What if it were your family in trouble?
What would you do if you knew your brother, sister, mom or dad had 18 months to prepare for a head-on disaster?
You would try to do everything you could.
River City Youth Foundation is trying to do everything it can to help thousands of low-income moms and dads in Austin from being toppled by a rushing wave of automation that will soon wipe them out in the workplace.
You’ve seen examples of how automation is increasing. Self-check outs at grocery stores and restaurants. Robots in warehouses. Driverless vehicles. At one time, there were people doing those jobs.
We believe technological progress can be a wonderful thing for a city. But at the rapid pace technology is advancing, it is inevitably going to displace workers in Austin who have the least education and the least skills. These are hard-working people who are already struggling in the economy to avoid homelessness.
River City Youth Foundation needs your help to intervene in the lives of ATX families who could be hit the hardest. We have a new program called Skill Saturdays that aims to retrain low-income parents with new skills that align with the future of work. The program begins in the southeast Austin community of Dove Springs and expands over two years to other low-income areas in the Austin area.
For 36 years, we have been providing tech and life-enhancement training to at-risk youth and families in Austin. But we simply cannot do this Skill Saturdays program without having financial support from our fellow Austinites as well as other friends and family who care.
Why should you care about what happens in a place far from where you live?
When one community suffers, we all suffer. When families anywhere get to a breaking point, it leads to increased crime, lower school performance, and large gaps in society that we all have to cope with in one way or the other.
JOIN US. If we can unite and make this reskilling effort a success in ATX, then there is hope and a blueprint for others to follow. River City Youth Foundation has nearly four decades of experience creating community training models and leading disadvantaged families.
But we do not have the resources to tackle this alone. Our goal is to reach 1,000 families in the program starting with a Skill Saturday event this month (in February). We held a Skill Saturday pilot in November and saw the success of that. Here are photos from that day. Also a video of the day here:
Please give to this cause. Your support is a much needed seed for getting the first phase going. Even a small contribution can put us closer towards the goal. We must reach the goal this week in order to move forward.
Thank you for believing and beginning this journey with us!