Young Friends of AVDA

AVDA's inaugural young professionals group

Philanthropically inclined group of individuals ages 18-40 committed to ending abuse.

Join AVDA in our mission to end abuse, while also socializing, networking and having a great time with all our young friends!

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AVDA is pleased to announce our 2021 Advisory Committee Members!

Milisa Alexis-Flores, AVDA Managing Attorney
Alexis Breeze, Next Level Urgent Care
Loren Canales, Schlanger Silver
Ariana Grinblat, Frosch Travel
Alison (Ali) Hoffman, Houston Methodist
Hallie McDermott, Community Volunteer
Lena Nguyen, Maylif Law Firm
Christina Stith Heins, Community Volunteer
Meghan Verikas, Holiday Inn Houston Downtown
Kristen Wilbanks, Associa Principal Management Group of Houston
Joshua Willis, Lonquist & Co.
Bobby Yazdani, Sotheby’s

About Young Friends of AVDA
Young Friends of AVDA is a group of philanthropically inclined, 40 and below Houstonians serving as donors and volunteers committed to spreading AVDA’s mission to end the cycle of family violence. Since the founding of Young Friends of AVDA in 2019, we have aimed to continue to provide meaningful social, networking, education and volunteer events for the Young Friends. Events have included workouts, cooking classes, cocktail and cheese happy hours, virtual trivia nights, wrapping holidays gifts for clients’ child(ren) and select invitations to AVDA’s all agency events, such as the Home Safe Home Gala and End Abuse Awareness Breakfast. Please see below pictures from our past events.


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Membership Benefits
Become a member so you can join us for these social and networking opportunities centered around spreading awareness of AVDA’s mission to end abuse and help survivors claim their new beginning. Young Friends of AVDA members receive access to the following quarterly events for 2021:

A Domestic Violence Symposium

Date: February 16, 2021
In this presentation, Olga Trujillo, a survivor of domestic violence and child abuse, will deconstruct her experience of violence and healing and pose a more holistic approach to services.

St. Patrick’s Day themed Virtual Trivia/Game Night
Date: March 10th or 11th at 6:30 PM
Feeling lucky? Well kick off the 2021 Young Friends of AVDA social calendar with this virtual game night, prizes and snacks to be included!

Summer Evening Social
Date: August (date TBD)
More details to come for this fun summer social!

AVDA’s Family Fall Event
Date: October 16, 2021
AVDA’s annual fundraiser to raise critical unrestricted funding towards AVDA’s mission to end abuse

Spirit of Giving
Date: November 10, 2021
Join us for a celebration to thank all of our members for their support and pay our gratitude forward by donating toys to our clients for their child(ren) to celebrate the holidays! There will be games, food, drink and a good time to be had by all!

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