Helping Children of Color in Grades Fourth Through Ninth with Math Proficiency - United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County

Helping Children of Color in Grades Fourth Through Ninth with Math Proficiency

  • June 6, 2022
Helping Children of Color in Grades Fourth Through Ninth with Math Proficiency - United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County
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Multiply Success is a new initiative by United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County that focuses on providing academic resources for children of color in our community.  

The initiative will serve all children of color, in grades fourth through ninth, while having a central focus on outreach to Black children to improve eighth-grade math proficiency. Multiply Success will provide year-round, in-school and out-of-school support that will promote math-focused tools, digital proficiency and internet safety. 

“Math is a foundation for the future of the children,” said Fabiola Avila, Director of Social and Community Engagement for Family Services Association of San Antonio. “It can play a part in their future success and in the careers that they want to have. This gives them an opportunity to realize their dreams.” 

Multiply Success is a three-year initiative made possible by funding from Corporate Partners for Racial Equity (CPRE). CPRE is a group comprised of local corporate leaders who are committed to investing in services that support underserved communities of color, like Multiply Success.  

To achieve the mission of Multiply Success, United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County has selected the following Impact Partners and programs. All programs will launch this summer.  

  • Empower House SA – Empower Youth High Impact Tutoring 
  • Family Service Association of San Antonio – Multiply Your Future 
  • Good Samaritan Community Services – Out of School Time Program Expansion 
  • Presa Community Center – Navigator Student Leadership Club – SKILLS 
  • Young Women’s Christian Association – E=MC2: Empowerment = Mi Carrera to the Next Level

A major factor in the creation of Multiply Success was data from the Texas Education Agency that showed an over 30% decline in 2021 for eighth-grade scores on the STAAR math assessment with Black and Latino children in San Antonio compared to 2015 scores. STAAR math assessment scores fell from an average of 66% in 2015 to 39% in 2021 with Black or African-American students. With Hispanic or Latino students in San Antonio, scores dropped from 67% in 2015 to 43% in 2021.  

Multiply Success will provide year-round tutoring in math proficiency for students of color. It will also connect students of color to tutors from the community who look like the children in the program. 

“We know that math proficiency is linked to higher rates of high-school graduation,” said Jose Lora, Successful Students Impact Manager for United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County. “Later in life, we can also see the wealth income gap close for people of color. There is a long life of benefits, from immediate to long-term, that we can see with improved math proficiency.” 

Part of the work that our Successful Students Impact Council does in the community, Multiply Success is just one piece of our ongoing efforts to ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. Through the Successful Students Impact Council, we are helping students become actively engaged in their community and prepared for the 21st-century workforce. 

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