100 Black Men of San Antonio: Working to Improve San Antonio's Education System for All

Updated: Jul 27, 2018

Our partner 100 Black Men of San Antonio (100BMOSA) seeks to improve educational opportunities in San Antonio for young black men and offer a mentoring network for the youth.

Written by: City Education Partners

Mentors Dr. Charles Hasberry, Jr.; Dr. Milton Harris greet SA youth

In San Antonio’s historically urban school districts, a lack of community involvement often results in concerning outcomes for students. In San Antonio Independent School District, less than a quarter of children are Kindergarten-ready, and by third grade, less than three quarters (69.5%) of them are reading at an appropriate level. In contrast, Harlandale Independent School District graduates 92.3% of its high school students, but only 24.1% of them are college-ready. Across the board, 45.1% of San Antonio high school seniors enroll in college, but only 19.7% complete their degree.

City Education Partners spoke with members and guest speakers at The 100 Black Men of San Antonio’s June community meeting to find out how this nonprofit educational and mentorship organization is addressing the issues facing San Antonio’s public education system.

Dr. Abby Hasberry, Guest Speaker

What is your involvement with The 100 Black Men of San Antonio?

My husband is one of the 100BMOSA mentors; it was through that connection when I was asked to come speak about my experiences in education and public schools. So far I’ve been assisting the 100BMOSA’s mission by helping parents become advocates for their children’s education, as well as getting the word out about other options besides the regular independent school district system. I want to remind parents that they have a choice, while empowering them to find that best fit for their child. Educating the community on their rights, while putting the students first is also important to me, so I decided to become a surrogate parent in the Northside Independent School District. In that role, I get to speak on behalf of students at administrative and PTA meetings.

Dr. Chawanna Chambers, Guest Speaker

How did you get involved with 100 Black Men of San Antonio?

I’ve been involved with educational work in San Antonio’s public independent school districts and charter schools for a long time. One of my main focuses has been to create a system that educates parents on the choices that are available to them and that suit their child’s individual learning needs.

I was invited by Dr. Milton Harris to sit on a panel for parents, addressing communication needs and educational opportunities for students. There was a good level of parent reach at that event, about 100 parents came out. From there, Dr. Harris invited me to return to speak on how community members can get involved in San Antonio public schools at the June community meeting.

How did you decide to go into education?

As an undergraduate, I chose an elementary education major because I wanted to be the kind of teacher that I had in school and return some of the goodness that was bestowed upon me. I was shaped by always having supportive teachers who pushed me to go farther.

What caused your focus to shift to parent engagement in education?