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American Humanics

January, 2010

American Humanics
2008-2009 Outstanding Certifications Benchmark Award Winner


Tomorrow's Nonprofit Leaders Today
AH at UTSA Newsletter: Issue 3

December 2009


As 2009 comes to an end, we wanted to send an update of our progress, partnerships, and successes. More importantly, we wish to thank you for your ongoing support of our program which educates, certifies, and prepares nonprofit leaders.


AHers, we'll see you at the next general meeting on January 20! Also, please don't forget to mark your calendars for the 1st Annual AH Showcase on January 22.

Wishing you a Happy New Year! 

American Humanics Student Association
UTSA Center for Policy Studies
(210) 458-2691


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In This Issue

AH Donors

Upcoming Events

Preferred Internship Sites

AHSA Officers

AHMI 2010

Current UTSA NextGen Scholar

AHSA Store

AHSA Service Projects

Spotlight On...

Current Jobs & Internships

Upcoming Student Conferences


Our Donors

We would like to thank the following individuals, organizations, and companies for their generous donations to our continuing success. Gifts to AH are not just donations, but investments in the education of future nonprofit leaders.


Communidad/Community ($25 to $50)



Kirsten Gardner, Ph.D.

Lady Ray Romano
, in honor of the following San Antonio Area Foundation Staff and Volunteers: Dr. Sandie Palomo-Gonzales, Emily Mandes, Natalie Zertuche, and Llyas Salahud-Din

Zulema Reyna

Francince Romero, Ph.D.

Jim Sullivan


($51 - $100)

On behalf of Crystal Del Bosque

Jose and Cristina Dominguez

On behalf of Emily Fontenot

Rose Mary Fry

On behalf of Natalie Zertuche

($101 - $200)

American Red Cross-San Antonio Area Chapter


Michael Bennett

Gloria Constante

Roland C. Dubay & Co.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)

Compatir/To Share
($201 - $300)

Sandie Palomo-Gonzalez, Ph.D.

Lauren Walthour


($301 - $500)

Catholic Charities

($501 - above)

Aamco Transmissions

2339 NW Loop 410
(210) 341-3341
5960 NW Loop 410
(210) 647-1161

For more information on how you can become a donor, please email to schedule an appointment with one of our Student Representatives.


Important Dates


January 2-6: AHMI, Phoenix, Arizona

January 7: NMP - Introductory Track, 8:30-3:30pm, UTSA Downtown, BV 1.338

January 8: NMP - Advanced Track, 8:30-3:30pm, UTSA Downtown, BV 1.338

January 11: Classes Start

January 18: MLK Day of Service

January 20: AHSA General Meeting at Noon & 6pm, TBD

January 22:
1st Annual AH Showcase
Join AH Students as we honor our Preferred Internship Sites. Follow the event on

For more information, email


Preferred Internship Sites

The following organizations have filled out the required paperwork and completed the necessary orientations to be considered American Humanics Preferred Internship Sites. We thank these organizations for their help in preparing tomorrow's nonprofit leaders. AH Students must complete a 300-hour internship inside a nonprofit organization. Tuition costs for undergraduates are $1,700 and for graduate students are $2,100.





















For more information on how your organization can become a Preferred Internship Site, please email Molly Cox to schedule an appointment.


AHSA Officers


Noe A. Alaniz, Jr. (Undergrad, History)

VP of Special Events:

Michele Olivarez
(Grad, MPA)

VP of Public Relations:

Amy Harwell
(Undergrad, Communications)

VP of Development:

Llyas Salahud-Din
(Grad, MPA)

VP of Human Resources:

Vanessa Rodriguez
(Grad, MPA)

Chief Financial Officer:

Lauren Stangoni
(Pending Graduate, Psychology)

AHMI Student Representative:
Luis Tienda, Jr.
(Undergrad, Business)


Want Your AH Certification?

Are you a current UTSA student?

Have you completed our Nonprofit Management Program?

UTSA AH is now certifying undergraduates, graduate students, and nonprofit professionals.

For more information on how you can get your national certification in nonprofit management and leadership, contact Molly Cox at or click here for more information.


Quick Links

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Nonprofit Management Program

Nonprofit Initiatives

"Through the AH program I feel even more secure in my decision to be a nonprofit professional, serving as a disability advocate and fundraiser. The professional development provided by the program to the benefit of my eventual, professional career is invaluable."
-- Jacob Bunch,
2008 Graduate


AHMI 2010

Our fundraising efforts for AHMI 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona have been incredibly successful!  Indeed, this year we raised nearly $12,000 - the most EVER raised for AHMI attendance.


