A United Way, SAHA and Goodwill partnership recently received an initial $150,000 grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation to implement a community-endorsed two-generation plan to provide programs for children that focus on healthy development, growth and education, as well as services for adults that concentrate on parenting, job skills and financial security. The Dual Generation program (Dual Gen) initiative provides parents of children ages 0-10 with a pathway for career readiness while providing quality child care experiences. The Dual Gen partnership includes Goodwill, the Financial Empowerment Center, the San Antonio Housing Authority/ Jobs Plus, St. Philip’s College, and Urban Strategies. All Dual Gen partners are co-located at the Ella Austin Community Center.
EPN and SAHA’s Choice Neighborhood initiatives possess attributes that the Casey Foundation believes are key to successful neighborhood transformation, such as the presence of an established partnership of local organizations and public agencies; high-quality education, health and other support services for children; robust job training and financial education programs for adults; actively engaged parents and residents; and access to affordable housing to promote residential stability.
Check out this amazing video from the Annie E. Casey Foundation on some of the Dual Gen families: