Q: When yougive to the Hearts of Texas campaign, do you have an organization that you support?
A: Communities In Schools, the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization, which sponsors many wonderful projects in Central Texas like the XY-Zone. The XY-Zone prepares young men to be successful academically and in life. The program is housed in seven local schools including Eastside Memorial, LBJ, Lanier, Crockett, Reagan, and Travis high schools. Each campus maintains a full-time caseworker who provides intensive case management services to each participant. The young men receive guidance, leadership development, academic support and opportunities to participate in service-learning projects.
Q: Why do you give to this program?
A: The XY-Zone is designed to help young men at risk who don’t have male role models in their lives to help them prepare for college. I know that these young men are getting the mentoring and coaching they need in order to become responsible members in their communities.
Q: What impact do you feel your donation is making?
A: When you meet the young men in the program they shake your hand, look at you in the eye, and they have purpose. Their lives might be very different without the support of the XY-Zone. I’m fortunate to have the resources to contribute and feel a personal connection to a worthwhile organization. I encourage each of you to join me in donating to a cause you are passionate about today.