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The River Watchers

by Jesse Torrisi photo by Joel Salcido

An after-school program that puts kids in nature also puts them on the right track.

Welcome to 5604 Manor, an East Side

by Sun Connor photo by Matt Lemke Think a bunch of teenagers want to spend the afternoon taking water samples from a river? Apparently, they love it. In fact, thanks to Austin Youth River Watch, about 120 teens from10 Austin high schools consider themselves “river watchers.” AYRW hosts underserved teens in an after-school program that’s half mentoring, half environmental education and half just being a kid outdoors. “I love the hikes, camp trips and time with friends,” says 17-year old Sara Antunez, a junior at McCallum High School. “Now I’m more conscious about the environment.” This past school year, 100 percent of participating high school senoirs graduated, and half of those will attend a local college. AYRW gets funding and support from Austin Water Utility, the City of Austin, and individual donors like you. LEARN MORE AYRW.org

warehouse-turned-community center. Three nonprofits share this two-acre parcel, which includes brightly painted offices, meeting rooms and a childcare room inside and a large backyard complete with playground outside. 5604 Manor is a place for mistreated low-wage workers, fledgling community activists and green business owners alike. It’s a group of unlikely allies, but with 5604 Manor, that’s the whole point. Here’s how it happened: Christina Tzintzun heads the Workers Defense Project, a labor rights group in Austin making waves by recouping lost wages, fighting for safe jobsites and even getting some exploitative employers put behind bars. For years, Workers Defense worked out of a space the size of a walk-in closet. “If you had to have a private call, it was in the hallway or bathroom. If you needed a quiet moment, you had to go into the bathroom or hallway.” They would hold meetings in parking lots or at churches. It’s a story familiar to many shoestring nonprofits. That changed when she met Bob Jensen, a UT-Austin journalism professor by day and an antiwar rabble-rouser by night. Though their missions were somewhat aligned, it’s the differences that made for an attractive match. Jensen and his partner, songwriter Eliza Gilkyson, run the Third Coast Activist Resource

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