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UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives hosts San Antonio Mentoring Forum

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From left are San Antonio Mentoring Forum members Barbie Leal-Hallam (Big Brothers Big Sisters), Ilsa Garcia (Communities in Schools), Stephen Martinez (DARS), Claudette Lewis (Cherice Cochrane Mentoring For Success Foundation), Joseph Kenney (Department of Aging and Disability Services), Belinda Saldana (UTSA P-20 Initiatives), Julie Laijas (Department of Aging and Disability Services) and Kiersty Duncan (Communities in Schools).

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(Sept. 6, 2012) -- The San Antonio Mentoring Forum recently hosted 12 people from eight organizations at Café College for its first annual meeting, which featured two San Antonio mentoring programs that are having a tremendous effect on young students.

The mentoring programs created by Big Brothers Big Sisters and Communities in Schools offer a supportive one-on-one atmosphere to help at-risk students graduate from high school, reach their greatest potential and become positive contributors to the community.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas, headquartered in San Antonio, is one of the 10 largest agencies of the national organization. Serving the Bexar County since 1978, the organization provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-on-one mentoring relationships that forever change their lives for the better.

Communities in Schools of San Antonio was established in 1985 by a group of concerned community leaders to address the city's alarmingly high dropout rate. The organization provides a positive environment for at-risk students by ensuring their access to educational opportunities, social services and support services.

"It's great that UTSA is bringing mentoring organizations together so that we can learn from each other and not have to reinvent the wheel," said Claudette Lewis of the Cherice Cochrane Mentoring for Success Foundation.

The San Antonio Mentoring Forum is a UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives program and serves as an informal group for mentoring organizations and mentoring advocates. It is a place where groups such as Communities in Schools, Big Brothers Big Sisters, school districts, faith-based organizations, businesses and other mentoring advocates come together to share mentoring information, promote mentoring awareness and foster collaboration in the mentoring community. The forum is a UTSA mentoring initiative and focuses on one-to-one mentoring for youths in Bexar County. The SAMF will host a mentoring summit Jan. 11, 2013, for which it is now accepting proposals.

For more information about mentoring opportunities in San Antonio or the Mentoring Summit, visit the San Antonio Mentoring Forum website.



Oct. 10, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

UTSA CITE Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

Kickstart your career as an entrepreneur at the UTSA Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.
Business Building, Richard S. Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus

Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m.

Architecture as Rendered Society

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, in partnership with AIA San Antonio’s Latinos in Architecture, presents architect Andrés Jaque, founder of the Office for Political Innovation, an architectural practice dually based in New York and Madrid.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 15, 6 p.m.

Take Back the Night 2015

The UTSA Women’s Studies Institute invites you to Take Back the Night, an international initiative to raise awareness and empower survivors while educating allies through a march, poetry, and testimonios. This is a gender-inclusive movement to shatter the silence surrounding sexual and domestic violence.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 20-21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SECC Book Sale

Looking for a good read? Shop for yourself or for gifts and help change a life at the same time. Browse and buy children’s stories, novels and more at the 2015 SECC Book Sale.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 22, 6 p.m.

Phi Kappa Phi Last Lecture

What would Dr. John Bartkowski say if it were his last lecture? The UTSA professor of sociology will speak about “The Power of Listening” in this annual event sponsored by the UTSA chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. A reception will follow.
Denman Room (UC 2.201.28), Main Campus

Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.

Lecture by Composer Larry Groupe

The UTSA Music Department presents Emmy-award winning Composer Larry Groupe. Groupe has composed music for films such as "The Contender," "Straw Dogs" and "Miami Vice," and TV shows such as "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Ren and Stimpy" and "American Gladiators." Lecture is free and open to the public.
Arts Building (ART 2.03.15-18), Main Campus

Oct. 29, 5:30 p.m.

White Bound: Nationalists, Anti-Racists and the Shared Meanings of Race

The Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series continues with Dr. Matthew Hughey, a scholar of race, racism and racial inequality.
Buena Vista Building (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

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