Engaging Communities for College Readiness (ENCORE) is a program in South Texas developed by Texas Valley Communities Foundation in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to dramatically increase the number of students ready to enroll and complete a post-secondary education.ENCORE develops and implements college and career readiness outreach programs for students, parents and educators by working in collaboration with school districts, community leaders and corporate/ foundation partners.The program is composed of three crucial outreach initiatives: ENCORE PASOS Program, ENCORE Career Awareness and Mentorship Program (CAMP) and ENCORE Meditech.
To develop and implement innovative and research-driven family engagement and student outreach programs which prepare them to succeed in college, career and beyond working in collaboration with educators, community leaders and corporate partners.
We seek to develop a college-going culture where a post-secondary education completion is not longer seen as an option, but rather a common expectation for all children in every family. The ENCORE team in schools across South Texas do whatever it takes to support students as they navigate middle school, prepare for college entry, and work hard on their journey through life.
What We Do
We strive to empower families, community leaders and teachers to create a college-going culture while measuring and reporting the results. We partner with some of our nation’s leading businesses and industry experts in order to provide students and their parents with the resources and tools essential to guide students for college, career and life success. By providing outstanding instructors, ensuring that students, parents and the community are aware of our program, and building data to understand our true impact, ENCORE ensures the successful implementation of the program:
ENCORE is responsible for bringing industry experts from different careers as instructors, college students as mentors and the classroom resources for each ENCORE CAMP.
The ENCORE team will assist in campus recruiting of students and parents to ensure full capacity at all ENCORE events.
Our creative marketing team will conduct photo shoots, film short documentary videos, develop articles of ENCORE events and share content through social media outlets, local publications, TV/ Radio shows and district public relations departments.
The ENCORE team will conduct surveys and focus groups and analyze data from every event to measure the effectiveness of the program. A district executive report will be developed for school administration to review.