Our Mission & Vision


Mission Statement

To provide LGBTQ+ homeless young adults with a safe and supportive environment to facilitate their empowerment toward transforming their lives.


Vision Statement

To create an equitable community where all LGBTQ+ young adults can flourish.

Our Story

From a young age, Sandra Whitley knew she would live a unique life. At first, it looked like she might become an Olympian.

“For some reason, I was born fast. I was in Junior Olympics and everybody thought I was going to the Olympics,” Whitley said. “Everything was looking good.”

Then in an instant, things changed: Whitley was caught kissing girls.

“That didn’t go over too well,” she said. “The school district actually tried to get me kicked out of school indefinitely, and my parents ended up putting me in a mental institution.”

Meet Our Team


Jenny Hixton

Founder & Executive Director


Greg Casillas

Assistant Director


Nicole Cornevin

Director of Case Management

Meet Our Board of

Thrive Youth Center, Inc. Board of

Directors Biographies

Our Youth

Thrive Youth Center in San Antonio

Support and encouragement is provided to all LGBTQ+ young adults experiencing homelessness, where they can transform their lives to flourish and Thrive.

Partner organizations

Corporate & business supporters