Austin Voices for Education

November Spotlight:
Street Youth Ministry


Street Youth Ministry (SYMin) serves homeless youth between the ages of 18 and 28 in the heart of Austin. The organization offers food, friendship, social services, counseling, clothing and mentorship. According to SYMin Director Terry Cole, SYMin’s most important objective is to offer personalized and accepting guidance counseling.



Learn more about Street Youth Ministry

Watch a television story about SYMin

Watch a SYMin Video

Read a story about SYMin clients


Ways to Get Involved with Street Youth in November

Donate: Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

SYMin is asking for donations of blankets and sleeping bags that can be dropped off at Covenant on Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Covenant will have bins set up outside Covenant Hall for a no-contact drop-off.

Contact Kathryn Sedberry

Be a Prayer Team Member

SYMin clients are sharing more prayers than ever before, creating a need for more prayer team members. SYMin sends prayer requests by email one at a time in round-robin fashion, and prayer members get requests about every three weeks. To maintain this frequency, we need more prayer team members.

Volunteer Here

Fall Volunteer Opportunities

SYMin is asking for help with three main service opportunities this fall:

  • Virtual Volunteerism: Duties may include making Canva graphics, creating learn-and-earn Google forms, updating web content, helping with social media, coordinating, and making phone calls. All done from home.
  • Online Event Helper. SYMin needs hosts to interact with clients during our Zoom events. Online helpers are asked to attend at least four groups this fall, contribute to discussions and activities.  You must apply for these positions.
  • Theme Work: Every other week, SYMin offers a theme week that ties SYMin virtual events and drop-by activities together. Theme week includes outdoor safe events across a table twice a week to help with engagement. We also need help brainstorming future events and gathering supplies.

Learn more about fall volunteer opportunities and sign up here.

Learn more and Volunteer

Questions: Contact SYMin liaison Jean Brender or SYMin staff member Tondra Daily.

Ways to pray for Street Youth Ministry

  • Pray for more volunteers! No experience is necessary, just a big heart and willingness. 

  • Pray for the physical and mental health of the staff and the clients. 

  • Pray that the clients will receive the help that they need and be able to enjoy financial security.

Stay tuned to learn more about SYMin and to find out ways to serve.

For questions about SYMin, contact Covenant liaison, Jean Brender