This year, 16 students - 4 graduate and 12 undergraduate - will attend.


AHMI is the capstone educational experience for AH Students, whereupon national nonprofit leaders present issues pertinent to professional leadership and engage participants through workshops, dialogues, forums, and case studies. 

Attendance at AHMI is required for AH certification.  Each student must pay approximately $800 for attendance. This includes: registration, airfare, and hotel.

Please email to find out how you or your organization can help OR simply mail checks made payable to UTSA to American Humanics, 501 W. Durango Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78207.  Please designate "American Humanics" in the memo line.


AHMI 2009 group photo
UTSA AH Students at AHMI 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana
with Keynote Speaker, Robert Egger


Michele Olivarez receives NextGen Scholarship


AHSA POTLUCKMichele Olivarez is the most recent UTSA AH student to receive the NextGen Scholarship from AH National.  This competitive scholarship provides a $4,500 stipend for students working on their required 300-hour internship within a nonprofit organization. 

Michele was recently hired as the part-time Executive Director of Hardberger Park Conservancy.  Congratulations, Michele! She will work her NextGen Internship in Summer 2010.

UTSA AH Students have been very fortunate in receiving these highly competitive scholarships. 
Michele marks the 11th student from UTSA, since the NextGen Scholarship inception in 2007.

For more information on how you can apply for NextGen, email or click here.

NextGen Roundtable - Steven Sano
December 15, 2009: NextGen Roundtable Discussion with NextGen Recipient Steven Sano and representatives from AH and Methodist Healthcare Ministries



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(Navy Blue with white lettering)

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"Certifiable" T-Shirt
(Black with white lettering)

t-shirt certifiable


"Work for Change" Slap Bracelet
(Blue with white lettering)


AHSA T-shirts only
AHSA Slap Bracelets only

Email your order, (include size(s) of t-shirt(s) and quantity), to An invoice will be emailed to you.


Service Projects

October 9, 2009
LEARN from each other AND SERVE San Antonio Summit, in conjunction with the National Learn and Serve Challenge.
This day-long summit stressed the importance of higher education and service to one's community. Special thanks to our partners: City Year, Communities in Schools, Rackspace, and UTSA's P-20 Intiatives. Currently, projects addressing the dropout rate are ongoing in the following high schools: Burbank, Clark, ISA, Jefferson, KIPP, and Roosevelt. For updates and more information, fan us on Facebook or click here for the video.


November 14, 2009
Leadership Academy with KIPP
Approximately 20 students from KIPP participated in leadership and team building exercises with AH Students.

December 6, 2009
AHSA Potluck Picnic in the Plaza
Current and Former AH Students gathered for a potluck in the Center for Policy Studies. Entry in? New, unwrapped toy for Blue Santa or elementary school supplies for Colonies North Elementary Newcomer Classes. Leftover food was delivered to homeless.


December 11, 2009
Mentoring Matters to the Mayor
In partnership with Rackspace, AHSA is mentoring the Principal's Advisory Committee at Ed White Middle School.  22 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students are set to make a difference in their school. We look forward to projects during the Spring Semester!
AH at Ed White


December 18, 2009

Colonies North "Newcomer" Christmas

UTSA MPA and AH Students collected clothing and school supplies for Colonies North Elementary "Newcomer Classes." These classes are made up of refugee children. During the 2009-2010 school year, MPA and AH students are tutoring these students. To see our video, click here.


Spotlight On...

Llyas Salahud-Din


Llyas, modeling the AHSA Development Folder he helped create.

Llyas is the current AHSA Vice President of Development, directly responsible for the annual development plan and strategy of AHSA. He is a former American Humanics NextGen recipient and graduated this month - yes, December 2009 - with his MPA.

Llyas, who was born in Colorado, was raised in the San Antonio foster care system. He mentions that the "Baptist Child and Family Services, where I grew up for 12 years, provided me with  the love, support, guidance, and discipline that helped me overcome adversity as a young man."  He also gives credit to his mother who placed him in foster care, due to his father leaving her with five children to care for. He says, "It would have been impossible to properly raise all of us and work 40 hours a week." 


Llyas believes that his mother made a wise decision and is grateful that she always called and visited him and his siblings.  He thanks his mother for instilling in him the importance of giving. Even though his family did not have much, he would watch as his mother gave the little that she had to others, which has made him a natural-born "giver". 

