Speech Club Mission - To offer literary opportunities to youth that
will expose them to positive role models interested in helping them increase their abilities in the disciplines
of reading, writing and public speaking and to use what they learn to help advance others in these areas.
purposes of the Dr. Bowie Scholarship Foundation are to:
in the real transformation of communities by providing programming for children and youth, families, and senior citizens so
that life chances are enhanced and quality of life is improved.
the academic, social, affective, and civic development of children and youth through the Performing Arts Academy and the Arts
in Focus After School and Summer Program, as well as supplemental education in reading, writing, math and science and other
programs of enrichment so that they are prepared for succeeding in school, post-secondary opportunities, and serving their
in the development of a trained and productive workforce by providing the education, training and related services in response
to labor market needs so that the unemployed and those transitioning from welfare-to-work will become employed, self-supporting,
financially responsible citizens.
and ensure optimal quality of life experiences for senior citizens by providing comprehensive, targeted opportunities and
care in an inter-generational facility so that they recognize how much they are valued, get opportunities to provide service
to their peers and/or children, youth and families, and remain active, engaged and contributing citizens in their communities.
Dr. J. R. Bowie, III Scholarship Foundation - History
The Dr. Bowie Scholarship Foundation Village of Providence(VOP) has established its headquarters
on the Northeast side of San Antonio, in Kirby. We have established
a multi-purpose facility, presently collaborating with educational institutions and community based organizations
in the immediate areas. Our initial venture includes the following programs: The VOP Arts & Academics in Focus Performing Arts After School and Summer
Childcare, to include the Obamarama Speech Club, The Golden Village Senior Social Club and The VOP Emergency Food Pantry
and Flea Market. We also continue as host agency with AARP and RSVP, keeping Seniors active in the workforce.
by the educational research about the inextricable link between increased academic performance and the development of creativity
through the fine arts in students at risk for academic failure, Barbara Collins Bowie established Artistic Expressions Plus
Poetry Venue in 1994, and then in partnership with the Carver Cultural Center and St. Paul United Methodist Church, added
the Arts in Focus component in 1997 and 1998. An active participant in the development of these programs, Dr. Bowie III, Barbara’s
husband, dreamed of incorporating supplemental educational services in math, science, reading and writing along with the fine
arts. His untimely death in 1999 prompted the organization’s transition to a Scholarship Foundation in his honor, annually
offering scholarships to elementary, middle and high school students and providing after-school and summer programs, as well
as other services to children, youth, young adults and seniors.
and efficient delivery of these services hinges on the development and sustaining of collaborations with a wide diversity
of philanthropic and community based organizations and being recognized as an exceptional provider of after-school and summer
programming. The Y.W.C.A. of San Antonio sponsored the Arts in Focus after school program from 2000 through 2004. During that
four year period various schools in the San Antonio Independent School District(SAISD) requested that the program be offered
as an after school program at their locations. As the services provided by the Dr. Bowie Scholarship Foundation increase,
and as the management of the foundation continues to wrestle with the excruciating needs within families and the communities
for early care and education, supplemental educational services, and senior care it is clear that Dr. Bowie’s dream
can best be fulfilled with a inter-generational, multi-purpose facility. These factors were among the` considerations in the
successful 2003 application for 501©)(3) status.