Avance, Inc. - Rio Grande Valley

Avance, Inc. - Rio Grande Valley Unlocking America’s potential by strengthening families in at-risk communities through effective parent education and support programs. 1205 Galveston, 2nd Floor
McAllen, Texas 78501
(956) 618-1642 Telephone
(956) 618-1698 Telefax

Operating as usual

06/18/2013
Too Small To Fail

Hillary Clinton says:
“Don’t take my word for it,” she said, “ask yourself this: Why is it that China is committed to providing 70 percent of its children with three years of preschool by 2020?”

Join Hillary Clinton and Next Generation to help make a brighter future for America's children. Visit www.toosmall.org to learn more. A special thanks to eve...

Tonight we celebrate the graduation of 18 families from our Parent-Child Education Program. AVANCE strives to build stro...
05/29/2013

Tonight we celebrate the graduation of 18 families from our Parent-Child Education Program. AVANCE strives to build stronger family units through supportive and interactive parenting skills amongst partners, parents, and extended families and most importantly with their young children.

A huge THANK YOU to all our supporters for helping make our vision a reality.  We are proud to once again be included in...
05/07/2013
2013 Top 25 Hispanic Nonprofits by Expenditure - HispanicBusiness.com

A huge THANK YOU to all our supporters for helping make our vision a reality. We are proud to once again be included in Hispanic Magazines Top 25 Hispanic Nonprofits.

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05/01/2013

AVANCE, Inc. - Rio Grande Valley would like to thank everyone who came out to support our organization yesterday for our Chili's Gives Back Fundraiser. For those of you who would still like to help AVANCE we are always accepting donations of money and volunteer time. For any questions on how you can help feel free to contact our offices at (956) 618-1642.

TODAY IS THE DAY!!!!  Help us reach our goal in the Chili's Gives Back Fundraiser! It's an ALL DAY event. From 11:00 am ...
04/30/2013
Chilis

TODAY IS THE DAY!!!! Help us reach our goal in the Chili's Gives Back Fundraiser! It's an ALL DAY event. From 11:00 am to 11:00 pm Dine at a Chili's location near you and 10% of the sale will be donated back to AVANCE, Inc. - Rio Grande Valley. All you have to do is either PRINT OR DOWNLOAD the flyer off our website (link is below). You must show flyer to your wait staff for the sale to count towards our Fundraiser.

http://www.avancergv.org/chilis.html

TOMORROW is the day to help us reach our goal in the Chili's Gives Back Fundraiser!  It's an ALL DAY event.  From 11:00 ...
04/29/2013
Chilis

TOMORROW is the day to help us reach our goal in the Chili's Gives Back Fundraiser! It's an ALL DAY event. From 11:00 am to 11:00 pm Dine at a Chili's location near you and 10% of the sale will be donated back to AVANCE, Inc. - Rio Grande Valley. All you have to do is either PRINT OR DOWNLOAD the flyer off our website (link is below). You must show flyer to your wait staff for the sale to count towards our Fundraiser.
http://www.avancergv.org/chilis.html

CHILI'S has $20 Dinner For TwoSHARE AN APPETIZER & TWO FULL-SIZE ENTREES.Join Us on April 30th at a nearby Chili's and 1...
04/26/2013
Chilis

CHILI'S has $20 Dinner For Two
SHARE AN APPETIZER & TWO FULL-SIZE ENTREES.
Join Us on April 30th at a nearby Chili's and 10% of sales will be donated to AVANCE, Inc. - Rio Grande Valley. YOU CAN EITHER PRINT OR DOWNLOAD the flyer. Visit our website to download the form. Locations include Rio Grande City, Sharyland, Edinburg, McAllen-Expressway & McAllen-Nolana, Weslaco, Harlingen and Brownsville.

Join us for "Dia de los Ninos" Fundraiser at a Chili's near you.Chili's will donate 10% of sales (excluding tax and grat...
04/24/2013
Chilis

Join us for "Dia de los Ninos" Fundraiser at a Chili's near you.
Chili's will donate 10% of sales (excluding tax and gratuity) to AVANCE, Inc. - Rio Grande Valley. This fundraiser will be an all day event. Whether you have lunch, dinner or just drinks you can have your meal and drinks count towards our donation. YOU HAVE TO PRINT OR DOWNLOAD the flyer. Visit our website to download the form. Locations include Rio Grande City, Sharyland, Edinburg, McAllen-Expressway & McAllen-Nolana, Weslaco, Harlingen and Brownsville.