Llyas doesn't recall exactly when he started volunteering, but one of the most influential volunteer experiences of his life is a memory he won't forget. He left to study abroad in Costa Rica after the death of his mother, and while abroad he was able to travel to the border of Nicaragua and Panama. There, he discovered how blessed he was when he looked into the eyes of orphaned children begging and working one the streets.  "It was the type of experience that most North Americans don't see on a daily basis," he said. Llyas, feels that it was this experience that helped him find his calling in life, and he vowed to be a public servant in an effort to make a difference in the world and his community. He knew, however, in order to become a future nonprofit leader he would have to immerse myself in the nonprofit culture. 


When he returned to the United States, he enrolled in graduate school and immediately joined American Humanics (AH). For the past three years, Llyas has immersed himself in the nonprofit culture and has taken advantage of three internships in an effort to gain a diverse knowledge of nonprofit management.  He has interned with San Antonio Area Foundation, United Way, and Bridges Across Borders. 


Currently, Llyas is the Member Chair for Rotary International (Sunset Chapter), and he sits on the grants committee for The Paisano Education Trust. Llyas is also fluent in Spanish and has extensive volunteer experience with Red Cross (Costa Rica), Baptist Children's Home Ministries, and Salvation Army.  He is also a current mentor for Ed White Middle School.

With the completion of his Masters in Public Administration, with a concentration in non-profit management, Llyas is excited about starting a new chapter in his life. He is inspired, passionate, and eager to make a difference in the world. 


While sad to see him leave the student association, we are certain Llyas will make a significant impact in the world! 

Current Nonprofit Job Openings & Internships:

NextGen Scholarship
American Humanics, underwritten by a generous grant from The W.K. Kellogg Foundation
For internships starting during the Summer or Fall 2010 semesters, applications must be reviewed by AH CED and submitted by February 16, 2010. For more information, click here.

Chief Financial Officer
Humane Society of SPCA of Bexar County
Responsible for all financial and fiscal management aspects of agency operations. Provide accounting and budgeting for the Humane Society of San Antonio and work as a member of the management team. Knowledge of finance, accounting, and Quickbooks needed. For more information, click here.

March of Dimes, San Antonio
Fundraising Director
Lead the coordination and implementation of existing Signature Chefs fundraising event.   Work with Division Director to recruit new companies and donors to secure year-over-year sponsorship as well as new sponsorship.  Work with current volunteers and seek to recruit new volunteers to support cost-effective fundraising throughout the division. Work in collaboration with the Division Director in cultivating donors for the Division's Annual Giving Program. For more information, click here.

Koch Associate Program
Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, Washington D.C.
This program is a challenging job opportunity for professionals who are passionate about free-market ideas, and want to become more effective at advancing liberty throughout their careers.  This year-long, competitively paid program based in Washington, D.C. offers each Associate the opportunity to work full-time at a think tank, policy organization, or other nonprofit organization, while also learning and applying Market-Based Management in the nonprofit sector.  Applications due by March 1, 2010.
For more information or to apply:


AH Student Conferences/Presentations:

San Antonio Youth Summit: Call for Presentations
Conference: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
Presentation Information Submitted By: January 29, 2010
The Youth Summit is for 8th graders to high school students. Educational Session Categories include: Teen Pregnancy, Drugs/Alcohol, Scholarships, Eating Healthy, Stress Management, ACT/SAT Preparation, Texting and Driving Laws, Social Networking-Do's and Dont's, Gang Violence, Community Service/Mentoring Programs, Education Options, and Financial Literacy.  Interested presenters, please email to discuss.

Mr. & Mrs. UTSA 2010-AHSA
Nominations Due By: January 20, 2010 to
Nominees must be full-time UTSA students, with a minimum of 24 semester hours completed if undergraduates or 7 semester hours completed if in graduate school, have a minimum UTSA GPA of 2.75, and have a strong affinity for UTSA spirit, tradition and pride. AHSA nominees must be "actively seeking certification" and be a current member of AHSA.  Reigning Mr. & Mrs. UTSA participate in all Homecoming events and make appearances on campus and in the community.


About American Humanics 

American Humanics is a national alliance of colleges, universities and nonprofits dedicated to educating, preparing and certifying professionals to strengthen and lead nonprofit organizations.

The American Humanics Student Association (AHSA) at UTSA is an organization dedicated to providing its membership with cultural and social co-curricular opportunities with the intent of enriching the students' professional leadership potential in the field of nonprofit management and leadership in conjunction with American Humanics, Inc. and The University of Texas at San Antonio.

American Humanics
501 W. Durango Blvd.
San Antonio, Texas 78207
(210) 458-2691



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