P16Plus Welcomes Coda Rayo-Garza

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P16Plus Welcomes Coda Rayo-Garza

Coda moved to San Antonio after earning her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from Texas State University. She earned her Master of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She began teaching Federal, State and Local government at Northeast Lakeview College shortly after graduation. Coda has worked for […]

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P16Plus Welcomes Jeremiah Rivera

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P16Plus Welcomes Jeremiah Rivera

Jeremiah Rivera will be the new Project Coordinator for My Brother’s Keeper San Antonio. Jeremiah Rivera previously served as an AmeriCorps VISTA as the SAReads Book Bank manager.  Prior to that, he worked for the State of Michigan as a lead on the Michigan Dashboards website and the State of Michigan’s internal crowdsourcing social network […]

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College Signing Day Brings Over 1,000 High School Seniors Together to Celebrate College Plans

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College Signing Day Brings Over 1,000 High School Seniors Together to Celebrate College Plans

Friday, May 6th was College Signing Day, one of the most exciting and fun days for those involved in college access.  Over 1,100 students from 38 high schools across the city had an opportunity to meet future classmates in a 2-hour, high-energy event emceed by SA2020’s Molly Cox and Russel Rush of Mix 96.1.  Seated by the college they […]

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Diplomás Partner ISDs Participate in the StriveTogether Network’s FAFSA Completion Initiative

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Diplomás Partner ISDs Participate in the StriveTogether Network’s FAFSA Completion Initiative

During the month of April, the five Diplomás partner ISDs participated in the StriveTogether Network’s FAFSA Completion Initiative. Districts were eligible to receive up to $1,000 to reimburse them for expenses associated with their efforts to increase the number of seniors completing the FAFSA between April 1 and April 30.

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Diplomás Hosts 2nd Annual Policy Summit

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Diplomás Hosts 2nd Annual Policy Summit

On April 8, 2016, Diplomás held its second annual Policy Summit at the UTSA downtown campus. The event focused on policy issues related to postsecondary readiness, access and attainment for San Antonio’s Latino Students. 

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What's Working

“San Antonio is Our Classroom” is a program under P16Plus Council of Greater Bexar County that highlights affordable, educational resources available to parents and students. On the “San Antonio is Our Classroom” web page, caregivers can find educational programs and activities that contribute to the exploration and discovery of a child’s academic development. This resource will aid families in ensuring that their children are better prepared and inspired to achieve success.

If you’re an organization or you have a program that aligns with “San Antonio Is Our Classroom,” please email: Barbara.stevens@p16plus.org

  • SA Is Our Classroom Reaches for the Stars!

    Terrell Hills Elementary enjoys Scobee Planetarium

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  • Positive Feedback for SA Is Our Classroom

    Attendees provide insights to program

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The P16Plus Council of Greater Bexar County and various city leaders and partners from our school districts and nonprofits celebrated the third annual national Attendance Awareness Month in September 2015. Since the launch, we have partnered with various partner organizations, like City Year and Community in Schools. During 2014-2015 school year, P16Plus partnered with San Antonio ISD and Harlandale ISD to increase overall attendance and decrease the number of chronically absent students. Chronically absent students have missed over 10% of the school year and are at higher risk for not reading on grade level and dropping out. With the support of the City of San Antonio and the Nancy Smith Hurd Foundation, 72% of students demonstrated improvement in attendance. 44% of students drastically increased their attendance, so they were no longer chronically absent. This translated to over $1.3 million dollars saved by the districts in ADA funding.

P16Plus continues to communicate the importance of attendance in Pre-K through 12th grade and is working with schools and nonprofit organizations to focus on improving attendance habits for chronic non-attending students through the 2015-2016 school year. For more information, please contact coda.garza@p16plus.org

For SA Kids Attend to Win Resources, Click on the link below: http://www.p16plus.org/resources/sa-kids-attend-to-win/

  • Back to School, Every Day!

    San Antonio Kids Attend to Win! The San Antonio community is gearing up for the 2015-2016 school year to begin! As parents and teachers begin to buy school supplies, and students start picking out their first day of school outfits, schools and partner organizations are turning their focus towards attendance.

