May 4, 2020 — The San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) Foundation is increasing its focus on engaging alumni and friends, launching a new digital community that will help it do just that – the SAISD Nation.
Through SAISD Nation, the school district community has access to regular updates, mentor and volunteer opportunities, special events and an alumni directory. The foundation will also offer news and updates on a variety of subjects of interest to alumni through its blog and monthly email updates.
The SAISD Foundation recently conducted a survey to determine what kinds of information and services alumni and community members want from the digital community platform. The results showed that there is a strong desire for a platform that allows alumni to reconnect with classmates, attend events that allow them to give back to current students.
“We are incredibly excited to launch this new community for our alumni, supporters and friends to get together, reconnect and stay up to date on all the wonderful things happening in SAISD schools,” said Judy Geelhoed, executive director of the SAISD Foundation. “We are proud of the fact that so many of our alumni continue to support our current students in so many meaningful ways. We look forward to ramping up our engagement as we move forward.”
Graduates of SAISD schools, along with any other former students of the school district, may sign up for SAISD Nation and receive regular updates. They may also submit their updates in the “Alumni News” section and get information on class reunions, profiles of their fellow alumni, and news on District initiatives and events.
Alumni and supporters can also learn more about how they can get involved and help SAISD’s current students.
The first new initiative, the SAISD Nation Mentorship Program, is already underway.
“We are proud to have partnered with the SAISD Office of Postsecondary Initiatives to launch the pilot SAISD Nation Mentorship program, pairing SAISD alumni, former SAISD educators and community education advocates with SAISD seniors,” said Cristina Noriega, alumni engagement and volunteer manager for the SAISD Foundation. “This program will help ensure a successful transition for our graduates as they begin their first semester of college this fall. Mentors will offer support and guidance while emphasizing the value of education to reach our goal of making all SAISD graduates high-level academic achievers who persist through college and become productive citizens.”
To explore SAISD Nation and learn more about how you can get more involved in the school community as an alumnus, visit https://saisdnation.nationbuilder.com.