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February 2017

IN THIS ISSUE - February 2017

  • Kicking off 3rd Annual Teen Ambassadors of Hope Campaign
  • Texas Advocacy Project Launches New Website
  • Sponsor Spotlight - The Allstate Foundation
  • Zoe Arora - Winner of the Young Hearts Matter Activist of the Year Award!

Kicking off 3rd Annual Teen Ambassadors of Hope Campaign

On February 1st, Texas Advocacy Project kicked off its 3rd Annual Teen Ambassadors of Hope Campaign in conjunction with Teen Dating Violence Month. The campaign brings together civic-minded teens from across Texas to put an end to teen dating violence. The campaign consists of three goals: 1) engage young leaders in raising awareness about dating violence; 2) promote the Project’s mission and services; and 3) raise needed funds that will go directly towards helping clients. Throughout the campaign, participants will utilize skills acquired during the vital trainings provided by the Project covering healthy relationships, dating violence, leadership, marketing, and grassroots fundraising. Upon being selected, the young philanthropists will participate in an exclusive Leadership Training class led by Dr. Barry Bales, assistant dean for professional development at the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

Shonnery Pettit, Texas Advocacy Project board member, is thrilled to lead the Teen Ambassadors of Hope Campaign as committee chair once again. She says, “It is important to engage with these young leaders and give them the tools to make a difference with their peers and community. Dating violence is the most common form of violence among adolescents, therefore it’s important that teens are opening up a dialogue to talk about what it means to be in a healthy relationship”.

Applications will be accepted through March 3rd. We need talented teens to make this drive a success! For complete details and application, or to nominate a teen, click here:

Texas Advocacy Project Launches New Website

Texas Advocacy Project (the Project) is thrilled to announce the launch of its new user-friendly website, created by M Group Agency. The new design is an improvement in structure, organization and navigability of the site. In addition, the site provides an interface that illustrates the steps a survivor takes to get to safety. Each stepping stone, as displayed on the site’s homepage, directs clients to the services provided by our staff attorneys during the particular stage he or she may be in. Both, the attorneys and clients will now have easy access to forms and judicial content. The utilization of the new platform, which is now both mobile and computer accessible, will allow the Project’s attorneys to serve more clients. Furthermore, the new website is now accessible to both partner agencies and community supporters to connect with the agency and to learn more about upcoming projects and events.

The new website was graciously funded by the Swalm Legacy for Safe Families Endowment Fund.  Without their support and the support of the community and M Group Agency, none of this would have been possible. 

Please visit to tour the new site.

Sponsor Spotlight
The Allstate Foundation

The Allstate Foundation is a long-time supporter of the Texas Advocacy Project, providing leadership and financial support since 2007.  With its Purple Purse campaign, the Allstate Foundation fulfills its aim of creating long-term safety and security for survivors through financial empowerment. The Allstate Foundation has been working since 2005 to bring financial abuse out of the shadows so victims can get the healing and support they deserve.  The Allstate Foundation works with organizations like the Texas Advocacy Project to empower survivors with the resources they need to build safer lives for themselves and their families, and to make the invisible visible.  One of the favorite community efforts of local agency owners is Texas Advocacy Project’s Backpacks for Hope campaign, in which the Allstate Foundation and local agency owners have participated in for several years.  The Backpacks for Hope campaign shows the heart of the Texas Advocacy Project – there is not much that compares to the joy in the children’s faces when they are given backpacks full of supplies that will help them succeed during a challenging time in their lives.

Congratulations to Zoe Arora, Teen Ambassador of Hope 2016, for Winning the Young Hearts Matter Activist of the Year Award!