AVANCE, Inc. - Rio Grande Valley ensures that all staff have proper training or opportunities to receive additional trai...
04/22/2013

AVANCE, Inc. - Rio Grande Valley ensures that all staff have proper training or opportunities to receive additional training to help them with their jobs and expand their own personal educational growth. Three of our Early Childhood Instructors and Two other staff members received their Associates in Child Development through classes that were offered at our offices. Congratulations to them for their hard work.

Sponsors help donate 100 car seats
10/17/2012
Sponsors help donate 100 car seats

Sponsors help donate 100 car seats

As part of our Child Passenger Safety efforts, we will donate 100 new infant car seats to AVANCE, an organization that serves low-income, impoverished Rio Grande Valley families with young children. Come support this great cause as we'll be joined by AVANCE coordinators and mommies-to-be from their ...

Yesterday AVANCE, Inc. - Rio Grande Valley was honored to receive a donation for 100 infant car seats from the Valley Au...
10/17/2012

Yesterday AVANCE, Inc. - Rio Grande Valley was honored to receive a donation for 100 infant car seats from the Valley Auto Dealers Association. These car seats will be provided to expectant mom from all the programs implemented in Hidalgo, Willacy, Cameron & Starr Counties.

Valley Auto Dealers Association donates 100 car seats to Avance, Inc. - Rio Grande Valley on Tuesday as part of their Child Passenger Safety efforts.

Please join our National office in their Announcements.
07/06/2012
AVANCE | AVANCE Announces National Partners

Please join our National office in their Announcements.

Nonprofits nationwide to highlight importance of early childhood education and good parenting. Featuring San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro.

Avance, Inc. - Rio Grande Valley's cover photo
07/06/2012

Avance, Inc. - Rio Grande Valley's cover photo

Avance, Inc. - Rio Grande Valley's cover photo
07/06/2012

Avance, Inc. - Rio Grande Valley's cover photo

Monica Peña, Executive Director was interviewed today by Erin Murray of News Center 23 regarding the implementation of t...
12/14/2011

Monica Peña, Executive Director was interviewed today by Erin Murray of News Center 23 regarding the implementation of the new Cadena de Madres (Network of Mothers) program.

12/12/2011

We are very blessed indeed. We were recently awarded $300,000 from Driscoll Children's Health Plan to implement the Cadena De Madres program - a program offered through the friendship and sharing of "baby showers" that provides culturally appropriate information and a supportive environment for pregnant women to promote positive and healthy behaviors.

11/30/2011

We are very excited to announce the award of a new contract to AVANCE-Rio Grande Valley, Inc. through Driscoll Children's Health Plan. This program called "Cadena de Madres" will improve the health status of the maternal and child population of the Rio Grande Valley.

Occupy the Classroom
10/21/2011
Occupy the Classroom

Occupy the Classroom

Want to close the equality gap? Providing early childhood education would be a great place to start, and it might even pay for itself.

10/04/2011
AVANCE, INC.

We invite all our friends to "Like" our national organization as well.

"Unlocking America's Potential"

AVANCE-Houston, Inc. is incorporating a great teaching tool for parents.
09/16/2011
Mindy Goes Shopping with her Mom

AVANCE-Houston, Inc. is incorporating a great teaching tool for parents.

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AVANCE | AVANCE Takes Part in MSNBC’s Education Special
09/14/2011
AVANCE | AVANCE Takes Part in MSNBC’s Education Special

AVANCE | AVANCE Takes Part in MSNBC’s Education Special

AVANCE, Inc. participated in an online conversation Sunday, August, 14th during the second annual MSNBC Special A Stronger America – Making the Grade. Members of the AVANCE, Inc. National Staff spent two consecutive hours tweeting and commenting on Facebook while watching the Making the Grade Specia...

Parent-Child Educators attended this training in July and are so excited to bring back what they learned to their famili...
09/12/2011
AVANCE | AVANCE Offers Educator Training Sessions

Parent-Child Educators attended this training in July and are so excited to bring back what they learned to their families in South Texas.

The trainings focused on understanding the AVANCE philosophy and history, defining your role on the AVANCE team, teamwork, communication skills, and the specific teaching requirements of Parent and Home Educators. Another component of the certification process is learning how to adhere to AVANCE’s e...

Using every opportunity to keep up to date with the funders & other nonprofits in Texas.
09/08/2011
OneStar Foundation | 2011 Texas Nonprofit Summit - Confere...

Using every opportunity to keep up to date with the funders & other nonprofits in Texas.

OneStar Foundation: Texas Center for Social Impact supports the nonprofit sector and its stakeholders through initiatives that increase civic engagement, research, rigorous evaluation and nonprofit organizational excellence.

09/06/2011
EDS "Airplane"

Today is a day full of opportunity & optimism.

