AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - The Panhandle Twenty/20 organization was said to have been dormant for the past few years, but is back and ready for change.
After being founded in 2003, Panhandle Twenty/20′s goal was to focus on creating a unified community and planning for a stronger future, focusing on educational attainment and poverty.
“The organization first came out when I started asking the question, ‘Who is planning for the future of Texas?’” said Panhandle Twenty/20 Founder Anette Carlisle. “If you look at a lot of the things going on in our community, the tendrils go back to some of the work of Panhandle Twenty/20 and us individuals and institutions that have been involved all along.”
Carlisle said the educational work will continue but will no longer be the main focus.
“It served its purpose to focus on educational attainment and poverty,” said Carlisle. “There’s a new group of us, some old folks that have been involved and some new younger folks who are excited about this, who are working to launch a new initiative, focused on a little different angle.”
The League of Women Voters of Amarillo will be hosting a lunchtime program, where Carlisle will talk about what comes ahead and why the organization’s name is changing to Pioneers of the Future.
Carlisle said, “[It will be] a look at the growth that has happened because of our efforts and what are our opportunities moving forward. Also, how we can build a new organization, talking about [being] pioneers of the future and move forward with some new innovative approaches.”
The new mission will be to move forward in new and creative ways, to hand it off to the next generation.
“I think innovation is in the future of many communities, and I think it is for us and some of it started with Panhandle Twenty/20,” said Carlisle.
If you would like to attend the lunchtime program, the location and time are below: