THRU PROJECT

"Fostering Hope after Foster Care"

San Antonio, TX   |  www.thruproject.org

Mission

The mission of THRU Project is to help youth overcome the challenges of growing up in the foster care system by providing guidance, support and advocacy in order to prepare them for life after foster care.

Ruling year info

2014

CEO / Co-Founder

Elaine Andries Hartle

Board President

Helen Bryan

Main address

8103 Broadway St Ste 201

San Antonio, TX 78209 USA

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EIN

46-3961089

NTEE code info

Adult, Child Matching Programs (O30)

Foster Care (P32)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

THRU Project's primary areas of focus are education, employment and stable housing. Foster youth often experience multiple homes, schools and caseworkers by the time they age out of care. This instability means youth are unable to form a relationship with a trusted adult. By matching current and former foster youth with an adult, volunteer mentor these young men and women have that trusted adult to guide and support them as they learn to live independently from foster care. In addition, THRU Project offers free semester bus passes for reliable transportation to work and school, free cell phones and service to maintain contact with their THRU Project mentor, employer and resources, and a housing program that has expanded in 2020 from partnerships the city housing authority and the state. We are also working with local employers to establish "Foster Friendly" workplaces.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Mentoring Program

Match current & former foster youth (16 & older) with volunteer mentor to support and guide them through the critical years after foster care. Volunteers concentrate on stable housing, education and employment.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Youth transitioning from foster care rarely have dependable transportation. THRU Project provides participating youth a monthly bus pass to enable them to find and maintain employment, attend school regularly and secure resources for health and housing.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Eligible THRU Project youth receive a free smartphone and service in order to provide a consistent, reliable source of communication for school, employment and resource needs.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Next Step Housing is a THRU Project 2018 Pilot Housing Program, partnering with apartment owners throughout San Antonio and funded by a grant from The Nancy Smith Heard Foundation . This program provides free housing for one year for eligible youth while they learn life skills, contribute to a savings account and maintain contact with their mentor. This will allow them to leave the program with the ability to live successfully on their own.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average number of service recipients per month

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Related Program

Mentoring Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of mentors recruited

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth

Related Program

Mentoring Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Hours of mentoring

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Related Program

Mentoring Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our organization would like to be able to provide all current and former foster youth, 16 and over with a volunteer who may be the only constant in the young adult's ever changing life and circumstances. By matching them with a volunteer Advisor (mentor) for at least one year, they have a much better chance at avoiding homelessness, incarceration and victimization when they leave foster care. Our other support programs provide wrap-around services for current and former foster youth in one organization.

THRU Project will continue to reach out beyond our grantors and donors to more deeply involve private industry in supporting youth in foster care. The entire community should be aware of the needs of these young men and women so they can bring their unique ideas and skills to provide practical answers to these longstanding issues.
By partnering more with private industry, THRU Project youth can reach beyond the non-profit world and bring further awareness to the unique challenges of youth aging out of foster care.

In addition to our mentor, bus pass, phone and housing programs, this year we plan to offer a "Foster Friendly" employment program which matches THRU Project young adults in need of employment to good paying careers in industries needing employees. Employers will provide a workplace mentor (in addition to the youth's THRU Project mentor) to guide former foster youth through the intricacies of the workplace. This program benefits both the employer and THRU Project youth and can be scaled to meet the needs of almost all youth aging out of foster care.

We have become a vital and sought after organization in the short few years of our existence. We are the sole mentor program for almost all the residences and foster programs in San Antonio and the surrounding area and are recommended by our former foster youth to other youth. Foster youth repeatedly tell us that we are the only organization that provides real answers to their individual needs.

We have provided service to over 1,000 young men and women since our inception in 2011 and plan to expand our services to foster youth outside in other cities throughout Texas.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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THRU PROJECT

Board of directors
as of 5/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Kent Roach

Ret.

Term: 2020 - 2022


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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/09/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data