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Grabbing #literacy by the longhorns in Austin TX

Street Youth Ministry founder Terry Cole with John who told me he loves to read whatever he can.

The University of Texas motto is Disciplina praesidium civitatis. A cultivated mind is the guardian genius of democracy.

You will find a humanitarian confluence tucked in the basement at a far corner of the mighty UT 40 acres in downtown Austin. Here, at Street Youth Ministry, the deep needs of forgotten, invisible homeless and runaway youth meet the super powers of an entrepreneurial shepherd. Founder Terry Cole is dedicated to creating a safe, peaceful space to offer a couch, a meal, some shoes, and health and social service referrals to 60+ souls each week. Terry speaks often of stability with unstoppable optimism and a constant flow of good ideas. 

With generous support from two magazine consumers, we are sending Outdoor, Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone, New York, and Boys Life magazines. Another sent Better Homes & Gardens. From a nearby newsstand we shared these publications, with more to follow as we rise up to feed these neighbors hungry and eager to read. 


Terry and his staff, and the young people at Street Youth need your support. Each corner of the sanctuary provides a hopeful foundation for stability and dignity, but needs more resources. In one corner, a shelf of shoes needs more selection and sizes for weary feet. In another corner, a food pantry stocked full with cans of green beans needs protein-rich foods. Empty coffee tables are where we will share your enthusiasm for the magazines and comics you love with new readers. 

You can help. We need ambassadors in Austin TX and in your hometown to reach more readers. Join us. Tell the world. 

  • Marymount of Santa Barbara

    School or Library
    Santa Barbara, CA
    Serving male and female students from junior kindergarten through eighth grade (ages 4-13)
    Needs: Magazines for 150 students from September 15 to May 15.
    Magazines Requested: Science, current events, animals, bikes, sports, books, writing, national geographic, track, space and astronomy, aviation week, smithsonian, sports illustrated

  • Maryland Correctional Institution–Jessup (MCIJ)

    School or Library
    Jessup, Maryland
    Serving male adults 18-60 years of age. From pre-literacy to varying reading levels.
    Needs magazines for 30 students monthly
    Magazines Requested: Students enjoy nonfiction magazines with lots of pictures and short articles–this would include magazines about animals, geography, science, food, clothing, anything relevant to today’s world. National Geographic for Kids would be wonderful.

  • Arizona Housing Incorporated

    501 (c)(3) Charity Housing for Homeless
    Phoenix, AZ, USA
    Needs: 60 Magazines
    Magazines Requested: any adventure/nature magazines, any sports magazines, any art magazines, and any science magazines

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