Congratulations to San Antonio Community Based Programs!

June 27, 2011 at 12:21 pm Leave a comment

Most people look forward to summer for relaxation, pool time, and a much-needed vacation.  But for youths participating in the Community Based Programs in San Antonio, there’s a lot more at stake this summer: $10,000 and the chance to make a real impact on their community.

On June 9th, Southwest Key’s San Antonio Community Based Programs was selected as one of 10 semifinalists to receive a $1000 grant from Silver and Black Give Back (formerly the Spurs Foundation) for their summer Team Up Challenge!

The summer Team Up Challenge is a competition between different community service projects in San Antonio that address one of the following categories: arts & culture, education, environment, health & wellness, and uniformed services.  Beginning in May, each of the 10 semifinalist groups will receive support throughout the summer from the San Antonio Silver Stars (SA’s WNBA team) with tickets to games, player appearances, and other prizes.  At the end of the competition in August, three of the ten semifinalists will be named Champions and receive a $10,000 grant for the work that they have done in the community.

The San Antonio Community Based Programs project has kids from the Ayres House, a Texas Youth Commission halfway house, assisting seniors who are in need of lawn care but are unable to afford it or tend to their lawns themselves.  In addition, they will be making greeting cards for the seniors throughout the summer.  These cards will be delivered along with daily meals to those seniors who are disabled and most in need of assistance.

At the end of the summer, the youths will share their stories about the impact of the project and will be treated to a pizza party!  If their project is chosen as one of the $10,000 Champions, they plan to use the money to continue their service to the elderly community.  The money would be utilized to provide fans in the summer and heaters in the winter, as well as food baskets during the holidays.  They would also be able to provide small home maintenance repairs such as painting or fixing broken windows.

Good luck to the San Antonio team on their project and their shot at $10,000!

– Kelle Kampa
Communicati0ns Intern

Entry filed under: Community Service, Juvenile Justice.

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