Lone Star Victims Advocacy Project

Lone Star Victims Advocacy Project provides advocacy, education, and free legal services for immigrant victims of abuse. By improving the resources available to abused immigrants, we can empower victims to leave abusers and reduce the amount of domestic violence in rural Texas communities.

 

  • What is the mission of your organization?: Lone Star Victims Advocacy Project's mission is to educate, advocate for, and provide free legal services to empower abused immigrants living in rural Texas. 
  • How long have you been operating in Austin? We opened our doors on September 1, 2017. 
  • How do you measure success?  LSVAP measures success in the amount of clients we serve, and the ways we're able to improve resources for and responses to immigrant survivors living in under-resourced rural areas. Since opening our doors to clients in 2017, we've served nearly 1600 people and successfully advocated for more than 30 law enforcement agencies across the state to take on best practice policies for working with immigrant survivors. 
  • What is one goal that your organization has for the upcoming year?  In 2019, LSVAP hopes to be able to expand our support services to include regular counseling for more of our legal clients, and to organize another conference for immigrant service providers. 
  • Name a milestone that your organization has recently achieved or overcome. Why was this so important? Last year, LSVAP was able to incorporate a social services component into the legal work that we do. This allows us to ensure that our clients are able to access free bilingual counseling and case management services, so that they are empowered through the legal process and to truly promote healing. 
  • What is an interesting fact about your org that most people don't know about? Our team of 5 serves over 30% of the state of Texas. 
  • Why did you join YNPN Austin? How do you feel that YNPN can benefit your employees? We joined YNPN so that LSVAP's employees can have access to the professional development supports available through YNPN. 

Spotlight: Generation SERVE

What is the mission of your organization?

Generation SERVE's mission is to engage children in volunteerism and empower them to make a difference in their communities

How long have you been operating in Austin?

We were founded on June 28th, 2009.

How do you measure success?

We want to reach as many kids with our programs as possible and want those kids to participate in volunteerism on a regular basis. We hope that kids will engage in our service pathway, developing a habit of volunteerism and finding their lifelong passion for service. So, we measure number of kids served, repeat rates, and self reported impact of our programs on the child. 

What is one goal that your organization has for the upcoming year?

This year we are celebrating our organization’s 10th birthday! We want to celebrate this milestone with our longtime supporters and volunteers and we want to plan for engaging even more youth in service over the next decade!

Name a milestone that your organization has recently achieved or overcome. Why was this so important?

Our Family Volunteering programs has always served youth of all ages, but over the years we have observed that, as children get older, they are ready to volunteer more independently and with their peers. Because we want to make sure that we are offering opportunities that resonate with kids of all ages, we have introduced new programs over the last few years for youth in these older age groups. Our Service Learning, Dedicated Family Placements, and Youth Leadership programs allow kids to learn alongside their peers, continue to volunteer and also take their work to a new level of community leadership. 

What is an interesting fact about your org that most people don't know about?

We serve over 7,200 kids through our programs annually with a staff of only 10 people! We are a lean, yet mighty team of motivated individuals. Passion for Service is one of our core values and our team embodies this value - everyone on our team does volunteer work in their free time and is committed to making their local community a better place to live!

Why did you join YNPN Austin? How do you feel that YNPN can benefit your employees?

We decided to join YNPN because of individual interest in membership from our staff and because we love collaborating with other nonprofits. We partner with over 100 organizations across Austin, so learning about our nonprofit community, making connections with other nonprofit professionals and maintaining relationships with nonprofit workers across Austin are essential to the work we do. We love bringing youth and family volunteers to new organizations to alleviate their workload, help them achieve their missions and showcase the power of youth to make a difference in our community!


Spotlight: The National Domestic Violence Hotline

  • What is the mission of your organization?

    We answer the call to support and shift power back to people affected by relationship abuse. We operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • How long have you been operating in Austin?

    We’ve been in Austin for our organization’s entire 23-year history. We were founded in 1996 when the Violence Against Women Act was first passed by Congress.

  • How do you measure success?

    Success for us is when someone ends a conversation (call, chat or text) with our advocates feeling safer and more empowered than when they started. We know we are doing our job well when people reach out to let us know how The Hotline has changed their lives. Like most organizations, we operate with a focus on critical metrics, ensuring that we are serving as many people as possible in the most effective ways. We also measure success by the experience of our staff. Together, we are co-creating an organizational culture in which everyone is engaged, feels a sense of belonging, and is supported in doing their best work.

  • What is one goal that your organization has for the upcoming year?

    During the past year, The National Domestic Violence Hotline has advocated expansively for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA). We hosted a briefing on why these funding sources are essential to ensure services across the country, and the importance of public-private partnerships. Without VAWA or FVPSA, much of the work that we and our partners do would not be possible. We will continue to advocate until both of these crucial landmark acts are reauthorized.

  • Name a milestone that your organization has recently achieved or overcome. Why was this so important?

    In 2018, we received more calls, chats and texts than any year in our organization’s history, and despite this huge increase in demand for our services, we also answered more than any prior year—over 370,000. We are grateful that so many people are feeling empowered to reach out to our advocates for support, but it is also an important reminder of the number of people across the country impacted by abuse—many of whom are not ready or able to get help.

  • What is an interesting fact about your org that most people don't know about?

    Our services are not just for victims and survivors of abuse. We also focus on prevention through our
    loveisrespect platform. Preventing dating violence is how we can truly make an impact, and promoting healthy relationships is vital. Many teens rely on loveisrespect and other community and neighborhood resources to understand exactly what a healthy relationship looks like and how they can protect themselves against dating violence.

  • Why did you join YNPN Austin? How do you feel that YNPN can benefit your employees?

    We joined YNPN to give our employees additional professional development and leadership opportunities outside of our organization. We feel that our employees, especially our advocates, can benefit from the chance to learn about and gain experience in areas of nonprofit work outside of what they do every day.


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