P.A.T.H.

Partnering, Assisting & Transforming for Higher Education

P.A.T.H. is located in the Student Advocacy Center. Support and Guidance are provided by Student Care Advocates who offer support services to current, former foster, and adopted youth through the Alamo Colleges. Help is available to maintain academic success by connecting foster and adopted youth with their Certified Advisor for continued academic support. Eligible foster students benefit from Referrals to services provided by the Alamo Colleges and by Community partners.

 

Services Provided

  • Students are able to access the on campus Food Pantry "The Store" two times per month providing access to nutrient foods they may not otherwise have access too. This is to supplement their current food access and is not to act as their sole food resource. 

  • Students can visit the Clothes Closet “Magic Closet” twice a month for casual wear, business wear, or uniforms for their degree (depending on availability). Additionally, they may select clothes for their children.


    *The Magic Closet is currently closed during COVID; however, if you are in need of clothing, we can assist you in finding resources in your community.

  • There are funds specifically allocated for P.A.T.H. students experiencing a crisis.

    Some of these expenses may include:
    Housing (including rental arrears)
    Utilities (including arrears)
    Vehicle costs and maintenance
    Medical expenses
    Phone/internet
    Groceries

    If you are experiencing an emergency and need to request funds, contact your Student Care Advocate.

     

    *Students must be actively enrolled and attending school.
    *Emergency Funds are available to access remotely during COVID-19 provisions.

  • Medicaid Benefits: If you are under the age of 26 and aged out of foster care

    Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Benefits

    Other state resources as identified by your Student Care Advocate

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Your Student Care Advocate- Krizia Franklin

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Krizia Franklin has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Krizia was the youngest constituent appointed to serve as a council member for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services by Governor Rick Perry in 2013 and by Governor Greg Abbott in 2015. Moreover, Krizia is currently a member of Senator José Menéndez’s Blue Ribbon Task Force (BRTF) which aims to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Krizia is a long-time advocate, passionate about advocating for the rights of foster youth in the child welfare system, and those who have aged out. Knowing the value of an education, and a former foster youth herself, Krizia was a champion for the Bexar County Fostering Educational Success Pilot Program (BCFES).

She is also working towards obtaining her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at San Antonio and is on track to graduate in Summer 2021.

A letter from Krizia

Dear Students,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the San Antonio College!

Together, the Alamo Colleges has partnered with the Texas legislature to make a program specifically for students with prior foster care / adoption history called Partnering, Assisting, and Transforming for Higher Education (P.A.T.H).

As a former foster youth myself, I believe this program can help make a difference in the lives of students who have aged out of the foster care system. In fact, I wish there had been a program like this in place when I had aged out of foster care myself.

Take advantage of this opportunity to do great things and make your dreams come true! Use your tuition and fee waiver to get the education you want and may need in the field of work you choose to pursue! I am here to help guide you as you become the best version of yourself. You can count on me.

College is not always easy, but it is worth it. This program was created in an attempt to help ease some of your struggles along the way. You are not alone. As a student of the Alamo Colleges District, you have a network of resources and support. You also have this program which has been designed specifically for you!  Supporting you is central to our mission at the Alamo Colleges.

If you are unsure of whether or not you qualify to be in the program, it is as simple as sending an email to find out. I would be more than happy to assist.

In the meantime, I leave you with one of my favorite quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

I look forward to meeting with you soon.

Krizia Franklin, CNP
Student Care Advocate

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