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.
So far, they have learned about restorative justice through a comprehensive circle training,hosted Councilman Mike Gallagher at a meeting, and started a blog series (hyper link to blog series(http://www.sa2020.org/blog/civic-engagement/a-day-in-the-life-a-not-so-typical-high-school-experience/) depicting life as a high school student.
The San Antonio Youth Commissioners continue to live out their mission of youth engagement by hosting their first volunteer event of the school year on November 5th at Ella Austin Community Center.
Learn more about the San Antonio Youth Commission here: http://sayouthcommission.com/.
2015 Community Impact Report Card
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. (more…)
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. (more…)
Meet Ginger Walker!
P16Plus of Greater Bexar County welcomes Data Director, Ginger Walker! Ginger Walker earned her Bachelor’s degree from Trinity University and is currently finishing her MBA from Western Governors University Texas. Ginger’s passion for educational equity drove her previous work for WGU Indiana, helping working adults access higher education, and with Teach For America, supporting the collective impact of the organization’s alumni. She is proud to call San Antonio home and hopes to leverage data to mobilize her community toward collective impact in education.
P16Plus Welcomes Gail Hathaway
P16Plus Council of Greater Bexar County welcomes new Board Member, Gail L. Hathaway.
Gail Hathaway serves as the Executive Director of Workforce Solutions – Alamo. She is responsible for executing the mission and vision of WSA, to include oversight of the administration, management, planning, evaluation, policy development, personnel and public relations of the agency, which covers a 12 county region encompassing the greater San Antonio metro and surrounding area.
Gail is a native of Hutchinson, Minnesota and graduated with her Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota at Duluth, prior to being commissioned as an officer in the US Navy. During her 28 year Navy career, she attained the rank of CAPTAIN (O-6) and held a wide variety of assignments, primarily in the Aviation, strategic planning and medical intelligence communities
Gail is married to Dennis Hathaway, a retired Navy Commander and Naval Aviator from Picher, Oklahoma. They have 1 son, 3 daughters and three grandchildren.
Ginger Walker- P16Plus Data Director
P16Plus of Greater Bexar County welcomes Data Director, Ginger Walker!
Ginger Walker earned her Bachelor’s degree from Trinity University and is currently finishing her MBA from Western Governors University Texas. Ginger’s passion for educational equity drove her previous work for WGU Indiana, helping working adults access higher education, and with Teach For America, supporting the collective impact of the organization’s alumni. She is proud to call San Antonio home and hopes to leverage data to mobilize her community toward collective impact in education.
September Marks SA Kids Attend To Win in 2014
San Antonio- As part of the National Attendance Month kickoff in San Antonio, the P16Plus Council of Greater Bexar County will launch its 2nd Annual “SA Kids Attend To Win” initiative at PRE-K 4 SA School, 5230 Eisenhauer Road San Antonio Texas, 78218 on Tuesday, September 9 at 9:00 a.m.
The “SA Kids Attend To Win” initiative is a year-round, citywide public education campaign designed to raise awareness about the importance of school attendance. Coordinated by the P16Plus Council, “SA Kids Attend To Win” has seen great success in San Antonio. In 2013, the initiative was implemented in 33 area public schools resulting in a 35% increase in attendance rates in San Antonio.
“Collectively we impacted over 14,000 students, monitored 5,000 chronically absent students, and successfully moved nearly 1,800 students towards a path of academic success by getting them to come to school regularly,” stated Judy McCormick, Executive Director of the P16Plus Council. “This is something we have been able to accomplish together, and is something to celebrate!”
Statistics have shown that students who are chronically absent from school struggle to learn basic education fundamentals impacting kindergarten readiness, 3rd grade reading, college and career readiness, and contributing to low high school graduation rates. Through this campaign, the P16Plus Council will continue communicating to parents and students the importance of regular school attendance from Pre-K through 12th grade.
“The SA Kids Attend To Win initiative is an essential piece to our collective efforts to improve education in this community,” said Dr. Sylvester Perez, Superintendent of the San Antonio Independent School District. “We know that students who are chronically absent are less likely to read on grade level and are less likely to graduate from high school. So, we support a collaborative approach to improving educational for all of Bexar County.”
In the 2014 school year, P16Plus intends to work with more schools and nonprofit organizations to focus on chronic non-attending students (those missing 10% or more of expected school days through excused or unexcused absences).
Does reading help beat summer slide?
Students who read during the summer months experience less summer slide effect, if any at all.
NASA is all about STEM
NASA is offering a variety of internships, fellowships, and scholarships for STEM students.
Partnership promotes STEM research
UTSA and the Alamo Colleges have teamed up to create a STEM based program for their students.
P-20 Summit promotes parent engagement
Don’t miss out on these informative parent-engagement sessions at UTSA.
NASA offers STEM program for teachers
Educators can get hands on experience in STEM fields thanks to NASA
Have You Signed Up for The Big Give SA?
What’s that one cause that you hold close to your heart? (more…)
2014 Summer Programs
Prevent summer slide and boredom by incorporating stimulating activities into your child’s daily schedule. Visit your public library for free kids’ activities, read for 20 minutes daily, go to your local park to play or bike ride or register for a summer camp. Check out our growing list of summer programs. Come back often to check for updates!
15 ISDs Kinder Round Up Dates
If your child is ready for Kindergarten, keep an eye out for your school district’s Kinder Round Up dates for Fall 2014. Registration dates vary across each school district; however, new student registration is usually held two weeks before school starts. Below is a list of dates shared by our ISD partners.
2014 Kindergarten Readiness Checklist
Children learn from the moment they are born. The Kindergarten Readiness Checklist is designed to help your child learn the information he/she needs to be successful in school. The brochure provides ideas and tips to help your child communicate, problem solve and work in groups — basic life skills needed in Kindergarten.
If your organization would like a copy with your logo, contact Jessica Maurer for a copy.
• Kindergarten Readiness Checklist (English)
• Kindergarten Readiness Checklist (Spanish)
• What is Head Start? (A list of Head Start Providers)
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