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Katia Uriarte: “You may not know it, but today is something called GenTX Day. It’s a statewide effort to get high-schoolers thinking about going to college.”


“Today at Texas A&M in Corpus Christi, they came up with a novel idea to show off their school spirit for the occasion. Faculty, staff and students lined up on the campus’s east lawn for a group photo.”


Anchor: “Laredo celebrated a day to get Texas high-schoolers excited to move on to the next step in their education. Generation Texas Day is set aside to celebrate and congratulate graduating seniors as they take their next step in education.”


Jorge Elizondo: “What Generation Texas is trying to do is ensure that not only individuals have a better future, but we as a state and we as a country have a more competitive economic future that we can depend on.”


Anchor: “The Vince Young Foundation and Generation Texas are two organizations with similar missions: they’re joining forces to ensure that Texas students have opportunities to go to college, leading to the most successful generation ever. Here to tell us more, please welcome NFL quarterback Vince Young.”


Dya Campos: “H-E-B supported GenTX Day in such a profound way, with almost 300 stores throughout the state of Texas participating, and 76,000 partners, all wearing their favorite college T-shirt and their co-branded H-E-B & Generation TX buttons.”


Anchor: “Mayor Julian Castro kicked off the first-ever College Week in San Antonio. Castro wants to inspire a college-going culture in the Alamo City, is using his time to focus on how young people can get into college, and afford it.”


Julian Castro: “Today, we’re going to be asking you to announce where you’re going to college, and also to take a pledge to complete your degree. Because remember, that’s the end of the line. That’s the real goal. It’s great that you’ve gotten in, but we want you to stick with it and to actually complete your degree. And we want you to know that we’ll be cheering you on along the way, and supporting your endeavor. We believe in College Week and this College Signing Day because in the city, what we need is to create a great city that is economically competitive in the 21st century. We want this to be a city where, no matter what job it is that you want to get, you can get it here.”


Annabell Hall: “Everybody can do one thing, and that’s encourage a young person. It could be also something as simple as wearing a college T-shirt and having a young person say, ‘Oh, my gosh, I’ve thought about that school.’ Or, ‘Hey, did you go to Texas A&M?’ And that opens the door for … to tell your story.”


Erika Prosper: “I grew up in the culture of help family first, then school and everything else is second. Did my parents want something better for me? Yes, every parent wants something better. And heck, yeah – my parents wanted something better. But they didn’t realize education was part of the key.”


Tammy Dumas: “When I was growing up, we were having to find things out. We really didn’t have mentors.”


Jonathan Solano: “I had nobody. Nobody to tell me how do you do it – how do you go to college?”


Larry Gembler: “I knew, for me to be able to change my family tree, and have a different direction, that I would need to get after it myself.”


Barbara Jean Garza: “Especially in our population – you know, college isn’t something that’s so easily talked about. Like, in our families, a lot of our students’ parents didn’t go to college, siblings may have not gone to college….”


Erika Prosper: “What I think is interesting here, for me, is this whole notion of changing that culture.”


Claudia Barreda: “My family believed that a woman should stay at home. However, I have put the idea that a woman is not just a place at home – but it could also be in a business office, in – be a doctor, engineer, anything like that, and so – I wanted to make them feel proud of me.”


Judith Solis: “Mom and Dad didn’t do it, or because grandparents came from Mexico. This is real, and high school diploma is graduation into another level of education.


Larissa La Mer: “In San Antonio, only 22% of all high school kids go to college – and I – I had no idea.


Jonathan Solano: “At the high school I went to, my graduating class – only five of us so far have graduated from college. And I saw that, and I wanted to do something about it.”


Larissa La Mer: “San Antonio can be so much better than that. I know it! So I just wanted to come and be part of the change.”


Barbara Jean Garza: “We’ve actually reached out to over 2,500 people in the Rio Grande Valley to inform them about Generation Texas, and, uh – the importance of this movement to our students.”


“When we started talking about it, a lot of them were just kind of curious as to what it meant, what is this little symbol, you know – they start putting it on their phones, they start putting it on their binders, they start asking questions – it’s just amazing what a lanyard can do in getting the word out about what this movement is. It’s great, how it just spreads.”


Bianca De La: “The students were so excited about Generation Texas – it has like everything you need in one website, like financial aid, scholarships….”


Vince Young: “You can go to GenTX.org and get all this information about how you can get to college, man.”


Ty Wilson: “Generation Texas has helped me, um, in every aspect, with college, with getting in and staying in.”


Hector Alcoser: “Me joining GenTX – I learned more, I studied harder, I’ve gotten, you know, better grades.”


Vince Young: “You need to focus on your books so you can be successful in life, man. And I want to see that for you. I know your parents want to see that for you and your coaches want to see that for you.”


Christopher Williams: “The information that’s available through the organization – just this combination of everything. It’s like a one-stop shop.”


(Female Voice) “You don’t need to be looking for help anywhere else. Everything’s in GenTX.”


Christopher Williams: “It’s just an excellent, excellent, excellent, wonderful, awesome grassroots movement, man, and I love it.”


Jorge Elizondo: “H-E-B was inspired to be part of this because we believe that education, college education and post-high-school education is the most important way to ensure that we have a healthy Texas economy, that we have Texans with enough money for them to be able to provide for their family in a meaningful way.”


Dya Campos: “We use Generation Texas Day to introduce Generation Texas and the concept of creating a college-going and career-ready culture to our employees.”


Erika Prosper: “We’re in every community in Texas for the most part. And because of that, we really do value the fact that education is part of what’s going to make this state keep going forward.”


Woman: “I think as adults, it’s our responsibility to encourage our young people, encourage the next generation, so that they can then invest in themselves, and want to invest in themselves. Generation Texas does just that. I mean, it’s – it’s the catalyst.”


Woman: “You can – you can actually see that spark in a student, that it just clicks. Like, college — college is for me.”


Mark Cueva: “I think students have a genuine desire to learn – and when organizations like Generation Texas partner with other community organizations that connect with kids, and give them the resources and help give them some direction, I think that kids are – are ready and waiting for it.”


Vince Young: “You know, that’s what it’s – that’s what it’s all about, giving back and helping, and I feel like GenTX, Generation Texas is doing an awesome job with that. And I’m glad that the Vince Young Foundation has partnered up with them to do some great things for our next generation.”


Christopher Williams: “This generation is going to require some hands-on, and I believe that Generation Texas and the Vince Young Foundation, what we do here at the Empowerment Community Center is a hands-on combination. Run with the information to make this generation a very powerful generation.”


Jorge Elizondo: “And I think it really is important for the adults in the world to basically look at the youth of the world and say, ‘Hey, it’s about hope.’ You’re not always going to get a yes. You’re going to get many no’s in life. It’s about knowing how to move through that, and making your dream come true.”


Kids: “We are strong. We are independent. We are ready for careers. We support our families. We want to go to college. We face new challenges. We have unlimited potential. We believe in our future. We follow our dreams. We are the leaders of tomorrow. We are Generation Texas.”


“We are Generation Texas.”

“We are Generation Texas.”


Claudia Barreda: “I am Generation Texas.”


HEB Employee: “We’re HEB.”


HEB Employee: “We are Generation Texas.”


Kids: “We are GenTX! We are GenTX!”


Boy: “We are the leaders of tomorrow. We are Generation Texas.”