About Stronger Austin

Providing free exercise classes, after school programs, and nutrition education right in the middle of Austin’s neighborhoods.
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Group of women participating in a ZUMBA class as part of the Stronger Austin programming

What is Stronger Austin

Stronger Austin, powered by IT'S TIME TEXAS, and in partnership with the Austin Parks and Recreation Department, the Austin Public Health Department, Central Texas Food Bank, the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living, and My Brother's Keeper, is a collective impact health initiative improving access to health and wellness services in Austin’s most underserved neighborhoods.

Stronger Austin delivers fitness and nutrition education programming, expanded access to healthy food, increased access to health services, and improved coordination with social services. Programing and services are free and available directly within neighborhoods where Austinites disproportionately face greater barriers to healthy living.

By bringing together a network of community organizations, city programs, nonprofits and community members, Stronger Austin partners with all of Austin to build a healthier, more equitable community.

Our Model

How is Stronger Austin Different?

Accessibility

Driven by community input, Stronger Austin’s founding partners joined together with Austin residents, agencies, businesses, and nonprofits to create more accessible health and wellness programs across the city.

For many of Austin’s most historically underserved neighborhoods, relevant services aren’t a reality. Programs that are costly or hard to get to block participation.

Community Input

Stronger Austin provides the services and resources that are right for each individual community. Residents will identify the programming they want and watch it come to life in the middle of their neighborhood.

Stronger Austin believes that no one knows what’s better for a community than the people that live there.

Removing the Barrier

By bringing a wide range of free services available through community organizations, city programs and nonprofits directly into Austin’s most underserved neighborhoods, Stronger Austin removes barriers to participation such as inability to pay, lack of transportation, or lack of knowledge of existing services.

Consulting directly with community members to understand each neighborhood’s culture and build on its strengths, Stronger Austin delivers programming and services for which residents are expressing interest and need.

Accessibility

Driven by community input, Stronger Austin’s founding partners joined together with Austin residents, agencies, businesses, and nonprofits to create more accessible health and wellness programs across the city.

For many of Austin’s most historically underserved neighborhoods, relevant services aren’t a reality. Programs that are costly or hard to get to block participation.

 
 

Community Input

Stronger Austin provides the services and resources that are right for each individual community. Residents will identify the programming they want and watch it come to life in the middle of their neighborhood.

Stronger Austin believes that no one knows what’s better for a community than the people that live there.

Removing the Barrier

By bringing a wide range of free services available through community organizations, city programs and nonprofits directly into Austin’s most underserved neighborhoods, Stronger Austin removes barriers to participation such as inability to pay, lack of transportation, or lack of knowledge of existing services.

Consulting directly with community members to understand each neighborhood’s culture and build on its strengths, Stronger Austin delivers programming and services for which residents are expressing interest and need.

 

Accessibility

Driven by community input, Stronger Austin’s founding partners joined together with Austin residents, agencies, businesses, and nonprofits to create more accessible health and wellness programs across the city.

For many of Austin’s most historically underserved neighborhoods, relevant services aren’t a reality. Programs that are costly or hard to get to block participation.

Community Input

Stronger Austin provides the services and resources that are right for each individual community. Residents will identify the programming they want and watch it come to life in the middle of their neighborhood.

Stronger Austin believes that no one knows what’s better for a community than the people that live there.

Removing the Barrier

Stronger Austin removes barriers to participation such as inability to pay, lack of transportation, or lack of knowledge of existing services.

Consulting directly with community members to understand each neighborhoods culture and build on its strengths, Stronger Austin delivers programming and services for which residents are expressing interest and need.

Instructor Spotlight

Sekoya Waddy

“My participants are what keep me going. Knowing that I want to give them a fun, yet effective, workout each class pushes me to keep my endurance up (because I have to be able to motivate them) as well as keep my playlist updated. I don’t like doing the same thing over and over every day so I have to really utilize my memory bank with learning or coming up with new routines to introduce to the class over time (thank goodness for my youthful good memory... For now lol).”.

Meet Our Team
Sekoya Waddy