College Trip for Advent High School Youth!

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University of Texas Austin campus at sunset-dusk - aerial view

University of Texas Austin campus at sunset-dusk – aerial view


Thanks to Southlake Womens Club, 10 high school youth will take a college road trip from July 20-24, taking tours of UT AUSTIN, UT SAN ANTONIO, and TEXAS A&M CORPUS CHRISTI!

They will also get to spend a few days at the beach of Port Aransas!

Advent is committed to a 100% high graduation rate and a 100% college or technical school entrance for all of the youth involved in Advent Programs!

We will post pics after their adventure!!!!!

Summer Learning Program 2015!


10 Week Summer Learning Camp: Ages 3yrs-5th Grade

Click Link to Download Registration Form—> PoliciesAUYDACTLProgramRegistrationForm (1)

This summer Advent Urban Youth Development will join forces with A Chance To Learn to expand programs to as young as 3 years old all the way to 12 years old.

A Chance to Learn: 3 years old to 5 year olds will get the opportunity to learn phonics, letter and number recognition, sign language, drama, computer lab time, physical activities, and more!

Advent Urban Youth Development: School aged 5 years old to exiting 5th graders(12 years old) will engage in STEM, summer reading initiatives, physical activities, team building, computer lab time, etc!


Major Cheney Elementary 2600 Solona Street Haltom City TX 76117

Program Times:

Summer Days/Hours
June 8th 2015 – August 14th 2015
Monday (At Cheney Elementary) -Friday (Field Trip Day/Birdville Baptist Church)
8:00am-5:30pm (*7:30am and 6:00pm early drop off/ or late pick up available; all meals free per TDA program on campus)

Program Costs:

$50.00 per week
$15 per day if paying daily rate

Fall 2014 Exciting New Programs!

This school year Advent is starting four new programs!

Here they are:

1. Sept 2 2014: Major Cheney Elementary Fee Based After School Program

2. Sept 2 2014: Birdville Elementary Fee Based After School Program

3. Oct 9 2014: Girls One Beloved Community Mentoring Group

4. Oct 9 2014: Boys One Beloved Community Mentoring Group

We are so excited about these programs!


New Summer Program @ Major Cheney Elementary


We are proud to announce our very first Advent Summer program and your child is invited! As you may know the ASPIRE program is ending as of May 2014. This means that Major Cheney Elementary and Birdville Elementary will no longer have a summer or after school program.

Advent has been approved by the BISD to run a fee-based program this summer, as well as next school year after-school. We need your help to make this program a success. Please look over the details and let us know if you will be sending your child this summer!!!

Here are the details of the program:

DATES: June 9th-August 14th 2014

AGES: Pre-K-5th Grade

TIME OF PROGRAM: 8:00am-5:30pm; Monday-Thursday; Fridays closed

LOCATION: Major Cheney Elementary

FOOD: Breakfast, Lunch, and an afternoon snack!

COST: WEEKLY RATE: $75 per week and one time registration fee of $20.00.

DAILY RATE: $20 per day (must pay in advance for each week.) and registration fee of $25.00

What will my child be doing? Advent is committed to social skills, leadership, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). Our days will be filled with activities and classes with these types of content.

What should I do, I want my child to go! We need commitments from you so please fill out the attached form and return to email (, or mail (PO BOX 14983 Haltom City TX 76117) BEFORE FRIDAY May 9,2014. We will only accept the first 100 students.

What will happen after May 9th? After we get all forms back we will contact parents to let them know the official registration date which will take place in May 2014. At that time, the first weeks program fee will be required as will as a one time registration fee.

Click here to download registration form—- > SummerProgramSWARM2014

The HYDRA Program (Helping Youth Develop Resilience & Anti-Fragility)

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HYDRA (Helping Youth Develop Resilience & Anti-Fragility)

ISS/Suspension/Zero Tolerance Alternative Program



(Data from Department of Education & Civil Rights Data Collection)


  • Latino students are twice as likely to get suspended from school than white students.


  • Black students are four times as likely to get suspended from school than white students.


  • If a student’s has been suspended once by the time they reach 9th grade, they are twice as likely to drop out.


  • In districts that reported expulsions under zero-tolerance policies, Hispanic and black students represent 45 percent of the student body, but 56 percent of those expelled under such policies.


  • 70 percent of the students involved in school-related arrests or referred to law enforcement were Hispanic or black.


These statistics do not implicate school administrators and teachers as perpetrators of racism or biased, but it does demand that two hard questions be asked. Why is this happening and what can we do about it?




HYDRA (Helping Youth Develop Resilience & Anti-Fragility) is a multi-leveled approach to decreasing those above statistics in your school.


Level 1: All Staff Training on Relationship and Social Capital Building


  • Research (John Hattie; Visible Learning)  shows that a student that feels like they belong and participate in their education, is a student that will work and perform for their teachers. Community and belonging is a culture that is created and earned, not assumed. By training all school staff on how to build relationships, identify biases, identify privilege, identify micro-aggressions, etc. with students and how to allow students to be a stakeholder in their education, the statistics above can be drastically reduced.  


