San Antonio Youth Commission
Our mission is to provide an outlet for high school students to express their voice through the outlets of advocacy, community service, and social media.
The San Antonio Youth Commission is comprised of 22 high school youth leaders, two members from each City Council District and two Mayoral appointees. Each appointee is selected for a two-year term and is vetted through the City of San Antonio’s Board and Commission process. The Youth Commission meets monthly to plan events and programs that give a voice to the concerns of San Antonio’s youth.
SAYC is a unique organization redefining the shape of student leadership in our city. Students are the primary catalysts for change within this group, and see great impact made from their vision and the wherewithal to take on big challenges. They are given the tools to establish sustainable programs and foster imaginative initiatives throughout the school year, supporting their fellow students, schools, and the community at large. They are committed to serving with professional communication, compassionate action, and selfless service in order to truly follow a model of servant leadership.
We are the future, leading the future.
Each year, the San Antonio Youth Commission members volunteer with several community-based organizations to experience the issues facing our city and be an active part of the solution. In the past they have joined with the Elf Louise Christmas Project doing Christmas deliveries, as well Destination College, a city-wide week dedicated to creating a visible college-going presence, involving students in actively achieving their college dreams.
This year we have joined with the ranks of some of SA’s top leadership in brand-new partnerships, including with café commerce, SaySi, TEDxYouthSanAntonio, and Student Aid San Antonio, an initiative sponsored by the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and Firstmark Credit Union. The newest commissioners have also done a stellar job of involving our City Council members, inviting them out to commission-based events, and even making a visit to City Hall for a day in the life of a Council member. With poise and confidence these young leaders are paving a path for their peers to speak up and have their voice heard as viable and powerful leaders for the positive growth of communities everywhere.
SAYC Shoots for the Stars
On June 14th, the San Antonio Youth Commission (SAYC) celebrated the end of their season as the WNBA San Antonio Stars began theirs. Our Youth Commissioners, along with a packed house at the Freeman Coliseum, cheered on the Stars for their season-opener. (more…)
San Antonio Youth Day of Service 2015
In the spirit of compassion from a youth-driven source, over 50 high school students from across San Antonio gathered together May 9, 2015 in bright yellow T-shirts that read “Dedicated to serving and committed to leading”. (more…)
GenTX SA joins with Miss Fiesta for Training
High-school student leaders from across San Antonio joined Miss Fiesta Alixzandra Peña at café commerce on April 4th, 2015, alongside students and faculty from the University of the Incarnate Word, as well as District 3 State Board of Education member Marisa B. Perez. (more…)
GO, SAYC, GO!
In partnership with Spurs Sports and Entertainment, the San Antonio Youth Commission had the privilege to keep Christmas going a little longer as they attended the Rampage hockey game on December 26th.