(Dec. 21, 2012) -- To celebrate National Mentoring Month, the UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives and San Antonio Mentoring Forum (SAMF) will host a Mentoring Summit on Jan. 11, 2013 that includes a Mentor Recognition Luncheon from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the Buena Vista Building Assembly Room (BVB 1.338) at the UTSA Downtown Campus. Invited guest speakers include Professor Michael J. Karcher in the UTSA Department of Counseling and Assistant Professor Victor B. Saenz from UT Austin's Department of Educational Administration.
The summit's luncheon will honor outstanding mentors and bring attention to the need for mentors for youth in our community. Recipients of this year's mentoring awards include San Antonio Fire Chief Charles N. Hood, Outstanding Advocate for Mentoring; Kevin Coggins, Outstanding College Student Mentor; and Raul Chapa, Outstanding Adult Mentor.
The summit and luncheon are part of a National Mentoring Month campaign that includes many activities across the country. The campaign's goals are to mobilize community volunteers to mentor young people and to increase knowledge about how mentoring can greatly enhance a young person's prospects for leading a healthy and productive life. Research shows that mentoring has beneficial and long-term effects on youth by increasing their chances of high school graduation and college attendance and decreasing the likelihood of substance abuse and other risky behaviors.
Belinda Saldana, UTSA director of community outreach states, "There is still time to register for the one-day San Antonio Mentoring Forum Mentoring Summit or to register to attend the luncheon only. Mentors are also welcome to bring their mentees to the luncheon."
The San Antonio Mentoring Forum is a UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives program and serves as an informal organization 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 youth in Bexar County.
Campers in 9th grade through college will receive instruction and coaching on agility testing and position specific drills to refine and improve his skillset as a football player.
Recreational Field Complex, Main Campus
Inspired by UTSA's renowned Mexican Cookbook Collection, the evening features cuisine and spirits of celebrated chefs from San Antonio and Mexico.
Hotel Emma, 136 E. Grayson St., San Antonio
Experience a fun, interactive week at UTSA as new students and their families take the first steps to becoming a Roadrunner.
Various locations, Main Campus
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Confucius Institute at UTSA (MB 1.208), Main Campus
Campers 7th grade and up will focus on individual development with emphasis on simplifying and teaching the specific skills and movements associated with the game. Serving, passing, setting, attacking and individual defense will all be covered. In addition, team concepts will be emphasized.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
Celebrate Texas' diversity with authentic ethnic cuisine, music, dance, arts and crafts from the many countries that make up the rich heritage of Texas.
UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
Kids from kindergarten through high school will immerse in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on activities.
Applied Engineering and Technology (AET 0.102), Main Campus and Buena Vista Street Building (BVB 3.328), Downtown Campus
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Park West Athletics Complex
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