Training: Advent would provide a one day professional development and ongoing support for all school staff. Trained Advent staff would be willing to be “on-call” to work with teachers/staff on how to work with at-risk students.


Level 2: Community Decisions/Accountability Committee on ISS/Suspensions


  • By using an in school community effort in making these decisions, schools can eliminate the heat of the moment decision making that takes place during a normal ISS/Suspension decision. Since students are valued and respected, administrators and teachers should take time to count the cost of suspension. This committee would be called together before a decision is made, and it would consist of teachers, admin, counselors. The teacher and admin that first handled the request would not be a part of the decision making process.


  • A ISS/Suspension review committee would meet once a semester to review suspensions and process the students outcomes after the suspension, as well as the validity of the suspension. This committee would be made up of community stakeholders as well as in school staff. No names would be used in these meetings, per FERPA. Yet gender and ethnicity would be accounted for.


Level 3: ISS/Suspension Re-Entry


  • In School Suspension (ISS)  normally consists of  8 hours of a student sitting at a desk, by themselves, with no interaction from a teacher besides the requests to do their work and not to talk. This mimics a prison setting, which perpetuates the school to prison pipeline for at-risk students. This valuable time could be used to not lecture, but work relationally with these suspended students on modifying their behavior, as well as giving them alternatives to their behavior.


TRAINING: Why waste 8 hours? A trained ISS E.A. would be much more valuable to that student. Advent would provide training through the HYDRA program.


  • Outside school suspension, when warranted, consists of a student sitting at home doing nothing. Free time away from school for an at-risk youth, why wouldn’t they want to repeat their behaviors so they can get more out of school free time? Would you rather that student be in attendance on campus?


TRAINING: If a out of school suspension is warranted, a student on re-entry back to school should be in ISS HYDRA for an entire day to discuss their actions, and to make a plan of action for themselves on how they can improve.

Holistic Resilience

Holistic Resilience

Students at SWARM Springdale.


In each of our programs this week, students have been learning about Tangible Love, which is one of the three things through which we seek to empower youth.

From Webster’s Dictionary:


1. Something you can sense (smell, see, hear, touch, taste)

2. Something your mind knows

3. Something that is valuable


1. Unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another: as (1): the fatherly concern of God for humankind(2) : brotherly concern for others

Afterwards, each program had a different activity: SWARM Springdale colored pictures of things that illustrated “tangible love to them: SWARM Spanish Square had a dance contest; 1BC Boys played volleyball; 1BC Girls made jewelry!

AUYD partners with Project 938 for MLB’s Pitch, Hit and Run Competition!

Project 938 has been working to rehabilitate a baseball field in Haltom City for months. Once it was complete, they invited Advent youth to join other Haltom City youth for MLB’s Pitch, Hit and Run Competition. SWARM Springdale and SWARM Spanish Square both went to participate in the event!

Students and families were treated to free food and fun! All involved had a great time competing together on their new baseball field!

Thanks again to Project 938, Northwood Church, Haltom City, Moose Lodge #1889, Forth Worth Cats, Texas Rangers, and so many others for their help with this project. We were honored to take part.

SWARM Springdale Kickoff!

On Saturday, we launched our newest SWARM program at Springdale Apartments. This program will engage the youth of the community in team building games, social skill lessons, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) education initiatives. Students and mentors will meet in the community clubhouse every Saturday from 11:00am-1:00pm.

Thanks to volunteer support from Northwood Church, The Hills Church, Academy at West Birdville and BISD ASPIRE for making this program possible!

Ward D-Group Volunteering at Spanish Square!


Easter Egg Hunt at Spanish Square


On Saturday,

Numerous volunteers from The Hills Church partnered with us to for and Easter Celebration! There were marshmallow-filled mouths, egg-filled baskets, and most importantly, smiles all around! Thanks again to all who made it happen.

Video on AUYD’s Soccer Team, The Beasts!!!

Last season, Emily Reppert and Chevy Hometown Kids visited one of our soccer games to inquire more about the program and the experiences of two specific players. Check it out!

This week at Advent:::

1BC Boys met with mentors at Major Cheney Elementary!

1BC Girls’ Club met with mentors at the community clubhouse for a time of fun time of dancing!

The AUYD Beasts kicked off their 3rd season, followed by a field trip to see the FC Dallas game!

We want to thank all of our mentors, volunteers, coaches, and our partnerships with BISD, BAYFA, and FC Dallas for making this week possible for our students!

1BC Mentoring Groups Update!

Last week, the boys continued with their service project of cleaning up the local park. We partnered with Haltom City to adopta-a-spot, the local park. We cleaned up, posted our sign, and then persisted through dinner in the dark, as the electricity went out!

The girls made thank you cards for our friends at the community center, thanking them for their building usage.

Email if you would like to help out with these groups!

New Program: SWARM Springdale

On Saturday, volunteers from Advent, Northwood Church, The Hills Church, and Academy at West Birdville cleaned painted our new facility, Springdale Apartments. Our SWARM program here will implement STEM learning, social lessons and character building for the community. Details to follow!


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