SA Youth

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Basic Information

Address: Our mailing address is: SA Youth PO Box 7844 San Antonio, Texas 78207
Phone Number: 210.223.3131
Fax Number: 210.223.9939

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Additional Information

Focus: SA Youth prevention, youth development and education enrichment services target school age youth attending high needs schools and living in low income neighborhoods with the primary purpose of preventing youth from dropping out of school and participating in negative activities during the critical out-of-school-time (OST).

United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County

Director: Cynthia Le Monds, CEO
County: Bexar County
Schedule: 3-7pm
Ages: 5-18
Membership/Pricing: Eligible Participants

8 school based sites and 4 stand alone sites


In 1984, Brother Danna Gauthreaux, OMI, was concerned about the high number of young people congregating on the downtown streets with “nothing to do.” After speaking with a group of concerned citizens and his own church, he opened the Children’s Crisis and Rescue Center, renamed a month later to the St. Mary’s Youth Drop-In Center. The Center became a refuge for night youth, a safe haven, a source of counseling and support, and a place to eat.

Within two years, United Way began funding the Center, and it rapidly and lovingly became known as “The Dungeon.” In 1989, Brother Danna moved the center to West Commerce Street in a larger facility, the old Toudouze Market Building, and became the “Downtown Youth Drop-In Center.”

For years the Center operated on a shoe-string budget and with a “short-term” lease. In 1995, the Center faced a permanent closure because of lack of funding and lack of space. However, a dedicated board, staff and community transformed the struggling agency, calling for support from city leaders, funders and individuals.

Not only was the once-struggling center able to keep its doors open, but it was able to move into a much larger, nicer facility on Poplar Street, later renamed the Dan Cook Youth Center. From there, the Center continued to grow and by 1999, became San Antonio Youth Centers (SAYC). In 2010, because of the broad impact we have on youth of all ages in San Antonio, we became simply SA Youth.

With a strong and dedicated Board of Directors and professional staff dedicated to developing core competencies around educational objectives, SA Youth has become a drop-out prevention and recovery program targeting the most disadvantaged children in our community. Our focus on providing a quality learning experience for those most at-risk is our distinguishing trait as a community organization.


SA Youth’s prevention programs through our centers offer the following activities and services:

Kids Café (meals)
Nutrition Education
Service Learning
Computer Learning
Book Clubs
Community Service
Physical Education
Fitness Dance
Field Trips
Family Activities