Donate today for alum’s Books to Incarcerated Youth project


Dieter Cantu, who received his bachelor's degree in public administration, is helping troubled teens succeed by providing books to youth across Texas as a way to improve their literacy and reduce the rate of recidivism.  

The College of Public Policy has collaborated with the Terry Scholars Program to give toward the project.  You can help by donating books to the UTSA College of Public Policy, located at the Downtown Campus, 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., Durango Bldg.  Room 4.110.  You can also drop books off in any of the collection bins placed on the 1604 campus.  

Two large barrels labeled Books to Incarcerated Youth Donation Box are located in the Commons area near Starbucks of the Frio St. Bldg.  One is located on the 4th floor of the Durango Bldg. across from the elevator at the Downtown Campus.  Other boxes will be placed throughout 1604 campus with signage.  To see the types of books Dieter needs, you can visit his website Books to Incarcerated Youth or read below.  Donations stations will remain in effect until the end of the fall semester.

For the full story on Cantu's project, watch the video on News 4 San Antonio. 

What type of books are we seeking?

Language Books
ESL-English as a Second Language
Trade Skills (Welding, Plumbing, HVAC, etc)
Test Prep Books -GED, SAT
Law Books
African American Studies
Latino Studies
Psychology and Self Help Books on social movements and autobiographies
Business. Books About Running or Starting a Business.
Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Thesauruses
Instructional Art. Tattoo Art.
Career Choice Books
Academic Journals

Books we don't need

Hardback fiction
Romance novels
Books that contain nudity
Children's picture books
Magazines Books with written notes or highlighting
Out-of-date texts or reference books
Any books that are very old or in poor condition
Missing pages or cover Spiral or comb bound