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Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Development

Mission: The mission of THRU Project is to help youth overcome the challenges of growing up in the foster care system by providing guidance, support and advocacy in order to prepare then for life after foster care,

Results: Current and former foster youth who have a THRU Project mentor have significantly lower high school drop out rates, teen pregnancy, unemployment and homelessness.

Target demographics: Current and former foster youth

Direct beneficiaries per year: Hundreds of current and former foster youth

Geographic areas served: San Antonio, TX

Programs: Mentoring, Bus passes, Cell Phones, Housing

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

labroome

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I feel so honored to be a volunteer mentor for this wonderful organization over the past year. THRU Project is so instrumental in providing resources to older teens aging out of the foster care system. My experience as a mentor comes from our own international adoption of our then 10 year old son who had been in the orphanage since he was 3 years old. Every child needs to feel loved and valued whether they get adopted or not. THRU Project does their part by providing mentors and resources to the many children in the foster care system.
L. Broome, San Antonio, TX

Board Member

Rating: 5

Thru Project is a wonderful organization filled with inspiring people who truly make a difference in the lives of our most vulnerable.

Board Member

Rating: 5

THRU Project has done some fantastic things for youth that have aged out of the foster care system. These youth have had multiple placements, multiple schools, multiple caseworkers, etc. They end up with no reliable adult in their life to give them support, guidance, and encouragement to help them overcome the overwhelming challenges that they face. The THRU Project matches each youth with a mentor that helps them navigate through this period in their lives. In addition, tangible resources are furnished such as a cell phone, bus pass, life skills workshops, and even a housing program. This program is making a difference and changing lives. This program is turning youth from ones that nobody wants to ones that everybody wants.

Previous Stories
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Board Member

Rating: 5

My wife and I fostered children for 10 years. When the opportunity arose to support the THRU Project, I jumped at the chance to get involved. Youth that are aging out of the foster care system are an under served population in our community. Being part of an army rather than just an audience concerning an issue appeals to me. I want to use my platform and invest my influence into improving the lives of others. The THRU Project is changing lives and making a difference. The THRU Project is providing one of the greatest gifts that can be given, HOPE.

Board Member

Rating: 5

THRU Project has worked wonders in the lives of foster youth who have aged out of foster care. Seeing the changes this program has made in a young person’s life who left foster care not knowing where and how they would live is amazing. This program has helped prior foster youths to get established in the community, provided mentors to help guide them in directions such as completing school and learning a skill or trade. This program aids the youth in learning about life and the skills needed to be contributing citizens who often go on to complete college and then they come back to help others like themselves. While THRU is a young program, it has made a difference in these youth lives. See what the youth have to say.

Helen Holden B.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This agency has transformed lives of youth aging out of the Foster Care System. THRU Project's innovative programs, support systems and tools have enhanced this program beyond the dreams of the founders. Having been on the board for 6+ years I have seen this agency go from 20 kids being mentored to over 160 participating in the mentoring program - obviously something is working!!! They are staying and benefiting from the programs.

Jessica J.5

Board Member

Rating: 5

Love them! The mission, the heart and the drive that the staff and board has is incredible!!! So much love has been poured into this great cause!!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

THRU Project has proven to be a successful organization driven to help youth aging out of foster care. With many programs specifically designed to assist foster youth right when and where they need it most - bus passes for transportation, cell phones for communication, mentoring for real world advice, and stable housing assistance. The organization's ability to pivot quickly and assist foster youth immediately as their environment changes (for example during the ongoing health pandemic) is critical to solidifying their success in the world. It is a privilege to know and work with these folks!!

Anne Reid G.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Not only am I board member of THRU Project, I also call myself mentor and friend to several youth in our program. I love the strength of our mentor program as the cornerstone of THRU Project because all the research shows that youth who age out of foster care have a higher success rate AFTER aging out when they have a dedicated mentor. Makes sense considering that most of these young adults don't have much to rely upon in terms of a stable support system when they age out of foster care. They go from "all decisions made" for them while in care to being "graduated" out of that system and expected to be "instant adults."

THRU Project exists to help arm them with the resources and support to help navigate a hard world. We are here for them so that they know that they're not alone.

Previous Stories

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've always wanted to foster to adopt, but after reading an article about college kids who were former foster kids and their lack of family support especially during the holidays ... My family and I felt compelled to reach out. I was put into contact with the THRU Project and that's when we met Kiki. We have been in each other's lives for nearly two years now and I can honestly say I hate watching her struggle as a mother would for her child. Life is hard for these kids inside foster care, but leaving the security of the system is even harder and more daunting. THRU Project helped Kiki navigate the obstacles of life and provided her with a solid support system that never stopped working for her. I am a proud board member now and my most favorite thing is meeting the youth and hearing about their dreams for the future. THRU Project helps them to believe that they can do it! It takes a village and THRU is that village!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am so proud to a member of such an amazing organization with a wonderful and dedicated staff. Everyday we work hard to ensure that the youth in our program know that they come first and that we and their mentors are here to support them as they learn and grow!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer and donor with this organization, I can recommend them highly. The staff is small but they are always available for my mentee's needs and they are a wealth of information and resources.

Sarah W.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

THRU Project is an incredible organization that fosters hope for youth after foster care. Young adults needs guidance and support-- THRU Project provides that as well as other essential services. The youth in this program are amazing and so thankful for the services and mentorship provided through the THRU Project.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a former Foster Child I have seen the positive influence Mentoring is having on young people. The process is transformative. Its providing Foster Youth with a caring Adult who wants only to Help and Guide the Youth navigate this sometimes intimidating and complex world. Can you imagine being 18 years old and being thrown out in to the world with no family or permanent home to go back to? No resources, no one to ask for information or help. Well this is where the Thru Program comes in and is so valuable. It provides the Youth with something steady that they can count on. I wish there was a Thru Project when I was growing up in Foster Care , I know it would have helped me and my foster siblings.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Not only does THRU Project make an enormous impact on the individual level - 100 and counting matches of former foster youth with mentors - its mission of long-term and far-reaching support and advocacy has been tremendously successful. I knew I had to support the THRU Project after hearing a testimonials from former foster youth about what they had achieved with the help of their THRU support networks. The Next Step Housing Program is only going to make an already powerful agent of change even better. THRU Project's results are strong and only going to get better. San Antonio is so lucky to have this organization!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Outstanding organization doing outstanding work with youth aging out of the foster care system.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Terrific non-profit doing necessary work to help foster youth who age out of the system....keep up the good work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

THRU Project is a great organization that works to help both current foster and former foster youth. I have seen personally the impact having just one person in your corner can make. They offer mentoring, bus passes, cell phone service, life-skills workshops and even housing! These youth leave foster care with so little and what they are doing to help bridge the gap is so vital.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

THRU Project is an organization serving the young men and women leaving foster care in San Antonio. What I appreciate most is that they do not try to serve every need of these youth but instead connect them to vital resources already available in the community. By matching older foster youth with one of their adult volunteers the youth 1) remains connected to resources that can help them learn to live independently from foster care and 2) form a friendship with what may be the only reliable and trustworthy adult in their life. Only takes a few hours of volunteer time a month to make a real impact. The one two-hour training was entertaining but also provided practical information.