Acts of Hope Center


A Pacesetting Nonprofit Agency

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.

At Acts of Hope Center (AHC), we pride ourselves on being forward-looking. Our YouthE, which stands for “Youth Enrichment”, is intended to empower low-income young people to build or rebuild their lives.” The overarching goals of the program are: (1) Improve academic achievement, (2) provide market-driven vocational training opportunities, (3) offer job search, interview preparation, and resume writing services, and (4) provide one-on-one client-centered counseling and moral support services.

A distinguishing characteristic of AHC’s YouthE program is that it involves the youth we work with in the needs assessment, feasibility analysis, and evaluation phases of all our program activities. In other words, instead of getting young people in a ready-made top-down intervention, our YouthE program empowers them to take ownership and play a major role from start to finish. What’s more, and to ensure long-term success, we have a dynamic mentoring component, which not only relies on a multivariate system to match needs with services, but also create the optimal condition for any mentors to keep in touch with their mentees long after graduation from the program.

Target Population:  Low-income adolescents and young adults, male and female, ages 14-24, who are at risk for: (1) academic failure, (2) juvenile crime, (3) teen pregnancy, (4) recursive joblessness, and (5) housing insecurity.

San Antonio Community Health Alert (SACHA)
In 2012, according to the American Diabetes Association, 29.1 million Americans had diabetes. As of last year, the ratio of San Antonio’s diabetic population was 14%, or twice the national average. And complications or co-morbid conditions associated with the disease include: Hypoglycemia, hypertension, heart attacks and strokes, blindness or severe eye problems, and kidney failure.

As the name suggests, SACHA is a grassroots response to those alarming facts, and to the diabetes problem that our community faces. The program is designed to: (1) raise awareness at the grassroots level about this diabetes epidemic, (2) provide state-of-the-art diabetes prevention education to those living in some of the most underserved areas of our city, and 3) provide the diabetic population with a broad and consistent access to the best treatment options available. Given that diabetes is one of the two leading causes of kidney diseases requiring organ transplantation, SACHA also provides patients who must undergo transplant surgery with the pre-and post-surgery education, follow-up, and financial support they need to achieve optimal health. SACHA is compliant with the guidelines of the Center for Disease Control (CDC)'s proven Diabetes Prevention Program.

Target Population: Low-income children ages 0-17 and adults 18 years of age and over.