Building an airplane in flight..Diector John O'Hagan, Carl Nespoli Stunt coordinator

Hope our move was not an inconvenience to anyone.  Thank you for your patience
08/31/2011

Hope our move was not an inconvenience to anyone. Thank you for your patience

06/24/2011
DC Newsconference June 21, 2011.mp4

Please watch this video announcement. There is a wonderful story by Elida Galindo who was one of the first graduates from the AVANCE Parent-Child Program. A true success story.

AVANCE launches the Unlocking America's Potential Project at National Press Club in Washington D.C.. Press Conference featured Keynote Speaker Congressman Ch...

AVANCE, Inc. – Rio Grande Valley recently held a luncheon honoring high school graduates throughout the Rio Grande Valle...
06/20/2011

AVANCE, Inc. – Rio Grande Valley recently held a luncheon honoring high school graduates throughout the Rio Grande Valley that graduated from High School. AVANCE Inc. - Rio Grande Valley would like to thank Nora Tagle-Cano & Judge Rudy Gonzalez for speaking at the luncheon and inspiring the youth to reach their goals. The Banquet was held at Renaissance Casa de Palmas in McAllen on Sunday, June 5th between 1:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Avance, Inc. RGV is a recognized 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that provides low-income families with tools to become successful in their lives. We have been serving valley families since 1991. We currently serve approximately 3000 children throughout the Rio Grande Valley of Texas including Hidalgo, Starr, Willacy & Cameron counties. The mission of the organization is “Unlocking America’s potential in at-risk communities through effective parent education and support programs”.

As AVANCE serves many of the most impoverished areas of the Rio Grande Valley, many of the children from their program are confronted on a frequent basis with the reality that many of the young adults in their community are dropping out of school, joining gangs and/or going to jail for criminal activity. One of the purposes of the ‘Graduation Celebration” is to offer positive reinforcement to those young adults that are making positive choices for themselves and strengthening their families and in turn their communities. As all families are making tough financial choices AVANCE wanted to provide their families with the opportunity to enjoy and acknowledge the success of their youth without the worry of the added expense a graduation party can have on them. In addition, this celebration was an opportunity to show younger siblings and community members how many AVANCE youth are making positive choices.

AVANCE was recognized this past May by Hispanic Business Magazine for the fourth consecutive year as one of the “Top 25 Nonprofits”. The effectiveness of the AVANCE Program has been featured in the New York Times, ABC World News Tonight, McNeil Lehrer Newshour, Parade Magazine, Parent’s Magazine and has been included in books by three first ladies; Hillary Rodham Clinton’s, It takes a Village, Barbara Bush’s, First Teachers and Rosylnn Carter’s, Helping Someone with Mental Illness.

All volunteerism, community support and fund-raising efforts are welcome. For more information call 618-1642 or e-mail. To learn more about our organization or to see some photos please feel free to visit our website www.avancergv.org.

Pictured are from left: Maria D. Flores, Guadalupe Tapia, Ashley Ramos, Danna Ceron, Fabiola Martinez, Alejandra Macias, Monica Pena, Executive Director for AVANCE, Inc. Rio Grande Valley, Sandra Contreras, Adriana Saavedra, Cindy Rodriguez, Mariano Resendez, Angel Esteviz and Hector Olmedo.

Youth from our Leadership Academy completing the post-survey after learning about the Habits of Effective Leadership.
05/05/2011

Youth from our Leadership Academy completing the post-survey after learning about the Habits of Effective Leadership.

Youth Meeting held in January with the Regional Director of the America's.  The children used Flip cameras to record the...
05/03/2011

Youth Meeting held in January with the Regional Director of the America's. The children used Flip cameras to record themselves in their respective communities. These videos will be shared with children from around the world in showing our unique South Texas culture.

04/13/2011

This weekend AVANCE, Inc. Rio Grande Valley is hosting our first Leadership Academy for teens enrolled in our Youth Education Service Clubs (YES Clubs). The Leadership Academy is our opportunity to give these youth the tools they need to be leaders in their communities. If you would like to become a sponsor, please contact Monica Peña at (956) 618-1642.

11/03/2010

We were so happy to receive a $20,000 grant award by the Stronger Together Initiative on Monday evening during a special presentation. This money will be used to assess, develop and implement database program to accurately report our organizations outcomes to potential funders.

10/09/2010

We are so saddened by the news the entire AVANCE family has lost a devoted, humble and gifted staff member in Michael Villalobos, IT Director for our National Office. May the mercy and grace of God be with his entire family.

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1205 Galveston Ave
McAllen, TX
78501

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