Leaders United to Change Lives

In 2012, the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Collective Impact initiative, now RGV FOCUS, launched to transform college readiness, access, and success across the four-county region. Initially founded by a group of district superintendents and higher education presidents, the collaborative has grown to include educators, nonprofits, community groups, funders, and business and civic leaders dedicated to making major, systemic improvements to educational and career attainment in the RGV.

RGV FOCUS works to strengthen each step of the educational pipeline and align community resources to provide the supports learners need to succeed throughout high school and postsecondary in order to pursue a meaningful career in the RGV and beyond.

Since May 2012 this cross-sector group of leaders – the Leadership Team – has met regularly to identify assets and needs in the RGV, adopt a common vision, and identify shared goals, strategies, and metrics to help drive the following vision:

All RGV learners will achieve a degree or credential that leads to a meaningful career.