The goal of Youth and Teen Services (YTS) is to help youth acquire the life and academic skills necessary for personal success.
For over 70 years, Good Sam’s YTS programs have provided San Antonio’s west side youth with a safe environment where they can experience a sense of belonging, increased self-esteem, and positive peer influence.
YTS provides two types of programs: Out-of-School Time Programs and In-School Programs.
The Asset Building for Clients Program promotes the development of important life skills and personal assets by helping youth explore their interests and find their voice. Using the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets, Developmental Relationships, and Igniting Sparks as guiding frameworks, ABC offers programming in-school.
Camp Good Sam is a summer day camp offered to youth as an attempt to address summer learning loss by giving youth a safe place to learn and have fun. A literary-based, thematic learning model guides program delivery, and essential learning questions guide day-to-day lesson plans. Hands-on learning activities paired with an exciting and inviting camp culture keep youth interested and engaged in activities.
Hours: Monday - Friday between the hours of 8 am and 3 pm, grades 1-12
College and Career Readiness is offered at select program locations to high school youth to help them explore personal interests and future careers. The goal of these services is to help youth successfully transition from high school into post-secondary education (2-year, 4-year, or technical degree). Advisors are on staff to help mentor youth through a series of activities designed to gain the skills and knowledge needed for academic and work success. Services include self-assessment of personal strengths, exploration of career opportunities, skill-building workshops, college tours, and guidance on the college application process.
Provides a safe, fun learning environment where youth can explore their interests, find their creativity, and develop personally. Staff offer such services as homework assistance, educational group activities, team-building tasks, character development curricula, arts programs, STEM education, and field trips to keep youth learning in a safe, informal learning
environment. Activities are designed to complement learning taking place during the school day.
Hours: Monday - Friday between the hours of 3:30 pm and 6:30 pm, grades k-12
Youth case management is available as a resource to assist individuals in times of crisis and need. Services may be recommended by program staff or requested by participants and families. Immediate, short-term, and long-term case management is available.