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: In Your Community provides a listing of GenTX communities across Texas, where users can find posts of relevant news and events close to home. And an online application allows you to set up and manage your own GenTX community page.
Best Middle-School Student Tool: Students can use the GenTX College Planning Guide to know what to start thinking about from the very beginning of high school—downloadable from the Rock Your Future section as either an English- or Spanish-language PDF.
Best High-School Student Tool: High-schoolers can get jazzed about the possibilities by checking out Learn More to Earn More—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.