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Little Lockers, BIG Impact

Back in 2020, SA YES launched the Little Locker Project, and has since been dedicated to providing educational equality to Texas Title 1 schools. The Little Lockers are a free resource for Elementary and Middle School students to encourage reading and improve literacy. Each locker is stocked

“Box of Dreams”: New Name, Same Mission

A child’s successful future begins with a dream. They visualize their dreams and hope everything will just fall into place. Unfortunately, along the way a lack of resources proves to be an obstacle for thousands of students. SA YES, the largest distributor of school supplies in Texas,

Ancira Auto Group Continues to Demonstrate Their Legacy of Giving for SA YES

SA YES is honored to have received a generous donation of $50,000 from the Ancira Auto Group. This contribution will aid in continuing the mission of our organization to provide students with the tools they need to learn and grow.

Dream Makers Award Nomination Application

Each year SA YES staff, board members and volunteers, witness educators share their passion with students and parents they encounter on a daily basis.
In appreciation for their efforts, we are proud to announce the “Dream Makers” award.This award will recognize a teacher, faculty member, or staff, making a difference in their community and school. This year’s award recipient will be honored at our annual Taste of Education Dinner on May 22nd.

SA YES Shares Fun Experimental Science Projects to Enjoy at Home

In continuing the trend of technology-free learning, SA YES, Austin YES and CC YES, are excited to share’s ‘Guide to Fun Experimental Science Projects,’ which provides parents and children with fun, safe and educational science experiments they can enjoy at home.  Starting with the question, “why

The Importance of a STEM Education, Apply for a YES Grant Today!

SA YES launched their YES Grant Program to encourage, promote and help fund improved science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in our schools. Since the program’s inception, SA YES began distributing 2-3 YES Grants a year to a total of 15 in 2021. Among last year's

“SA YES Gives Thanks:” A Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Friends,  First, let me say thank you for believing in our mission over the last year. Your support, whether through spreading awareness, fundraising, sponsoring, volunteering, or a simple like on our social media, has led us to have a successful year. It doesn’t seem like ‘thank

YES Grants: Funding STEM in the San Antonio and Surrounding Areas

In partnership with Thomas J. Henry, SA YES closed out the month of October with a bang. During an award ceremony on Wednesday, October 27, more than $90,000 in grants were distributed to 12 schools in the San Antonio and surrounding areas. These funds were disbursed as

Back to School with SA YES

For the first time in over a year, a majority of students returned to in-person learning for the start of the 2021-2022 school year. SA YES assisted in kicking off the new academic term with two new “Little Locker” unveilings in San Antonio on International Literacy Day.

SA YES’ “Back to Basics” School Supplies Distribution

August is here, and for students in Texas, that means it’s time for back to school preparations. Over the past few weeks, SA YES, in partnership with attorney Thomas J. Henry, has been busy ramping up their free school supplies distributions for the 2021-2022 school year. This

SA YES’ “Back to Basics” School Essentials

The start of the 2021-2022 school year is just around the corner, and we are excited to hear students will be able to attend classes in person! At SA YES, that also means we are ramping up to begin our “Back to Basics” program which distributes free

SA YES’ Jubilant June

While most people think of the month of May and June as the time to sit back, relax, maybe even take a vacation – SA YES is working full speed ahead. Within the past two months, they’ve provided $10,000 in grants benefitting STEM programs and inner city

SA YES Celebrates an Amazing Month of May

After a year-long hiatus, SA YES kicked off the month of May with the relaunch of their annual fundraising initiatives – The Taste of Education Dinner (May 2) and Golf Classic Tournament (May 3-4). Through the generous contribution of event attendees, SA YES raised a combined total of

Celebrate National Library Week All Month With SA YES

National Library Week is taking place April 4-10, 2021, but SA YES encourages you to celebrate with us all month! This year’s theme is “Welcome to Your Library,” which promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building – and that everyone

SA YES Unveils Three New “Little Lockers” To Kickstart National Reading Month

In honor of National Reading Month, SA YES unveiled two “Little Lockers” at Edgewood ISD and South San ISD on Thursday, March 4. In addition, the organization’s subsidiary, AUSTIN YES, unveiled an additional “Little Locker” at Del Valle ISD on Friday, March 5. These “Little Lockers” are

Safer Internet Day – How to Ensure Your Children Are Protected Online

Safer Internet Day calls upon all stakeholders to join together to make the internet a safer and better place, especially for children. While online learning varies by household, one commonality is the fact that children are spending more time online, and it’s important parents stay up-to-date on

“Top 10 2021 Goals” For You and Your Family

We’ve now begun the long-anticipated flip of the calendar to 2021. With the new year upon us, we have the opportunity to begin planning for a brighter 2021 – with new goals, activities, and opportunities to create new memories. Below we have compiled a “Top 10” list

