More than one million Texas children - many as young as five years old - have no safe, supervised place to go when the school bell rings. These children are more likely to commit crimes, join gangs, get pregnant, drink alcohol, and engage in other risky behaviors.

Quality Out-of-School Time programs like SA Youth's Academic Achievers reduce these threats by instilling self-confidence and a sense of belonging. For some, it is as simple as providing a trusted role model or a nutritious snack. For others, it is the academic support and expanded learning opportunities that make the difference in a child's total development

With about 20% of San Antonio students failing to receive a high school diploma, it is time for a change. A high school dropout costs our community between $450,000 to $750,000. Conversely, the lifetime economic gain of every successful young adult is $2.2 million.

SA Youth's SOAR! program provides unemployed high school dropouts a second chance to recover a high school diploma while learning marketable workforce skills at the same time. The program lasts from 9 to 12 months and engages young adults ages 16 - 24.

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