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October 2018 Newsletter

Read up on all the latest happening with SAYL!
 Upcoming events, Reading Buddy updates, & more!
Your Monthly News & Updates – October 2018
A Note from Our Executive Director
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” Sir Winston Churchill
My friends, this month’s message will be short and heartfelt. When I came to San Antonio Youth Literacy a bit over 2 years ago, I was blown away by the work that goes on here and by the people who foster that work. After being a professional public school educator for over 30 years (oops giving away my age!) I can tell you that I thought that I had been exposed to most every program around and many of them as 2.0 or 3.0 versions. I am here to tell you, and in no way taking any personal credit for it, that the Reading Buddy Program is the best one around. Read more >>
Upcoming Events

Fall Luncheon:

Addressing Academic Inequalities in San Antonio
Friday, October 5
Pearl Stable
11:00am – 1:00pm
Join us for our fall luncheon featuring a panel discussion on academic inequality in San Antonio, featuring a presentation by Dr. Christine Drennon, Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Trinity University and panel discussion with Sarah Baray, CEO of Pre-K 4 SA, and Dr. Mohammed Choudhury, Chief Innovation Officer for SAISD, moderated by Robert Rivard.
Tables of 8 start at $2,500 with plenty of other sponsorship levels available. Individual tickets are $200 per person with a special price of $50 for active Reading Buddy volunteers. Register below or email pat.medina@sayl.org for more information.
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1st Annual Golf Tournament
Friday, November 9
Canyon Course at TPC San Antonio
Join us for our fall luncheon featuring a panel discussion on academic inequality in San Antonio, featuring a presentation by Dr. Christine Drennon, Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Trinity University and panel discussion with Sarah Baray, CEO of Pre-K 4 SA, and Dr. Mohammed Choudhury, Chief Innovation Officer for SAISD, moderated by Robert Rivard.
Tables of 8 start at $2,500 with plenty of other sponsorship levels available. Individual tickets are $200 per person with a special price of $50 for active Reading Buddy volunteers. Register below or email pat.medina@sayl.org for more information.
Cocktails for a Cause
 
Thursday, November 15
Blue Box Bar at the Pearl
Join us for this fun event at Blue Box Bar at the Pearl! A percentage of all drink sales between 5-8 p.m. will go towards the SAYL Reading Buddy Program. Hourly raffle prizes include gift cards, wine, and more! Light snacks provided while they last. Stop by after work and bring a friend!

Reading Buddy Insider

Relationship Building in Your First Few Sessions 
The title Reading Buddy implies two roles for the volunteer: reading tutor and supportive mentor. Both roles are important and intertwined. When we build strong, supportive relationships with students they feel more at ease to take the risks that learning requires. Because of this it makes sense to take some time in the first few sessions to get to know your students. What you learn about your students will help you to tailor your sessions to fit their unique interests and talents and help them to feel comfortable tackling challenges with you. Here are some ideas to help you get off to a strong start: Read the full tip here >>>

Book Buddy News 

Reagan High School Honor Society is again proving to be a valuable partner to Book Buddies, having started the year by agreeing to help at many sorting sessions. On Saturday, September 22, they backed that up by working like beavers to help reduce the pile of unsorted books that have come in since our Book Celebrations in May. In all, they finished sorting, boxing, and labeling 22 boxes – all ready for next spring’s giveaway in San Antonio’s most at-risk schools. Thank you RHS! Read more >>
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