Strong start. Promising future.

In 2012, with the recognition that the establishment of an education-focused collective impact initiative in the Rio Grande Valley could greatly improve the educational outcomes across the four-county region, the Communities Foundation of Texas and Educate Texas partnered with Valley-based leaders to establish RGV FOCUS in support of the vision that all Rio Grande Valley learners will achieve a degree or credential that leads to a meaningful career and successful life.

Our Leadership Team consists of school district superintendents, higher education presidents, philanthropic partners, and business and community leaders which lead the establishment of our vision and strategy. This group is guided by Advisory Bodies, such as the Data Support Council and Governance Council, and is supported by Action Networks, which implement plans aligned with our vision and strategy.

The goal of convening the group is to transform the lives of the region’s more than 427,000 public pre-K-12 and higher education students by aligning systems across the cradle-to-career educational pathway to make sure each student is college ready, has access to and achieves postsecondary success, and pursues a meaningful career in the Rio Grande Valley and beyond. Furthermore, RGV FOCUS’s work positions the Rio Grande Valley to support the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s (THECB) goal to have 60 percent of 25- to 34-year-olds in the state earn a certificate or degree by 2030, a plan known widely as the THECB 60x30 Strategic Plan.

The Rio Grande Valley has a strong history of collaboration and success—but we are even more excited about our future. Our story continues with you.