"People in our community care about our education and we can go to amazing colleges and universities!"
This is a message we hope young people on San Antonio's Eastside speak as they journey through the public education system.
November provided a number of reminders of this statement to students on San Antonio's Eastside. Below are a few that I was able to witness and reflect upon firsthand.
On November 1, there was the Spaghetti Wednesday Fellowship with the University of the Incarnate Word HEB School of Business Capstone Team working on behalf of the MIMS Institute Fellows, Inc. this semester. The team's Statement of Work addresses sponsors for the fellowships that the non-profit hosts for Emerging Leaders at Sam Houston and within SAISD.
UIW HEB School of Business students have been an ongoing resource since the beginning of the 2016-17 school year. Capstone teams have applied business concepts to the idea of helping students on San Antonio's Eastside "Explore, Dream Big, and Make a Difference."
That same evening, SAISD hosted a college fair at the Alamo Convocation Center. When I stopped by, two alumni of the University of Notre Dame were sharing information with a number of students interested in my alma mater. I picked up the handout, "An Education With Value(s)." Later in the month, I reviewed the data contained in the handout and shared information about how my community and ZIP code are benefiting from Notre Dame's kindness.
Some facts from the handout and how they apply to my ZIP code and San Antonio's Eastside:
39 freshmen Notre Dame students in 2016-17 received an average $58,450 in need-based scholarship aid during the academic year. A 2016 Sam Houston High graduate from ZIP code 78220 was one of those 39 recipients.
75% of Notre Dame undergraduates participate in internships. In the summer between her freshman and sophomore years, Yahterie-Anne Ortiz served as the Kindness Fellow Intern for the MIMS Institute Fellows Inc. This member of the Notre Dame Class of 2020 led weekly Academic Excellence Fellowships at the Spaghetti Warehouse for 8 weeks. Students on the Rise at Sam Houston participated in these fellowships and benefited by being in the company of caring adults interested in their education.
Sam Houston's QuestBridge Scholarship Finalist, Jonathan Gadison, completed his application requirements by November 1. He and two other SAISD finalists were recognized in the November edition of the SAISD Insider. Jonathan reminds us that ZIP code 78219 is home to high-achieving students who care about their education and who can attend amazing colleges and universities.