Research and data behind the Eastside Promise Neighborhood project

The San Antonio Eastside Promise Neighborhood Program, modeled after the Harlem Children's Zone, will work to revitalize the educational and developmental outcomes of children on San Antonio's East Side, children who struggle with poverty and other challenges including housing and education. 

San Antonio's Promise Neighborhood is led by the United Way and partners including the City of San Antonio, the San Antonio Independent School District, the San Antonio Housing Authority, Trinity University the Urban Land Institute and many others. 

On Dec. 19, 2011, the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County announced the Eastside Promise Neighborhood project won a $24.6 million five-year implementation grant. Read the full story here.

In these videos, Christine Drennon, PhD., a Trinity University professor who serves as the Eastside Promise Neighborhood Project Research Coordinator, talks about how she and Trinity student interns performed a comprehensive cradle-through-college-to-career needs assessment and asset inventory of the 3.2 mile Eastside Promise Neighborhood target area.

Drennon discusses how they conducted a segmentation analysis of needs and assets data, identified the most effective current programs and performed oversight of building and executing a data sharing system.  She also gives her opinions of the results of the groundbreaking data analysis. 


Eastside Promise Neighborhood: Issues from NOWCastSA on Vimeo.

Eastside Promise Neighborhood: Data from NOWCastSA on Vimeo.

Also, see the Eastside Promise Neighborhood: Overview from NOWCastSA on Vimeo.

NOWCastSA received $15,000 in Eastside Promise Neighborhood grant money, which funded  live webcasting, community journalism training and proding videos such as this one.

In September 2010, the East Side of San Antonio was chosen as only one of 21 communities across the United States to receive a $312 million Promise Neighborhood grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help create stronger urban schools that have a high degree of poverty. There were 339 applications from across the country from other urban, rural and tribal groups.