Eastside Promise Neighborhood

EASTSIDE PROMISE NEIGHBORHOOD

The East Side of San Antonio is home to some of the city’s richest history of triumph, beauty and accomplishment. And yet, the profound assets of the children, youth, elders and families are often overshadowed by challenges facing the neighborhood such as low graduation rates, high poverty, aging homes and a highly mobile population.

In 2011, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro and the Obama Administration announced that United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County was selected as one of five organizations in the nation to provide cradle-to-career services that improve educational achievement and healthy development of children.

The $25 million implementation grant bolstered a $312,000 Eastside Promise Neighborhood planning grant received in September 2010 to put school improvement at the center of local efforts to revitalize underserved neighborhoods.

The implementation grant works to improve outcomes for children, such as increased kindergarten readiness and higher high school and college graduation rates. Its five-year goal is to break down traditional government silos to use taxpayer dollars most efficiently. With the new implementation grant, the Eastside project can employ its plan for a “continuum of solutions” to help youth achieve in school.

The focus of the local grant corresponds with San Houston High School, Wheatley Middle School, Bowden, Washington and Pershing Elementary schools, and Tynan Early Childhood Center. The Promise Neighborhood planning process is led by a steering committee that includes representatives from the various agencies as well as parent representatives from the schools and residents from the local Wheatley Courts and Sutton Oaks housing projects.

To learn more about San Antonio’s Eastside Promise Neighborhood, click HERE.

Check out our latest video on EPN Early Learning Successes, click HERE.

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