Community Partners

Volunteers and community organizations are instrumental in helping Blackshear reach every student.

Local businesses, universities, and churches have committed to the success of Blackshear students. These organizations have assigned volunteers who have created one-on-one relationships with many of our students as reading buddies. This literacy program plays a vital role in improving student academics and building social-emotional skills. Reading buddies are a consistent support in student education and they act as strong role models.

Blackshear also engages the community through events such as performances highlighting student heritage, Literacy Night, Earth Day, and Science Fairs. Community activists, leaders, and authors are able to share their craft with students and help them understand the steps necessary to reach their future goals.

As a neighborhood school, Blackshear is directly linked to the surrounding community and creates opportunities for parents and community members to play an active role in the educational process. This inclusion creates a more grounded, appealing learning environment.

With engagement of the community, students are able to extend their learning and skills beyond the walls of the classroom.

Would you like to partner with Blackshear Elementary?

Please contact Tiona Bell at : (512) 414-2021

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Blackshear Non-profit Partners for 2022-23

Keep Austin Beautiful

Keep Austin Beautiful inspires and educates all Austinites to volunteer together, beautify green spaces, clean waterways, and reduce waste every day.

Club Latinitas

Club Latinitas is an after-school girl empowerment program where chicas of all backgrounds learn to build confidence while expressing themselves.

Tarrytown United Methodist Church

TUMC provides volunteer Reading Buddies and Mentors, along with financial aid to the school for special projects such as Books for Me giveaways through BookSpring.

Communities in Schools

For more than 40 years, Communities In Schools has been helping students achieve in school, graduate and go on to bright futures. By helping our most vulnerable students stay in school and succeed in life, we are building stronger, healthier, and more economically stable communities where every person is capable of reaching their greatest potential. CIS partners with Sparks for Success, Seedling Foundation, SEEK, Divine Canines, and the Austin Center for Grief and Loss to help our students.

Friends of the Children

Friends of the Children–Austin is part of a national network of Friends of the Children chapters across the United States. We connect children – all of whom have unique talents – to a paid, professional mentor called a Friend. We hire and train Friends whose full-time jobs are to support our youth to succeed, despite the extremely challenging situations most experience, from as early as age 4 through high school graduation – 12+ years, no matter what.

Wonders and Worries

Wonders & Worries provides professional support for children through a parent's illness. We give kids the tools they need to build their well-being & cope.

Christi Center

A free-of-charge nonprofit, the Christi Center provides programs and peer-support services to children, adults, and family members for as long as they are needed. As the only free grief support center in the Austin area, we offer a safe space to grieve and heal.

Holy Cross Catholic Church

Holy Cross is a generous neighbor, contributing teacher luncheons and school supplies to our school community.

Mount Olive Baptist Church

Mount Olive is another generous neighbor, welcoming our teachers back each year with supplies and lunch the week before school begins.