Archive for 2015

Seeking part-time project Coordinator for the Diplomás Project

Seeking part-time project Coordinator for the Diplomás Project

P16Plus is looking for part-time project Coordinator for the Diplomás Project. The Diplomás Project is a collective impact effort to improve college attainment for Latino students in San Antonio. View Story

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    Student Leaders Ignite Inaugural TEDxYouth@SanAntonio

    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.  Yet it was merely the seedling of the robust gathering that occurred a year later, for the first ever TEDxYouth@SanAntonio live-speaker event.  View Story

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    Sabrina Cortez Joins P16Plus as Project Coordinator

    Sabrina Cortez has joined the P16Plus family as the Project Coordinator. She will be supporting the SA Kids Attend to Win initiative for the 2015-2016 school year. She is also a part-time Assistant to the European Study Center Office on the University of the Incarnate Word campus. View Story

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    College Application Week Demonstrates Power of Collaboration

    All hands were on deck as leaders from San Antonio’s higher education institutions and high schools gathered together to celebrate College Application Week (November 16-20), an initiative sponsored by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to encourage students to apply to college.  Initiatives like this are supporting the THECB’s 60×30 campaign, which calls for approximately 60 percent of Texas’ 25-34 year-old workforce to hold a postsecondary credential. View Story

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    SA Kids Attend to Win

    On September 18, P16Plus hosted the third annual SA Kids Attend to Win Kick Off and Summit. With the outstanding results of the 2014-2015 school year, P16Plus and partners continue to demonstrate that transformational change is possible. Strong partnership and collaboration are critical to ensuring that the mission of SA Kids Attend to Win is fulfilled and continues to expand the number of students impacted by positive interventions to improve attendance. View Story

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    New Team Member Spotlight

    Elizabeth Spiegel officially joins P16Plus staff this month after contributing to the work of the data team for the last few months. Her demonstrated skills with data visualization and data analysis make her a welcome addition. View Story

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    SA Kids Attend to Win Kick Off & Expansion to Southwest ISD

    On September 18th, P16Plus and partners hosted their third annual SA Kids Attend to Win Kick Off and Summit to promote the initiative to increase attendance. This school year, SA Kids Attend to Win is expanding to another district, Southwest Independent School District, in addition to the existing partnerships with San Antonio Independent School District and Harlandale Independent School District. View Story

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    P16Plus is the New Home for the Diplomás Project


    The Diplomás Project is a collective impact effort working to improve college attainment rates for Latino students. On October 1, P16Plus assumed the role of “backbone” organization for the project, providing facilitation and strategic direction for the project in addition to the data analysis and support that P16Plus has provided to the project in recent years.  The San Antonio Education Partnership launched the project in 2011 with funding from the Lumina Foundation and remains a partner in this collaborative effort. View Story

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    My Brother’s Keeper, a challenge Mayor Ivy R. Taylor accepted from President Obama, moves forward after the steering committee met on September 16th at cafécollege to discuss a plan of action and set targets that will address issues facing both boys and young men of color in San Antonio.

    Dedicated to improving opportunity gaps, the steering committee – which includes a high school committee, reducing violence committee, workforce development committee and post-secondary committee – drafted a strategic plan with established long-term goals. View Story

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    P16Plus Welcomes 3 New Board Members

    P16Plus is pleased to welcome three newly appointed members to our Board of Directors: Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Mason, President of A&M University- San Antonio, Dr. Danny J. Anderson, President of Trinity University, and Mr. Pedro Martinez, Superintendent of San Antonio Independent School District. These experienced and passionate leaders join the P16Plus Board of Directors that serve a critical role in leading and directing efforts to ensure every child dramatically improves their educational success from cradle to career. View Story

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    Youth Commission Lays a New Foundation

    Setting out for the new school year ready to face any obstacle, the San Antonio Youth Commission (SAYC) took to Enchanted Rock State Park on August 22nd, 2015, ready to connect with fellow peers and build a solid foundation. View Story

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    Externships for Teachers

    A STEM Teacher Professional Development Project

    This summer, 105 math and science teachers representing 61 middle and high school campuses in San Antonio attended the Alamo STEM Workforce Coalition (ASWC) Professional Development (PD) Sessions. ASWC is comprised of the following organizations: View Story

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    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. View Story

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    Southwest ISD is Becoming College-Ready!

