Pictured from left: Anabel Guerra, sociology graduate student; Carlos
Valenzuela, sociology graduate student; Professor Harriett Romo,
director of UTSA's Bank of America Child and Adolescent Policy and
Research Institute (CAPRI); and David Rodriguez, sociology graduate
student and CAPRI's HUD grant coordinator

UTSA supports local at-risk teen parents with business success seminars

By Christi Fish
Public Affairs Specialist

(June 8, 2009)--This year, UTSA offered a yearlong series of business success workshops to help teen parents. Providing for a family can be distressing for anyone, given the current state of the economy. But imagine how challenging it is for teen parents working toward high school graduation with these and other questions: How can I stretch my income? How do I make my resume stand out to prospective employers? Do I have what it takes to start my own business?

Recently, the UTSA Bank of America Child and Adolescent Policy Research Institute (CAPRI) wrapped up the yearlong Business Success Workshop series for teen parents in San Antonio. Conducted at the UTSA Downtown Campus and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the seminars gave 87 teen parents a crash course in the realities of business.

Most recently offered to students from San Antonio's Edgewood School District, CAPRI's business development seminars featured a variety of speakers from the UTSA network including Jamie Martinez from the UTSA Small Business Development Center, Michael Zucker from the University Career Center, UTSA sociology graduate students David Rodriguez and Anabel Guerra, and Alamo Travel Group president Patricia Pliego Stout.

The workshop agenda covered an array of topics including:

  • Access to higher education
  • Establishing and growing a small business
  • Free services for the community from the UTSA Small Business Development Center
  • Resume, cover letter and interview best practices
  • Business etiquette and proper workplace attire
  • Q&A forum with a successful San Antonio entrepreneur

The teens also were given a tour of the Downtown Campus by ambassadors from the UTSA Visitor Center.

To learn more about the UTSA Child and Adolescent Policy Research Institute, contact Professor Harriett Romo at (210) 458-2849.

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