(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.
For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.
Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.
Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.
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