Why We Measure
By using data as the foundation of our work, we seek to show that for our young people to succeed, the systems they experience must change. The data show that our systems are not equitable for Bexar County’s young people, especially our Black and Latinx communities. We believe in using data to inform our partners and community, to compel action to change these systems and to help our young people be ready for the future.
Who Utilizes This Data:
Youth and Families
Where We Seek Change
We believe in the importance of disaggregating data by race, ethnicity, income, gender, and citizenship status whenever possible. This can then help those in power make informed decisions on how existing disparities within systems lead to disparities in outcomes.
Our schools disproportionately use exclusionary discipline practices on African American and Latinx boys and young men, which is just one barrier to career success. Through My Brother’s Keeper San Antonio, we help remove these barriers.
Being civically engaged helps young people have better success in their learning while increasing happiness, life satisfaction and their overall wellbeing. Through Our Tomorrow, we give young people the opportunity to be engaged and learn how to make change.
College and Career Readiness
Making sure that all of our young people succeed is our entire community’s responsibility. Our College Success Dashboard shows us how Bexar County high school students are doing in regards to postsecondary readiness, access, and attainment.
While our My Brother’s Keeper San Antonio and Diplomás networks focus on postsecondary enrollment and attainment, Excel Beyond the Bell and Our Tomorrow focus on the social emotional development and youth empowerment necessary for young people to thrive.
Our Community’s Investments in Young People
How our community is making its financial investments tells us its priorities. The fiscal resource dashboard is the result of an analysis of investments throughout Bexar County to help city leaders and stakeholders better align their resources to address funding gaps in our community. This fiscal resource dashboard was made in partnership with the Children’s Funding Project and the City of San Antonio Department of Human Services.
This dashboard was created after mapping publicly available data and addresses six outcome areas.
Our recommendations for investing in our community
How our community is making its financial investments tells us its priorities. The Leveraging American Rescue Plan Act Funds for Youth Outcomes is a guide developed by UP Partnership, in conjunction with PFM and the Children’s Funding Project to aid local partners in making transformative ARPA investments to support young people.
More than 60 partners, including high school students, participated in our Funding Alignment Task Force in 2020 to develop recommendations for an equitable recovery post-pandemic. Recommendations for spending are grouped by three outcome areas: “Safe and stable,” “Mental Health and Wellbeing,” and “Connected/Academically Prepared.”
Our Community’s Services for Young People
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, we mapped many of the non-profit agencies serving children and youth in San Antonio, including traditional out-of-school time programs, workforce training and college test prep. The map was created to help families, practitioners, researchers, and community members know what services to support young people exist and where in our community we find gaps.
Whether you are a parent looking for an out-of-school time program for your child, a community partner deciding where to offer services, or a researcher examining equitable distribution of resources across our city, this map has information from more than 80 different agencies and more than 500 programs to help you find that information.