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UTSA June 29 conference challenges at-risk, foster-care youths to succeed

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(June 28, 2012) -- The Bank of America Child and Adolescent Policy Research Institute at The University of Texas at San Antonio will partner with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Baptist Children and Family Services (BCFS) Health and Human Services to offer the 13th annual Independence Day Career and Education Conference. More than 300 at-risk and foster-care teens ages 15 years and older are expected to attend the conference from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, June 29 at the UTSA Downtown Campus.

"As soon as teens age out of the foster-care system, they lose the network of support services they so desperately need to thrive," said Harriett Romo, UTSA professor of sociology and CAPRI director. "This year's conference, themed 'You Are More,' is designed to empower those youth who have aged out of the system or are getting close to aging out. The conference will introduce them to very successful people who also went through the foster-care system, so they realize they too can use their talents to build successful careers and nurture positive relationships."

San Antonio entrepreneurs will lead workshops and presentations at the conference, encouraging attendees to find hope and opportunities in their lives by examining their passions, talents and identities. The entrepreneurs will discuss their businesses and share the benefits those businesses have brought them. The conference also will offer youth information about access to higher education, military heath careers, STEM careers and careers as civil servants.

Presenters and topics will include:

  • Chais, hip-hop artist and producer: "Hip-Hop: There's More to It"
  • Felix Moore, entrepreneur and lecturer on Christian film and theater: "Finding the Gladiator Within"
  • Rachel Haijj, owner of Wheelie Gourmet: "The Money Truck"
  • Travis Sandoval, education infomercial producer: "LIFE, Camera, Action!"
  • Frankie Cade, Kuk Sool Wan instructor: "A Fighting Chance"
  • Abigail Moore, executive director of the S.A. Council for Alcohol and Drug Abuse: "Against All Odds"

The Child and Adolescent Policy Research Institute is a UTSA research center that supports the interdisciplinary study of topics such as infant cognition, early language development, childhood literacy, juvenile justice, child abuse prevention, pediatric obesity prevention, school readiness and success, and foster care youth, ultimately translating research results into policy recommendations. It was founded by a million-dollar endowment from the Bank of America.

To learn more about the Independence Day Career and Education Conference, contact Sophia Ortiz at 210-458-2692.

 

 

Events

Wednesday, May 4, 5 p.m.

School Psychology Symposium and Reception

Student posters will present case studies based on practicum experiences, literature reviews on topics relevant to educational psychology, and other research experiences this year. The event is free and open to the public.
Durango Building (1.124), Downtown Campus

Thursday, May 5, 5 p.m.

String Project Spring Concert

This end-of-semester concert will feature the 3rd through 8th grade students who have participated in the UTSA String Project this year. The event is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Theater, Downtown Campus

Friday, May 6, 8 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy, Curtis Vaughan Observatory invites everyone to join them for their monthly stargazing event on top of the Flawn Science Building
Flawn Science Building, Curtis Vaughan Observatory, Main Campus

Monday, May 9, 8 a.m.

The Honeynet Project Workshop

This three-day event will focus on the tools, tactics and motives involved in computer and network attacks. Attendees from around the world will take part in world-class hands-on trainings and technical discussions.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Thursday, May 12, 4 p.m.

Master of Public Administration Open House

Visit with faculty, alumni and students to discuss the benefits of and requirements for a Master Degree in Public Administration and/or the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration & Leadership
Buena Vista Building (1.338), Downtown Campus

Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony One

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, the College of Education and Human Development and the College of Sciences.
Alamodome

Saturday, May 14, 4 p.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony Two

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Business, the College of Public Policy and University College.
Alamodome

Sunday, May 15, 2 p.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony Three

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Engineering and the College of Liberal and Fine Arts.
Alamodome

Wednesday, May 18, 3 p.m.

The Great Staff Appreciation Event

The UTSA community is invited to honor the roughly 2,600 UTSA staff members who contribute to the success of the university and its students.
University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Thursday, May 19, 6 p.m.

Superintendent Certification Program Information Session

Join UTSA faculty and staff, current students, and area central office administrators/program alumni to learn about this exciting accelerated and web-enhanced program leading to Texas Superintendent Certification. The event is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Building (1.322), Downtown Campus


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