C's the Day! Mini-Grant Initiative

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2018 Community Collaborative for Child Health Summit 

2017-2018 Mini-Grant Awardees! 

These mini-grants strive to highlight the many organizations and initiatives in Central Texas that seek to connect youth and families with social and emotional learning. The Collaborative granted 20 awards of $100-$500 to support new initiatives or current youth and families in SEL programs, activities, or events. A big congratulations to our grantees below!


Austin Sunshine Camps 

Helped students understand meditation and how they can use it in their everyday life. Explained about creating internal states of being regardless of external circumstance. Explained Heart-Brain Coherence.


Austin Youth River Watch

Grant supported two SEL activities: A night hike along the River Trail to search for barred owls; and using a slackline between two trees. 


Casis Elementary

The goal of the Family SEL night, "Unplugged at Casis" was to strengthen and deepen students’ and families’ understanding of SEL concepts and skills while unplugging from technology and distractions, and to connect, learn and have fun together.


Chisholm Trail Communities Foundation

Increase and expand art activity thru local Poster Art Competition focused around the theme - "Our Vision, Our Future: Healthy and Happy Communities".


Creative Action/Cool Down Kits

The goal of this project was to enhance available resources for our Teaching Artists and students that deepen SEL development during our OST programs and help both teachers and students feel confident to navigate conflicts and challenges that arise through a variety of techniques for self-management and “cooling down.”


Creative Action/Ridgetop Elementary

Actively explore SEL competencies of self-management, self-awareness, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making through youth-led creative arts projects.


Dance Waterloo

Connect SEL and wellbeing through building self-awareness by learning the difference between personal/shared space and a participant’s role in creating dance (strengths and weaknesses).


Extend-A-Care for Kids

The mini grant allowed for our newest initiative to be implemented to enhance our SEL spaces at our programs including the addition of SEL literature from CASEL through First Books, designed to promote the social and emotional learning skills necessary for kids to manage their emotions and behavior for all of our sites.


Health Start Foundation

Provide kids, 3-10 year of age, with tools, through science-based health education that focus on sturdy social and emotional (S&E), nutrition, and fitness lessons for life long well-being.


Hornsby-Dunlap Elementary

We partnered with the Girls Empowerment Network (GEN) to ignite the power in girls by teaching them the skills to thrive and believe in their ability to be unstoppable.


Institute for Government Innovation

Provide economically-disadvantaged children a fun and easy-to-use way to learn social and emotional coping skills and help them thrive.


Joe Lee Johnson Elementary

The goal of our project was to have a peace corner in every classroom that gives students a place to calm themselves down in they are nervous, sad, angry, feeling fidgety or just need a break.


Lehman High School

To provide ongoing free counseling to young people that cannot access counseling outside of the school day/setting.


NYOS Charter School 

Implemented a K-5 SEL program that integrates bibliotherapy with engaging classroom lessons.


Pearson Ranch Middle School 

Educated our 6th grade students about composting and start a composting program in our cafeteria.



We implemented our ‘Garden of Caring’ lessons with the Cunningham Gardening Club. We focused on five core competencies of SEL (self-awareness, self- management, social awareness, relationship skills, responsible decision-making) to help students gain a better understanding about themselves, their relationships with others, and their relationship with our environment through gardening and nature based learning.


Purple Sage Elementary PTA 

Kids Life Mastery (KLM) is a social and emotional learning program aimed at teaching children how to succeed, how to fail, how to be resilient, and how to be kind to themselves in this fast paced, high-pressure world.


The Christi Center

The My Feelings Book was created in English and Spanish as a guide to help those who work with children who have experienced a loss of a loved one.



The project goal for Trinity Child Development Center was to implement Conscious Discipline strategies in our classrooms.


Wayside Schools

Purchased a small group curriculum called Superflex: A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum. This curriculum was piloted in a social skills group with First Graders and the program "helps students develop further awareness of their own thinking and social behaviors and learn strategies to help them develop better self-regulation".

The 2017-2018 grants were sponsored by the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at UTHealth School of Public Health in Austin with funding from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. 

For additional questions, please feel free to contact us via email at childhealthcollaborative@uth.tmc.edu