    Southwest Independent School District is working hard to create a college-going culture, and made great success in the 2014-2015 school year. With the assistance of an advisor from Trinity University College Advising Corps, Nhu Hoang, hundreds of students at Southwest High School submitted college applications, completed the FAFSA, and applied for scholarships. Southwest has used a number of strategies to increase applications, including incentives, teacher involvement, and peer influence. View Story

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    Success for SAISD & SA Kids Attend To Win

    Results are in, and SA Kids Attend To Win for the San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) has been incredibly successful! At the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year, there were 1,424 chronically absent students across 20 campuses within SAISD. By the end of the year, 77% or 1,097 of those students showed improvement and 44% or 620 of those students were no longer chronically absent. View Story

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    My Brother’s Keeper Moves Forward in SA

    My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative created by the Obama Administration to help boys and young men of color, took a big step forward in San Antonio on July 9th. In collaboration with other organizations dedicated to serving the needs of this population, the P16Plus Council joined in hosting a forum at Sam Houston High School Auditorium. Through this event, the collaborative hoped to raise awareness about My Brother’s Keeper-San Antonio and educate the attendees about the need for this initiative and the importance of community support for its success. View Story

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    Welcome, Sharon Lacey!

    Our Summer Ambassador, Sharon Lacey

    Sharon Lacey joins P16Plus under the auspices of the City of San Antonio Human Services Department’s Summer Ambassador Program.  P16Plus has worked closely with this program for several years, and we are grateful for their generous support of our work.  View Story

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    Prevent Summer Slide!

    Get ready for summer! Below is a listing of great summer programs to keep your kids engaged.  You’ll find a variety of age-appropriate programs that are are theme-based. Get kids excited about art, sports, science, theater, reading, math and more! View Story

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    SAT/ACT Participation Rate Is Up

    Our 2014 Community Impact Report Card (CIRC) reveals that as a whole, Bexar County ISDs have surpassed the state in the rate at which students take college entrance exams (SAT/ACT). For example, Harlandale Independent School District (Harlandale ISD) doubled its SAT/ACT participation rate increasing to 98% from 50% the previous year.  View Story

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    SA Kids Attend to Win & Harlandale ISD

    In 2014, P16Plus Council of Greater Bexar County was awarded a grant from the Nancy Smith Hurd Foundation to support the SA Kids Attend to Win Initiative in Harlandale Independent School District (Harlandale ISD) with the goal of lowering the rate of chronic absenteeism across the district. View Story

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    Who is ReadyRosie?

    ReadyRosie is a digital parent engagement tool that sends 1-2-minute videos to registered users via email and can be accessed from any desktop computer or mobile device.The literacy- and numeracy-based content, available in English and Spanish, gives families, caregivers and educators access to resources they need to help children prepare for Kindergarten. View Story

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    SA Is Our Classroom Reaches for the Stars!

    On Saturday, May 16th the, “San Antonio Is Our Classroom,” Initiative continued its mission to lead parents and caregivers to affordable educational resources within the city by hosting a day of out-of-this-world curriculum at San Antonio College’s Scobee Education Center. The event was well attended by students, siblings, and parents from North East Independent School District’s East Terrell Hills Elementary, 2nd grade classes. In total, 130 participants, (54 students, 58 adults and 18 siblings) enjoyed the activity filled day.  View Story

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    ON BOARD: Destination College 2015

    Destination College 2015- Great Success

    Destination College kicked off at San Antonio’s Downtown Central Library on Monday, April 27, 2015 with over 100 students and community partners in attendance.

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    San Antonio Youth Day of Service 2015

    In the spirit of compassion from a youth-driven source, over 50 high school students from across San Antonio gathered together May 9, 2015 in bright yellow T-shirts that read “Dedicated to serving and committed to leading”. View Story

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    House Bill 5: Communicating the New Graduation Plan

    House Bill 5 is the formal legislation passed by Congress in the state of Texas that is aimed at creating greater flexibility for high school students, while laying a foundation for alignment with higher education and workforce needs. This is done through the adjusting of high school graduation requirements. View Story

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    Volunteer Spotlight- Carole Wright

    As the backbone organization that leads a number of education initiatives in San Antonio; P16Plus Council of Greater Bexar County relies heavily on volunteer support. One shining example of volunteerism is Carole Wright. View Story

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    GenTX SA joins with Miss Fiesta for Training

    High-school student leaders from across San Antonio joined Miss Fiesta Alixzandra Peña at café commerce on April 4th, 2015, alongside students and faculty from the University of the Incarnate Word, as well as District 3 State Board of Education member Marisa B. Perez. View Story

    Get ready to show your college spirit!

