This partnership between Presa Community Center and UIW was funded by a grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development through the Office of University Partnerships as a Hispanic Serving Institutions Assisting Communities grant (HSIAC). The grant funded the construction of a 4000 square foot "Learning and Technology Center" on the property of the Presa Community Center in South San Antonio. Other funding helped to develop programs in tutoring/mentoring, parent training, micro-business development, computer literacy training, and psychological testing.
3721 S. Presa
San Antonio, TX 78210
The partnership encompasses three dimensions:
1. Construction of Multipurpose Learning Facility at the Presa Community Center.
2. Expansion of economic development and revitalization through UIW's partnership with Presa Real, a grass-roots Community Development Corporation dedicated to economic revitalization in the South Presa District, and
3. Implementation of UIW's demonstrated commitment to service learning pedagogies.
Elected officials, grantors, donors, and community residents were present.
Ron Segovia (City Council Member) speaks to Open House guests while Ray Foley, Presa Community Center Executive Director, looks on.
Robert Sosa, UIW Director of Foundations, Corporate and Governmental Relations, speaks to guests.
Many were on-hand during the Open House on June 2nd, including Doug Keel, Board President of Presa Community Center (right foreground).
(Presa Community Center seen from the corner of Uvalde and South Presa Street).
The Presa Community Center offers a community-based program that assists the elderly and school-age children with a variety of social problems. They provide food, daily activities, after-school care, and several other important means of support. The purpose of the children's program is to provide supervised after-school care, as well as a summer program. The center provides meals, activities, mentoring, and tutoring for all children to take part in, free of charge.
(View of the main entrance of Presa Community Center from South Presa Street).
Stephanie Smith: President
Francis Martin: Vice President
University of the Incarnate Word
Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
Presa Community Center
New Frontiers Charter School
(New Frontiers Charter School is located on Fair and Presa Street).
-The academic and economic conditions in the South Presa area of San Antonio are below
city, state, and national averages.
- Parental educational level directly impacts their children's educational achievement.
- Economic conditions often reflect the educational levels of the area.
Based on the scholarship of the grant, several conferences presentations have taken place highlighting the work of the grant.
UIW Psychology Fall Symposium, November 2002, San Antonio, Texas.
UIW Psychology Fall Symposium, October 2003, San Antonio, Texas.
National HUD HSIAC Directors Meeting, Office of University Partnerships, December 2002, San Antonio, Texas, and January 2003, Washington, DC.
National Conference of Undergraduate Research, February 2002, Salt Lake City
Utah McNair Rocky Mountain Conference, March 2002, Denver, Colorado.
National Conference of Psychologist for Social Responsibility, May 2005, Lewis & Clark University, Portland, Oregon
From L to R: Elva Garica (HUD representative), Ms. Coiner (Charity Ball), Ms. Orsinger (Orsinger Foundation), Frances Martin (Presa Real Director), Dr. Silvia Reyna (San Antonio ISD), Toni Morehouse (San Antonio City Councilwoman), Dr. Louis Agnese (President, UIW), and Doug Kiel (Presa Board President)
From L to R: Blake Hornsby, Ysenia Guerra, Angelique Engelhardt, Suyen Shneegans, and Misty Vontur.
From L to R: Julia Conrath, Megan Tope, Taniea Bitz, & Rocio Meza
From L to R: Kenny Zolezzi, Delia Ibanez, Brandy Beheler, & Ashley Galindo