After attending the University of Texas at San Antonio on a volleyball scholarship, Kym worked for years as a personal trainer before founding her own gym.
In 2008, she converted that gym to a now-nationally recognized wellness-center for senior citizens. In addition to serving as chief executor of the Rapier Family Foundation, she also founded her own non-profit organization, Kym’s Kids. The concept started with a dream Kym had about helping students earn college scholarships through community service. That dream became Kym’s Kids.
Kym’s generosity literally knows no bounds. She has been known to increase the amount of a gift on-the-spot. With a big smile on her face she crosses out the amount on the check and replaces it with a number twice as large.
I was born and raised in San Antonio. I am one of six siblings. Being one of six teaches you a lot about life’s challenges and a lot about competition too, which is one of my strongest skills.
In addition to my passion for working with middle and high school students; I also have a passion and love of working with the elderly.
A personal success of mine is working with our students to support them in earning a scholarship through their volunteer efforts in the community.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, running and working on my yard.
I’m from Mexico (Monterrey). I came here when I was 15 years old and started learning English as a second language when I was in high school. This was a big challenge for me. It was difficult being a Spanish speaker, but I embraced the challenge and learned English in only three years in high school. I graduated in the top ten of my high school class.
I am thankful for my mom for bringing me here for more opportunities and a better education.
Kym’s Kids gives me the opportunity to do volunteer work and help students so they can go to college and have a better Education too.
I learned there’s no obstacle in this life that’s insurmountable. You just need to find a way to overcome it! As the people at Nike say- “Just Do It!”
I am a graduate from the first class of Kym’s Kids, and I knew from the very first volunteer event that this program was more than just a scholarship, we were improving our lives while improving the lives of our community. I am a graduate from The University of Texas at san Antonio where I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with a minor in Nonprofit Management, along with a certification in Nonprofit Social Media Communications from the University of the Incarnate Word.
I live by the rule “be the person you needed when you were a child”, and I hope that I can fulfil that purpose by providing guidance to each student in this program. I am passionate about creating a community for our amazing students that will develop their hearts and minds for public service, and help them see their fellow volunteers as a support system during their path to higher education.
Having a daughter who will one day be volunteering alongside me and be educated in this city, encourages me to give San Antonio a stronger foundation for her to build on and grow in.
I was in the first graduating class of Kym’s Kids, and the program opened my eyes to a whole new world of communities that I never knew heavily relied on the generosity of volunteers. My two passions are getting our youth excited and prepared for both higher education and volunteering, and the Kym’s Kids family allows me to fulfill both passions.
I graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a double major in Communication and Public Administration with a minor in Nonprofit Management. I am currently attending The University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley for my Master of Public Affairs. I am also working towards my facilitator certification to volunteer with college students in other countries to bridge the divide in cross-cultural communication, one of the many new areas I have seen a need for volunteerism through this program.
My daughter is reason that I strive to leave a positive mark on the community and encourage others to do the same, so that she, and our next generation, will grow up in a better world and contribute to the change.
My name is Ashley Mata, I am a Junior at The University of Texas at San Antonio and a student in the Kym’s Kids Post Graduate Program.
Before I started Kym’s Kids I wasn’t involved in community service and did not acknowledge that there were people I could help in my community. One day one of my favorite teachers in middle school said she signed me up for a scholarship program. I was thrilled that my teacher thought of me as a good fit. From then on, Kym’s kids has been a big part of my life.
I discovered that I have a servant’s heart and enjoy being a role model for the younger generation.
I look forward to serving as a mentor and positive role model for all of our amazing students.
I was born and raised in San Antonio and I am the youngest of three. I graduated from Travis Early College High School and now I attend the University of Texas at San Antonio to pursue a Bachelor’s in Business while in the Kym’s Kids Post Graduate Program.
When I am not at school I love catching up on movies and my TV shows, especially the Office. I love making new adventures whether it is going to concerts, traveling, or just at home. Being from San Antonio I love my Spurs so when there’s a chance I don’t hesitate to go see them.
Kym’s Kids has opened many opportunities for me and I’m glad that many students are taking responsibility in receiving scholarships for college. I look forward to being a mentor and I’ll be here through your journey to a successful future.
I’ve been in Kym’s Kids since my sophomore year in high school. I am now a sophomore in college and I still consider the program to be a big part of my life. Without scholarships I wouldn’t have been able to go to college.