Written by UTHSCSA on Sep 9 2014 - 2:13pm
A new joint agreement between The University of Texas at San Antonio and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio will make it easier for qualified students to enter nursing school. The joint agreement for the Early Acceptance – BSN RN program (EARN), announced today, will apply to students beginning their studies at UTSA this fall.
Written by City of San Antonio on Mar 7 2014 - 2:13pm
The City of San Antonio Department of Human Services is now accepting applications for the 2014 Ambassador Program. The Ambassador Program is an internship program for currently enrolled college students sponsored by the City of San Antonio. The program launched in summer 2004 through an initiative presented by then-District 7 Councilman Julián Castro.
Written by Kris_Serold on Feb 27 2014 - 4:17pm
San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro's Fitness Council, MFC, is looking for committed, enthusiastic youth to serve as advocates for healthy eating and active living in their schools and communities. Student Ambassadors will represent the MFC by promoting and encouraging healthy living at their school campus, at home, and in their communities. DREAM IT.
Written by City of San Antonio on Feb 7 2014 - 11:24am
Using Federal Medicaid dollars, the San Antonio City Council approved an agreement with University Health System to provide adolescent health services specific to teen pregnancy prevention.
Written by Cualania on Aug 7 2013 - 3:01pm
A San Antonio program called Girl Zone is responding to turmoil in marginalized communities by empowering young girls. Girl Zone, a program of the Martinez Street Women’s Center, is located in San Antonio's East Side, an area largely inhabited by working-class Latino and Black families. It is an underserved part of the city, and Andrea Figueroa, the program director of Girl Zone, wants to make sure the young girls living in the area rise up to become amazing community leaders. Maribel Hermosillo: What is the Girl Zone empowerment program? Andrea Figueroa: Girl Zone is a year-round, out-of-school-time empowerment program for girls aged nine to 14 on the East and Southeast Sides of San Antonio. Our curriculum includes leadership, healthy relationships, service learning, STEM [science, technology, engineering, and math], arts and culture, comprehensive sex education, and environmental issues. Our entire curriculum is taught with cultural competence and within a social-justice framework. MH: What are some of the problems young girls face today? AF: Our students encounter many barriers. Ninety eight percent of the students we serve are considered economically disadvantaged, and many of them attend schools that are struggling to perform at acceptable levels. Like other girls their age, they face body image issues that stem from negative media stereotypes of women, as well as the patriarchal societal structure we live in. Many of our girls also face issues such as food insecurity, language barriers, access barriers, behavioral issues, and familial instability. MH: How does the program address issues that young women face in our communities, such as racism, homophobia, and sexism? AF: Our program is unique in that we educate with cultural competence and within a social justice framework. What does that mean? Well, we have intentional conversations about injustice, what it looks like, what it means for our communities. Then we try to imagine what justice for our communities would look like, and we intentionally create spaces that mirror what we have imagined. We teach that justice and change begins with us, and therefore, if we want a just world, we must first learn to honor one another, our differences, and our value. If we take those lessons to heart, then we can transform our communities from the inside out. It is also imperative that communities of color create media in the form of public art, storytelling, and print, so that the stories of our communities, by our communities, are shown to others and one another. In Girl Zone, we provide the girls with different avenues and mediums to express their feelings, their stories, and their hopes and dreams, while engaging their neighbors and friends in the process. That is how we build community and grow stronger as individuals. MH: How is Girl Zone engaging students in their community on the East Side of San Antonio? AF: As a community-based organization, we know that we are each other's best asset. Together, we have the power to facilitate positive change in our neighborhoods, our schools, and our city. Girl Zone teaches the girls that they have the ability, beyond their circumstances, to be leaders and change makers. It also teaches them they have a responsibility to give back to their community by becoming engaged in improving it. MH: What is Community Day and how did it impact the girls and their families? AF: Community Day is part of an annual service-learning project. The girls are asked to identify needs in their community, and then brainstorm ways in which they can help. This year, the girls chose responsible pet care, health and nutrition, food insecurity, and the environment. They also added a rally and altar for Trayvon Martin, because of his significance to our community of color. We guided the girls through planning, outreach, and implementation, and saw them gain skills that will last them a lifetime. Community Day itself is the end result. It is a day where the East Side community can come together for education, food, and fun. Organizations in attendance included the Roots of Change Farmers Market, Spay and Neuter Assistance Program, Martinez Street Women's Center, Neighborhoods First Alliance, San Antonio Immigrant Youth Movement, and others. Students made DIY dog toys, created seed bomb giveaways, managed the food stations, and created fun activities for kids. Free Zumba was also offered by Ms. Fiesta San Antonio, Victoria Flores, who was also a University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Nursing middle school mentor. This year, we entered our service project into the Silver and Black Give Back #TeamUp2013 Challenge. We were chosen as one of 10 semifinalists, and received $1000 for our project. We are now in the running for $10,000 to continue our projects throughout the year. You can vote for our service project at teamupchallenge.com through August 12.