CapCityKids (the Capital City Fund for Education) is a nonprofit organization created to help children facing homelessness beat the odds and get a quality education.
CapCityKids develops innovative programs and provides direct resources to help these students stay in school. Administrative costs for the programs are absorbed by the board and by leveraging existing infrastructure at Austin Independent School District.
Thanks to this close partnership, 100 percent of donations go directly to the students. Donations not only provide basic school supplies, but also support a campus-based specialist for at-risk students and emergency funds for families, and help connect kids with counseling and social services, and more.
The annual Austin Empowerment Academy is a fair-like back-to-school event with fun activities for homeless kids living in shelters and other at-risk youth. After a delicious breakfast, hundreds of kids receive backpacks full of school supplies, get haircut vouchers, eat snow cones, and so much more. In 2018, the program was expanded with a Bastrop ISD edition.