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Navigating Success

Families in Amarillo and the Texas Panhandle are facing serious challenges to their very survival. Barriers to success are almost insurmountable to many, and the need for social services has risen dramatically over the past several years.

 

Poverty rates have climbed, from one in ten individuals living in poverty in Potter County in 2000, up to one in three living in poverty in 2009. Over 68% of Amarillo ISD students qualify for the federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program.

 

While the numbers are staggering, they represent real people with real needs and real challenges. Panhandle Twenty/20 has worked with international poverty expert Dr. Donna Beegle…read more

 

Educational Attainment

The ability of the Texas Panhandle to thrive in the 21st century global knowledge-based economy hinges on the quality and educational attainment level of its workforce, which is currently lower than the state and national average.

 

As Texas grows and changes, so do the challenges facing it and our region. … read more.

 

The Panhandle Imperative: Economic Implications of Educational Attainment in Amarillo and the Texas Panhandle (.pdf)

 

A Community in Action (.pdf) — an update on community solutions in response to educational attainment concerns.