(Feb. 18, 2010)--More than 150 middle and high school students who were eager to learn visited the UTSA Downtown Campus on Saturday, Jan. 30 for the G-Force Leadership Summit. The students will serve as peer mentors at schools across the city, along with 24 college students participating in the G-Force work-study program.
The summit included sessions on financial Aid, personal portfolio building, College 101, designing G-Force events and more. Summit participants will share what they learned with peers on their home campuses to encourage others to pursue a higher education. The event was hosted by the UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives and the Office of Special Events with support from Communities in Schools of San Antonio, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the College for All Texans initiative.
G-Force is the peer education component of the GO Center, which utilizes students in grades K-12, college students and volunteers to deliver the message that attending college is important. Collegiate G-Force members mentor and tutor high school students and present promotional activities developed by VISTA members to draw students to the GO centers.
The AmeriCorps VISTA project focuses on creating and enhancing GO centers in low-income high schools and their feeder schools in San Antonio and Houston. The goal of the centers is to reverse a downward trend and increase involvement and success in higher education.
The programs and activities attempt to overcome the barriers of financial need and lack of social support for young people planning to pursue higher education. As part of College for Texans, the AmeriCorps VISTA project's goal is to involve 630,000 additional Texas students in higher education by 2015.
At the conclusion of the G-Force summit, an inspired student wrote on the event evaluation form, "... nothing can get in the way of my dreams."
"It was obvious to see the hunger that these students have to learn about higher education, and we are excited for these students to go back to their communities and share the opportunity with their peers and families," said Jennifer Pandya of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. "Partnering with UTSA to provide this opportunity to the students of Bexar County is a great example of efforts needed to close the gaps in student participation and success."
For more information, contact Belinda Saldana at 210-458-2904.
Students are invited to a semi-formal, dinner banquet with an awards presentation and dancing. Keynote speaker will be San Antonio City Councilman William Cruz Shaw. Tickets must be purchased by Feb 19 at Roadrunner Express. UTSA students are $15 and guests are $20.
H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.104/1.106), Main Campus
Dr. Don Jenkins from UT Health SA will lead this event UTSA with up to 30 certified STB trainers, and train up to 300 UTSA students and personnel in stop the bleed methods.
H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.106), Main Campus
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Buena Vista Street Building, Aula Canaria (BVB 1.328), Downtown Campus
As part of RecycleMania,UTSA will provide sensitive document shredding services for the UTSA community. Bring documents to the parking lot between Student Union & Ximenes Avenue Garage. Document pick up also available for the Downtown and Hemisfair Campuses.
H-E-B Student Union parking lot, Main Campus
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Koichiro Bansho will speak the importance of the Japan-U.S. relations from the historical and security perspectives. He will go over the history and future of the alliance between the two countries.
H-E-B Student Union, Travis Room (HSU 2.202), Main Campus
This panel discussion includes professionals from various careers and fields talking about maintaining a black identity in professional spaces.
Student Union Denman Room (SU 2.01.28), Main Campus
The Faculty Center presents geneticist, anthropologist, author & entrepreneur Spencer Wells. Join us for a talk about how our DNA informs the way our ancestors populated the planet and how research can change industry and perceptions.
Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
Come hear this geneticist, anthropologist, author and entrepreneur speak about "The Human Journey: A Genetic Odyssey." The lecture is free and open to the public.
Student Union, Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
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