Archive for 2016

Walzem Elementary students learn about science at the Molly Pruitt Library on December 3, 2016

Walzem Elementary students learn about science at the Molly Pruitt Library on December 3, 2016

Walzem Elementary students and family members check out books at the Molly Pruitt Library on December 3, 2016

Walzem Elementary students and family members check out books at the Molly Pruitt Library on December 3, 2016

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    Northwest Vista College Partners with P16Plus

    A group of students from Northwest Vista College’s Advanced Video Production class chose P16Plus as the topic of their final project for the Fall 2016 semester. The students worked with P16plus staff for a month to create a video describing the work that P16Plus does in the community. Their efforts were greatly appreciated!
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    San Antonio Youth Commission Starts the Year Strong

    It’s only October, but the San Antonio Youth Commissioners have been busy planning events and learning about their community. 20 commissioners representing each city council district have been meeting since August to plan outreach efforts and get more connected to their city.
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    GenTXSA Celebrates FAFSA Season

    FAFSA Season has kicked off and some students are ahead of the game!

    GenTXSA has been rewarding students who have completed financial aid forms and college applications with incentives like Garmin VivoFit bands and Speakers.
    These students have shown dedication to their futures beyond high school are thrilled for their next steps!

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    Financial Aid and College Application Phone Bank Reaches Hundreds

    On October 12th, volunteers from school districts, colleges and universities packed the room at Univision to answer questions about financial aid and college applications!

    Volunteers called high school seniors from San Antonio ISD and Harlandale ISD to remind them to complete their FAFSA and visit their campus GO centers. Students and families from all over the Greater Bexar County area also called in to receive valuable financial aid information! We reached over 600 students & families!

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    Data Moment: Pell Funds Left on the Table

    Bexar County students left over $23.3 million of Pell Grant aid on the table by not completing the FAFSA in the 2015-16 school year. P16Plus and our valued partners are actively working to change this number. This number takes into account all high school seniors who did not apply for the FAFSA, and does not include additional aid, such as work study or student loans.

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    San Antonio Kids Attend to Win Kicks off the School Year

    We were thrilled to deliver the first of six grants for attendance efforts!
    Our very first delivery for the $500 dollar grant from the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation went to John Jay High School!
    Assistant Principal Pete Pruneda mentioned using the grant to incentivize and encourage improved attendance by awarding students with snacks and other incentives.

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    Attend to Win initiative expands with addition of NEISD

    Students arrive at Davis Middle School on East Houston Street Friday September 16, 2016. The San Antonio Independent School District has been taking part in the San Antonio Kids Attend to Win initiative and has been successful after three years. SA Kids Attend to Win is an initiative focused on improving daily school attendance to ensure students are kindergarten ready, reading on grade level by third grade, graduate on time and are prepared to succeed in college and career.

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    P16Plus is Hiring a Project Coordinator

    Diplomás Project Coordinator Latino Student Success Initiative

    About Diplomás:
    The Diplomás Project is a collective impact effort to improve college attainment for Latino students in San Antonio. This cross-sector collaborative includes representatives from independent school districts, institutions of higher education, community-based organizations and local chambers of commerce. The project focuses on data-driven interventions and policy advocacy to improve college readiness, access, persistence and attainment among Latinos. View Story

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    Staff Changes: Sarah Sorensen & Gina Amatangelo

    Diplomás Project Coordinator, Sarah Sorensen has been hired as new the Project Manager. Prior to joining the Diplomás Project, Sarah Sorensen worked as an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Public Administration of the University of Texas at San Antonio’s College of Public Policy teaching undergraduate courses in public policy and the nonprofit sector. She relocated to San Antonio in 2014 from Albany, New York where she spent seven years as a Legislative Analyst for Assembly member Deborah J. Glick, Chair of the New York State Assembly’s Higher Education Committee.

