The Office of P-20 Initiatives and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at UTSA developed a collaborative program that focuses on educational improvement and higher education awareness of San Antonio area elementary and middle school students. The program is based on increased college awareness, the importance of reading and math skills, and the value of pursuing educational opportunities after high school graduation. The Dreamrunners program provides participating students with an opportunity to learn the value and importance of higher education and experience college life by visiting the UTSA campus and attending a UTSA athletic event.
P20 Achieving Better Attendance in San Antonio
The P20 Achieving Better Attendance in San Antonio (ABASA) program provides assistance and alternatives to youths and their families charged with truancy fines assigned by the Bexar County Juvenile Court System. The main goal of the program is to work with students to reengage them in the educational system and to eventually be successful in their academic pursuits. The program assists both the parents and students by providing them with an opportunity to waive or reduce their truancy fines. As a part of this agreement, they must attend group functions and counseling sessions, individual training sessions, watch videos, listen to guest speakers and utilize materials designed to help them understand the negative consequences of not attending or being truant from school.
Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)
The University of Texas System Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) undergraduate student research program has been established with funding from the National Science Foundation. The program provides a group of students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) from underserved/underrepresented groups with opportunities to participate in on-going research projects at UTSA. By way of individual stipends, the identified upper division students are able to participate in state of the art research, on-going STEM-based topics, and premised on a cohort model with a UTSA faculty member.
Collegiate G-Force Work-Study Mentorships
The College for All Texans Initiative is a collaborative effort between the Office of P-20 Initiatives and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The UTSA Collegiate G-Force is a group of motivated college students who help area high school students through tutoring, mentoring and outreach activities. The G-Force team concentrates on students’ attitude, aptitude and access to college. Through these three areas, G-Force mentors demonstrate how college is possible with a commitment to academic success and proper planning. The G-Force team provides knowledge about college admission and financial aid. Also, the UTSA Collegiate G-Force members utilize the UTSA Mobile Go Center, a 42-foot trailer set up with laptops and satellite Internet (see description below).
Roadrunner for a Day (formerly Campus Tours)
The Roadrunner for a Day program is available for students in grades three through eight. This program provides 50 students with an opportunity to tour the UTSA Downtwon Campus and experience day-to-day college life. The Office of P-20 Initiatives main objectives are to inspire, engage, and assist the participating students in their pursuit of higher education goals. To participate in a Roadrunner for a Day event, please click on a date and time listed on the calendar http://p20.utsa.edu/contact/.