The Neighborhood Longhorns Program (NLP), established in 1991, is an educational incentive program operated in partnership with the Austin Independent School District (AISD) in 33 Title 1 elementary and middle schools. The major goals of the program are to:
- Improve overall grade performance;
- Improve reading, math, science, and language arts skills;
- Increase student retention rates; and
- Provide scholarships for students to obtain a college education.
The program serves economically disadvantaged youth in grades 2 through 8 who are at higher risks of experiencing academic difficulties, including low grade performance, low performance on tests, low school attendance and higher rates of dropping out of school.
Improving Academic Performance
The primary objectives of the Neighborhood Longhorns Program (NLP) are to encourage self-discipline, promote enthusiasm for learning and increase student success. The NLP presents tangible incentives to the students to better their individual achievement for each grading period over the course of the academic year.
Providing Educational Incentives
Prize sessions are held at each school in the spring semester. University of Texas athletes from the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics for Men and Women, along with head coaches, university staff and community leaders, present the prizes to the students. In addition to winning prizes for good grades and attendance, NLP participants are invited to attend football games, men’s and women’s basketball games, volleyball, soccer, baseball, softball and tennis games and matches, and university and community cultural events.