Request 856-member, 300-pg. GO Center list from Alice.White@TTU.edu

Ask Alice.White@TTU.edu & Alice.V.White@GMail.com for the most up-to-date version of the 856-member GO Center learning community list — for you to keep, scan through & proactively use to connect with prospective collaborate partners.

A sample of the introduction to the list.

Welcome to the enthusiastic, high-performance GO Center learning community of the Closing the Gaps Council / South Plains P-20 Educational Initiative!

Thank you for perpetually letting ALL families know that being college/career ready is possible, affordable & desirable for them  www.GenTX.org & www.CollegeForALLTexans.com & www.ProjectShareTexas.org

Let’s perpetually uplift each other, accept and give support, take turns leading; encourage, energize and protect each other.  www.AliceWhite.WordPress.com & Alice.V.White@GMail.com or Alice.White@TTU.edu   

 GO Centers!  Your win-win partners for bottom-line results with your business, health, education; faith, youth, community-based or community-development organization or grant-making/philanthropic/volunteer/civic/fraternal/service association across the 18,966 square miles of the 20-county/Education Service Center Region 17 geographical area of the South Plains of NW Texas.

GO Centers!  — local centers of energy & effort that focus on creating a college-going/career-readiness culture & promoting college/career awareness in the surrounding community.  “College” includes any after-high school (post-secondary) learning:  career class, Adult Basic Education (literacy, GED preparation, English as a Second Language), technical certification; technical, associate, bachelor, master, doctoral, professional or post-graduate degree/certificate.

You are encouraged to proactively connect with any/all GO Centers:   offer to share your resources, audiences & collaborative partnerships.  GO Centers may need what you have or have what you need.

A phone call or e-inquiry to any/all GO Centers may help you discover, maximize & leverage win-win opportunities with GO Centers – to expand your prospective-student baseincrease customer/alumni/donor loyalty, raise positive community awareness about your products or services or to associate your college, university, academic discipline/association/student organization/faith- or community-based organization/business’ brand with positive public image/higher-education stewardship/community engagement.  Other benefits of reaching out to & collaborating with

GO Centers are to [1] increase & strengthen your effectiveness via GO Centers’ respective community/collaborative partnerships – including the mobilization/engagement of youth leaders (www.GenTX.org), senior citizens & other volunteers; [2]  cultivate prospective partnerships while collaborating with GO Centers; [3] include GO Centers & their collaborative partnerships in your grant proposals; & [4] agree to be included in GO Centers‘ & their collaborative partners’ grant proposals.   

GO Centers‘ on-going successes & learning lessons inform their umbrella organization (Closing the Gaps Council/South Plains P-20 Educational Initiativewww.ClosingTheGaps.org & www.Educ.TTU.edu/docs/ppt/P16%20Institute%20060909%20presentation.pptx – created in 2003) about effective ways to support & strengthen GO Centers‘ effectiveness.

Some GO Centers (with computer, youth/family access to Web sites, etc.) offer direct services to students & first generation college families in schools & some after-school & faith-based programs.  Other GO Centers provide indirect services (these GO Centers are individuals, agencies, businesses, programs, institutes, centers, colleges, universities; non-profit, faith- & community-based organizations & even products/services to help direct-service GO Centers — that are reaching students & first generation college families — with resources, products & support they need to promote “Education:  GO Get It!”).  And some GO Centers are specifically on the list because they offer such effective strategies & powerful leverage points — serving as high-performance role models because of the ways they effective creating a college-going culture, inspire other GO Centers & nurture prosperous communities across the South Plains, the state, nation & Planet.

Our Council (www.ClosingTheGaps.org) & past board member Alice.V.White@GMail.edu provide support for GO Centers by offering no-charge products, services, marketing systems, conferences, training opportunities & collaborative connections – in furtherance of GO Centers respective missions.  Ours is a collaborative, voluntary, flexible model designed to sustain dynamic, engaging, thriving, win-win, collaborative partnerships … across time & despite inevitable changes in leadership, legislation, oversight responsibility; organizational structure, personnel or funding sources.

We abide by Rotary International’s motto of service above self & its four-way test:  Of the things we think, say or do [1]  Is it the TRUTH? [2]  Is it FAIR to all concerned?  [3]  Will it build GOOD WILL & BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? & [4] Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?  Rotary is a worldwide network of inspired individuals who translate their passions into relevant social causes to change lives in communitiesenvisioning a world without hunger, with new ideas, where disease is defeated; that respects all faiths, races & cultures; where peace flourishes.  The Rotary Foundation enables Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill & peace through the improvement of health, the support of education & the alleviation of poverty.

We encourage GO Centers to emulate the collaborative spirit between Rotary International & ONE (www.ONE.org) — advocating to fight extreme poverty & preventable disease, particularly in Africa; working together to pursue mutual goals & increase humanitarian services.  ONE works with world leaders to support proven, cost-effective ways to save lives & help people build sustainable futures.

GO CentersMobile GO Centers, High School & Collegiate G-Force Teams/Members, Founders & Champions from all institutions of higher education – throughout the 20-county area (Texas Education Agency’s Education Service Center Region XVII) across the South Plains of Texas, the state, nation & Planet.  Ask Alice.V.White@GMail.com for an e-version of this color-coded, 278page document with details (below) for all 835 GO Centers.  GO Centers are predominantly in West Texas – mostly in the 20-county/Region 17 Education Service Center area spanning 18,966 square miles, 57 school districts, four charter schools & nearly 77,000 students:  53% Hispanic 38% white & 8% African-American & 1% “other.”  58% economically disadvantaged.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”   Nelson Mandela

“Learning is the best of all wealth.  It is easy to carry.  Thieves cannot steal it, & tyrants cannot seize it; neither fire nor water can destroy it.  And far from decreasing, it increases by giving.”  The Naladiyar

Locations, Sponsors, G-Force Coordinators, Founders & Champions of GO Centers and potential GO Centers on the South Plains of Texas in the following counties (listed by North to South & West to East geographical orientation):

Bailey, Lamb, Hale, Floyd, Motley, Cottle

Cochran, Hockley, Lubbock, Crosby, Dickens, King

Yoakum, Terry, Lynn, Garza, Kent

Gaines, Dawson, Borden

Make sure your school/district,* business, faith- or community-based organizations, agencies, associations & service clubs are on the GO Center list, below (for your convenience:  listed alphabetically by TOPIC or TOWN).  TOPICS include “ABUNDANCE OF MONEY or OTHER RESOURCES;” “AFRICAN AMERICAN-RELATED;” “APPLY … FOR COLLEGE;” “BUSINESS &/OR EMPLOYEE-FOCUSED;” “EARLY CHILDHOOD;” “FAITH-BASED;” “HEALTH;” “HISPANIC-FOCUSED;” INTERNATIONALLY FOCUSED;” “JUVENILE/JUSTICE; “MOBILE GO CENTERS;” “MUSEUMS & OTHER ATTRACTIONS;” “PROFESSIONAL, HONORARY, ACADEMIC, LEADERSHIP, ALUMNI & VOLUNTEER ASSOCIATIONS;” “SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING & MATH;” & “SENIOR CITIZENS.”

Refer businesses, faith- & community-based organizations, agencies, associations & service clubs (wherever you work, worship, volunteer, learn, play or thrive) to Alice.V.White@GMail.edu – so that they may be invited to join our GO Center family.  Together we can thrive, learn & prosper.

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