    Tuesday, April 1, 2015- San Antonio is gearing up for a week-long celebration of the educational dreams of our students with Destination College Week from April 27th–May 1st. Our aim is to inspire young people to attend college and to prepare teenagers for career paths after college. View Story

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    College Enrollment Data Moment

    The rate at which Bexar County ISD graduates enroll in college immediately after graduation is declining steadily. For the high school graduating class of 2012, 47 percent enrolled in college, compared to the state average of 57 percent. To help close the gap, P16Plus has teamed up with partners to organize Destination College, a campaign to increase college enrollment and completion in Bexar County. View Story

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    Project Coordinator Spotlight: Angela Chen

    A veteran of the project coordinators at P16Plus, Angela Chen has been a dedicated member of the team since October 2013, when she came to us as a junior at Trinity University. When she began, Angela worked on getting our Opportunity Youth initiatives off the ground, as well as playing a vital role in supporting the development of SA Kids Attend To Win. View Story

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    SA Kids Winning in Harlandale ISD!

    P16Plus Council of Greater Bexar County is continuing the SA Kids Attend to Win program to intervene when students as young as kindergarten start missing school.

    The initiative is based on the idea that students who are chronically absent in the early grades are far more likely to drop out in high school, and students who develop good attendance skills early will be more likely to finish high school. SA Kids Attend to Win is already showing great results at Harlandale ISD. View Story

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    Destination College: Get Packing!

    Destination College is San Antonio’s city-wide college celebration April 27th- May 1st, 2015.

    Now in its fifth year, Destination College encourages students of all ages to pursue higher education. Sponsored by the City of San Antonio, the week includes both in-school and out-of-school public events coordinated with over twenty community partners. View Story

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    My Brother’s Keeper San Antonio

    My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) is a community challenge started by President Obama encouraging city leaders, including San Antonio Mayor Ivy R. Taylor, to implement a coherent life-impact strategy. This national initiative is designed to help boys and men of color, including African American, Hispanic, Native American, and all non-white males reach their full potential regardless of life’s circumstances.
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    HB5 Pathway Resources

    Teachers, Counselors, and parents are free to access resources that include career pathways with salaries, generic announcements for classroom and hallway posting, as well as a map that demonstrates HB5 the pathway for students from start to finish. Feel free download: View Story

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    Positive Feedback for SA Is Our Classroom


    San Antonio is Our Classroom is in full swing in February 2015, with the most recent gathering on February 8th at the San Antonio Children’s Museum. View Story

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    Mayor Taylor Leads Workforce Summit

    On Tuesday, County Judge Nelson Wolff and I hosted a workforce development summit with nearly 150 leaders in the community.  We heard from a number of industries and organizations that have built strong partnerships to improve our skilled workforce, and we renewed our commitment to collaborative, public-private strategies to improve our economic competitiveness. View Story

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    HB5 Family & Parent Engagement Symposium

    In an effort to expose a greater number of parents to the important legislation on graduation requirements, known as House Bill 5, P16Plus teamed up with Region 20  to provide materials and interactive engagement surrounding how to inform their kids and get them prepared. View Story

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    Can I get a F-A-F-S-A!

    The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is officially out and ready to be completed by SA’s college-bound.

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    GO, SAYC, GO!

    In partnership with Spurs Sports and Entertainment, the San Antonio Youth Commission had the privilege to keep Christmas going a little longer as they attended the Rampage hockey game on December 26th.

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    SA Kids Attend to Win going strong in 2015!

    On January 16th, Morrill Elementary School celebrated teachers and staff members for their hard work towards increasing attendance. Todd Voges, Morrill principal, administrative staff, and P16Plus staff served a homemade breakfast to faculty. View Story

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    House Bill 5: Communicating the Plan

    We are excited to be teaming up with Region 20 to communicate the message on our new graduation requirements. Learn more and find free resources for parents and schools here

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    SASTEMIC is a San Antonio-based 501c3 advocacy group and connectory for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). We are “the go-to organization for STEM in San Antonio.” Our mission is to advance STEM education and economic development to bolster the connections between K-12, college, industry, and government for the San Antonio area. SASTEMIC is home to the Geekbus, FIRST Robotics, CyberPatriot, CodeJam and Tech City USA Radio.

    SASTEMIC Website here