Awards & RecognitIons



  • Selected as Plaza Club Charity of the Year


  • Received the Healthiest Employer Award
  • Opened Heritage location
  • Opened Losoya location
  • Moved to Grayson Street location
  • Joined the Don Harris & Harvey Najim Golf Tournament
  • Record-breaking year in serving 6,000 youths and families
  • Record-breaking year in providing 30 sites with means and nutrition services


  • Healthiest Employer Award, San Antonio Business Journal
  • IPAC “Extra Mile Award”
  • Piloted Rosemary’s Kitchen


  • Department of Labor YouthBuild Award


  • Received a second TEA 21st Century award, resulting in funding to open 8 new centers, bringing the total to 17 centers and 1 dropout recovery program
  • Received Texas Parks and Wildlife grant to continue “Youth Getaways”
  • received IPAC’s “Extra Mile” Award
  • Float won 2nd Place in Fiesta Flambeau Parade


  • SA Youth Board recognized as United Way Volunteer Board of the Year
  • Launched Green building effort with first LEED-certified home
  • Two new high school programs began at Lanier and Jefferson High Schools
  • Partnership started with St. Paul United Methodist Church for neighborhood youth center
  • YouthBuild USA approved SA Youth as a National Schools Initiative program site for YouthBuild
  • Joined Mission Verde initiative and began serving on the Mission Verde board as an institutional partner
  • Officially changed its name to SA Youth. We developed “Success Beyond Circumstance” as our official tagline
  • Received the MetLife Award for being an Innovator in After school in the area of fitness and wellness
  • Received the Texas Youth Commission award for placing the highest number of TYC youth in jobs in the State of Texas
  • We completed our first environmentally friendly home, which earned LEED Gold certification and met Energy Star and Build San Antonio green requirements
  • Helped launch SA Reads, a book drive and literacy awareness campaign, resulting in 60,000 books donated to local schools and charities
  • Helped form Excel Beyond the Bell, a network of out-of-school time providers


  • TEA approved $7 million award for operation of 9 centers
  • Dept. of Labor approved new YouthBuild funding
  • Brother Danna Gauthreaux passed away
  • TEA approved YouthBuild Construction pathway as a Drop-Out Recovery Program
  • Moved into Cooper Learning Center
  • Started YouthBuild Verde Homes Construction
  • Chips N Salsa received official US Trademark
  • Launched new website


  • Started KENS TV Partnership
  • Started KENS TV Partnership
  • Developed AmeriCorps C-Corps Program (to start in 2009)
  • Began planning Cooper partnership with SAISD
  • SA Youth’s CEO Cynthia Le Monds named 40 under 40 by San Antonio Business Journal
  • Chips N Salsa became an official Fiesta event
  • Completed third and fourth YouthBuild homes (6 completed to-date with Community Partners)
  • SA Youth undertakes new Strategic Planning Initiative and Evaluation Changes
  • Dan Cook passed away


  • Completed fourth Graduation for YouthBuild program.
  • Started Bethany as the 7th Center (pilot)


  • Completed second large rehabilitation effort
  • Secured Carol M. White grant for Physical Education Program through the US Department of Education.
  • Completed third Graduation for YouthBuild program
  • Re-initiated Youth Getaways program through Texas Parks and Wildlife Program
  • Ran successful pilot for the Jefferson Youth Center through Harvey E. Najim Family Foundation support
  • Laurel Heights Youth Center volunteers awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award from the United Way of San Antonio & Bexar County
  • Began community campaign feasibility study for wider support and recognition of agency


  • Completed first large rehabilitation effort
  • Secured 3 buses for transportation programs
  • Completed second Graduation for Alamo City YouthBuild program
  • Secured AmeriCorps scholarships for YouthBuild graduates


  • Began 21st Century Community Learning Centers program through major TEA contract award, including individual talent programs and family programs
  • Started the Southside Youth Center
  • Started the Eastside Youth Center
  • Began running St. Jude’s Youth Center fully after securing City funds
  • Secured funding to renovate the Laurel Heights Youth Center
  • Gained “Affiliation” status with YouthBuild USA, a national organization
  • 15 youth graduated from YouthBuild – after first year of program operations
  • 2 Merced houses were rehabilitated by SA Youth young adults in YouthBuild


  • Finished Final Renovations
  • Renamed “Downtown Youth Center” facility to “Dan Cook Youth Center”
  • Celebrated 20th year anniversary
  • Started “St. Jude’s” pilot program
  • Started Alamo City YouthBuild Program after receiving major HUD contract
  • Began staging the Spring Break Getaway Camp for Texas youth


  • Started the Child Nutrition Program
  • Began the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (Youth Getaways) Program.


  • Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) YouthBuild Award
  • Board of Directors changed corporate name to San Antonio Youth Centers
  • Began JUMP, the Juvenile Mentoring Program, a satellite program site at Laurel Heights United Methodist Church (now referred to as Laurel Heights Youth Center)
  • Began Save the Music program


  • Restructured objectives to include prevention, education and socialization
  • Completed first strategic plan


  • Moved permanently to 1215 West Poplar Street


  • Niznik Concrete Contracts held Charity Fun Shoot to benefit SA Youth for first time
  • Began efforts to purchase permanent facility


  • Became an Enterprise Community agency


  • Refocused objectives on education


  • Held first ever gala
  • Changed name to Downtown Youth Center, Inc.
  • Dan Cook began his involvement with the agency


  • Held first ever golf tournament


  • Moved to 701 West Commerce Street and became Downtown Youth Drop-In Center


  • Began receiving United Way funding


  • Founded by Brother Danna Gauthreaux, O.M.I., in the basement of St. Mary’s Catholic Church as Children’s Crisis & Rescue Center but six months later renamed “St Mary’s Youth Drop-In Center”