Category: Strong Communities

Welcome to the new “picturesque” gateway to the Texas Hill Country: rich peaceful land and the Edwards Aquifer buried under the the pollutants and fugitive dust of aggregate mining. Wait, we can stop this.

Imagine this: you are on an outing to enjoy a weekend on Canyon Lake or canoe the Guadalupe River. Your journey takes you on Texas Highway 46 or FM 3009. In route to your scenic destination, you encounter numerous heavy trucks emitting pollutants and bellows of fugitive dust. Then you pass a huge, unsightly hole in the ground with massive equipment making unbearable noise and spewing carcinogenic dust into the air. The peace, serenity, tranquility and beauty you came to enjoy will be gone. Welcome to the new “picturesque” gateway to the Texas Hill Country.

The 2016 – 2017 Annual Report highlights the financial impact Alpha Home supporters have made to rebuild lives in the San Antonio community

Check out the 2016 – 2017 Annual Report highlights showing the financial impact their supporters have made to their mission.   Visit Alpha Home Article Author: Alpha Home

Something for Moms . . . Register for The Moms Community Listening Forum on August 10, 2018

Mommie Support Network, the WilCo Wellness Alliance coalition’s Maternal and Infant Health working group, the Round Rock Public Library, and Dell Children’s Health Plan present the Moms Community Listening Forum! This forum is designed to give moms the opportunity to share their opinions and perspectives regarding what is needed to better support their mental and physical health after the birth of a child. Organizations that… Read more »

OneVo!ceHome: Human Trafficking is the Exclamation Point to Modern Day Injustice – learn what one committed community in West Texas is doing to “break the silence”

Did you know that every 30 seconds someone becomes a victim of modern-day slavery? Or that there are 48.8M slaves in the world today? 22% are sex slaves. And I’m embarrassed to say that Texas is ranked #2 in the nation for the most reported human trafficking cases. The average age an American girl enters the sex trade is 13. And shockingly, 400 trafficked, underage teens work the streets of Dallas each night. And finally, there are illegal massage business working trafficked girls by schools and even in our wealthiest neighborhoods . . . think about it.

12 Grantees Announced for First Nations’ Native Language Immersion Initiative

There are currently about 150 Native languages spoken in the U.S., many of them spoken only by a small number of elders. Without intervention, many of these languages are expected to become extinct within the next 50 to 100 years, which means a significant loss of cultural heritage. Language retention and revitalization programs have been recognized as providing key benefits to Native American communities by boosting educational achievement and student retention rates. First Nations seeks to stem the loss of Indigenous languages and cultures by supporting new generations of Native American language speakers.

A well-educated citizenry is an economic and social necessity: How to improve student educational outcomes: New insights from data analytics

A well-educated citizenry is an economic and social necessity. Policy makers, educators, and parents all over the world want students to understand and be able to apply their knowledge of math, reading, and science. Yet improving educational outcomes has proved elusive. Some countries, states and municipalities have made great strides, but many continue to struggle. Educators continue to debate what matters and what works.

GCIR Releases Report in Honor of World Refugee Day

In honor of World Refugee Day, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrant and Refugees (GCIR) is pleased to release Philanthropic Strategies to Support Refugees and Asylum Seekers, a report that describes recent philanthropic responses to humanitarian crises to inform action on the grave and urgent challenges now facing refugees and asylum seekers seeking refuge in the United States. With the number of displaced persons in the… Read more »

A Tragedy: Pacific Bluefin Tuna Stock Remains Highly Depleted – New Science Shows 97% Depleted

This week, the scientists who evaluate the health of Pacific bluefin tuna, one of the most iconic and valuable fish species in the world, released a new stock assessment that shows the population at just 3.3 percent of its unfished level. This confirms the species’ severely depleted status and points to the continued need for more effective management of the fishery. Although the assessment… Read more »

What Unites and Divides Urban, Suburban and Rural Communities

Amid widening gaps in politics and demographics, Americans in urban, suburban and rural areas share many aspects of community life. Large demographic shifts are reshaping America. The country is growing in numbers, it’s becoming more racially and ethnically diverse and the population is aging. But according to a new analysis by Pew Research Center, these trends are playing out differently across community types.

