Stand up for Austin-East

Beth KinnaneGet Up & Go, Inside 640, Our Town Teens

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This week’s Get Up and Go is dedicated to the students of Austin-East High School.

Many wonder out loud what they can do to help. Here is a list of organizations already on the ground in East Knoxville that could use financial support and may need additional volunteer support. Some work directly with students at A-E, some work with the broader community.

The YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Center has served East Knoxville for over 100 years with on a focus on safe and supportive after-school programming for middle and high school aged youth, majority from Vine Middle or Austin-East Magnet High School. To learn more about their youth programming go here. To support the YWCA go here.

Follow the work of pastor Chris Battle at Underground Knoxville and BattleField Farm and Gardens here and here.

On Saturday, April 17, Love is the Answer Community presents M.O.V.E. in L.O.V.E. starting at 2 p.m. with a youth rally beginning at Walter Hardy Park and finishing up with a talent showcase in the Malibu Lot at 2514 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. For more information go here. For ongoing local events for National Youth Violence Prevention Week go here.

The Shora Foundation has been serving the East Knoxville community for 15 years providing after school and summer learning programs as well as other initiatives. To find out more or make a donation go here.

The impact and importance of the Beck Cultural Exchange Center should never be underestimated. For more information or to make a contribution, go here.

Go here to learn more about or make a donation to 100 Black Men of Knoxville. Knox TN Today profiled president Christopher Beatty here.

Go here to learn more about or make a donation to 100 Black Women, Greater Knoxville Chapter. Knox TN Today profiled president Mae D. Killebrew-Mosley Ph.D. here.

Sleeves4Needs delivers basic goods and services to individuals, veterans, families, and groups in under-served and under-resourced communities. To find out more or to make a donation go here.

Black Coffee Justice is a local non-profit concerned with issues of social welfare, justice and equality. To find out more or make a donation go here.

Find out more about the Knoxville Area Urban League here, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley here, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee here.

Go here to learn more about or make a donation to Girl Talk Inc.

Safe Haven Empowerment House can be reached at 865-334-4806.

The Empower Knox initiative works in collaboration with the new and existing partners to build capacity within organizations that address and meet the needs of at-risk youth. To find out more go here.


It’s going to take more than prayers and a “We Are A-E” banner on a Facebook page. All you gotta do is click. Please feel free to email any relevant additions to this list.

Beth Kinnane is community news editor at

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