Success Stories

Graduate Speaks of Non-Violent Communication with Parenting
Brenda shares testimonial of appreciation

Brenda Martinez, 2011 AVANCE-Austin program graduate who gave a heartfelt testimonial at our 2013 Annual Luncheon, came to the U.S. from Mexico when she was 21 years old. Upon entering our program, she knew no English and had only a 6th grade education. Since graduating from AVANCE, Brenda has received her GED and will be enrolling at Austin Community College, where she will study English & Business Administration. .

Interactive Parent-Child Literacy Activity
“At AVANCE, I learned how to deal with problems more calmly and without violence [because] there are better alternatives when teaching my children,” said Brenda during a home visit. Learning how to deal with the stressors of parenting and poverty in a non-violent manner is a key component of AVANCE,  proven to prevent child abuse and neglect.
“AVANCE also helped me so that I could have the resources and information on where I could get an education to prepare me [and] help my children more,” she went on to state.

Everyday at AVANCE we hear stories such as Brenda’s from mothers of similar backgrounds. We thank you, our supporters, for helping us change the lives of countless other mothers and their children.

Click here to see Brenda’s full testimonial!

Maria Lopez Graduation SpeechGraduation Speech Given by Maria Lopez

“I’m here to thank the one that guided my steps to this beautiful program of AVANCE that educates & opens one’s eyes to knowledge.. (AVANCE) has taught me to use the tools that were always within reach, but that I didn’t have the knowledge to see or how to use them… The educational and toy making activities have made my children and husband encourage me with admiration as they see that our money goes further and is a benefit to all. Thank God and all of whom help create this great program. No one can keep me from thanking, admiring, and respecting you all always.” – Maria Lopez, in her graduation speech (June 2011)

Letters from AVANCE Participants

The following letters have been translated from Spanish to English: