Zawadi Program (1999-2011)
The Stockyard Institute worked with the remarkable Zawadi Program for 10 years to generate activity in literacy and the arts by introducing artists and musicians from around the city and pre-service teachers from DePaul University to the children in this important program. In addition to establishing relationships, Stockyard Institute developed a small micro-watt radio station for the program, which includes the surrounding neighborhood residents to design programs and aid in the broadcast activities. We also supported and contributed to the many programs and our own projects like the Weather Station in the immediate area, namely the Peace Corner, Austin food pantry, Westside Alternative high school, Austin YMCA, Austin Town Hall Cultural Center and neighborhood teen groups. Our relationship with the volunteers teachers of the Zawadi Program began in 1999 in the basement of Our Lady of Help Christian Church in the heart of the Austin community.