Unplug & Connect Mini-Grant Initiative

Unplug and Connect

Unplug & Connect: Building Community & Connections for Health


2018-2019 Mini-Grant Awardees! 

These mini-grants strive to highlight the many organizations and initiatives in Central Texas that seek to foster positive social connectedness and healthy development of young people through the use of physical activity, nutrition-related activities, and other social-emotional learning approaches. The Collaborative granted 15 awards of $100-$500 to support new initiatives or current youth and families in programs, activities, or events that reduce non-productive screen time and foster community building and positive social connectedness. A big congratulations to our grantees below!

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Austin Sunshine Camps 

Grant supported a workshop for teens on healthy relationships as part of their Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program. The teens identified good boundaries for different types of relationships and practiced communication skills.

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Camp Fire Central Texas

Grant established an afterschool program centered around gardening, healthy food, and outdoor exercise.

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Central Texas Table of Grace

Grant launched "Saturday Sweat Sessions," a program that teaches sustainable healthy life skills to the foster youth in their care.

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Creative Action

Grant facilitated the Music & Movement program for families by fostering an all ages/intergenerational space.

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Del Valle ISD SHAC

Grant supported participation in Screen Free Week, by purchasing the showing of 'Screenagers' to the parents and students of the four secondary schools in Del Valle ISD.

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DRUM the Program, Inc.

Grant allowed students to engage in the Community Cultural Arts Program through interviews and video at the 3rd Annual Congo Square ATX Festival.

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Forest Creek Elementary

Grant supported the Heritage/Cultural Art Project for students and families.

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Generation SERVE

Grant supported 5 Teen Service Days for peer-to-peer service opportunities totaling over 159 hours of community service from 81 teens.

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LEAD in Del Valle

Grant expanded the Leading Enrichment Afterschool in Del Valle (LEAD) program at Hillcrest Elementary.

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Linder Elementary School

Grants enhanced four family events: Family Cooking Night, Family Garden Day, "Night at the Museum" Academic Night, and Dr. Seuss Spring Festival.

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People's Community Clinic

Grant supported the Youth Advisory Council's participation in the 2019 Global Teen Health Week.

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Purple Sage Elementary School

Grant supported the installation of a Sequential Sensory Path on campus to support children's sensory regulation by following sequential movements.

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Salvation Army Williamson County Service Center

Grant facilitated an afterschool character development program.

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St. Austin Catholic School

Grant created a Diversity Committee to foster community within the school.

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Walnut Springs Elementary School

Grant enhanced a Pajamarama Drive including a field trip to Foster Village to drop off donations.

The 2018-2019 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