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    Upcoming Events

    September 19-20: Texas Education and Workforce Summit, Austin   http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/index.cfm?ObjectID=8D2789BA-F47B-86CC-19FFA2E5B2CD0563

    September 21-22: Excelencia in Education, Celebración de Excelencia and Accelerating Latino Student Success Workshop, Washington DC http://www.edexcelencia.org/2016

    September 24:  ESC-20, Workforce Solutions Alamo, SA Works and the San Antonio Chamber present #CareerFair2016

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    Education Policy Update

    As the Texas State Legislature begins to gear up for the upcoming legislative session, the Senate and House of Representative Higher Education and Public Education committee are holding committee hearings related to their interim charges. Lists of upcoming House and Senate committee meetings can be accessed through the following links:

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    StriveTogether Postsecondary Enrollment Impact and Improvement Network Wraps Up

    In early 2016, Diplomás was selected to participate in the StriveTogether Postsecondary Enrollment Impact and Improvement Network. Diplomás partners and staff, along with representatives from six projects across the country, received coaching, resources, and support from StriveTogether to enhance our work related to FAFSA completion. While participating in the Impact and Improvement Network, Diplomás partner SAISD implemented several FAFSA completion interventions at a test campus, Highlands High School leading to a 10 percent increase in the number of FAFSAs completed over last year. View Story

  • Financial Aid

    Use this guide to get more information about Financial Aid.

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    Excel Beyond the Bell

    In Bexar County, less than 19% of all youth have access to high quality programs outside of school. Our mission is to change that. We firmly believe that every young person should be able to access high quality out-of-school time (OST) programs, no matter where they live or what challenges they and their families they face.

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    San Antonio Kids Attend to Win: A Teacher’s Perspective

    The following is a guest post by Leadership for Educational Equity fellow, Cristina Mendez. Cristina was a summer 2016 fellow at The P16Plus Council of Greater Bexar County.

    Towers of tissue boxes, hundreds of unsharpened pencils, and halls echoing with excited back-to-school chatter, first days of school are always filled with excitement. Through the announcement, the school counselor began the year by sharing how excited she was that students made the commitment to attend school.  At the first morning meeting of my elementary class, we began our attendance tracker enthusiastic to win the trophy for ‘Best Class Attendance’ at the end of the nine weeks.

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    P16Plus Rewards Students for Attendance

    This past June, P16Plus staff had the pleasure of delivering incentives to the Harlandale ISD students who improved the most in attendance.  The student winners improved their attendance by 12% to 52%.  Some of the incentives provided included Beats headphones, Nintendos and GoPros. What a reward to see students feel proud of their own accomplishments!

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    Save the Date for SA Kids Attend to Win Summit

    Please join us for the 4th Annual SA Kids Attend to Win Campaign Kick-Off on September 16th! We’ll have a press conference with a proclamation from the City of San Antonio declaring September Attendance Awareness month. We’ll follow up the press conference with a summit featuring education experts and local student service providers discussing best practices to improve attendance.

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    San Antonio Youth Commission Gives Back

    The final event for the 2015-2016 school year was a service day at Ella Austin Community Center. The commissioners along with area middle school and high school students created a summer learning classroom for the students at Ella Austin and revitalized a community garden on the premise. With the help of the volunteers, hundreds of students at Ella Austin were able to have fresh produce and a place to learn during the summer.

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    P16Plus Welcomes Sarah Sorensen

    Prior to joining the Diplomás Project, Sarah Sorensen worked as an adjunct lecturer in the Department Public Administration of the University of Texas at San Antonio’s College of Public Policy teaching undergraduate courses in public policy and the nonprofit sector. She relocated to San Antonio in 2014 from Albany, New York where she spent seven years as a Legislative Analyst for Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick, Chair of the New York State Assembly’s Higher Education Committee. Sarah is experienced in administrating projects, managing collaborative efforts, conducting research and developing advocacy efforts. View Story

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    • Sarah Sorensen
    • Project Manager – Diplomás
    • P: 210-852-2895
    • E: [email protected]
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    P16Plus tracks progress in these indicators and convenes the support councils and action network partners to address the issues using the StriveTogether framework for collective impact.

  • Partnerships

    We are always open to new partnerships to help advance our mission for educational success for all Bexar County students.

    Please contact us if you would like to partner with us.

    Current Partners

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    Non-Profit Partners

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    2015 Community Impact Report Card

    Our annual report card allows P16Plus to track improvement of six key educational outcomes: Kindergarten Readiness, Third Grade Reading, Eighth Grade Math, High School Graduation, Post-Secondary Enrollment, and Post-Secondary Attainment.

