NLNE Meets with Area Religious Leaders

No Limits No Excuses Meets with Area Religious Leaders
No Limits No Excuses Breakfast

December 3, 2015 –Amarillo ISD executive leaders joined No Limits No Excuses Amarillo (NLNE) in a special breakfast meeting Thursday morning hosted at the Rod Schroder Education Support Center. Recognizing students need reinforcement of their potential in all aspects of life, NLNE invited area religious leaders to join the conversation in building pathways for students to achieve success as adults.  

“We believe every child deserves the chance for success beyond the time they spend with us,” Amarillo ISD Superintendent Dr. Dana West said. “These partnerships are important because when our students walk across the graduation stage they won’t be without a plan, their ‘beyond high school’ is important to everyone in this community.”

NLNE Program Officer Broc Carter shared, “It takes the commitment of a community to make sure all students have the opportunity to achieve. The faith community has such a great influence over their congregation, it seemed fitting to engage them and create a no excuses culture in their church body.”

The religious leaders of Amarillo understand the importance of this mission, too. St. John Baptist Church was the first No Excuses University church in the United States, and other area churches are beginning to follow suit not only with programs in their facilities but with partnerships in schools as well.

“Amarillo’s church leaders need to be educated on what NLNE is doing in and for our community. The potential is truly amazing if we were to see the Amarillo area churches come together in a unified effort, investing in this next generation through NLNE,” said Dave Anderson, Executive Pastor of Paramount Baptist Church.

NLNE is an Amarillo initiative providing pathways for low-income young adults to get an education beyond high school leading to a living wage job with basic benefits and opportunities for advancement. Primarily funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, this program is part of the Gates Foundation initiative Partners for Postsecondary Success.

Businesses and community groups are encouraged to reach out to NLNE if they wish to learn more about programming and partnership opportunities.

“It is vital for these businesses and churches to be involved in the NLNE program and encourage their employees and church families to pursue an education. There are plans to hold a few more business lunches in 2016. There is more to do, but this is a great start”, said Becky Zenor, Director of Amarillo Chamber of Commerce’s Quality of Life Council and the Arts.

For more information about NLNE and how it ties into No Excuses University in Amarillo ISD schools, please visit these online resources.
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