Boys and Girls Club at SA Food Bank
From 2011 through 2020, the Area Foundation helped to increase graduation rates by supporting out-of-school time programs.
Through a competitive review process each year, the Area Foundation awarded High School Completion grants to organizations that:
- Provided evidence that students improve in the areas of school attendance, academic performance and/or behavior,
- Provided opportunities for students to engage in leadership activities and/or for families to participate in the program,
- Had a relationship with a public school teacher, counselor or administrator who provided a letter of support describing the program’s impact on student attendance, behavior and/or academic performance.
Investing in Collaboration
The San Antonio Area Foundation understands the power of collaboration to influence systems change, to this end served as a catalyst to launch a coordinated city-wide effort focused on improving youth outcomes through Out-of-School Time (OST) programs. The initiative, known as Excel Beyond the Bell - San Antonio (EBBSA), convenes 48 nonprofit organizations serving 80,000 area youth and engages them in a common agenda to centered on building developmental relationships with youth.
The Area Foundation now serves as a lead anchor partner to EBBSA. For every dollar invested in EBBSA programs, $3.66 in benefits to the community is generated through improved education outcomes, increased incomes, less welfare dependence, and reduced justice system costs. EBBSA is now a network of UP Partnership and has expanded its focus. Through our shared commitment to equity and capacity building we have joined organizations across the community to commitment to equitable recovery pledge.
Youth Success Grant Opportunities
The Area Foundation continues its focus on educational outcomes, from cradle to career, through its annual Youth Success Annual Responsive Grants program.