MEMBERS

We are a community of youth development leaders.

And you are a vital part of our community.

We bring together youth development professionals who provide out-of-school time (OST) programs for children and youth. Excel Beyond the Bell San Antonio (EBBSA) helps members connect with other leaders to sharpen your thinking, collaborate with them through shared vision, language, and goals, and create a San Antonio that works for every young person and every community.

OUR GOAL
Every young person has access to quality out-of-school time programs that help them thrive.

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BENEFITS

Staff & Program Development

We help your agency to implement the Texas Quality Standards, build the developmental assets of your program participants, and prepare your participants for college and career success.

Outcome Evaluation

We provide a system for measuring your program’s impact on young people’s social, emotional and academic development.  And we help your agency to learn from these metrics in ways that can lead to program and staff improvement.

Click here to see a sample report.

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Advocacy & Shared Messaging

We are actively working towards a San Antonio where every young person has access to the out-of-school programming they need. Our members support one another in spreading this ‘Access for All’ message to key stakeholders in ways that, we hope, will lead to significantly increased investments.

Our Structure

Our work flows through Working Groups and a CEO Round Table. These structures enable joint planning among 40 member agencies. They are supported by a Steering Committee, composed of the Chairs from the Working Groups.

Join the Newsletter

Stay Informed with events & quarterly updates.

Get Oriented

Sign-up for an in-person seminar on our work.

Attend a Training

Learn how you can personally support young people in your life & city.

Impact Groups

EBBSA has four Impact Groups: Youth Development, Educational Success, Excellence, and Reach. These groups design and advance strategies for improving youth outcomes across San Antonio. The following breakdowns show the key progress metrics for each group, which span the youth, agency and systems levels.

Youth Development

All EBBSA members are committed to using the 40 Developmental Assets for measuring social emotional development in the youth they serve. Examples of these assets include honesty, caring, achievement motivation, and resistance skills. Our shared measurement tool is the Developmental Assets Profile, which more than 20 of our member agencies are actively implementing. Below are the progress indicators used by the Youth Development Working Group at the agency and systems level.

Agency-Level Indicators:

  • % of EBBSA agencies measuring participant assets
  • # of agencies maintaining or increasing assets
  • # of agencies intentionally building assets into program design
  • # of program staff trained

System-Level Indicators:

  • # of trainers in EBBSA
  • # of Asset trainings delivered
Education Success

All EBBSA members are committed to helping the young people they serve become college and career ready. They work towards this goal through a strong variety of programs, ranging from STEM activities, to reading and literacy supports, to creative youth development, to homework assistance. Across these diverse programs, our members are actively working to enhance students’ commitment to learning, one of eight key categories on the 40 Developmental Assets. Below are the progress indicators used by the Educational Success Working Group at the agency and youth levels.

Agency-Level Indicator:

  • % of EBBSA agencies measuring academic success outcomes

Youth-Level Indicators:

  • % of EBBSA agencies measuring academic success outcomes
  • % of youth attending school over 90% of time
  • % of youth completing each grade (includes hs completion)
  • % passing 3rd grade reading
  • % passing 3rd grade math
  • % passing 5th grade math
  • % passing 5th grade reading
  • % receiving discipline referrals
  • % completing High School (propose include in youth completing each grade)
  • % graduates who passed Algebra II, % graduates who took Algebra II
  • % passing English I
  • % passing English II
  • % Passing STAAR at college readiness level
  • % of 10th graders scoring over 133 on the PSAT

Agency-Level Indicators:

  • % of EBBSA agencies measuring participant assets
  • # of agencies maintaining or increasing assets
  • # of agencies intentionally building assets into program design
  • # of program staff trained

System-Level Indicators:

  • # of trainers in EBBSA
  • # of Asset trainings delivered
Excellence

High-quality program delivery is essential for youth success. While high-quality programs have frequently been shown to improve the life outcomes of their program participants, low-quality programs can have little to no effect. All EBBSA members are committed to the Texas Quality Standards for out-of-school time. Below are the progress indicators used by the Excellence Working Group at the agency and systems levels.
Agency-Level Indicators:

  • 100% of agencies take the TXPOST self-assessment
  • # of assessments taken
  • 75% of agencies actively implement Texas standards
  • # of work plans
  • # of agencies showing improvement in their self-assessment scores
  • # of agencies actively using Cypherworx courses (2 or more)

Systems-Level Indicator:

  • # of agencies in learning community
Reach

By 2024, EBBSA wants to ensure that every child in San Antonio has access to the out of school enrichment they need to be healthy, resilient, and engaged members of our community. That is a huge goal. We know that there are about 335,000 young people between the ages of 5 and 17 in Bexar County and that less than 19% of them have access to standards-based OST programming. Meanwhile, a 2014 study called ‘Texas After 3pm’ found that 37% of Texas families would be enrolled in an afterschool program if one were available to them. Below are the progress indicators used by the Educational Success Working Group at the agency and systems levels.
Agency-Level Indicator:

  • Number of Agencies completing annual reach survey

System-Level Indicators:

  • Number of Agencies completing annual reach survey
  • Number of programs
  • Number of youth attending programs
  • Total capacity of programs (number of seats)
  • Number of eligible youth
  • Total funding of OST programs
  • Number of Active Champions
  • Number of EBBSA member agencies

Supporting Groups

EBBSA also has three Working Groups that provide crucial support to the network as a whole. These are: Data, Engagement, and Sustainability. Together these groups ensure that our work is data-informed, member-driven, and built to last.

Data Working Group

The Data Working Group ensures that 100% of our work is data-informed. They accomplish this in two ways:

  1. Helping all EBBSA members to reach the minimum standards for data collecting and reporting, and
  2. Ensuring that the performance dashboard is used across EBBSA meetings and committees.

To learn more about the EBBSA minimum standards and performance dashboard, click here to download our manual.

Engagement Working Group

The Engagement Working Group promotes a culture of participation, learning & collaboration across the network. They monitor the growth and retention of active EBBSA members, as measured through meetings, events and committee leadership.

Sustainability Working Group

The Sustainability Working ensures sustainable revenue sources for EBBSA’s infrastructure and projects. They focus on funding for infrastructure and services that benefit the network as a whole. They DO NOT seek funding for direct services.

Strengthen Your Program!

Take the Self-Assessment for Texas Program Quality

The Texas Partnership for Out-of-School (TXPOST) has established quality standards for after-school and summer learning providers across the state. Click here to complete the self-assessment.

Once you’ve completed the self-assessment and received your results, you can use this template to plan your improvement process.

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Attend our Youth Development Summit

Save the date! The 2017 annual summit will be May 17th at the Whitely Theological Center. It will be an action-packed day of learning opportunities and chances to strengthen relationships with other youth development leaders from across San Antonio.

Online Professional Development (Members Only)

All EBBSA member agencies get unlimited access to an online learning platform with dozens of courses for youth development professionals. If your agency is a member and you need access to our site, please contact your Executive Director or CEO.

Other Resources for Providers
  1. Afterschool Alliance
  2. The After School Project (The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  3. National AfterSchool Association
  4. National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth
  5. National Institute on Out-of-School Time
  6. Partnership for After School Education
  7. Thinkfinity by Verizon
  8. YouthLearn

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