Valero Awards $1 Million Challenge Grant to City Year San Antonio
City Year San Antonio, an education nonprofit fueled by national service that helps students and schools to succeed, announced on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, a $1 million challenge grant from Valero Energy Foundation to help City Year San Antonio grow its impact and serve more students in the city.
Today, 89 City Year AmeriCorps members serve 6,000 students in seven San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) schools as near-peer mentors, tutors and role models. Valero’s grant will support City Year San Antonio’s expansion into five more schools, allowing AmeriCorps members to reach an additional 2,800 SAISD students.
“Valero is proud to make this investment to help City Year San Antonio prepare more area children for college and future careers.” said Joe Gorder, chairman of the Valero Energy Foundation. “At Valero, we seek to contribute to organizations that are data- driven and have real outcomes for students, and in this regard, City Year is a great fit.”
In partnership with teachers and principals, City Year AmeriCorps members work full-time in high-need schools to provide integrated academic and social-emotional support to students, helping them stay on track to graduate from high school prepared for college and career success. City Year and its partners commit to multiple years of service in the highest-need schools so that students receive support from AmeriCorps members as they progress from elementary to high school. By working with students as they progress from third to ninth grades, City Year AmeriCorps members offer support during key transition periods where research shows that students in high-need schools are most at risk for falling off track, ensuring that more students reach the 10th grade on time and on track to graduate from high school.
“With the support of Valero’s challenge grant, City Year San Antonio is seeking to expand to every elementary and middle school that feeds into Lanier High School, ensuring that our AmeriCorps members are offering support to students during key transition periods in their lives,” said Kelly Hughes Burton, City Year San Antonio’s executive director and vice president. “We’re grateful to the Valero Energy Foundation and to the San Antonio community for their investment in our students, and for their partnership in helping ensure that more students are getting and staying on track to graduate from high school.”
Valero’s investment in City Year is aligned with the company’s philanthropic commitment to increase the number of students going to college and help them succeed in college and career. Last fall, Valero announced an $8.4 million grant to fund SAISD’s Pipeline for College Success program, an initiative aimed at increasing the number of students who enroll in and complete college.
“City Year’s work to ensure our students are reaching 10th grade on time and on track to graduation is critical to our district reaching the goals we’ve set for our high school students,” said Superintendent Pedro Martinez. “Valero’s support of both SAISD and City Year will be transformational for our students’ success, and for this community.”