San Antonio Mentoring Forum hosts April 19 brown-bag talk on college access

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Gregory M. Darnieder

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(April 18, 2012) -- The San Antonio Mentoring Forum invites the public to attend ?Mentoring to Impact College Access," a brown-bag luncheon featuring U.S. Department of Education adviser Gregory M. Darnieder, who will speak via videoconference. The free event is 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Thursday, April 19 in Frio Street Building Room 2.532 at the UTSA Downtown Campus.

Darnieder has significant experience in promoting college access. Before becoming senior adviser to the education secretary on the College Access Initiative in 2009, Darnieder established the Department of Postsecondary Education and Student Development at Chicago Public Schools (CPS).

At CPS, he designed and implemented an assortment of postsecondary, academic, financial and social support programs, and he built university, corporate and civic partnerships to enhance college access. He also worked for 15 years as the executive director of youth development and college access organizations in Chicago's Cabrini Green housing development. Darnieder has a B.A. in sociology, a K-8 teaching certificate from St. Louis University and a master's degree in Christian education from Wheaton College.

The San Antonio Mentoring Forum is a UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives program and serves as an informal organization for mentoring organizations and mentoring advocates. It is a place where groups such as Communities in Schools, Big Brothers Big Sisters, School Districts, faith-based organizations, businesses and other mentoring advocates come together to share mentoring information, promote mentoring awareness and foster collaboration in the mentoring community. The forum is a UTSA mentoring initiative and focuses on one-to-one mentoring for youth in Bexar County.

For more information, contact Kristina Cortinas at 210-458-2904. Learn more at the San Antonio Mentoring Forum website.