(Nov. 23, 2010)--Only 2 percent of foster-care youths in Texas earn a college degree. That's an unacceptable number to The University of Texas at San Antonio and BCFS. As a result, UTSA President Ricardo Romo and BCFS President/CEO Kevin C. Dinnin are initiating a collaborative effort to help more foster youths prepare for college.
The two will sign a formal agreement of cooperation at 2:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 29 in the Bank of America Child and Adolescent Policy Research Institute (CAPRI) in Monterey Building Room 2.260 on the UTSA Downtown Campus.
Under the direction of UTSA Professor Harriett Romo, CAPRI and BCFS will coordinate the collaborative effort with the help of a $600,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
UTSA and BCFS will provide enrollment and financial aid information to prospective college students served by BCFS' San Antonio Transition Center. The center is an innovative one-stop shop for resources to help foster and at-risk youths be successful as they enter adulthood. The BCFS transition center is the only one of its kind in the state, offering services such as life-skills training, job placement, counseling and educational support.
The UTSA-BCFS collaboration as well as other foster care-related programs provided by CAPRI are important because many foster youths and their guardians are unaware of tuition and fee waivers for foster-care students who attend state-supported colleges and universities. This includes adopted youths and those in permanent managing conservatorship.
That is why CAPRI is using funding to create programs for foster-care youths that will encourage and assist these students in planning for college, as well as providing job-training programs for those who decide college is not the route they want to take.
"UTSA is committed to providing college access and awareness information to all students. Former foster youths are very much underrepresented in higher education," said Belinda Saldana, director of community outreach in the UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives. "Colleges and universities must become more aware of foster-youth benefits and the barriers these students face in order to better serve them. It is one of UTSA's many outreach efforts."
For more information on other UTSA outreach efforts, visit the UTSA Community Connection website.
State Rep. Diego Bernal presents a Q&A panel discussion with MALDEF, RAICES and DMCA Immigration Law Firm about DACA and the current state of affairs for Dreamers. Opening remarks by Congressman Joaquin Castro and Congressman Lloyd Doggett.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Auditorium (BVB 1.328), Downtown Campus
Come out and enjoy breakfast and beverages at the Official UTSA Tailgate in Albuquerque as our Roadrunners take on the New Mexico Lobos at the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. The official UTSA tailgate will be located in Fan Fest in the University Stadium Parking Lot, Stadium East.
University Stadium parking lot, Albuquerque, NM
Graduates from the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, College of Business, College of Education and Human Development and the College of Public Policy will participate in the first commencement ceremony. President Romo will deliver the keynote address.
Graduates from the College of Engineering, College of Liberal and Fine Arts, College of Sciences and University College will participate in the second commencement ceremony. President Romo will deliver the keynote address.
All UTSA students, faculty and staff are invited to march with UTSA in the 30th annual MLK March. There will be a FREE shuttle from the UTSA Main Campus. Pick up in front of the Convocation Center at 8:30 a.m. Depart from UTSA at 9 a.m. Buses return to UTSA at 1 p.m
Convocation Center, Main Campus
UTSA's Department of Music hosts Dr. David Huron from Ohio State University as part of the Donald Hodges lecture series. Huron is a Canadian arts and humanities distinguished professor at Ohio State University.
John Peace Library, UTSA Faculty Center, (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus
The Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion annually hosts a Volunteer Opportunities Fair to allow students, faculty and staff to learn about volunteer and service-learning opportunities in the San Antonio area.
University Center, 1st floor corridor, Main Campus
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