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Vanessa: “It’s not that people don’t want to go to college; they’re like scared or they don’t know how to like, they don’t know how to go about going to college.  And, they don’t know the steps to go to college.”

Alicia: “People are just searching for like, so many ways and there’s not really one place where somebody can go and just get all the answers. You have to like, call like, multiple agencies and it’s just … it gets too complicated after that.”

Tevon: “I think the resources are not missing, the resources are there. It’s just that um, access maybe to them, or not maybe so much the access, but the exposure.”

Gene Acuna: “I recall sitting down with my parents to fill out the financial aid forms. It’s the first time in my entire life I had asked my father, ‘How much do you make?’ That’s a very personal question, especially in the Hispanic community. You don’t talk about how much you make; you don’t ask someone else how much they make. So, to all of a sudden, turn to my dad and ask them, ask him, ‘How much do you make?’ And I’m going to write this down and send it to somebody so they can take a look at it. That was a very long night at my house.”

Judith Zaffirini: “A parent will say something like, ‘My child has to help support the family; has to earn an income.  A father is sick or a mother is sick, or a grandparent has to be taken care of.’ And the fact of the matter is, that when a college-age student, or a student of any age beyond that, goes to college, pursues a higher education, he or she will be better prepared to help support a family.”

James: “You know there’s many people out there that do struggle and I do hear about it. You know they’re like, ‘What do we do? I mean, I don’t know what to do and my parents don’t know what to do either. Like, who do I ask?’”

Sarah Mabry: “They need to be able to hone in on one source that absolutely solidifies and brings everything together.”

VO: “Welcome to Generation TX. Generation TX is a grassroots, community-based movement. It’s united in the belief that every student, regardless of circumstances, belongs on the path to college or career education.”

Lindsey: “When I hear the word Generation TX, I guess it means that we want to move as a whole. You know, one generation moving up and trying to you know, pursue higher education.”

John: “There’s a lot of campaigns out there that say, you know, ‘Go to college, do this, do that’, but, with Generation TX, it’s like, you know it’s giving, it’s showing you examples. You know, it’s telling you the why and the how. You know, why to go to college and how you can do it.”

Judy Loredo: “I think that the biggest message it delivers is it tells young people ‘You are the future of this state.’”

Raymund Paredes: “Now we’re talking about an entire generation. We want this generation to be the greatest generation that Texas has ever produced.”

Marta: “I never had the opportunity or the resources that these kid had, these kids have in this country. And I always tell people, ‘There’s no reason why you kids don’t pursue a higher education.’”

Joaquin Castro: “I think the most exciting things about Generation TX is that it’s not approaching people from just one avenue. Uh, it’s gonna be based in the community, it’s going to be on the web, it’s going to provide a lot of resources in different ways.”

John Fitzpatrick: “One of the most important variables in whether a young person, first generation student goes to college is a person in their life of authority; a parent, a grandparent, a teacher, a coach, who says, ‘I believe in you, and I know you can go to college. And, I’m gonna show you how to do it.’”

Richard Reddick: “That’s what all these students need, needs a little bit of a push, a little bit of an encouragement because they have a lot of talent, they have a lot of dreams and desires.  And I think often times they just need that little extra push and if it comes from somebody who works at a company downtown, saying, ‘Hey, you know, I’m involved with Generation TX and I respect what you’re doing, keep doing what you’re doing.’ That’s a really great motivator to have.  That’s not just people you know immediately, that’s a whole network of folks across the state.”

Bill Hammond: “Business needs to lead the way. Corporations and their foundations need to create a college-going culture.”

Dan Branch: “That’s what Texans do, we rise to the challenge. And the challenge of our time is, uh, are we going to be college-ready and career ready?”

Rick Perry: “That’s what Generation TX is all about.  Putting more of our students on the path to success in school, work and life. It depends solely on a community’s commitment. Do your part; join Generation TX today.”

VO: “Join Generation TX by believing in this movement, and the potential of these kids.”

Girls: “We are Generation TX.”

Boy: “I am Generation TX.”

Gene Acuna: “I support Generation TX.”

Alicia: “I am Generation TX.”

Girl: “I am Generation TX.”

Marta: “I support Generation TX and you should do too.”