Funded By: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Focus: College readiness, community building
Big Picture: Easy to navigate and visually appealing, GenTX is not just a resource but a movement—a web portal into a wealth of support and inspiration for students looking to succeed through higher education. Users can learn from personal anecdotes of those who’ve triumphed over adversity, quickly survey a variety of action plans for their grade level, and find events in their community to help guide them through college planning. No user account is required, and all of the site’s many downloadable resources are free. There’s even an online store where users can buy pretty cool GenTX swag (like t-shirts and wristbands) to help celebrate the program’s message about the future.
Big Challenge Solved: GenTX makes college-and-career planning less daunting by putting the focus on community—highlighted are personal stories of like-minded individuals, programs, and events where students can meet and learn from their peers.
Must Use: In the Get Inspired section is a wealth of excellent video “stories”—beautifully produced, personal accounts of students and adults (including Vince Young and Senator Wendy Davis) sharing their journey to success in life through college.
Most Unique Tool: For Spanish-language students and educators, the website features a selection of its best tools and videos on an all-Spanish page—just click on Bienvenido a GenTX en Español in the top nav bar.
Best Middle-School Student Tool: Students can choose Rock Your Future from the Resources dropdown menu to get a high-level guide for how to start focusing on their path to college—keeping their scores up is a must.
Best High-School Student Tool: By checking out the Download Center and scrolling down to the Learn More. Earn More section, students can browse a variety of career infographics that link college education to higher salaries.
Protip: Students are best served starting with the downloadable checklists in the Make it Happen section. Clear and concise, they provided targeted help to all grade levels, and may be exactly what students already pumped about college really need.