Acts of Hope Center
A Pacesetting Nonprofit Agency
Hungry for Learning (HFL)
A recent survey of more than 4,000 undergraduates at 10 community colleges across the country revealed this surprising fact: nearly half of all community college students struggle with some form of food or housing insecurity. Although it is difficult to know precisely how many collegians in and around San Antonio are homeless or don’t have enough food to eat, conservative estimates suggest that hundreds, if not thousands, of them deal with these serious problems, on or off campus, everyday. Hungry for Learning is born of the idea that students who care to work hard to earn a college degree should not have to worry about food or shelter. The program is specifically designed to remove the burden of hunger and homelessness and, thus, enable struggling students to achieve optimal academic performance.
Target Population: Socioeconomically disadvantaged students 17 years of age and over.
Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP)
In 2010, about 614,400 U.S. teenagers (ages 14-19) became pregnant; approximately 89,300 had miscarriages, and 157,000 had legal abortions. The result was that there were nearly 367,000 teenage births in that year. In 2014, 6.3% of all U.S. births and 13.9% of all non-marital births were to teens. And according to a 2010 federal report, teen childbearing is associated with poor health and social outcomes for teen mothers and their children, although these outcomes often reflect preexisting social deficits.
To bring our field experience to bear on the issue and help mitigate its impact on the San Antonio youth, Acts of Hope Center works with its community partners—various universities and institutions of human development—to provide: (1) Abstinence-based sexuality education 1-2 per week, (2) increase awareness about how teenage pregnancy affects the lives of teen parents, and more broadly, community health, and (3) evaluate the impact of this program and publish the results in peer-reviewed journals.
Target Population: Socioeconomically disadvantaged teenagers ages 14-19, and teen parents.