Youth Services

The Youth Development Department of Ella Austin Community Center is a year -round project, composed of two programs: the After School Program and the Summer Enrichment Program.

After School

After School Program

The After School Program offers homework assistance to students, aged 6 – 14 years of age (Elementary – Middle School grades). It provides educational and recreational activities, fine arts (art, music, drama and creative writing), library usage and a computer lab. Students are provided with after-school hot meals (catered by the San Antonio Food Bank).

Positive self-esteem is promoted through motivational speakers, field trips to college campuses, and celebration of cultures. Program services are offered daily, Monday through Friday during after school hours – until 5:30 pm.  The program has extended hours when there is school closure for staff development days and holidays.

The program tracks the academic development of each student by observing their grade cards and progress reports from their schools. Academic development is a very crucial component of the After School Program and degreed/certified staff offer tutoring to youth in areas where they may be academically deficient. Additionally, recreation, socialization skills, positive self -esteem and character building are promoted in the program.

Tuition-Free Scholarships for ages 6-15 for our Youth Development Programs.

Summer Enrichment Program

Now Enrolling! Call 210-224-2351 ext 129 to apply or stop by for an application.

The Summer Enrichment Program occurs during the summer months. Youth have a daily schedule which provides time for sports & recreation, board games, problem-solving/brain teaser activities, physical fitness, fine arts (which usually includes a drama or musical production by summer’s end), computer lab and library usage, a book club, motivational speakers, field trips and career exploration.  In addition, during summer youth are provided with lunch and an afternoon snack each day.   The youth’s academic skills are enhanced by practices and drills in subjects of the grade level which they have just completed.  Staff members use the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) curriculum for each child’s particular grade level.   These practices ensure that the child has a solid foundation in the knowledge that is needed for the next school year.

Youth Services - Ella Austin Community Center

STEM Program

Ella Austin Community Center incorporates Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math into all of its youth programs. Currently we also offer a year round Science and Math Academy for qualified eleven to fifteen year old children. This program is made possible thanks to the support and partnership with St. Philip’s College, The Center of Excellence for Mathematics and for Sciences. The academy focuses on fun topics with high-demand careers such as engineering, biotechnology, game design, alternative energy, chemistry, environmental science and more.

More Information

For further information, contact Veronica Gonzales, Youth Development Director, at (210) 224-2351 – Ext. 129.

Seeking Volunteers to be reading buddies and mentors for our youth- please call Stephen Lucke, Youth Development Director 210-224-2351 ext 127 for information

Youth Services FAQ

What is the cost of the program?

At the moment there is no charge, but funding cuts from the city and other sources may require us to charge a fee, donations are appreciated to help offset costs.

What are the ages allowed in the program?

6 -14 years old

Is the program year round?


What are the hours of operation?

After School Program 3pm – 5:30pm
Summer Enrichment Program 10am – 5:30pm

Is there a summer program?


When are the applications ready?

For the After School Program, applications will be ready starting – Monday, August 17, 2015.
Get applications/intake form from the EACC lobby or download form below; return completed applications to the receptionist in the EACC lobby.

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(Program begins – Tuesday after Labor Day, 9/08/2015)

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