Support From Our Mayor

Transcribed Speech- January 13, 2015

Good Morning, and welcome to the new home of Each One Teach One! To Carolyn, your staff, the Villas and board of directors please keep up your great work which will impact San Antonio for years to come. To the Full Force Foundation, thank you for the philanthropic work that made this firehouse transformation a reality.

Today we celebrate the opening of the city’s ONLY one-on-one adult literacy center in a new permanent space in order to help more students. I want you all to know that I am going to strongly “invite” the San Antonio business community to join Each One Teach One in this effort, as the work done here benefits our local workforce as well as building a brighter future for thousands of San Antonians.

As Carolyn mentioned, Each One Teach One has served more than 350 students and helped more than 50 community members obtain their GED. Serving as a resource to anyone who wants to learn, no matter their age, Each One Teach One is a critical rung on the ladder up and out of generational poverty.

We don’t often talk about the fact that San Antonio has a high adult illiteracy rate, and one of my educational priorities as Mayor has been adult literacy. This is why I made sure that the City has invested in Each One Teach One. Some of you may know about the Mayor’s Book Club, in which I am partnering with the San Antonio Library, and through which I have been emphasizing the importance of reading as a community.

The literacy level of the adult in the household has a direct effect upon the educational success of the children in their care.  So Each One Teach One’s work with adults also impacts kinder readiness, high school graduation, and college attendance rates. Finally, literacy issues and educational issues are indeed economic issues that have an enormous impact on the City’s economy.

Former fire station No. 28 is an example of how a surplus city property can be repurposed to benefit the community through public and private partnerships and in this case continue the legacy of saving lives through literacy.

On behalf of the City of San Antonio, I’m honored to share in this celebration with you. The work happening here truly embodies “One Learner. One Tutor. Changed Lives.”

Thank you and congratulations once again.

-Mayor Ivy Taylor