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Welcome to Own Your Own Future! Brought to you by Texas GEAR UP, this website is packed with resources aimed at increasing college readiness in students in grades 7-12.

The main version of the site is targeted directly at students, with videos, links and downloads centered around four main themes:

To make all the resources even more robust, there are lesson plans and classroom activities built around the student materials—and they’re all available here in the Educators section of the site. They’re ideal for use in classrooms, during advisory periods and by counselors working on building college awareness. The helpful grid below allows you to easily find and download the materials you need to reach your audience with the right information at the right time!


Student Handout

Educator Lesson

MS Parent
Guide

HS Parent
Guide

7 8 9 10 11 12
Personal/Economic Benefits
Transitioning from MS to HS yes yes   yes            
Making Your Parents Proud yes yes                
Why Go to College? (Gabriela) yes yes yes yes            
 
College to Career
Importance of STEM Skills yes yes                
Identifying Interests yes yes yes yes            
Career Planning     yes yes            
Job Shadowing                    
Why Go to College? (Todd) yes yes yes yes            
Why Go to College? (Marcus) yes yes yes yes            



Student Handout

Educator Lesson

MS Parent
Guide

HS Parent
Guide

7 8 9 10 11 12
Building Academic Skills
Taking Advanced Courses yes yes yes yes            
How Electives Can Help You yes yes yes yes            
How Planning Ahead Can Help You yes yes yes yes            
Planning a Long-Term Project yes yes                
Learning About Credits yes yes yes yes            
Course Planning yes     yes            
Working in Teams yes yes                
 
Becoming Well-Rounded
Stand Up and Lead yes yes                
Importance of Getting Involved yes yes                
Mentors Are All Around yes yes yes yes            
Maximizing Your Time yes yes yes yes            
Community Service yes                  
Finding Interests through Community Service yes yes                
Cleaning Up Your Online Act yes yes                
 
College Applications and Admission
Building a College Portfolio yes yes yes              
College Admissions Testing yes yes                
Building a Résumé yes yes                
Figuring Out the College Application Process yes yes yes yes            
Writing a College Admissions Essay yes yes                
Adjusting to College Life yes yes   yes            
Summer After Graduation yes yes                



Student Handout

Educator Lesson

MS Parent Guide

HS Parent
Guide

7 8 9 10 11 12
Types of Postsecondary Education
Different Types of Postsecondary Education yes yes   yes            
Community College: Stepping Stone yes     yes            
 
What is College Like?
Building a Support System yes yes yes yes            
Choosing Your Own Path yes yes   yes            
The College Adjustment Period       yes            
Living Away From Home                    
Campus Life                    
The College Classroom                    
 
Researching Institutions
Language of College yes yes   yes            
College Tour Questions yes yes                



Student Handout

Educator Lesson

MS Parent
Guide

HS Parent
Guide

7 8 9 10 11 12
Types of Financial Aid
The Power of Scholarships yes   yes yes            
Financial Aid Basics yes   yes yes            
Financial Aid Intro yes   yes yes            
The Language of Financial Aid yes yes yes yes            
 
Cost Savings
Saving Money with Dual Credit yes yes                
Declaring Yourself Undeclared yes yes                
 
Applying for Financial Aid
Cracking Financial Aid Code Words yes yes   yes            

*Download this master list of videos and student, parent and educator resources, organized by grade and category »

In addition, all the materials are organized by grade level to help you find exactly what you need for your students, including roadmaps for grades 7-12 to help you and your students plot out monthly activities and milestones throughout the school year.

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