Rock Your Future with New College and Career Readiness Tools from Generation TX

Rock Your FutureTop Five Ways to Rock Your Future:

1. You can’t get in if you don’t apply. Texas makes it easy. ApplyTexas.org lets you submit one application to all Texas public universities as well as many private and two-year colleges.

2. Your scores matter. Study hard, keep your GPA high, and take the PSAT, SAT and/or ACT for college applications and scholarships. Talk to your counselor, and visit the websites: http://www.collegeboard.org and http://www.act.org for more information.

3. Visit college campuses. A college education opens doors to boundless career opportunities. College isn’t limited to four-year gigs. Your options for college include two-year schools, technical schools, certificate programs, as well as universities. Visit campuses and make the choice that’s right for you.

4. Find a mentor. Seek out a knowledgeable adult to guide you through the college application process. An experienced parent, counselor, teacher, or family friend can be a valuable adviser on your journey to college. Talk with someone who works in a career that sparks your curiosity.

5. Create a brag sheet. It’s never too early to create a brag sheet that organizes all of your accomplishments, community service, awards, internships, and so forth. This handy document will help you fill out scholarship applications, college applications, prepare for interviews, and more.

Back-to-school is a good time for students from middle school to high school to start thinking about their futures, and Generation TX has launched several new resources to put students on the path to college.  These exciting tools, including event-planning kits for building college-going spirit and checklists to help make college happen, are available in the Rock Your Future section of the GenTX.org web site.

Rock Your Future Fall Promotion and Kit

The Rock Your Future seasonal promotion is designed for the back-to-school months of August through November.  It focuses on helping middle and high school students to think about their futures and the steps they can take now toward college and career readiness.

The Rock Your Future Kit, available from the GenTX.org Download Center, contains everything that schools and communities need to plan, promote, and celebrate Rock Your Future:

  • The Rock Your Future Planning Kit contains tools for planning and executing successful Rock Your Future events, including the Rock Your Future Community Planning Guide, College and Business Partner Request Letter Templates, and the GenTX Music Playlist.
  • The Rock Your Future Promotion Kit includes promotional flyers and customizable flyer templates, promotional messages, web banners, and more to help promote Rock Your Future community events. The kit also includes artwork files for Rock Your Future banners, lanyard badges, and rally cards that can be printed and used at an event or pep rally.
  • The Rock Your Future Content Kit includes the GenTX Poster Series, GenTX Academic Key Dates Poster, and the GenTX College Planning Guide (available in English and Spanish)—all excellent resources for getting students to think about their futures and to help them with the college planning process.

Also available to view in the Download Center is the Rock Your Future Training Video, a helpful overview of the kit components and how they can be used to plan and promote events in a community or school.

Teaming up for success with Advise TX

Generation TX has teamed up with Advise TX to support schools in their college and career readiness efforts, by providing Advise TX advisers with Rock Your Future Pep Rally kits.  The kits contain GenTX lanyards, badges, and other student giveaways.

Paige Zinsou, an Advise TX adviser at Polytechnic High School in Fort Worth, held a Rock Your Future Pep Rally at her school during GenTX Week in September.  The pep rally featured performances by the school’s color guard, band, and cheerleaders, and two alumni shared their stories about their paths to higher education.

“I’m glad to have been able to provide my students with the GenTX lanyards, to speak to them about their futures and to have boosted school spirit at the same time,” Zinsou said.

Make It Happen Checklists

The new Make It Happen Checklists, recently added to the GenTX.org web site, are great tools to help students from early teen to adult on the path to college and career. The easy-to-follow checklists provide excellent college planning and financial aid resources in one handy place. The lists are sortable by grade level and by Prep, Apply, and Pay categories. Each list also contains links to appropriate college planning and financial aid sites that students can find with one click. Students can also print PDF versions of the checklists, to stay on track in meeting application goals and deadlines.

GenTX.org In Your Community

The brand new In Your Community section of GenTX.org provides an easy and effective way for communities to share information about their college- and career-readiness successes and to promote regional events related to the college-planning process. P-16 councils, advisers, schools, and non-profit organizations can apply to create their own pages, where they can list information about their organizations, post blog entries about past and upcoming events, and share photos and video. These pages are organized by higher education region to make them easy for students to find.  In addition, each organization’s community page also features a regional calendar view, which displays information about college and financial aid events happening in the area. For more information about In Your Community and how to apply for your own page, visit gentx.org/inyourcommunity/.

GenTX Store

Another exciting addition to GenTX.org, the new GenTX Store, lets you shop for some of the most popular GenTX items for wearing your support of Generation TX. You can purchase GenTX T-shirts, lanyards, and silicone wristbands individually or in bulk quantities from the store. These bright, colorful wearables are a great way to join the movement, find others who have stepped onto the college and career path, and spark conversations about your future!

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