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June 2017

IN THIS ISSUE - June 2017


Backpacks for Hope 2017 Kicks Off


On Thursday, June 22, Texas Advocacy Project kicks off its 7th Annual Backpacks for Hope Campaign which runs June 22 –July 29! Throughout this time The Project will be collecting new backpacks and school supplies to distribute, along with free legal line and safety planning literature, to mothers and their children in domestic violence shelters across Texas. Many of these women fled violent homes with little more than the clothing on their backs. Each backpack will be discreetly fitted with The Project’s legal line number (1-800-374-HOPE) and information about life-saving programs.

The press release was held at Mike Walker's Allstate office in Austin, TX and had a great reception from various media outlets. We've already received requests for over 2,000 backpacks.  We are hopeful that with increased media coverage and community generosity, we can achieve this goal!  Complete list of drop-off locations available at

The Project Presents at the Texas Association of School Principals Conference

Texas Advocacy Project had the privilege of presenting to Texas middle and high school principals at the Texas Association of School Principals Annual Conference right here in Austin on June 14, 2017.  The topic was Sexting and Cyber-Bullying: Redefining Dating Violence in the Social Media Age and Legal Remedies for Teen Victims. Both The Project and the Texas Association of Student Councils (TASC) work effortlessly to promote and empower leadership within the teen and young adult population. The Project strives to educate teens, young adults, and mentors about healthy relationships and teen dating violence.  As teens begin to date for the first time, this education is imperative in recognizing the early warning signs that something is wrong in a relationship.  Through their partnership with TASC and the Teen Ambassadors of Hope program, The Project has its sights on connecting with many more schools across the state during the next school year.

Teen Ambassador of Hope Events & Luncheon


With the Teen Ambassadors of Hope campaign well underway, the Teens have started coming up with some very exciting events! Enjoy some of their upcoming fundraisers!

  • Hat Creek Burger Spirit Night in Westlake: Sunday, June 24, 5902 Bee Cave Road. Bella Stravrou is hosting an awareness campaign and fundraiser from 5pm to 9pm.
  • Defense for Hope:  Tuesday, June 27 at Chaparral Star Academy, 14046 Summit Dr, Austin, TX  78728. Alexandria Moulton, who is training for her black belt in Tang Soo Do, is hosting self-dense classes for her fundraiser. More info here.
  • Jungle Book Performance:  Wednesday, June 28th at Lone Star Pediatrics, 12120 FM 620 North, Austin, TX 78750.  Ambassador Gabi Trevino-Bandy will star in special performance.  Contact Jose Paez for more information 512-225-9584.
  • Link Arms Against Domestic Violence:  Tuesday, June 27th, 7:00pm at Harper Park, 11008-11098 Lake Creek Pkwy, Austin, TX 78750. Gabe Kotick will be hosting a "Link Arms" event sponsored by Cupprimo & Clamp Gladiator!

Make sure to stay tuned to our Teen Ambassador Facebook Page for more information!

Board Spotlight

Alexander Schoch, General Counsel for the Railroad Commission of Texas, is serving in his first year on our Board of Directors.  He supported work to end domestic violence in his previous city of St. Louis, MO and upon moving to Austin 18 months ago, began looking for a way to fight for the cause here.  His search for an organization to join ended at The Project where he was impressed by the agency’s model of providing state-wide legal support and training with a lean staff.  On his involvement he said, “For deeply personal reasons, I have interest in supporting the mission of The Project.  Prevention of sexual abuse and relationship violence, and support for survivors, is very important to me and through my involvement in Texas Advocacy Project I hope to help advance this cause.”  As General Counsel Mr. Schoch provides legal support for the Railroad Commission’s regulation of the oil, gas, mining, and pipeline industries in Texas.  When not working or being active with The Project, Schoch can often be found enjoying the arts around the city including watching foreign films, visiting museums and galleries, and catching musical performances.