A Good Start was created from the realization of a lack of resources for our young adults who need guidance, advice and self-confidence. Additionally, it was founded out of the love that God has for them and our community.
This project was born from the initiative of the Presbyterian Seminary of Austin with the financial support of Lily Endowment, Inc. One day our founder accepted an invitation to participate in the 787 Collective project initiative, which sought out leaders to create a project or gatherings that would bring young adults together and develop unity. The AGS idea came to fruition after the following events.
During the summer of 2018, we observed that some of our graduates from our local high school in 2016, who were outstanding students, had not yet begun their higher education and were just working the average 9 to 5 job. These young adults encountered barriers in obtaining higher education through a lack of knowledge of the application process, the inability to pay for their studies, and the absence of support.
Then we observed another basic need such as a Drivers's License only being obtained by four out of ten young adults. This was due to either not having access to a computer or for lack of payment in transit tickets and surcharges.
Considering this information God led our founder to develop the AGS program which provides a mentoring plan for young adults who need help in any of the following areas: driver’s license, education (certification, trade, 2 or 4-year higher education), job search, and budgeting.
As we have progressed in our program we finally came down to the conclusion of maintaining our intake process open to all age. Why? Because we have seen the need for support and direction in the initiation process to life; at a high school level, as well as, an adult wanting to pick up where they left off.
That being said our goal is to see Every Participant SUCCEED in Themselves, Family and LIFE!