Circle Up

A weekly Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) program serving youth in Austin-area middle and high schools.

Circle Up is in partnership with Communities In Schools, Southwest Key, and the City of Austin’s Healthy Adolescent Initiative.

Questions?  Please call us at 512.476.8884 or email our Program Coordinator:

Help Support Circle Up!

We are able to expand to new schools as we receive more funding.  Your support is greatly appreciated!


Effective learning happens when youth have a support system to help them cope with the challenges of adolescence, including: peer pressure, low self-esteem, bullying, anxiety associated with academic and social pressures, and lack of connection. Circle Up provides that support system.

Research shows that 12% of Austin ISD students continue to miss school because they feel too sad or depressed to attend. 17% percent of students in AISD also reported that their ability to cope with stress or negative emotions was poor or very poor, an increased from previous years. Nearly 1 in 10 students reports being bullied DAILY (all citations: Ready By 21 Texas).

Through mindfulness, sharing circles and engaging interactive processes, Circle Up builds connections and community in schools, develops resilience and healthy coping skills, and helps youth find their leadership voice.