Our Strategy

Founded in 2009, UP Partnership (formerly P16Plus) has been the leader in collective impact for young people in Bexar County for nearly 10 years. In that time, we have helped to facilitate progress across major population-level change indicators, from early grade reading to high school completion. In 2018, we expanded our mission statement to focus on all child- and youth-serving institutions in Bexar County, not just educational ones.

Our new mission is “to ensure all young people across Bexar County are ready for the future.” To deliver on this mission, we coordinate data, align pathways and promote policy change that can help to unlock the full potential of our young people, our communities and our region.

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Our Challenge

Talent is equally distributed across Bexar County. But opportunity is not.

Our young people’s futures are being shaped by where they live, how much money their parents make, and what category of race/ethnicity they fall into.  UP Partnership is working to change that, so that no child’s future is determined by geography, parental income or race/ethnicity.

To learn more about this problem, please explore the Opportunity Atlas.

Below are two images displaying the current earnings of children who were born into low-income households in Bexar County between 1978 and 1983. The image on the left shows the current earnings of White children born into low-income households, while the image on the rights shows the current earnings of Hispanic children born into low-income households.

Drag the slider left or right to view the disparity.

Household Income for Hispanic Children of Low Income Parents in San Antonio
Household Income for White Children of Low Income Parents in San Antonio
Each section of the map is a different census tract in the county. The sections that are deep red represent children who grew up in poverty and, like their parents, are struggling to make more than a very limited income. The sections that are green represent children that were able to break the cycle of poverty, and are now earning significantly more than their parents. For white children of this generation, breaking the cycle of poverty has been an uphill battle, but has been possible in many cases. For Hispanic children of this generation, breaking the cycle of poverty has been an extremely difficult task.

These maps show that race and parental income are shaping young people’s future earnings across Bexar County.

Together, we can solve this problem.

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