The UTSA Academy for Parent Leadership provides training focused on leadership development for parents in South Texas. The program provides each participant with an introduction to higher education as well as valuable resources to be used with their children and community. Also, the program is designed to help parents adjust to high school and establish skills that will assist them in being successful community leaders.
In order to build community leaders, the Training of Trainers (ToT) model is used to teach the parent curriculum. The UTSA Institute for P-20 Initiatives facilitates all aspects of the program with support from faculty, staff, and other community partners. The parents attend three all-day Saturday sessions and receive valuable information focused on the following coursework: communication skills and project development, HB5 endorsements and personal graduation plans, SAT and ACT planning, financial literacy, and FAFSA and scholarships.
Finally, upon successful completion of the coursework, the parents receive a certificate and participate in a graduation ceremony hosted by UTSA. By participating in the ceremony, the parents then become role models for their children and other parents in the community.