(Nov. 2, 2018) -- UTSA will partner with Child Advocates San Antonio (CASA) on Saturday, Nov. 3 to host a free College Day seminar for foster youth in Bexar County. For many of the youth, it will be the first time they have stepped foot onto a college campus to become aware of the benefits a college education affords them.
The shared vision for the event is to provide access to higher education through tuition fee waiver assistance and enrollment support.
“UTSA is extremely committed to helping foster youth through the college process while providing access to services they need to be successful,” said Christopher Goldsberry, UTSA’s Foster Care Liaison. “UTSA and CASA hope that an event like this will create interest in college with our local foster children, and the empowerment that they, too, can go to college.”
Only three percent of youth who exit the foster care system ever graduate from college.
“As a long time CASA volunteer, I know that many foster youth aspire to go to college, but only a very small percentage attend, and an even smaller number graduate, said Peggy Eighmy, wife of UTSA President Taylor Eighmy. “I am excited UTSA is partnering with CASA to help children in foster care know that college is within their reach, and to provide them with necessary information on the path toward higher education. I hope the students and their CASA volunteers leave today excited about applying to college, and, hopefully, becoming future Roadrunners.”
UTSA joins a group of local advocates with CASA, in areas such as legal, medical and educational advocacy, to help ensure foster children are not ignored by society. CASA’s mission is to recruit, train and supervise court-appointed volunteer advocates who provide advocacy for abused and neglected children and youth, while advocated for services and placement in safe and permanent homes.
Goldsberry says that in the future, UTSA hopes to hold more events for local foster children to teach them about college.
Saturday’s event runs from 9 a.m. to noon at in the Main Building Lobby includes the following:
Discover the field of archaeology and more with the archaeologists at UTSA’s Center for Archaeological Research. Campers can expect archaeology themed activities, games, crafts and a hands-on look at artifacts in a lab.Virtual Event
The UTSA String Project Guitar and Orchestra Camp welcomes current year-round UTSA String Project students and public, charter, private, and home school string students who have completed grades 2-8 in the 2020-2021 school year.Virtual Event
As employees prepare to return to the physical workplace, they may experience anxiety about their health and safety and have concerns about the many changes that have occurred since the pandemic began. This session will provide helpful strategies that will help individuals more effectively transition back into working onsite, cope with changes, and re-engage their colleaguesVirtual Event
The vaccine clinics, hosted by Metro Health San Antonio, will be held in the Student Union Denman Ballroom (SU 2.01.28) and will continue through early August. After you receive your vaccine on campus, you can enjoy lunch on us. All participants will receive a free $10 Rowdy Dollars gift card, redeemable at any dining or retail location on campus.Denman Ballroom (SU 2.01.28), Student Union, Main Campus
Once the students have the basics down, we go further in this Intermediate Coding Camp in collaboration with experts from UTSA NASA CAMEE center to see how the coding knowledge applies to real-time data such as data received by NASA, daily weather data, and satellite imagery. This camp lets students put their creative hats on and explore creating more advanced Python programs with graphics.Virtual Event
This camp will introduce students to the world of white-hat hacking and penetration testing. Starting with a comprehensive introduction of foundational cybersecurity principles, this camp will introduce participants to the various toolkits and approaches used to compromise and secure vulnerable computer and network systems, applications, and protocols.Virtual Event
Transitioning from summer courses to fall semester might leave you feeling burned out. Since self-care is important, join us for ways to destress and recharge.Virtual Event
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