Youth Development

San Antonio Education Fund

  • San Antonio, TX
  • www.saedpartnership.org

Mission Statement

SAEP fulfills its mission, "to increase college access, success, and opportunities for our community," through our programmatic components that empower students with the confidence, tools, resources, and guidance needed to graduate from high school, navigate the transition into college, enroll in and finish college, and contribute to San Antonio's future economy. In tandem, these components are the driving force behind SAEP's goal to be recognized as the leader in creating innovative and dynamic college access and success programming. Through research-based programming, a highly-qualified staff, the provision of guidance, coaching, and advocacy for underrepresented and at-risk student populations, and a collaborative network of partners, SAEP empowers students by providing educational programs, resources, and information necessary to navigate the path towards successful college entry and completion of a college credential eventually leading our students to contribute to the economic vitality of San Antonio.

Main Programs

  1. Road to Success
  2. cafécollege
Service Areas

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Texas

The San Antonio Education Partnership provides college access services to the greater San Antonio area through its Road to Success program that operates in 25 high schools located in eight school districts, as well as to the entire city population through the operation of cafécollege, the City's only college access center.

ruling year

1989

Executive Director

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Dr. Adriana Contreras

Keywords

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Education Partnership, Public Private sector

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EIN

74-2547643

 Number

8355524809

Physical Address

131 El Paso Street

San Antonio, 78204 3108

Also Known As

San Antonio Education Partnership

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Community Coalitions (S21)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Through our staff, facilities, volunteers and community outreach, the Partnership provides professionally designed and implemented programs to help San Antonio's high school students understand, gain access and finish college or a vocational program in San Antonio.  As an advocate we mentor, guide and counsel students; setting our students up to be San Antonio's future leaders and concerned citizens.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Road to Success

Across the nation, there has emerged a greater focus on the need to graduate more students from high school and college. This greater focus is due to the realization that the level of education of a community has direct implications for the community's economic vitality. This is certainly true in San Antonio. According to Texas Workforce Solutions, only 16 percent of San Antonio's population has earned a Bachelor's degree and 7.5 percent has earned an Associate’s degree. The Education Partnership recognizes that in order to increase these statistics students must first be provided guidance and support to achieve academic success as high school students leading to graduation while simultaneously realizing the benefits of attending and graduating from college.
The goal of “Road to Success” is to close the college graduation gap by having students graduate from high school, enroll and persist in college, and earn a college degree and/or certificate by providing services that focus on college access and success guidance, resources, experts, and tools.
The theory behind the services offered through “Road to Success” is Validation Theory (Rendon 1994). The theory refers to the intentional, proactive affirmation of students in order to 1.) Validate students as creators of knowledge and as valuable members of the college learning community, and 2.) Foster personal development and social adjustment. Education Partnership advisors serve as validating agents who actively reach out to students to offer, assistance, encouragement, and support, while not pampering students. Education Partnership advisors simultaneously create stronger students by assisting them to believe in their ability to learn, acquire self-worth, and increase their motivation to succeed, as well as a developmental process initiated at the pre-college level that continues into the post-secondary level, culminating in high school graduation followed by college persistence and completion.
Assigned to two high schools for the entire academic year, Advisors provide direct services to students and families through one-on-one meetings, group forums (assemblies, parent nights, college fairs), and a vast portfolio of workshops. Students, and families, are provided opportunities to “know” information and “do” activities connected with the knowledge gained. The overall target population of the program is largely at-risk and includes 80 percent minority and 61 percent economically disadvantaged students. The program is uniquely positioned to reach underserved populations and works to connect these students not only with the services provided by the program and SAEP but also to resources available through the federal government, City of San Antonio, national and local not-for-profit organizations, and colleges and universities.

Category

Guidance & Counseling

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

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None

Budget

Program 2

cafécollege

Guided and shaped by the expertise and leadership of SAEP, cafécollege serves students in grades 3-12 and their parents, transfer students, students wishing to return to college, current college students, and adults attending college for the first time. In addition, cafécollege provides services to school counselors and the staff of community-based organizations to empower them to provide college access and success services to their students. These services are offered through one-on-one advising and workshops.

cafécollege is the epicenter of college access and success efforts in San Antonio, garnering attention at the local, state, and national arenas as a proven best practice for building the momentum to positively alter a community’s perspective on college attainment.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

The San Antonio Education Partnership provides college access services to the greater San Antonio area through its Road to Success program that operates in 25 high schools located in eight school districts, as well as to the entire city population through the operation of cafécollege, the City's only college access center.

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Funding Needs

1)  Program support ot maintain and project key services. 2)  Scholarships

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SAN ANTONIO EDUCATION FUND
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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San Antonio Education Fund

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Executive Director

Dr. Adriana Contreras

BIO

Adriana Contreras, Ph.D., joined the staff at the San Antonio Education Partnership as Executive Director in December 2014. Prior to her role at SAEP, Dr. Contreras has been employed with the Alamo Colleges since 2004, most recently as Deputy to the Chancellor. Prior to joining the Alamo Colleges, she held leadership positions with Austin Community College and the Austin Independent School District. She has over 30 years administrative
experience in education and a demonstrated ability to lead, plan and execute.

Her experience in the higher education arena includes strategic planning, research, board relations, budget preparation and implementation, and student and community outreach. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at the Alamo Colleges and the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).

Dr. Contreras has chaired include the U.S. Department of Education, Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), where she served as a group facilitator; Chair of the Alamo Colleges Leadership Development Committee, and a state examiner with the Quality Texas Foundation.

Dr. Contreras holds an Associate of Arts degree from Austin Community College and a Bachelor's in Government, a Master's of Education in Student Personnel Services, and doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"For the last 25 years, the underrepresented and underserved students in San Antonio have been given the opportunity and confidence by the San Antonio Education Partnership (Education Partnership) to experience the dream and success of attending and graduating from college.

Through research-based programming; highly-qualified staff; guidance, coaching, and advocacy for underrepresented and at-risk populations; and a collaborative network of partners, the Education Partnership empowers students by providing educational programs, resources, and information necessary to complete a college credential and contribute as future leaders in San Antonio. As a partnership, the Education Partnership is a model of and catalyst for systemic change, strengthening families and other basic institutions through the educational achievement of San Antonio's students to increase the human capital of the community.

The Education Partnership works to accomplish its mission through three programmatic components that focus on offering college access and success guidance, resources, experts, and tools: Road to Success high school services, cafécollege, and scholarships.

The overall goal of the Education Partnership is to close the college graduation gap in San Antonio by assisting students in graduating from high school, enrolling in college, and receiving a college degree and/or certificate leading to the creation of a more educated citizenry to improve the city's future economic prospects."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Michael Soto

Trinity University

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