William Jackson Appointed PR Ambassador for the Austin Child Guidance Center


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 We’re pleased to announce William Jackson has been appointed the PR Ambassador for the Austin Child Guidance Center effective with the 2014 Development year. 

This key role will serve to increase awareness of the Center and the much needed services provided throughout the Austin community.  “The Center’s Mission is to improve the mental health of children and their families through early intervention, diagnosis, and treatment to help them develop the emotional skills for meeting life’s challenges and I’m honored to be asked to help extend the reach of these services.” says William.   

Renee Hanson, Director of Development for the Center says, “we are so fortunate to have William serve on our team in this capacity.”

Congratulations to William and we wish him much success in this new and exciting role within the Austin community.

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day


May 9th, 2013 is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, a national event that seeks to raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health and that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development from birth. Austin Child Guidance Center (ACGC) has scheduled multiple events on May 9th to highlight the crippling effects of trauma on children, and to create awareness about ACGC’s trauma-informed care services for children. 

An estimated 1 in 4 children experience a significant traumatic event by the age of 16 and 6% have experienced one in the last 6 months.  

On May 9th, there is a community wide effort to increase awareness about mental health issues for children and highlight the local gaps in services for affordable mental health resources for Austin’s youth. 

Within the Warehouse District of Downtown Austin there will be 3 events designed to shine a spotlight on children’s mental health. 

  • 1:00-5:00 pm The GoGame is hosting a community-wide interactive, multi-media team building event.  The game board is the Austin’s Warehouse District and involves creative scavenger hunts, video/acting missions and trivia with the use of smartphone technology. The event is tax-deductible and all proceeds will be donated to Austin Child Guidance Center.  Over 50 participants are currently signed up, with teams competing from Dell, Greenlights for Non-Profit Success, 1800 Therapist, Gallagher Benefit Services, Williams Wealth Strategies and Austin Child Guidance Center.  Sign-up https://acgc.ticketbud.com/gogame
  • 5:00pm – Austin City Hall – City Proclamation of the observed day of the national Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day outside in front of Austin City Hall. 
  • All Day - Which Wich Superior Sandwiches, in the Warehouse District on 259 W 3rd St. will be donating 10% of the day’s sales to the Austin Child Guidance Center-ensuring that uninsured/underinsured children have access to quality mental healthcare.     

Austin Child Guidance Center provides individual, family, and group therapy to children and their families throughout Central Texas, as well as in-depth psychological assessments, parent education and training for mental health care professionals. The Center helps more than 3,000 children every year, regardless of their family’s ability to pay.  Since 1951, the agency has delivered quality mental health services to over 130,000 children and families. 

For more information please visit www.austinchildguidance.org 

Media Contact:
Renee Hanson – rhanson@austinchildguidance.org
Zack Flores – zflores@austinchildguidance.org
Office- 512-451-2242  Renee’s Cell: 512-905-9112

Phyllis Richards Austin Icon for Children Award Nomination Form ~ Due April 30th

 Phyllis Richards Austin Icon for Children Award
Nomination Form

Do you know someone who exemplifies excellence in improving future outcomes for children, whose contributions to society deserve recognition? 

The Austin Child Guidance Center is accepting nominations for the 2nd Annual Phyllis Richards Austin Icon for Children Award.  

Phyllis Richards, Ph.D.

Dr. Phyllis Richards has over 60 years of dedicated service in child development and shaping service delivery to children.  Her commitment toward ensuring that all children have access to quality early childhood education and mental health services has created long-term impacts for thousands of children.   She served on the Department of Human Ecology, Division of Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin.  She was a visionary leader and researcher in the field of early childhood education and development during her professional career.  She was a renowned leader who worked vigorously to help establish the Head Start program on a national level. Dr. Richards played a leadership role as board member and officer in making the National Association for the Education of Young Children the major national voice for young children and their families. She served on the Austin Child Guidance Center’s Board for five years.  She was influential in helping the Center become the first site in Central Texas to start a program to provide mental health services to children who were victims of sexual abuse.  She still remains active in ACGC’s mission of improving the mental well-being of children.   

The criteria are simple. In less than 500 words, tell us about someone who is currently living in Austin, Texas who has made great strides in improving the quality of life for children locally and/or nationally within the fields of mental health, child development, education and/or advocacy. Your letter of recommendation should give testimony to the individual’s long-standing commitment to public service for children. Along with your recommendation, please attach any articles, awards or other documentation of the nominees’ accomplishments and charitable works.  Please give consideration to following: 

• Scope and impact of work
• Degree of difficulty and obstacles encountered within the field during time of service
• Imagination and innovation
• Length of service

A final assembly of nominees will be selected and presented on an official ballot to the Austin Child Guidance Center’s Board of Directors, who will select the award recipient.  The 2013 Second Annual Phyllis Richards Austin Icon for Children Award will be presented on September 27, 2013 at the Austin Originals Benefit Concert at the Historic KLRU Studio 6A.  On this evening, we will   honor his/her accomplishments and contributions to society in making a better world and brighter tomorrow for our children.



Nominee Name: ____________________________________________________________

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Organization (if applicable): ___________________________________________________   

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Nominator’s name and title: ___________________________________________________

Organization (if applicable): ___________________________________________________

Address: __________________________________________________________________

City: _________________________State:__________________Zip:___________________

Phone number: _______________________________ Fax: __________________________

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 The Austin Child Guidance Center, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was founded in 1951, with the mission to improve the mental health of children and their families through early intervention, diagnosis, and treatment to help them develop the emotional skills for meeting life’s challenges.    

Nominations are due: April 30, 2013.  Please fill out the information above and send it, along with your letter of recommendation (500 words max), and any additional documentation (articles/awards) of your nomination to Renée Hanson, Director of Development at rhanson@austinchildguidance.org or mail in to: 

Austin Child Guidance Center
Attention: Renee Hanson
810 W. 45th Street
Austin, TX 78751

For additional questions, please contact Renée Hanson at rhanson@austinchildguidance.org or call 512-451-2242 ext. 103 


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