Speaker Date Topic
Representatives of CISSA Sep 20, 2018
Communities in Schools San Antonio

For over 30 years Communities In Schools of San Antonio has been helping students achieve in school, graduate and go on to bright futures. Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

The story of Communities In Schools began in the 1970s, when Founder Bill Milliken, then a youth advocate in New York City, came up with the idea of bringing community resources inside public schools – where they are accessible, coordinated and accountable. “It’s relationships, not programs, that change children,” Bill once said. “A great program simply creates the environment for healthy relationships to form between adults and children. Young people thrive when adults care about them on a one-to-one level, and when they also have a sense of belonging to a caring community.” Understanding the importance of Bill’s message, the Communities In Schools model was brought to San Antonio in 1985 thanks to forward-thinking community leaders including: Henry and Mary Alice Cisneros, Deborah Knapp, Jim Adams, Linda Gale White, Herb Emanuel, Maria Farrington, Harriet Marmon Helmle, Cyndi Taylor Krier, Terry Mendenhall, Dr. Bob O’Connor and Jim Reed.

We are 1 of 135 affiliates in the country of Communities In Schools, the nation’s largest and most effective organization dedicated to keeping kids in school and helping them succeed in life. Our unique model positions site coordinators inside schools to assess students’ needs and provide resources to help them succeed in the classroom and in life. We partner with local businesses, social service agencies, health care providers and volunteers. Whether it’s food, school supplies, health care, counseling, academic assistance or a positive role model, Communities In Schools is there to help.

Club Assembly Sep 27, 2018
Crystal Darby Oct 11, 2018
Small Business
Small Business

Crystal Darby is a Senior Certified Business Advisor and Certified Technology Commercialization Consultant at the UTSA Small Business Development Center.  She provides her clients with advice on all facets of starting or expanding a business, with expertise in start-ups, business plan development, marketing (including website, social media, and search engine optimization), proposal writing, technology commercialization, and small business certification.

Crystal holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of New Orleans. For the 12 years prior to joining the SBDC, Crystal owned a consulting, training and writing business, working primarily with small businesses.  She provided one-on-one coaching and group training on communication-related topics: business networking, business etiquette, business writing, customer service, dealing with difficult people, interpersonal skills, team building and managing change

As a result of her work with small businesses, Crystal was recognized as 2001 Home Based Business Advocate of the Year by the San Antonio District of the U. S. Small Business Administration. The district encompasses 55 Texas counties. In 2005 she was honored by the U. S. Small Business Administration again, this time as Women in Business Advocate of the Year for the District and for Region VI (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas). She was the 2012 and 2013 Business Advisor of the Year and 2014 Senior Business Advisor of the Year for the San Antonio Small Business Development Center.  She also was recognized by the Institute of Economic Development at UTSA with the Kathi Homan Award for Team Player of the Year in 2014.

Crystal has served on the Bexar County Small, Minority, and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Program Advisory Committee since 2001. She has coordinated the volunteers for the County’s annual Contracting Conference for 16 of its 18 years.

Club Assembly Oct 25, 2018
Club Assembly Nov 29, 2018