Fiesta Youth is proud to be partnering with the Greater San Antonio YMCA this fall for additional programming nights to offer our youth. With this partnership we will offer additional programming to the youth of San Antonio at the YMCA at Tri-Point. Working together with such an established organization is exciting for us and will offer our youth a more exciting experience and show how opening up our arms to the greater good of our society teaches everyone to be happy with who they are and open with others on what they want to become no matter their differences. We thank the Greater San Antonio YMCA on this opportunity and hope to grow this partnership for many years to come!
On September 23, 2018, Fiesta Youth celebrates their 5th anniversary in our great city of San Antonio. We will be holding the celebration at The Candlelight Cafe - 3011 N Saint Marys St, San Antonio, Texas from 4:00PM to 6:00PM. The celebration will include guest speakers, music, free appetizers, anniversary cake, and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided. Cash bar (beer and wine) will be available on site. The Fiesta Youth mission is to provide a safe, non-judgmental, affirming place for LGBTQ young people to express and explore who they are through education, peer-support, advocacy, and friendship.
Fiesta Youth began in the summer of 2013, with a mom’s (Founder - Emily Leeper) quest to help her teenage child find support and resources for LGBTQ youth in San Antonio; our nation’s 7th largest city at the time. She found nothing. She reached out to members of the LGBTQ community and our allies and the idea of bringing a LGBTQ teen and young adult support program to San Antonio was born. On Tuesday, September 10, 2013, the doors of Fiesta Youth swung open and we waited for the first teen to arrive. Since then, we have been welcomed hundreds of LGBTQ youth and allies, who have walked through that door. With the support of our local business, donors, sponsors, friends, families, and supporters we have raised thousands of dollars to continue that same mission. We have extended our programming to the local San Antonio Public Libraries with our Lit out of the Closet programming and will soon offer additional programming days with the YMCA of Greater San Antonio at Tri-Point and the South San Independent School District in the Fall of 2018.
We are proud of our present and excited about our future and we welcome everyone to come and celebrate with us at our 5th Anniversary celebration.
Fiesta Youth 5th Anniversary Celebration!
Date: Sunday, September 23, 2018
Time: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Place: The Candlelight Cafe - 3011 N Saint Marys St, San Antonio, Texas
Guest speakers, music, free appetizers, anniversary cake, and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided. Cash bar (beer and wine) will be available on site.
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Visit www.fiesta-youth.org for more information on our organization and upcoming events.
June 10, 2018 - Fiesta Youth and the San Antonio Library system will dedicate the book selections Fiesta Youth has donated to the library as part of the partnership it holds with the library system, Lit Out of the Closet, a monthly LGBTQ programming night for teens 12-18. These selections were picked from the National Library Association Rainbow Book List. The book selections will be available across all San Antonio Library locations along with their eBooks available online. We are proud of this partnership with the San Antonio Library. We hope to continue this partnership and dedicate even more books in the years to come.
Our city's library system is the first major library system in Texas to cooperate long-term with an LGBTQ youth organization - and we believe that this is a powerful sign of San Antonio's growing love for its LGBTQ citizens. Look for our LITOUTOFTHECLOSET Instagram page for upcoming programming information. We are proud of this partnership with the San Antonio Library.
Erica Alcocer was introduced to our Fiesta Youth group on February 27, 2018. She is a self-identifying queer Latina, SA native, and student at UTSA. Her vision for programming is to fuse her passions for activism, empowering creativity via the arts, and support of LGBTQ+ communities by producing content focused on holding safe spaces that welcome expression and connection. We are excited to have Erica on our Fiesta Youth team and look forward to all the great programming she will bring to our organization.
Fiesta Youth, San Antonio's Premier LGBTQ Youth Program along with Woodlawn Pointe Auditorium is proud to be hosting the first city-wide photo shoot of the NOH8 campaign. Co-founder and photographer Adam Bouska will be in San Antonio taking photos of anyone that wants to be part of the anti-hate campaign.
The NOH8 Campaign makes its way to San Antonio TX, for the first time, on Saturday, February 17th for an open photo shoot at Woodlawn Pointe Auditorium! Stop by anytime between 1pm-5pm to visit with other LGBTQ organizations and then get ready to pose for photos anytime from 2pm-4pm to pose for an official NOH8 photo by photographer Adam Bouska. No reservations needed!
WHERE: Woodlawn Pointe Auditorium
702 Donaldson Ave.
San Antonio, TX 78201
DATE: Saturday February 17th, 2018
TIME: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Single/Solo Photos: $40
Couple/Group Photos: $25 per person
NOH8 accepts cash and credit cards only. Fees paid to participate cover services and costs for one edited digital print only, made available via noh8campaign.com, and do not include physical prints.
* COME CAMERA-READY *
* WEAR A WHITE SHIRT *
* POSE & MAKE A STATEMENT! *
Photos are first-come, first-served - and we move fast! Please arrive camera-ready with a plain white shirt to match the signature style of the NOH8 photos.
Fiesta Youth is excited to partner with San Antonio DreamWeek 2018 and dedicate a night of programming to the mission. Our night of programming will be on January 16, 2018, and our title is "Diversity in Action!"
DreamWeek is a summit of events that fosters the exchange of ideas on universal issues in order to advance the voices of tolerance, equality, and diversity. The January, city-wide summit takes place in and around downtown San Antonio. The aim is to invite all to participate in an open forum where real-world issues are discussed in a well-balanced manner, with the understanding that the truest voices will always prevail. Summit events includes symposiums, film screenings, concerts, art gallery exhibits, panel discussions, health and fitness expos, mixers, and debates. Get a list of the events on their website at http://dreamweek.org
The first major 4C For LGBT co-sponsored event is here! This November 14th at The Rollercade (223 Recoleta), join us and our friends with Spectrum at UTSA for a rollicking night (7:30 - 10 P.M.) of queer camaraderie! The first 20 UTSA students with a UTSA ID in hand get in free! Don’t worry if you aren’t the best skater - we will also have games on site for when you take a break. Be there or be square!
Fiesta Youth is excited to announce as of September 1, 2017, our new Board of Directors for the 2017-2018 year. This new board of directors is eager to move the Fiesta Youth mission forward with exciting programming for the youth and young adults of San Antonio and the surrounding communities, along with creating some exciting fundraising events to continue the purpose of Fiesta Youth to help bring our community, our sponsors, and our youth together. Our new board members are the following:
President - Darrell Garcia Parsons, LCSW
Vice President - Megan V. Smith
Treasurer - Joe Montaldi
Secretary - David Laidacker
Director / Founder - Emily Leeper
Director - Thad Leeper
Director - Roxanne Henkin, PhD
Director - Anna Wood
Director - Ana Perez
Director - Zachary Shipley
We welcome our new board members and can’t wait for an exciting year!
We are thrilled to take our innovative pro-LGBTQ programming to other parts of the Alamo City, thanks to the San Antonio Public Library! For more information, see our Late Summer / Early Fall 2017 newsletter issue.