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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. 2, 7:15 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

Visit the Curtis Vaughan Observatory and see the wonders of the sky over San Antonio with experienced astronomers.
4th floor, Flawn Science Building, Main Campus

Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m.

Where Ink Does Not Show: A Celebration of the New State Poet Laureate

A fun and festive evening featuring Corridos from Texas and Northern Mexico sung by AZUL and a reading of new and classic works by Carmen Tafolla, the new State Poet Laureate.
Buena Vista Theater (1.326), Downtown Campus

Oct. 5, 1:30 p.m.

Campus Carry Listening Session

Listening session will seek input on the places, events and special circumstances that should be considered in determining whether concealed handguns may be prohibited.
John Peace Library, Faculty Center Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Civic Engagement Summit

This summit is an opportunity to showcase and share the variety of community engagement activities of UTSA students, faculty, and staff. The summit is currently accepting proposals for poster presentations. The Call for Posters deadline is Friday, Sept. 11.
University Center Denman Room (2.01.28), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

Film Screening: The Head of Joaquin Murrieta by John Valadez

The Mexican American Studies Program will host a screening of this irreverent, entertaining and often disturbing tale that uses both fiction and documentary story telling devices to tear open a painful and long ignored history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the southwest.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

State of the University

Join President Ricardo Romo as he gives his address to the UTSA community.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104), Main Campus

Oct. 8, 10 a.m.

Graduate Fair

Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus

Oct. 9, 8 a.m.

College of Sciences Research Conference

The day-long research conference will include a keynote address, faculty and student oral presentations, poster sessions, and an awards ceremony. Lunch will be provided for those who register. Abstract submission deadline is September 20, 2015. Event registration deadline is October 4, 2015.
H-E-B University Center, Main Campus

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