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Socorro ISD celebrates success of Texas ACE, partnership with YWCA

The Socorro Independent School District, in partnership with YWCA El Paso Del Norte Region, recently celebrated a succesful first year in the Texas Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE) program.

“We have partnered with YWCA to create a unique afterschool program that brings endless opportunities to our students and strengthens our community,” said Lucia Borrego, chief academic officer. “When we form community partnerships it benefits humanity as a whole.”

Texas ACE program provides more than 1,200 students in grades PreK-8 free Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) opportunities afterschool, during intersession, and summers.

SISD Superintendent José Espinoza, Ed.D., board members, and administrators, as well as Dr. Sylvia Acosta, CEO of YWCA, her board of directors, and leadership staff, celebrated the partnership with a special ceremony.

“We are so thankful for the strong partnership we have with SISD,” Acosta said.

“The program helps students access quality afterschool programs in a fun way. You can see the excitement in their eyes when they are learning, and now they’re talking about going to college, becoming scientists, and doing big things in their lives.”

Texas ACE is funded through an annual $1.5 million 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant from the Texas Education Agency.

Team SISD is one of 51 entities in the state to earn the grant and the only school district in the region to be eligible for four more years of grant funding.

“This partnership has gone above and beyond for our kids,” said Alejandro Olvera, principal at Ernesto Serna School. “Our students are in a safe environment where they learn and have fun with their study groups. By the time their parents pick them up, they don’t want to go.

Texas ACE is offered at Campestre, H.D. Hilley, Hueco, Escontrias and Rojas elementary schools; Escontrias Early Childhood Center; Desert Wind and Ernesto Serna K-8 schools; and Salvador H. Sanchez and Socorro middle schools.

New Teen Dating Violence Prevention Curriculum Shows ‘Significant Effects’ on Students

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation, in partnership with the YWCA, and Health Advocates, developed the Me & You curriculum in an effort to address dating violence in schools.

“Every step along the development process, we gained community input, which makes me confident it is the right fit for our youth,” said Lucy Hernandez, Dating Violence Prevention Project Manager, YWCA El Paso del Norte Region. “After participating in this curriculum, youth will gain skills to resolve conflict and talk out disagreements, and they will increase knowledge in preventing dating violence leading them to build healthy relationships.”

This new dating violence prevention curricula, for middle and high schools, is based on the National Sexuality Education Standards and health education standards for Texas and New Mexico.

The interactive learning experience is designed to increase classroom participation and teach adolescents the value of healthy relationships, warning signs of an unhealthy relationship, ways to prevent and stop dating violence.

Teen dating violence is defined by the physical, sexual, psychological or emotional violence within a dating relationship.

El Paso has higher percentages of physical dating violence among youth than the national average. According to an El Paso Youth Health Behavior Survey in 2015, among high school students who date:

  • 17.1% of female students and 17.6% of male students experienced physical dating violence
  • 17% of female students and 11.3% of male students experienced sexual dating violence
  • 34.3% of sexual minority youth reported physical dating violence compared with 14.8% of heterosexual youth
  • 30% of sexual minority youth reported sexual violence compared with 11.7% of heterosexual youth

Officials add, “Research shows that well designed and implemented teen dating violence prevention curriculum can decrease risks of being in an abusive relationship.”

The YWCA and Health Advocates conducted a pilot test with more than 2,000 students and 31 teachers from seven middle schools and five high schools in El Paso Independent School District and Deming Public Schools that participated in the curriculum.

Results showed that after youth participated in the Me & You curriculum youth indicated:

  • It was wrong to hit other people, say mean things to other people, take anger out using physical force, and say mean things if you’re angry with someone you date.
  • They disagreed that girls sometimes deserve to be hit by the boys they date.
  • They were more confident they could stay out of fights, understand another person’s point of view, and talk out a disagreement.
  • A greater sense of support from an adult they feel comfortable talking about their problems with.

To learn more about the curriculum or to get your school involved, contact Lucy Hernandez, Dating Violence Prevention Project Manager, YWCA El Paso del Norte Region at 915-519-0002 or l.hernandez@ywcaelpaso.org.

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