We are excited to announce our partnership with Austin ISD to implement a new volunteer management platform at austinisd.voly.org. Please note that the current APIE portal will no longer be accepting applications as of June 26.

The Season of Giving

What I love about December is the sense of closure I get on the year. It’s a time to wrap things up. In the office we’re tallying our accomplishments and planning for next year’s new developments. That’s the easy part. It’s taking stock of how I’ve lived my life these past twelve months that requires some deep diving. The question is have I been the best human I can be? Have I made the world a better place?

This year I tried to pick up litter wherever I found it, though I admit that an aversion to communicable diseases sometimes caused temporary blindness. I worked hard to really listen when someone needed my attention. This one definitely needs improvement. And of course I still meet weekly with two 7thgrade girls as a Reading Classroom Coach.

City of Austin employee Kathy Garland has kept APIE on her giving list. Kathy is in her fifth year giving an hour a week as a Classroom Coach. Thank you for your commitment to building a better community!

This ritual of annual reflection helps me keep the commercial hype in check and focus on what’s real about the season. And it always informs my “giving campaign” for the coming year.


This year, as you make your lists, please consider the many ways you can make the Austin community a better place, whether it’s picking up litter, donating to a favorite cause, or the most precious gift of all, giving your time. At Austin Partners, we ask volunteers to give one hour a week to help support students in the classroom. Just one hour for 13 weeks between January and May.

Over 200 openings, serving more than 300 children are waiting to be filled for the spring semester. To learn more about how to get involved please go to www.austinpartners.org/volunteer. Register today, we’ll email you training schedules for early January.


Happy Holidays,

Pat Abrams, Executive Director

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Austin Partners in Education will be closed beginning Friday, December 22 and ending Friday, January 5. We will return to normal business hours on Monday, January 8. All emails, phone calls, and volunteer background check applications will be completed upon our return. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Happy Holidays!

Austin Partners in Education cerrará comenzando el viernes 22 de diciembre y hasta el viernes 5 de enero. Volveremos al horario comercial normal el lunes 8 de enero. Todos los correos electrónicos, llamadas telefónicas y solicitudes de verificación de antecedentes de voluntarios se completarán a nuestro regreso. Gracias por su paciencia y comprensión. ¡Felices Fiestas!

Volunteer registration is closed for most AISD campuses until next school year. Registration will remain open for schools that are seeking volunteers for summer programming.

If you’d like to be notified when registration for APIE’s Mentoring and Math Classroom Coaching programs are open for 2024-2025, sign up to be on our early notification email list!