TXGU Grant: Region One ESC GEAR UP: Ready, Set, College!
Big Picture: Our Texas GEAR UP compatriots in the RGV are really raising the (tie) bar when it comes to getting TXGU guys ready for college. Together in Education for Success (T.I.E.S.) was started by Region One ESC GEAR UP to strengthen the bond between father and son, as well as address the dropping college-enrollment rates among young men (the numbers aren't great.) For one day, boys and their fathers or mentors join TXGU educators and community leaders at the University of Texas-Pan American, and through presentations and breakout sessions, they explore the topics of professionalism, community, family, and tradition. It's an interactive day of life skills, scientific demonstrations, and, of course, neckties. The symbol of the necktie is used to teach kids how it feels to look and act professional. The tie is transformative (not to mention totally stylin'). For many attendees, this was their first time on a college campus—in addition to their first attempt at a Windsor knot. Big thanks to Region One for keeping our kids prepared and looking quite dapper in the process.
Sample Tools: Feeling inspired to start your own T.I.E.S. event? You’re in luck! Practically every type of material you could possibly need is right here. (Ties sold separately.)