The Meaning and Impact of Community Resilience

“When I think about resilience at the community level,” Lourdes Rodriguez says, “I think about communities that understand that the conditions creating adversity are bigger than an individual.” In physics, resilience is an object’s ability to bounce back into its original form after sustaining a shock. In communities, it means something much more. Wendy Ellis, project director of the Building Community Resilience(BCR) collaborative at… Read more »

NoVo Foundation Announces Grantees of $34 Million Radical Hope Fund

NoVo Foundation is dedicated to building a more just and balanced world. Founded in 2006 by Jennifer and Peter Buffett, NoVo has become one of the largest private foundations in the world to support initiatives focused explicitly on girls and women, including a dedicated focus on ending violence against girls and women and supporting adolescent girls.

Laura Bush: Separating children from their parents at the border ‘breaks my heart’

On Sunday, a day we as a nation set aside to honor fathers and the bonds of family, I was among the millions of Americans who watched images of children who have been torn from their parents. In the six weeks between April 19 and May 31, the Department of Homeland Security has sent nearly 2,000 children to mass detention centers or foster care. More than 100 of these children are younger than 4 years old. The reason for these separations is a zero-tolerance policy for their parents, who are accused of illegally crossing our borders.

Austin (using blockchain to help the homeless) and Georgetown (leasing rooftop space to solar-power a city) are two fo the Bloomberg Philanthropy 2018 Champion Cities

2018 Champion Cities Austin, TX: Using Blockchain to Vouch for Identities of the Homeless The City of Austin will use blockchain technology to provide homeless residents with a unique identifier that allows them to access their personal records at any time, enabling access to critical services. Boston, MA: Bringing Equity to Street Repairs The City of Boston will infuse equity into the City’s approach… Read more »

Census Bureau Reveals Fastest-Growing Large Cities: San Antonio Tops Chart Adding More Than 60 People a Day on Average

More people moving to Texas and to San Antonio. It’s not a surprise, but whys this happening? Where are people coming from? How is San Antonio planning for population growth? What impact can population growth have on other socioeconomic issues such as mass transit system and transportation, employment, education, affordable housing, conservation and natural resources, social services and the criminal justice system? How does San Antonio stay special?

Mental Health Headlines: What we can do for our kids following the Santa Fe, Texas shooting

The Hogg Foundation offers its deepest condolences to those impacted by the shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, and for the lives lost. Our hearts go out to the students, teachers, and administrators of Santa Fe High School and their families. We share the broader public’s bewilderment and frustration that these mass shooting incidents have become so common. It is important that we avoid either… Read more »

Declining Majority of Online Adults Say the Internet Has Been Good for Society

Americans tend to view the impact of the internet and other digital technologies on their own lives in largely positive ways, Pew Research Center surveys have shown over the years. A survey of U.S. adults conducted in January 2018 finds continuing evidence of this trend, with the vast majority of internet users (88%) saying the internet has, on balance, been a mostly good thing… Read more »

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings kicks off Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge

Read and get rewarded! In an effort to keep academic skills sharp and encourage the whole family to read every day, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings joined students and community supporters to kick off the 2018 Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge. The free 10-week program, which runs June 2-Aug. 11, encourages daily reading of books, newspapers, magazines, audiobooks and e-books. Presented by Epsilon, the Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge is a family affair open to children and adults. Participants can enjoy fantastic prizes and more than 2,500 weekly STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) activities offered throughout the summer.

A Message from Joyce Slocum, President & CEO of TPR

My passion for the mission of public radio is what led me to leave a career in children’s entertainment and join NPR in 2008. My desire to return to Texas and still be in public radio is what brought me to TPR in 2014. I couldn’t be happier to be here. It’s particularly rewarding to me when someone from our community shares with me… Read more »

In San Antonio: Immersed: Local to Global Art Sensations presenting Yayoi Kusama

Organized in conjunction with the San Antonio Tricentennial celebrations and the 50th anniversary of HemisFair ’68, this exhibition focuses on San Antonio as a place of deep history, local values, and global thinking. Immersive, environmental installations by Yayoi Kusama and Philip Worthington, a film by Andy Warhol, and a new commission by San Antonio’s Chris Sauter transform the McNay’s Tobin Exhibition Galleries. Internationally celebrated Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s Aftermath of Obliteration… Read more »