Cohort 4 (2020-2021)
Cohort 3 (2019-2020)
AVANCE – San Antonio | Website
Established in 1973, AVANCE is a national, nonprofit organization, primarily serving Texas, that meets hard to reach, low-income families where they are. Meaning “advance” or “progress”, AVANCE serves as a trusted guide to support parents and their children in a family-oriented, non-judgmental environment. Programs yield measurable learning outcomes while building community and social capital. The Parent-Child Education Program (PCEP), an evidenced-based model of early intervention, focuses on the interdependent welfare of children, families, and the community. AVANCE offers a multitude of wrap-around services and programs including PCEP, Early Head Start, Head Start, Services to Fathers, Health Clinics, and Caminos al Futuro (adult education and workforce development programs).
Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas | Website
Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. The single most critical factor that determines if a child grows up successfully is whether or not they have a strong, positive, consistent, caring adult role model in their lives. Through mentoring and training, Big Brothers Big Sisters builds the developmental assets youth need to grow up successfully. Thousands of volunteers serve as mentors each year helping youth overcome challenges and reach their full potential.
Jewish Family Service | Website
Jewish Family Service of San Antonio strives to enhance the quality of life of individuals and families of all ages, faiths, sexual orientation, and economic backgrounds in San Antonio and the surrounding area, guided by the Jewish values of “repairing the world” and “taking responsibility for each other.” Since 1973, JFS has provided affordable mental health counseling, group therapy, psychiatry, case management, senior services, and educational programs. In 2019, JFS was the lead agency in starting the San Antonio Mobile Mental Wellness Collaborative. This group of six nonprofits provide an innovative, holistic approach to mental wellness right into the school districts.
Madonna Center | Website
The Madonna Center helps individuals and families improve their daily lives through education, connections to resources, healthy aging, and creating a sense of community. Early childhood programs are designed to educate young children and prepare them for success in school. From after-school programs to senior services, Madonna Center has activities and programs meant to build community among all age groups. The Center also hosts summer camps and the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) early childhood program.
Presa Community Center | Website
Presa Community Center improves lives by providing access to needed resources and tools for social and personal transformation. The Center provides comprehensive programs that foster independence, personal growth, and empowerment for youth, older adults, and families. In addition to resources and referrals, community members can access educational support, free tax assistance, computer lab, emergency food, transportation for older adults and people with disabilities, plus various classes and activities. We base our approach to service on or core values:
- Holistic approach to serving the community; touching all aspects of their lives.
- Humanity: care for the individual, with dignity and respect.
- Community Ownership: priorities & approaches driven by the community, rather than management.
- Advocacy: for our community’s improvement.
- Collaboration: with partner organizations to uncover root causes of problems.
- Value: believe in the potential of each member of our community; help each person see and believe in their own value and potential.
SA Youth’s prime focus is helping high-risk youth and youth adults to achieve their full potential by providing quality educational programming in a safe environment. SA Youth’s vision is for all San Antonio youth and young adults to have equitable access to educational opportunities, graduate from high school, and become successful community-minded adults, regardless of circumstance.
Cohort 2 (2018-2019)
Girls, Inc. of San Antonio inspires girls to be strong, smart and bold. The evidence-based, girl-serving program helps girls reach personal, educational and career goals by looking past discriminatory messages and embracing their internal self-worth. Trained facilitators meet girls with age-appropriate and hands-on learning opportunities inside and outside of school. Girls can dip their toes in a diverse array of activities, including life skills, STEM studies, leadership training, economics and social action. Dreaming big and exploring possibilities happens at Girls, Inc. through a safe and empowering environment fostered in each program.
House of Neighborly Service | View Website
Over 100 years ago, a refugee and Presbyterian missionary fled the Mexican Revolution and came to the West Side of San Antonio to encourage other refugees leaving behind desperate situations. Soon after, The House of Neighborly Service (HNS) established to support families building new lives, providing social services to a neighborhood in need. Now, helping the neighbor has become a way of life for HNS. From early childhood development to senior services, the organization meets the holistic needs of the community. A breadth of resources is provided through the Family Support Program, including diapers, food security, emotional support, housing, medical and legal needs.
A rise in juvenile crime unsettled founders of the Juvenile Outreach and Vocational Education Network (JOVEN). For almost 30 years, the group has combatted youth crime in Bexar County through education and support services, collaborating with local organizations and churches to assist high-risk youth. A holistic approach to programming meets youth in all stages- health education, prevention, intervention and counseling services. Leaders of America, a summer youth-intern opportunity, offers first-hand knowledge of necessary workforce ethic and skills. Character and resiliency are woven into each program to help children make positive changes toward a better-quality life and a successful future.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization. When Eve Oliphant placed a newspaper ad in 1974 inviting people into her home who had concerns for mentally ill family members, she started a movement. NAMI San Antonio continues the movement using a “pay it forward” model to stop stigma and provide hope. NAMI provides free, peer and caregiver led classes and support groups for adults struggling with a mental health condition and their loved ones. Presentations are offered to faith groups, service providers, businesses, community groups, schools and law enforcement agencies. A person with “lived experience” – a peer or a caregiver who is living well – is trained to lead their own class or group or to speak in the community. This is how NAMI San Antonio brings hope!
