The Community Youth Council

The Settlement Home for Children Community Youth Council (CYC) is a group of Austin-area juniors who volunteer their time to support the programs and services we offer. This inspiring group of young philanthropists provide much needed hands-on support to the daily operations of The Settlement Home, an Austin nonprofit that serves children in foster care through residential programs. Members of the CYC have a variety of extracurricular interests, but come together with the common goal of service to others.

From serving a holiday dinner to their peers in foster care to helping with a booth at our annual Games Day to completing beautification projects around The Settlement Home’s campus, these bright youth are making The Settlement Home a better place one volunteer hour at a time.

Ready to Join? Fill out your Community Youth Council Participant Form here and RSVP for an orientation here

Details for the 2019 Shining Star coming soon.

Shining Star: A Night to Inspire is an evening to honor our Community Youth Council (CYC), which consists of area high school students who are committed to giving back to the community as volunteers with The Settlement Home.



We celebrated 49 high school juniors on February 25, 2018 at the Shining Star Gala at the Bullock Texas State History Museum. We appreciate the efforts of the 2018 Community Youth Council.

The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation was honored with the Community Leadership Award and Marcella Cannatti was honored as the Outstanding Youth Participant.

Do you know outstanding high school juniors who are interested in making a difference? Fill out their contact information below and we will send them an invitation to join! 

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