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Education
The story of Amaya is a good example of the benefits of engaging parents and families. A simple home visit revealed how a young student lacked the resources and support from family. Amaya was failing academically in most of her classes and couldn’t ready a full sentence; yet her mom was punishing her by making her clean and babysit. Our community educator immediately identified a tutor for Amaya and a mentor for Rosa (her mom). Soon after, Amaya started showing great progress at school.

Families living in poverty often work multiple jobs, may have limited English language skills, and in some cases may have had few positive experiences with their children's teachers or schools. These factors frequently work against a school's attempts to form relationships with families living in poverty and authentically engage them in their children's education. Even in high-performing schools, this problem is an ongoing concern.

Our education program provides ongoing impact to families through classes, training and support in the following form: parenting support groups & classes, home-visits, tutoring, GED, computer and financial literacy, art and design, reading & writing and through it all, we provide mentorship.


Target Population: Low-income children ages 0-17 and adults 18 years of age and over.

Jobs Training

Millions of Americans struggle to find jobs or are stuck in low-wage positions with little chance for advancement. Too many adults and youth lack the skills or training they need to get jobs that pay a family-supporting income. About one-third of children live in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment, limiting their access to health care and other resources critical to their healthy development. Family income, assets and educational attainment have a direct impact on child development. During the economic recovery, the fastest growth has been in lower-paying jobs in such areas as retail sales and food preparation, resulting in greater inequality.

 

Some important facts are:


  • Millions of workers don’t get paid sick leave and are unable to care for their kids without putting their jobs and financial stability in jeopardy.

  • Many families face challenges in navigating the complex landscape of programs and resources to help supplement their income and build financial security.

  • Almost 6.5 million U.S. teens and young adults are neither in school nor working, lacking the skills and education that well-paying jobs require.

Our jobs training program is designed to provide skills training to individuals looking to improve for a new job opportunity and a way to grow and increase their educational assets.  Some of the training sessions are in: resume building, interviewing, customer service, construction certifications and computer literacy.


We also work hand-in-hand with entrepreneurs—people who can’t find work but are interested and have what it takes to start a small business. It follows that this program is designed to: (1) empower San Antonians with a disability to be employed, and (2) connect recent college graduates and older adults, who have no disability but cant find work, with employers through work readiness partnerships and real job opportunities. 


Target Population: Low-income children ages 0-17 and adults 18 years of age and over.


Community Health


We are dedicated to promoting healthy living at every stage of life and to enhancing quality of life by addressing the unique needs of women, men, and children and diverse populations. Some of the topics that we address are: diabetes education, nutrition, fitness, balance, mental illness & disorders, hypoglycemia, hypertension, heart attacks and strokes, blindness or severe eye problems, and kidney failure. The program is designed to: (1) raise awareness at the grassroots level about healthy living options, (2) provide state-of-the-art prevention education to those living in some of the most underserved areas of our city, and 3) provide the diabetic population with a broad and consistent access to the best treatment options available.


Our community health program is compliant with the guidelines of the Center for Disease Control (CDC)'s proven Diabetes Prevention Program.

Target Population: Low-income children ages 0-17 and adults 18 years of age and over.

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