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  • Success for SAISD & SA Kids Attend To Win

    Positive Results Achieved in All Participating Campuses

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  • SA Kids Attend to Win & Harlandale ISD

    Wii did it!!

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Our mission is to provide an outlet for high school students to express their voice through the outlets of advocacy, community service, and social media.

The San Antonio Youth Commission is comprised of 22 high school youth leaders, two members from each City Council District and two Mayoral appointees. Each appointee is selected for a two-year term and is vetted through the City of San Antonio’s Board and Commission process. The Youth Commission meets monthly to plan events and programs that give a voice to the concerns of San Antonio’s youth.

SAYC is a unique organization redefining the shape of student leadership in our city. Students are the primary catalysts for change within this group, and see great impact made from their vision and the wherewithal to take on big challenges. They are given the tools to establish sustainable programs and foster imaginative initiatives throughout the school year, supporting their fellow students, schools, and the community at large. They are committed to serving with professional communication, compassionate action, and selfless service in order to truly follow a model of servant leadership.

We are the future, leading the future.

Each year, the San Antonio Youth Commission members volunteer with several community-based organizations to experience the issues facing our city and be an active part of the solution. In the past they have joined with the Elf Louise Christmas Project doing Christmas deliveries, as well Destination College, a city-wide week dedicated to creating a visible college-going presence, involving students in actively achieving their college dreams.

This year we have joined with the ranks of some of SA’s top leadership in brand-new partnerships, including with café commerce, SaySi, TEDxYouthSanAntonio, and Student Aid San Antonio, an initiative sponsored by the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and Firstmark Credit Union. The newest commissioners have also done a stellar job of involving our City Council members, inviting them out to commission-based events, and even making a visit to City Hall for a day in the life of a Council member. With poise and confidence these young leaders are paving a path for their peers to speak up and have their voice heard as viable and powerful leaders for the positive growth of communities everywhere.

To learn more about the San Antonio Youth Commission please email Fatema.Basrai@P16Plus.org or call at (210) 871-3649.

  • Student Leaders Ignite Inaugural TEDxYouth@SanAntonio

    Over a year ago, TEDxSanAntonio licensee Susan Price approached the San Antonio Youth Commission (SAYC) with the proposition to lead a viewing party for the national TEDxYouth 2014. It was an inspiring day, as about 50 students from across the city gathered at Say Si to watch the livestream of the event, and facilitate discussions on their own – See more at: http://www.p16plus.org/education-news/student-leaders-ignite-inaugural-tedxyouthsanantonio/#sthash.skQVIYPv.dpuf

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  • San Antonio Youth Day of Service 2015

    San Antonio Youth Commission Shines

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  • GenTX SA joins with Miss Fiesta for Training

    College Means Opportunity Leadership Training 2015

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What is Generation TX San Antonio?

The mission of Generation TX San Antonio (GenTX SA) is to create a college-going and career-ready culture in San Antonio in one generation.

What is a GenTXpert?
• A soldier on the ground for promoting the efforts of GenTX SA
• A professional communicator responsible for upkeep of social media page
• A dynamic creator and utilizer of different mediums (videos, flyers, events) that help promote college and career readiness

What does a GenTXpert do?

GenTXperts lead a team of dedicated high school students in monthly meetings to discuss what College & Career Readiness events are important to promote in the upcoming month. By creating a social media calendar each month, the GenTXperts are able to amplify their message across multiple social media platforms and open the door for hundreds of more students. Thousands of students will receive the benefit of every scholarship posting, college-representative visit, and college-going opportunity that is posted through Generation TX San Antonio’s social media pages.

GenTXperts are also responsible for igniting a spirit of passion and dedication towards the college-going path by creating energetic events surrounding the college message through pep rallies, spirit days, and leadership events.
Our Work

Currently we have a team of 100 students that represent 10 area high schools throughout San Antonio. Each group works closely with the San Antonio Youth Commission and the Trinity University College Advising Corps who adds vital support in collaboration and organization.

