THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
YTIA is blessed to have so many people that encourage, support, and allow us to share what God has given us to share with youth transitioning out of foster care. I would like to thank each of you for all you do for youths in and out of the foster care system and for those of you who volunteer your time and talent to work with these youths. Thank you and may God continue to bless you in your efforts. Brenda Lee Knowles, President/Co-founder, YTIA.
"Early Start Experience" - August 2021
YTIA was honored to participate in Texas A&M's Early Start Experience by providing information that incoming freshman and transfer students may need to know about YTIA and life during the college years during the Resource Fair. We also conducted a presentation on Budgeting/Financial Literacy.
Summer "Aging Our Seminars" (AOS) - 2021
YTIA had the opportunity to present the topic of "Self Advocacy" during DFPS PAL Aging Out Seminar Summer session.
PAL Graduation Dinner - May 2021
YTIA was blessed to participate in the DFPS PAL Graduation Dinner held at Central Catholic High School honoring our 2021 Graduating Class.
Celebrating Creativity During COVID
Just because youth have had to endure months of isolation and remote learning does not mean they can not have a good time. YTIA would like to thank our own Mary E. Valdez, co-founder and Vice President, for coming up with fabulous ways to showcase youth's creativity. YTIA has hosted Pumpkin Decorating, Gingerbread Train Decorating and Wreath Decorating Contests. We have also collaborated with the Bexar County College Docket on the Thanksgiving Cooking Challenge. During the Spring of 2021, we hosted a "Who is Your Wonder Woman" Contest. Thanks to all who helped make these events possible.
Let's Talk Thursdays" - Summer 2020
Every Thursday, we had one-hour chat sessions via ZOOM. We have a main topic and then discuss anything else of importance. The notes for each session will be posted on the "Let's Talk" page under "Youth Scene".
Gifts for Grads - July 2020
Congratulations to the graduates of 2020. Although the Class of 2020 did not celebrate in the traditional fashion, YTIA wanted to let them know that they were not forgotten.
Pre-College Prep Knowledge (Not Necessarily College) Workshops - January - June 2020
Our workshops continue, some were live but now they are via video. Youths had the opportunity visit Texas A&M San Antonio (TAMU) and hear from former foster youth who provided insight into college living and the support they will receive once they enter college. Thank you to Norma Davila, TAMUSA Foster Care Support Coordinator, and to students, Michelle and Breeann.
Pre-College Prep Knowledge (Not Necessarily College) Workshops - September - November 2019
We are so pleased to have started a new series of workshops this year, our "Pre-College Prep: Knowledge (Not Necessarily College) Workshops". We have been teaching these programs at the Pathways offices. Although we have small groups, it is actually more beneficial since we are able to address specific needs on a one-on-one basis for the youths who attend.
St. Jude's College Prep Workshops (Fall Sessions)
(The "Knowledge (Not Necessarily College)" Workshops)
Our groups are a little bit larger at the Bulverde campus but they are still not too large for us to address individual needs. The youths attending have serious questions about their futures and we are so happy that we have answers!
Children's Court Ad Litem Seminar - October 2019