Summit Showcases Innovative San Antonio Programs for Children and Youth
Meade, Katie, Nation's Cities Weekly
The 2007 National Summit on Your City's Families provided an opportunity for the City of San Antonio to showcase some of its most innovative youth and family programs. San Antonio is nationally recognized for its family strengthening initiatives, investing over $100 million in efforts that benefit children, youth and families.
"We believe our budget is an expression of public policy," says Dennis Campa, director of San Antonio's Department of Community Initiatives.
Children and Youth Programs
Summit participants toured local programs at various locations throughout the city as part of mobile workshops designed to provide a first-hand look at how the programs operate.
On Monday afternoon, October 1, one group of summit participants traveled to Connel Elementary School to learn about the After School Challenge Program, which provides on-site afterschool programming for children ages 5-12 in more than 100 schools through partnerships with school districts and community-based organizations.
Another group had the opportunity to visit the Alamo Area Academies, a two-year alternative education training and internship program that focuses on manufacturing, aerospace and information security. The program introduces qualified students to career opportunities in these industries, provides them with job opportunities and experience, and aims to provide a seamless transition from high school to college to the workplace.
The KLRN Early On! School Readiness program, which focuses on educating family, friend and neighbor caregivers about the important role they play in preparing children for a successful future, served as another workshop site. KLRN, San Antonio's public television provider, partners with the city to host school readiness workshops, conduct media campaigns, heighten public awareness and provide information and referrals to community resources for caregivers.
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