Family Engagement Program

Family Engagement Program


Research shows that family engagement plays a critical part in a student’s academic success and when students have school, parental and community support, higher education is seen as the norm. Higher education becomes the expectation rather than the exception. -College Board

The Family Engagement program at The University of Texas San Antonio is honored to support our community and its journey to reach 60X30TX by 2030.

Family Engagement Workshops

The Family Engagement Program at UTSA offers sessions on Promoting a College-Going Culture, A Basic College Overview, Financial Aid and Scholarships, The Transition from High School to College + Letting Go and more.

Presentations are scheduled Monday – Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm. After hours on Tuesday and Thursday are also available. Please submit presentation requests to our Family Engagement Program Center Program Coordinator, Melissa Garcez, at
Melissa.Garcez@utsa.edu.

Descriptions of offered workshops are below. You can also download a pdf copy of our Engagement Workshops for high school families, middle school families, and elementary school families.

High School Families

Objective: National research has indicated parent involvement as a strong predictor of student success. Empowering parents to action through knowledge will further enable parents to have a positive impact on their child’s future. College awareness discussions can help families overcome the fear of the unknown. This session gives an overview of basic college information such as why higher education is beneficial, what are the different types of college degrees and different types of higher education institutions. How can a family afford to pay for college and what does it take to get a college scholarship? These questions and others will be addressed and discussed at this session so that gain s gain an understanding of the fact that
“College completion is possible.”

This session will require 1 hour

Targeted Audience: Families with high school students

Objective: The transition from high school to college can be a challenging one, especially if a family is unfamiliar with the college access and awareness information. Parents can help their students ease their transition by learning more about how to pay for college through financial aid and scholarships. What are the financial aid deadlines? Should everyone apply for financial aid? These questions will be addressed and discussed at this session so that parents gain an understanding of the fact that “College completion is possible.”

This session will require 1 hour

Targeted Audience: Parents with high school students

Objective: The transition from high school to college can be a challenging one, especially if a family is unfamiliar with college access and awareness information. Parents can help their students ease their transition by learning more about what college is like. Learn how your student can begin to build a portfolio that will make applying for college and scholarships
easier. The earlier they begin the process in their high school career, the better their portfolio can be. What do scholarship committees look for when awarding scholarships? These questions will be addressed and discussed during this session.

This session will require 1 hour

Targeted Audience: Families with high school students

Objective: The transition from high school to college can be a challenging one, especially if a family is unfamiliar with college access and awareness information. Parents can help their students ease their transition by learning more about what college is like. Learn how you can help your student prepare for the transition and how you can be better prepared. What can you expect during their senior year in high school or their freshman year in college? These questions will be addressed and discussed during this session.

This session will require 1 hour

Targeted Audience: Families with high school students

Middle School Families

Objective: National research has indicated parent involvement as a strong predictor of student success. Empowering parents to action through knowledge will further enable parents to have a positive impact on their child’s future. What can you do to help promote a college going culture for your children in elementary, middle and high school that will encourage them to reach higher? What do other families do to encourage this? Discuss this topic to learn some practical ideas and share your own ideas.

This session will require 1 hour

Targeted Audience: Families with middle school students

Objective: National research has indicated parent involvement as a strong predictor of student success. Empowering parents to action through knowledge will further enable parents to have a positive impact on their child’s future. College awareness discussions can help families overcome the fear of the unknown. This session gives an overview of basic college information such as why higher education is beneficial, what are the different types of college degrees and different types of higher education institutions. How can a family afford to pay for college and what does it take to get a college scholarship? These questions and others will be addressed and discussed at this session so that gain s gain an understanding of the fact that
“College completion is possible.”

This session will require 1 hour

Targeted Audience: Families with middle school students

Objective: The transition from high school to college can be a challenging one, especially if a family is unfamiliar with college access and awareness information. Parents can help their students ease their transition by learning more about what college is like. Learn how your student can begin to build a portfolio that will make applying for college and scholarships
easier. The earlier they begin the process in their high school career, the better their portfolio can be. What do scholarship committees look for when awarding scholarships? These questions will be addressed and discussed during this session.

This session will require 1 hour

Targeted Audience: Families with middle school students

Elementary School Families

Objective: National research has indicated parent involvement as a strong predictor of student success. Empowering parents to action through knowledge will further enable parents to have a positive impact on their child’s future. What can you do to help promote a college going culture for your children in elementary, middle and high school that will encourage them to reach higher? What do other families do to encourage this? Discuss this topic to learn some practical ideas and share your own ideas.

This session will require 1 hour

Targeted Audience: Families with elementary school students

Objective: National research has indicated parent involvement as a strong predictor of student success. Empowering parents to action through knowledge will further enable parents to have a positive impact on their child’s future. Parents are a child’s very first teachers and your home is your child’s first classroom. What can you do at home to support your child’s success in literature and mathematics? How can you encourage learning at home while making it fun? What do other families do to encourage this? These questions and others will be addressed and discussed in this session.

This session will require 1 hour

Targeted Audience: Families with elementary school students