Safe and Socially-Distant Holiday Activities

Another year is quickly coming to an end, and the 2020 holiday season will be unlike any that we have experienced before. The gatherings will definitely be smaller, allowing family and close loved ones to create new traditions. When we are all struggling to make sense of

How You Can Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month At Home

The Hispanic population accounts for the second-largest ethnic group in the U.S. By 2022, Hispanics are expected to become the largest population group in Texas. September 15 marks the start of Hispanic Heritage month—a month to recognize the contributions of Hispanic Americans to U.S. culture.  Throughout the

SA YES Exceeds Fundraising Goal with Online Auction and Truck Raffle

Amidst the current pandemic, we shifted our largest fundraising events of the year to an online auction and raffle. The auction included a variety of exciting items to bid on from gift cards to vacation getaways. In addition, our sponsor, the Ancira Auto Group generously donated the

Healthy Summer Recipes for Kids

Summer is the perfect time to encourage healthy eating habits with your children. Many crops are in their peak season, and the abundance of fresh produce can make for deliciously healthy dishes kids will love. Offering children fun and nutritious food choices can help keep them focused,

SA YES and Austin YES Online Auction & Truck Raffle Open Now!

SA YES is excited to announce our 2020 Drive Away for Education Truck Raffle will take place June 1 – August 2, 2020. Each year, our team looks forward to putting on this raffle to raise funds for our mission of providing free school supply kits to

SA YES Transforms “Little Library” Into a “Little Locker” to Keep Children Active at Home

Last month, SA YES unveiled their first “Little Library,” which offered free books for the 14,000 students and parents within the Harlandale Independent School District, spanning a wide variety of topics including cooking, computer programming, parenting, and books for all reading levels.  In light of the current

SA YES Guide to Technology-Free Activities

While technology is an essential tool for homeschool education, it is important to find a balance in your child’s learning where they can participate in outdoor and physical activities. Finding a few minutes to disconnect and take a break from the computer screen can help your child

At-Home Resources for Parents and Children

With students home, we understand the need for educational resources has grown exponentially. Our mission is to ensure all students have the essential tools to be successful. In this time of uncertainty, we wish to keep you informed on available resources, news, and updates that may affect

SA YES “Little Library” Unveiling

In honor of National Reading Month, SA YES unveiled a “Little Library” in the Harlandale Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas. On Monday, March 2, 2020, this “Little Library” was introduced to the public in the Sosa Parent Education Center, the only family center in the district.

National Mentoring Month

National Mentoring Month is held each January to promote youth mentoring in the United States. The new year is the perfect time for students to set educational and personal goals for the semester. Most of the time, goals are best accomplished when one has the proper support

SA YES Looks Back on 2019

Another year is quickly coming to a close, and SA YES has a year of success to celebrate. “SA YES is grateful for the amount of support we received in 2019. We are extremely humbled by the generous members of our community,” said SA YES Executive Director

National Scholarship Month

November is often associated with the month of giving, and what better gift to give than that of education?  The first step in this process is helping students realize their dreams can become a reality through continuing education.  The financial implications of college can be a daunting

National Bullying Prevention Month

As a nonprofit whose mission is to help provide students with the school supplies they need to succeed, we also advocate for other important topics that play a critical role in students’ lives. National Bullying Prevention Month was founded by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center in 2006

SA YES Goes Back to Basics for 2019 School Supply Distribution

Our Back to Basics Project has officially concluded for the 2019-2020 school year! Over the month of August, SA YES visited 47 elementary schools in San Antonio ISD, Harlandale ISD, Edgewood ISD and South San Antonio ISD to personally distribute free school supply kits. SA YES was

2019 Drive Away for Education Raised Over $171K

We are overjoyed to share that our 2019 Drive Away for Education Truck Raffle raised $171,075! Each year, our team looks forward to putting on this raffle in order to raise funds for Title 1 elementary students in the community and to give one lucky winner the

Summer Reading

Happy summer! To keep young brains active over the break, we have some tips and tricks to help keep their reading skills at grade level.   How to Encourage Summer Reading Let your children decide what they would like to read. During the school year, students often read

2019 Drive Away 4 Education

We are excited to announce the launch of our 2019 Drive Away 4 Education Truck Raffle! About the event: This annual event consists of a citywide raffle in San Antonio that gives participants the chance to win a brand new truck donated by Ancira Auto Group. This

2019 Taste of Education Dinner and Golf Classic

Delivering the necessary school supplies to help students succeed is a year-round process of raising funds and support. In order to raise funds, SA YES proudly hosts an annual Taste of Education Dinner and Golf Classic. This year’s festivities spanned over a three day period and proved

How to Volunteer as a Family Over Spring Break

Spring break is around the corner and we are sure students and educators alike are looking forward to a week of fun! If you are in need of some ideas to share with your little ones for how they can spend their time off, consider spending the

