The Moody Foundation this week announced plans to launch “Generation Moody,” an educational attainment program for island students.

The initiative will invest in students from “cradle to career,” said Jamie Williams, the North Texas director of human resources and regional grants for the Moody Foundation. Input from schools and community leaders will be instrumental in forming the program, Williams said.

Generation Moody should have long-term effects on the island, said Ross Moody, a trustee of the Moody Foundation.

“This is a significant opportunity to show how collaborative planning and broad buy-in from the community can change outcomes for generations to come,” Moody said. “Commitment to the central issue of education — and partnering with business, nonprofit and education leaders — will lead to better educated, civically engaged and more successful young adults. And that’s a big win for everyone in Galveston.”

Moody Foundation trustees decided to start the program after they commissioned a study of needs on the island. After conducting a number of interviews with leaders, the foundation identified a need for greater educational success levels, including career readiness, Williams said.

The Moody Foundation named Angela Blair as the education director of Generation Moody. The program doesn’t have an initial price tag, Williams said.

“The Foundation’s trustees are committed to fund what’s needed to implement the programs,” Williams said.

Galveston Independent School District Superintendent Kelli Moulton said Generation Moody has all of the makings of success.

“As an educator, I’ve seen dozens of plans that begin with great energy at inception, but they rarely make it to fruition because they lack the structure, the sustaining vision and, most importantly, the funding,” Moulton said.

“Generation Moody features a plan being collaboratively developed and supported by the community, informed by strong educational leadership and financially supported by the Moody Foundation, which has a wonderful track record of commitment to Galveston.”

The Moody Foundation is a 75-year-old Galveston-based philanthropic organization founded by William Lewis Moody Jr. in 1942 to manage his substantial fortune. The foundation reported more than $2 billion in assets on its most recently available financial reports.

Samantha Ketterer: 409-683-5241; or on Twitter at @sam_kett


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