sampling of different forms of physical activity and nutrition, youth learn the core components of fitness and how to apply them in their everyday lives.
Youth & Fitness is a six-week program offered during the academic school year. Participants meet once a week, or twice weekly during the summer program. The end of the cycle is culminates with a celebration honoring the accomplishments of each of the students.
Our signature program has been successful in building stronger youth and forming future leaders. Many Youth & Fitness participants go on to become Austin Foundation interns, junior trainers and assistant trainers. Some participants have continued on to become trainers volunteering and/or working for the Foundation.
The Junior Trainers Program teaches select youth the skills necessary to serve as assistant trainers to our lead trainers. Within the Junior Trainer program, youth learn in detail the key aspects of nutrition, physical fitness and performance (skill) fitness. Each Junior Trainers must lead their own weekly routine in addition to their duties assisting the lead trainer on site. Junior Trainers also aid the Austin Foundation by support summer youth day camps and helping out at various other community programs and events.
The eight week Junior Trainer program is held during the summer and requires a four-day-per-week commitment. The Junior Trainer program provides these young people with real-world job skills and invaluable leadership experience.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Due to our mentoring work with the youth and not only with their physical needs, but with many other aspects of our youths' lives, we are always growing with the number of youth we serve because of youth promoting our program to their peers by word of mouth. Many of our dedicated youth promote our program by bringing in their peers.
As all non profits in this economy we are in great need of funds so we can increase the size of our staff to keep up with the number of programs, community events and all the constituents we serve through these avenues.