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Gabe Salazar


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July 31st, 2014

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The world can look different through the lens of a camera. Even to kids. Students at Dobie Middle School recently finished a camera project organized by the University of Texas’ School of Social Work and their pictures will be on display at the school this fall.

The area they live in has issues of poverty, crime and language difficulties, but still, the students can find the beauty in their neighborhoods. Their pictures are hopeful, but realistic.One 12-year-old named his photo of a bumpy street, “The Road to Success is Never Smooth.” “I think what the students takeaway from this is more self-awareness, a sense of self and their community,” UT professor Dr. Cal Streeter explained. David Contreras, a volunteer with the Launchpad Project, helped recruit the students for the project. “We had kids who wanted to express where they come from and to give the rest of us a perspective on where they live,” he said.

The students who took part in the project found a new perspective that disturbed each of them: vandalism, trash and graffiti plague the area. “After doing this I saw a lot more tagging, even on tombstones,” Luis Santos said. “I was like ‘wow, these people have no respect.’” “People are not respecting what is around them and what they have,” Jesus Consuelo added. “It could really be beautiful if they actually took care of it.”

The photographs will be displayed at Dobie MIddle School this fall, giving a new perspective perhaps to the other students, and adults, who see them.

LP Founders Win Award

Saturday, March 02 2013

LP Founders David & Rebecca Contreras attended the 10th Anniversary Glimmer of Hope Dinner in Feb 2013. Over the past 10 yrs, Glimmer has provided seed funding to 140 local non-profits working to serve East Austin disadvantaged Communities! LP was selected out of 140 non-profits and honored with the “Angels in the Community Award” which comes with a $5,000 gift to LP. . Glimmer was one of the first funders of LP back in 2008, then subsequent years in 2009 and 2010. Glimmer was the “fuel” to help us get off the ground in our first year of existence Donna and Phillip are truly an example to all of the Austin Business Community of taking the blessings of personal success and giving back to those less fortunate, over the past 10 yrs they have invested 5 million dollars to Austin Charities. We are forever in debited to the Berber family for believing in our program.

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David & Rebecca with Founders of Glimmer Phillip and Donna Berber.


David & Rebecca with Executive Director of Glimmer David Porter.

Hombre A Hombre Festival

Saturday, April 07 2012

La Voz De Austin

Saturday, May 05 2012


LaunchPad (LP) programs reach out to disadvantaged youths that are at academic crossroads due to at-risk behavior which could determine whether they engage or disengage from school. LP has been active for the third year in a row a t Dobie Middle School and in the surrounding Northeast Austin Community, an area registered by the Austin Police Index for the highest crime for aggravated assaults, theft,drugs etc. LP empowers students by providing intervention strategies and equipping them to succeed through strategic partnerships with school administrators,educators, community partners and local law enforcement. Last school year,Dobie was one of two middle schools in Austin that received a TEA RECOGNIZED Award for its high scores in the TAKS testing (Texas Assessment on Knowledge & Skills). The principal of Dobie recognized LaunchPad as a key partner on the campus.

La Voz De Austin

Saturday, May 05 2012

Launch Pad celebrated its third annual indoor soccer event against the Austin Police Department. For the third school year in a row, APD Chief Art Acevedo made time from his very busy schedule to go toe-to-toe against some of Dobie Middle Schools exceptional athletes and interact with the students. Launch Pad students who have worked diligently throughout the school year to improve their attendance, behavior and grades were exempted from morning classes to participate in the soccer event.

We use this end of year event to show the students that with hard work and improvement comes great reward and fun! We were also joined by the new APD District Commander, Sergeant Holland. Fortunately for LP students, they experienced a big win over the APD in the match. Local news 8 covered the event and our program. To watch the clip of News 8, visit the News 8 Austin link on the front page of our website. Launch Pad co founder and Executive Director David Contreras thanks Chief Acevedo and the ADP for their continued support in the first picture below!

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