About

Welcome to Yawp!

Yawp! is a place for Austin’s peaceful parenting, unschooling, homeschooling, and other philosophically aligned families to collaborate with and support each other as we combine resources and build community. We seek to nourish relationships within and among families, and serve as learning and parenting role models for each other.

As we grow, our goal is to create opportunities for the wider Austin community to join us in a space that explicitly values and respects all humans inclusive of age, ability, socioeconomic status, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, and belief.

Why a Place?

Austin’s peaceful parenting community is vibrant and varied, and we want to nurture and expand the possibilities! Of course, a dedicated community center isn’t fundamentally necessary – each family is its own center of this lifestyle choice. But we found ourselves wishing for:

A sense of group belonging rooted in place.

A multipurpose meeting ground, reliably available during the day.

An affordable, familiar place to host community events and classes on weekends, mornings, and evenings.

A place to hang out for hours at a time that actively encourages children’s presence, while also being comfortable and attractive to teens and adults.

A place to interface with the larger community that begins with our philosophy of respecting autonomy inclusive of age.

A welcoming entry point for families new to Austin, and Austin families new to the ideas of peaceful parenting, homeschooling, and unschooling.

Not finding this place already in existence, we set out to create it. We hope you’ll help us make it a reality!

About the Name

The name we’ve chosen for the space is Yawp! It’s a literary reference, a confident exclamation, the sound of freedom. Yawp! is a place where people of all ages and abilities can get together and play, work, learn, and connect. It’s a place where anything can happen!

Our Member Agreement

1. Yawp! volunteers are not responsible for childcare or supervision. Our expectation is that children attend Yawp! with their parents actively supervising. If a parent leaves the premises, they must designate another supervising parent via mutual agreement. Members may only agree to be responsible for the number of children they could safely transport, in the event of an emergency that requires evacuation of the premises.

2. Tidying and cleanup are part of community building. We all expect to chip in according to our ability and keep the space clean, above and beyond the way we would in a coffee shop or similar shared-space situation. We also commit to being the best neighbors we can be in the park and surroundings – cleaning messes, picking up litter, leaving landscaping elements intact, and keeping sidewalks clear.

3. We agree not to post photos containing the faces of other Yawp! members or guests anywhere without their permission (or parents’ permission, if applicable).

4. We are committed to supporting each other in parenting gently and with love, and treating each other with respect, inclusive of differences among us. If tension or conflict arise within or around our community, we agree to address the issues as clearly and directly as possible, with kindness and compassion.

Location

4548 Page St
Austin, TX 78723

Yawp! is a project of ACME Boardroom, LLC.