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Student Excellence and Readiness through Volunteers in Education (SERVE)



Funding awarded through a competitive process to the Association of Junior Achievement Areas of Texas (JA) established the Student Excellence and Readiness through Volunteers in Education (SERVE) program.

The SERVE program provides volunteers to teach classroom or after-school programs designed to enhance:

  • College readiness
  • Workforce readiness 
  • Dropout prevention 
  • Personal financial literacy

Proven Dropout Prevention Strategies

The Texas Education Agency focuses state and federal resources on identifying and replicating proven strategies for dropout prevention and recovery.  Research indicates that providing mentors or adult advocates for students at-risk of dropping out of school is an effective dropout prevention strategy to help students address academic, social, and emotional needs that are barriers to academic achievement. The volunteers for SERVE are mentors for participating students.   


  • Non-profit organizations in Texas with the capacity to provide statewide coordinated, research-based services to targeted populations in order to improve college and workforce readiness.


  • SERVE is currently in 184 Texas high schools
  • SERVE recently has expanded services to middle school campuses.
  • SERVE is operating in 1,195 classrooms within the nine major regions in the state.
  • 21,000 Texas high school students served
  • Over 1,000 volunteers are in classrooms all over the state serving as mentors as well as leading the discussion on critical issues facing high school students.
  • Junior Achievement is sponsoring a College Scholarship program for students who have participated in their SERVE JA high school program.
  • Subject to HB 2237, Section 18 Reporting Requirements. HB 2237 final report is due to the 82nd Legislature on December 1, 2010.

Funding Information

Funding for FY2010 and FY2011 was reduced by $250,000 each year as a result of the five percent biennial reduction.

  • FY 2008 - Cycle 1 (August 1, 2008 - July 31, 2009) - $500,000 
  • FY 2009 - Cycle 2 (August 1, 2009 - July 31, 2010) - $500,000
  • FY 2010 - Cycle 3 (August 1, 2010 - July 31, 2011) - $250,000

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