Project Transformation – Rio Texas | View Website
Project Transformation connects three communities—children, college students and churches. All three C’s are combined in one interconnected mission, to change lives through relationship. The Rio Texas Chapter, formed in 2015, starts by addressing the needs of students challenged by low income and other related adversity risks. A summer camp emphasizing literacy improvement is implemented by college students, who live in intentional community together, building relationships while learning a unique, meaningful skillset. All of this takes place in churches, aimed to be re-anchored through dynamic and relational connections.
The founder of Restore Education, John F. Rhodes, believed that single parents and disadvantaged youth, who struggled in a traditional education setting should have the opportunity to achieve their dreams. In 1997, he and his staff began curating unique pathways to and through college, as well as developing workforce training to form self-sustaining careers.
Serving over 9,000 San Antonio individuals since 2008, the nonprofit operates three programs to help transform lives—an individualized GED program, a college readiness and support service, and multiple career training programs. These services give San Antonio learners the tools needed to be self-supporting adults, exemplar parents, and productive community members.
Cohort 1 (2017-2018)
Bexar County Health Collaborative | View Website
Since its inception in 1997, the Health Collaborative has worked to improve the health of the community through partnerships and collaborations that leverage resources to enhance positive community health outcomes. It is a powerful network of citizens, community organizations, and businesses taking a more synergistic approach to solving critical community health needs.
Founded in 2005, Blueprint Ministries is a non-profit organization in the heart of San Antonio that provides servant leadership training for youth and adults while restoring homes for elderly, disabled and low-income residents.
Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas | View Website
As the sole provider in South Texas dedicated to providing grief support programs for children through young adulthood, the Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas addresses the grief and loss needs of children from every culture and social circumstance to help them heal and move forward. Services are provided at no cost to families.
Martinez Street Women’s Center | View Website
The Martinez Street Women’s Center transforms communities through women and girls by providing access to vital health services, quality education, and advocacy. We envision a world where women and girls achieve empowerment, equity, and justice. Programs include “Girl Zone,” which provides girls opportunities to explore their world, the tools to achieve their dreams, and the platform to inspire their peers. The Community Health Program strengthens communities by utilizing assets to create woman-led programming and increasing access to essential healthcare services, educational tools, and support positive change for our communities.
Prospera Housing Community Services | View Website
For over 25 years, PROSPERA Housing Community Services has provided safe, high-quality, affordable housing and supportive services as a starting point for pursuing goals, fulfilling dreams, restoring spirit, and building self-endurance. PROSPERA has a proven business model to serve residents who aspire to rent affordable, secure homes by maximizing life-stabilizing, transformational services.
Voices for Children of San Antonio | View Website
Voices identifies critical issues that impact child well-being in San Antonio and Bexar County, then collaborates with local and state organizations to improve programs, practices, and policy. Voices partners with over 200 organizations on its various initiatives in focus areas of Early Care and Education, Child Abuse/ Neglect and Children’s Health and Mental Health. Working with city and state government and leaders, as well as with the health, education, and human service sectors, Voices for Children works to keep the wellbeing and the future of children at the forefront of planning and discussion.
Good Samaritan Community Services | View Website
The mission of Good Samaritan Community Services (Good Sam) is to serve as a catalyst for change, supporting youth, individuals and families by providing excellent community services to overcome economic poverty. The Center was established as a downtown mission of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in 1951 by the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, under the leadership of Bishop Everett Jones. Since then, Good Sam has grown to become a private 501(c) 3 nonprofit that provides comprehensive services to more than 5,000 individuals and 1,600 families in six South Texas locations. Good Sam actively serves as a place of change, reaching out to support thousands of people working to improve their lives and to overcome the challenges of poverty. Its vision is to “Empower Communities to Thrive.”
Rise Recovery helps teens, young adults, and families overcome the effects of drug and alcohol and partner with the community in education and prevention. For over 40 years, Rise has served youth and families in Bexar County ranging in age from twelve through thirty-five, in addition to support groups for family and loved ones. They walk with participants through their recovery journey with a keen sense of love and understanding. Programs and services range from individual counseling to support groups to social activities. There are no time limits on participation and there is no shame in walking through their doors.
The mission of SA Hope Center is to love people well by empowering them to meet their needs through in-depth case management and wrap-around social services. Founded in 2001, SA Hope Center’s program model shifted in 2014 from a food pantry program to a multi-faceted social service agency that addresses the root causes of poverty to help the community become holistically sustainable. SA Hope Center’s programs are relationally focused and provide program including case management, financial literacy, job training, senior services, nutrition assistance, health and wellness screenings and classes, parenting classes, spiritual programs and many more.
The vision of SAY Sí is for all young people to have equitable access to opportunities to develop their worldview and creative potential, empowering them to live rich, full lives and develop the critical learning and life skills they need to become active contributors to their communities. SAY Sí ignites the creative power of young people as forces of positive change and values artists, empowers marginalized communities and advances culture. Programs include on-site year-round, long-term youth programs as well as community-based programs hosted throughout the city. On-site programs feature high school studios for visual arts, media arts, theatre arts and new media, with corresponding multidisciplinary Saturday middle school programs.
Founded in 2009, UP Partnership (formerly P16Plus) has been the leader in collective impact for young people in Bexar County for more than 10 years. In that time, it has helped to facilitate progress across major population-level change indicators, from early grade reading to high school completion. In 2018, UP Partnership expanded its mission statement to focus on all child- and youth-serving institutions in Bexar County, not just educational ones. Its new mission is “to ensure all young people across Bexar County are ready for the future.” To deliver on this mission, UP Partnership coordinates data, aligns pathways, and promotes policy change that can help to unlock the full potential of our young people, our communities and our region.