The Importance of Reading and Giving Back

Reading is a vital skill to help young learners grow. This hobby improves spelling, grammar, expands vocabulary and can also help increase focus. Exploring new books also helps to expand the imagination and unleash creativity! With an ever-growing list of benefits, reading has proven to be a source

Tiff’s Treats 20th Anniversary Charity Contest

  We are thrilled to announce that we have been selected by Tiff’s Treats to participate in their 20th-anniversary charity contest! Tiff’s Treats made a call to fans to nominate their favorite nonprofits who are making a positive impact in their local community. We were humbled to

New Year’s Resolutions for Success in School

Happy New Year! With the new year comes fresh opportunities to learn and grow. As students return to school for the second half of the academic school year, consider setting aside some time to set new year’s resolutions. Resolutions are a great way for students to look

Continuing Education Through the Holidays

We are dedicated to providing students with the tools they need to help them learn and grow. While the kids are home from school for winter break, there are many ways they can enjoy their time off and continue learning. From books, educational games and family activities,

SA YES Joins Global #GivingTuesday Movement

November is the month of giving thanks and giving back. As an organization dedicated to giving back to Title 1 Elementary students, we are always thrilled to take part in movements that help shine a light on nonprofits. #GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that takes place

2018 Drive Away for Education Truck Raffle Raises Over $77K

To supplement our efforts to provide free school supplies for Title 1 Elementary schools in San Antonio, SA YES is proud to announce this year’s Drive Away for Education Raffle raised a total of $77,517.42. Each raffle ticket sold helped five local children start the school year

SA YES 2018 DA4E Winner

Congratulations to Rich Henning for being our 2018 Drive Away for Education Truck Raffle winner! Rich received a 2017 Titan Crew Cab SV 4×4 thanks to the Ancira Auto Group. Our annual Drive Away for Education Raffle took place in July with the purpose of supporting Central

Another Successful Taste of Education Dinner and SA YES Golf Classic

In May, we hosted our annual Taste of Education Dinner and SA YES Golf Classic at The Club at Sonterra. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and supporters, both events successfully helped advance our mission to provide school supplies to local Title 1 elementary students. This

SA YES Goes Back to School

Summer days have come to an end, and SA YES is heading back to school to distribute school supplies in partnership with Thomas J. Henry, Methodist Healthcare, Security Service Federal Credit Union, Fiesta Texas, Ancira Auto Group, and IHOP! Each August, through the Back to Basics Project,

Security Service Federal Credit Union Donates $8,651 to SA YES

We were honored to receive a $8,651 donation from Security Service Federal Credit Union (SSFCU) who joined us in celebration to their commitment to education in the city on Thursday, August 23. The donation was gifted in support of SA YES’ goal to provide school supplies and

SA YES Receives $5,000 Donation from Book of Free

SA YES was honored to receive a donation from San Antonio’s leading savings book, Book of Free. The donation, totaling $5,000, will contribute to the work SA YES does to provide free school supplies to San Antonio elementary students. Through organizations like SA YES, Book of Free

The Taste of Education 2018 Recap

The Taste of Education 2018 Recap On Sunday, May 20, SA YES, the largest distributor of school supplies in South Texas, hosted its annual Taste of Education Dinner at The Club at Sonterra. The night featured savory creations and wine hosted by Spectrum Reach. A silent and

A Hole-In-One Weekend for San Antonio Kids

At SA YES, we like to have fun for a cause. Last week, we hosted our annual Taste of Education Dinner and Golf Classic at The Club at Sonterra. These events help further our mission of providing school supplies to local Title 1 elementary students. The Taste of Education Dinner

SA YES Gets a New Digital and PR Agency

We are excited to announce a new working relationship with Noisy Trumpet, a local digital and public relations agency. The Noisy Trumpet team will help refresh and maintain our website and social media accounts and provide assistance for our public relations needs for our key fundraising events including


Whew! What an amazing outpour of support during the first week of school.  Each year, we at SA YES, along with our Board members and numerous volunteers, pack, unpack, dress up and distribute supplies over all the city of San Antonio to elementary schools. At the start

SA YES and SAPD visits Boys & Girls Club

SA YES staff and the San Antonio Police Department visited Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio, Eastside Clubhouse to distribute free school supplies. This community support empowers Club members to focus on their Academic Success – one of BGCSA’s priority outcomes – and gives them the

Accenture’s Chace Morris Awards SA YES

SA YES is proud to be the recipient of Accenture’s US Corporate Citizenship Volunteer Award which acknowledges the valuable work that Accenture volunteers do with non-profit partners to improve the way the world works and lives. We are very thankful for our partnership with Chace Morris and the impact he had made on

Annual Saturday Night “Fun-Raiser”

Thank you so much to The PM Group and The Wood Agency for all of your support! We are so grateful to have been a part of the Annual Saturday Night Fun-Raiser this past February & we look forward to continuing this partnership.

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