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Point Person: Our Q&A with Torrence Robinson (Dallas Morning News, December 12, 2010)

Torrence Robinson is the incoming senior director for community affairs at the Fluor Corp. in Irving, where his work will include dealing with education challenges. The Allen resident already has plenty of experience in the world of education because his off-duty job is The Compelling Why, an organization he founded to help "students of promise" realize their dreams. That job consumes his weekends and other free time. Points recently asked him to explain his organization, its impact and his vision.

What is The Compelling Why?
The Compelling Why produces seminars for middle and high school "students of promise." These are students in the academic middle who with the right motivation and encouragement can maximize their academic potential.

How do you identify "students of promise?"
Students of promise are generally those students school staff has identified as not being actively engaged through extra-curricular activities. They achieve grades below their capability. And they could benefit from adult role models.  Continue reading »

The Compelling Why seminar @ SMU (DISD Online News, November 2, 2010)

Last week, about 120 freshmen and sophomore students from Bryan Adams, Conrad and Kimball high schools attended a special seminar produced by The Compelling Why and conducted at Southern Methodist University (SMU). The seminars are designed to help students understand the academic enrichment and college-going resources... available to them and the motivation to take advantage of those resources as they continue their secondary education. These "students of promise" were selected by faculty or staff members based on their potential to be successful in college and beyond. The students heard from four very successful panelists, all of whom shared advice, words of caution, often-blunt motivation and inspiration.

Panelists included Dr. Jose Antonio Bowen, dean of the Meadows School at SMU; Rawly Sanchez, Deputy Chief of Staff, Dallas ISD; and Isaul Verdin, attorney, Verdin Law. The session was moderated by Mauricio Navarro, President & Founder, RAIZ Public Relations.   Continue reading »

The Compelling Why (School Times Now, October 8, 2010)

This week approximately 150 freshmen from all four RISD high schools attended a special seminar held at the University of Texas at Dallas campus designed to help them understand the opportunities currently in front of them as they begin their secondary education in earnest. These "students of promise" were chosen by faculty or staff members based on their potential to be successful in college and beyond.

The students heard from four very successful panelists, all of whom shared advice, words of caution, often-blunt motivation and inspiration.

"You can be great, or you can be average," said Arthur George, Senior Vice President, Analog Engineering Operations for Texas Instruments. The choice to pursue greatness is a choice only you can make. Making no choice is the same as choosing to be average."  Continue reading »

Making the most of 'students of promise' (Dallas Morning News, April 7, 2010)

Torrence Robinson looks at today's minority youth and sees a generation filled with potential that might go largely unfulfilled. He's not talking about kids at risk of succumbing to drugs and gangs. He's talking about "students of promise" who just don't see the promise of going to college as applicable to them.

"These are kids in the academic middle, not fully engaged in school activities or taking advantage of resources that could help them," says the 44-year-old director of education and workforce for Texas Instruments Inc. "With the right motivation, inspiration and a road map, they can be on the road to academic success."

Robinson calls his initiative "The Compelling Why."  Continue reading »