This spring, hundreds of Houston-area students are being treated to a new, award-winning documentary film that explores the problem of college access faced by first-generation and low-income students, as local districts participating in the Gulf Coast PASS initiative host private screenings.


First Generation” tells the story of four high school students – an inner city athlete, a small town waitress, a Samoan warrior dancer, and the daughter of migrant field workers – who set out to break the cycle of poverty and bring hope to their families and communities by pursuing a college education.


Houston A+ Challenge will host a free, public screening of the film at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, on Wednesday, April 7. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the event begins at 6 p.m. Register today.


According to a recent report by the Houston Endowment, which provides funding for Gulf Coast PASS, only 22 out of every 100 Texas eighth graders will earn any kind of higher education degree or certificate within six years of graduating high school. Out of 100 African American and Latino students, only 11 earn a degree.


“This film takes a very serious issue facing our community, and presents it in a very human, very compelling way,” said Houston A+ Challenge Executive Director Scott Van Beck. “Through these community screenings — and our free, public screening at the MFAH — the GCPASS partners are raising awareness of both the problem and potential solutions.”


Unless otherwise indicated, the screenings listed below are closed registration. To register for the free, public screening on April 17 at the MFAH, click here.


Feb. 27 Hitchcock ISD College of the Mainland
Mar. 20 Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Jersey Village High School
March 21 Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Cy-Lakes High School
March 21 Brazosport ISD Brazosport College
March 23 Spring ISD Westfield High School
March 23 Goose Creek CISD Goose Creek Memorial High School
March 26 Sheldon ISD C.E. King High School
March 27 Houston ISD Scarborough High School
March 27 Houston ISD Sterling High School
March 28 Houston ISD Kashmere High School
March 28 Houston ISD Furr High School
April 4 Galveston ISD Ball High School
April 17 Houston A+ Challenge Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (register)
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