UTSA community can help foster youths with luggage drive through Oct. 21

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(Oct. 18, 2011) -- The UTSA Bank of America Child and Adolescent Policy Research Institute (CAPRI) ACCESS Center is hosting a luggage drive to benefit San Antonio foster youths. Luggage can be donated through Oct. 21.

With more than 4,000 youths in the Bexar County foster-care system, the young people often are moved from one home to another carrying their belongings in trash bags. This is embarrassing and yet another reminder of how little they have. Through the luggage drive, the goal is to help foster youths make these transitions with dignity.

UTSA community members can give new or gently used backpacks, large rolling duffle bags, carry-on suitcases or cash donations for luggage purchases. Drop-off times are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

  • At the Main Campus, take donations to the Inclusion and Community Engagement Center, University Center Room 2.01.04.
  • At the Downtown Campus, take donations to the Center for Policy Studies, Buena Vista Street Building Room 4.304.

The UTSA CAPRI ACCESS Center, Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, Hispanic Student Association, Inclusion and Community Engagement Center, and Center for Policy Studies are collaborating on the project to help UTSA students and faculty make a difference in foster youths’ lives.

The ACCESS Center is funded by a grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and is part of the Child and Adolescent Policy Research Institute, directed by Harriett Romo, UTSA professor of sociology. The ACCESS Center lab offers resources for foster youths to help them navigate the path to higher education and job training. The ACCESS Center is in Monterey Building Room 2.260 at the Downtown Campus.

For more information on the ACCESS Center or the luggage drive, call 210-458-3116 or email capriaccess@utsa.edu.