Already in the 2015-2016 school year we have helped lead the second Voice of the Youth Leadership Training at the Teen Library in the San Antonio Public Library, where we saw over 30 students and several key leaders from San Antonio’s business, communications, political, and musical community come together to share the message of professional development, compassionate action, and selfless service in the workplace. Members of the group also participated in the first ever live TEDxYouth@SanAntonio speaker event, hosted at the dynamic interactive space of the DoSeum, where over 200 students, parents, and leaders joined together to celebrate the power of our young people. Currently, we are working to create opportunities for seniors to prepare for their higher education.

To learn more about the Generation TX San Antonio please email Fatema.Basrai@P16Plus.org or call at (210) 871-3649.

  • GenTX SA joins with Miss Fiesta for Training

    College Means Opportunity Leadership Training 2015

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Diplomás is a collective impact effort uniting 16 cross-sector partners to increase the college attainment of San Antonio’s Latino students. The P16Plus Council provides backbone support and data analysis to the project to drive progress on strategic initiatives designed to improve college readiness, access, persistence and attainment for Latino students...

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P16Plus is dedicated to improving educational outcomes for students from cradle to career. One of our focuses is in the area of College and Career Readiness, where we aim to prepare students for post-secondary education and workforce opportunities. Our initiatives are critical because by 2018, 63% of our jobs will require post-secondary education, yet less than 50% of graduating high school seniors enroll in college following graduation. The San Antonio Youth Commission is a group of city-council appointed youth whose mission is to provide an outlet for the youth to share their voice through advocacy, community service, and social media. They team up with Generation TX San Antonio, a student-led program designed to make SA a college-going and career-ready culture in one generation. We also collaborate with Education Service Center 20 in order to spread the word on House Bill 5 and new statewide graduation requirements, preparing our students for jobs in the workforce.

  • My Brother’s Keeper Moves Forward in SA

    Photo courtesy of Edmond Ortiz, Rivard Report

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  • SAT/ACT Participation Rate Is Up

    Community Impact Report Card reveals good news!

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  • ON BOARD: Destination College 2015

    From College-Town to College-Going City!!

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Education News

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    P16Plus Welcomes Coda Rayo-Garza

    Coda moved to San Antonio after earning her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from Texas State University. She earned her Master of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She began teaching Federal, State and Local government at Northeast Lakeview College shortly after graduation. Coda has worked for the Office of Councilman Ron Nirenberg as his Director of Zoning and Planning, as well as the Office of Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales as her Director of Policy and Zoning. She is excited to continue to work with the community and join the mission to improve educational success in school, college and career. View Story

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    P16Plus Welcomes Jeremiah Rivera

    Jeremiah Rivera will be the new Project Coordinator for My Brother’s Keeper San Antonio.

    Jeremiah Rivera previously served as an AmeriCorps VISTA as the SAReads Book Bank manager.  Prior to that, he worked for the State of Michigan as a lead on the Michigan Dashboards website and the State of Michigan’s internal crowdsourcing social network Bureaucracy Busters.  View Story

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    College Signing Day Brings Over 1,000 High School Seniors Together to Celebrate College Plans

    Friday, May 6th was College Signing Day, one of the most exciting and fun days for those involved in college access.  Over 1,100 students from 38 high schools across the city had an opportunity to meet future classmates in a 2-hour, high-energy event emceed by SA2020’s Molly Cox and Russel Rush of Mix 96.1.  Seated by the college they will attend, students experienced the school spirit and pride they will come to know so deeply over the next four years. View Story

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    Diplomás Partner ISDs Participate in the StriveTogether Network’s FAFSA Completion Initiative

    During the month of April, the five Diplomás partner ISDs participated in the StriveTogether Network’s FAFSA Completion Initiative. Districts were eligible to receive up to $1,000 to reimburse them for expenses associated with their efforts to increase the number of seniors completing the FAFSA between April 1 and April 30. View Story

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    Diplomás Hosts 2nd Annual Policy Summit

    On April 8, 2016, Diplomás held its second annual Policy Summit at the UTSA downtown campus. The event focused on policy issues related to postsecondary readiness, access and attainment for San Antonio’s Latino Students.  View Story