A project called Imagine 2020 is designed to encourage Dallas ISD students to stay in school. The focus is on students in South and West Dallas.
It's a strategy designed to convince students they have the talent to make it all the way through graduation.
A big event was held at Southern Methodist University, and it was much more than just a pep talk.
There were some motivational talks and a lot of action to keep the students pumped up.
The project will cost $30 million. Most of that will come from community supporters.
The money will pay for more people, training, tutoring and mentoring along with projects to keep parents involved with their kids.
"It feels great! I like this place and I want to stay all my life," said one of the students.
"Their future, the college and career readiness that's what were focused on today. They seem to be excited," said DISD Superintendent Mike Miles.
Imagine 2020 will benefit students at Pinskston, Madison and Lincoln high schools.
That includes all the elementary and middle schools that feed into those high schools.
The idea is that students not only need to hear they're capable of success, they also need to see that people care if they make it or not.
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