Friends Austin works to positively impact the youth and families we serve by demanding equity and empowering them to overcome historical injustices as well as the effects of poverty. The unacceptable realities of systemic oppression, violence and deprivation of equitable opportunities is not new to the children and families we serve, who are 97% people of color. We support our families in overcoming decades of barriers.

Learning and reading is a piece of the work our staff and Board leadership do together to address social justice and anti-racism. Our journey is not complete and we continue be intentional with our efforts. We invite our community of partners and supporters to utilize these valuable resources and challenge you to further educate yourself and practice empathy. We aim to confront the narrative by educating ourselves and others on the impacts of institutional racism.


I'm Still Here
The Hate You Give
All Over But the Shoutin'
Between The World and Me
American Dirt


Akeelah and the Bee
Antwon Fisher
McFarland USA


Ripple Reads is a newly launched book and magazine subscription that helps families and caregivers have meaningful conversations with kids about race, justice and empathy. Every other month Ripple Reads members receive a hardcover book appropriate for elementary age kids and magazine with family discussion guide, content, and activities crafted crafted in partnership with leading university professors in the field of Race, Teaching, and Curriculum. Ripple Reads scholarship fund also provides subscriptions to Friends of the Children Austin


Jelani Consulting

Individual assessments/plans and group workshops

Dr. Kazique Prince, Founder and Chief Equity Officer (CEO) of Jelani Consulting, LLC, empowers people and organizations to be facilitators of fairness and leaders in social innovation by producing resources and providing services that directly impact meaningful change for the social good.