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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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    Jeremiah Rivera
    • Jeremiah Rivera
    • Project Coordinator – My Brother’s Keeper San Antonio
    • P: 210-853-5271
    • E: [email protected]
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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

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    Diplomás takes action on higher education

    On Friday morning, State Rep. Diego Bernal (D-San Antonio) addressed the importance of keeping many Latinos in school to pursue higher education to benefit their future at a Diplomás policy summit. (Photo, Christina Acosta)

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    P16Plus Welcomes Fatema Basrai

    Fatema Basrai was a 2012 Teach for America Corps Member is San Antonio. After teaching for three years on the West Side and South Side of San Antonio, she joined City Year as an Impact Manager. View Story

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    San Antonio Youth Commission Organizes Field Day

    City Council members joined the San Antonio Youth Commission for a field day competition to better connect with youth from their districts. District 5 won the competition, which included a three-legged race, a tug-o-war, and a human knot. See video of the competition covered by KSAT here.

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    Save the date Scorecard Release

    You’re invited to connect with P16Plus Data Support Council experts and partners who are using data to drive systems change for Bexar County students. The event will include a “Data Walk” and panel on the following topics:

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    My Brother’s Keeper San Antonio Action Plan

    Mayor Ivy R. Taylor, Director of EastPoint/Promise Zone Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative Mike Etienne, and key city and local leaders revealed the action plan for My Brother’s Keeper San Antonio (MBKSA) on March 7 at the Young Men’s Leadership Academy.  The plan provides strategic direction to leaders of San Antonio and surrounding Bexar County on making systemic changes and interventions to close the opportunity gaps faced by boys and men of color.

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    College Access Leaders Gather for Phone Bank at Univision

    The San Antonio financial aid community is firmly underway in their engagement with students and parents alike in a greater attempt to communicate all the options available for funding higher education. The acronym on everyone’s mind is F-A-F-S-A, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the must-do application for all students seeking support for their higher education expenses.

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    My Brother’s Keeper San Antonio Launch and Press Conference

    Save the Date

    Join Mayor Ivy R. Taylor along with key city and local leaders to reveal the My Brother’s Keeper San Antonio (MBKSA) Strategic Action Plan.  An answer to President Obama’s nationwide challenge to improve the lives of all young people – especially boys and men of color – the plan provides direction to local leaders on making systemic changes and interventions to bring meaningful and lasting opportunities.

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    Houston Early Matters Recognizes P16Plus & ReadyRosie

    The San Antonio collaborative that provides over 20,000 families the ReadyRosie early childhood education parent engagement tool was given a great compliment from Houston, Texas.  The best practices in San Antonio were described by ReadyRosie as leading the way on how to engage parents and scale the initiative by adding more partners.

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    Harvey E. Najim Donates $1 Million to Alamo Colleges Foundation

    P16Plus board member Harvey E. Najim has donated $1 million to the Alamo Colleges Foundation to establish the Harvey Najim Pathways Scholarship for students from local school districts where the majority of students face challenges in pursuing a college education.

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    Diplomás Dual Credit Summit

    February 10, 2016
    Palo Alto College
    8:30–12:00

    Please join the Diplomás Project partners for a forum on dual credit and educational outcomes for Latino students. View Story

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    SAYC Adds New Color to MLK March 2016

    The MLK Commission sponsored many dynamic and uplifting engagements throughout the course of January culminating with the MLK March 2016, one of which had a brand new dimension. The San Antonio Youth Commission had the privilege of working alongside leaders from City Year and Family Services of San Antonio to help create the enhanced and youth-driven Pre-March Civil Rights Experience for Kids.  View Story

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    P16Plus & MBKSA Welcome Sean Greene and Anna Kehde

    With the start of the New Year, we are thrilled to announce updates to the My Brother’s Keeper San Antonio project. First of all, we would like to introduce you to our new Project Manager, Sean Greene.  Sean has an extensive background in grassroots community organizing, advocacy and research.  He has also worked as a university instructor at San Antonio College and Trinity University, and in various programs designed to provide mentorship, leadership development, and academic support to students of color. View Story

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    Financial Aid Phone Bank Aims to Reach Wide Audience

    The San Antonio financial aid community is firmly underway in their engagement with students and parents alike in a greater attempt to communicate all the options available for funding higher education.  The acronym on everyone’s mind is F-A-F-S-A, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the must-do application for all students seeking support for their higher education expenses.  View Story

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    P16Plus selected for national continuous improvement network

    P16Plus was one of 6 partnerships across the country selected by StriveTogether to participate in a continuous improvement network for advanced partnerships who are using data-driven strategies to improve FAFSA completion rates. View Story

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    Sean Greene
    • Sean Greene
    • Project Manager – My Brother’s Keeper San Antonio
    • P: 210-853-0435
    • E: [email protected]