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SAN ANTONIO (June 26, 2018) — The City of San Antonio, for the fourth time in five years, received the All-America City Award by the National Civic League for the City’s work in promoting equity through inclusive civic engagement. The annual award recognizes communities who work together to prioritize and achieve collective results.
“This award exemplifies the welcoming spirit of San Antonio, where all residents, regardless of their ethnicity, language and age, feel welcomed by and engaged with their local government,” Mayor Ron Nirenberg said.
The City of San Antonio highlighted its equity strategy and partnered with SA2020 to narrate the visioning process that started in 2010 and the progress made by the City in cooperation with the San Antonio Education Partnership, San Antonio Teen Pregnancy Collaborative, EnrollSA and Upgrade to achieve and exceed goals set by the community.
“It’s a great honor to receive the All-America City Award again this year, which serves as a testament of our commitment to making San Antonio an inclusive city and the progress we’ve made increasing civic engagement,” City Manager Sheryl Sculley said.
Cities from across the country submitted community-wide work on equity and civic engagement. National Civic League jury members were impressed by the data and measurements of success embedded in the programs presented by the City and its community partners:
- San Antonio Teen Pregnancy Prevention Collaborative: In 2010, Bexar County had one of the highest rates of teen births in the United States. In order to reduce the Bexar County teen birth rate by 15% among females ages 15 to 19 by 2020, the San Antonio Teen Pregnancy Prevention Collaborative began monitoring teen birth rates and implementing evidence-based programs to decrease behavioral risks that contribute to teen pregnancy. The initial goal was achieved in 2012 and a subsequent 25% goal was achieved in 2014. The community is on track to reduce the teen birth rate by 50% by 2020.
- SASpeakUp Budget Campaign: In 2017, the City introduced new outreach strategies after evaluating the annual SASpeakUp campaign, resulting in nearly 8,000 residents participating in the City’s budget process, compared to 850 residents in 2006.
- Enroll SA: In 2010, 75% of residents in Bexar County under the age of 65 had health insurance coverage. The community prioritized increasing enrollment by 10% by the year 2020, and in 2016 achieved a rate of 81.6% with the help of the “EnrollSA, Get Bexar Covered,” a coalition of every major local hospital, the City, the County and several community-based organizations.
- Upgrade: San Antonio’s college attainment rates hover around 33%, compared to a national average of 45%. A community goal for 50% college attainment by 2020 was established and Upgrade was launched in April 2017 to target adults who are interested in returning college to finish their degree. Of the 512 individuals who filled out an initial intake form with Upgrade, 43% are actively working with an advisor to create their education plan, and 10% are currently enrolled in classes.
This is the seventh All-America City award for San Antonio since the award’s establishment in 1949 and the fourth achieved since Sculley became City Manager in 2005. In 2012, 2016 and 2017, the City received the All-America City designation for excellence in school readiness, school attendance and grade-level reading for children from low-income families.
Assistant City Manager Maria Villagomez led the 10-member team from San Antonio, including representatives from the City’s Office of Equity and Health Department, SA2020, San Antonio Education Partnership, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio Youth Commission and the local business community.
For more information about the National Civic League and the All-America City Award, visit www.nationalcivicleague.org.
ATTACHED PHOTO COURTESY OF NATIONAL CIVIC LEAGUE: Lauren Dones, member of the San Antonio Youth Commission and Healthy Futures Youth Advocacy Council, presents San Antonio’s community-wide projects to National Civic League jury members.