In 2010, the people of San Antonio’s Eastside brought their knowledge and talents together to reenvision their community as a place of educational opportunity, desirable housing and economic prosperity. This effort to reinvest in the neighborhoods and people of the Eastside was led by then City Councilperson Ivy Taylor and joined by numerous private and public partners. During these initial activities, the community identified both problems and possible solutions. The Eastside Reinvestment Summit formalized a new focus for the Eastside: education, job creation and housing.
The result: Eastside Promise Neighborhood leaders submitted an application for a five-year implementation grant and learned in December 2011 that San Antonio was selected as one of five implementation sites in the country and awarded a $24.6 million grant. With a focus on improving educational outcomes through a data-driven “community schools” approach, the goal is to realize the promise of San Antonio’s Eastside by seeing it become a neighborhood where families and children stay, grow, and graduate. Thus, the education leg of the stool is being built.