SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS — UP Partnership, a collective impact organization dedicated to ensuring every child in Bexar County is ready for the future, will receive up to $350,000 over three years from StriveTogether, a national network working to bring communities together around data to make decisions and improve results for kids. UP Partnership will use its grant award to fund key strategies of several networks, including My Brother’s Keeper San Antonio, Diplomás, Our Tomorrow and research on the state of education in Bexar County.

The grant award is part of StriveTogether’s Cradle to Career Community Challenge, which invests in efforts to improve equity and economic mobility for children and their families. The Opportunity Fund extends the work of communities by focusing on deeper systems-level change. This grant is awarded to communities that have demonstrated progress changing systems like education, housing, health and transportation to improve opportunities for every child.

”We are proud to be a part of this national cohort,” said UP Partnership Executive Director Ryan Lugalia-Hollon. “Our team works with incredible partners every day to drive improvements for young people, and this transformational grant will help us to extend that work in some major ways.”

Funding will allow UP Partnership’s networks to: create a unified and intergenerational policy agenda focused on closing racial and ethnic disparities across the UP Partnership; expand a comprehensive fiscal map of Bexar County to create accountability and serve as a foundation for policy agendas; reduce the percentage of students who are part of the discipline population through whole school restorative justice and working with partner Bexar County probation departments to increase support for the reintegration of youth; and increase postsecondary enrollment among Latinx and African-American students in East Central ISD, Harlandale ISD, Judson ISD, San Antonio ISD and Southwest ISD.

San Antonio is one of four communities being awarded up to $350,000 from the Opportunity Fund per year for three years.

Since launching the Community Challenge last year, StriveTogether has invested $14 million in 30 communities on projects that advance equity, improve results and spread bold strategies to help students progress from kindergarten to postsecondary completion and a job.

“At StriveTogether, our mission is to help communities transform how they serve youth and families,” StriveTogether President and CEO Jennifer Blatz said. “We launched the Cradle to Career Community Challenge because we refuse to settle for a world in which a child’s ability is dictated by race, ethnicity or poverty. This work is more urgent than ever, and we are excited to support four more communities in creating lasting change for youth and families.”