(November 14, 2011) It is not unusual to expect that teenagers who get the chance to become tutors are themselves highly successful, with top grades and awards. But IDRA’s Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program demonstrates that amazing things happen when the tutors are students who are struggling, students with low grades, with poor attendance and with a record of disciplinary actions. Meet Ludi Ortega, a middle school teacher, who works with a group of such students. She shares stories of the dramatic changes she has seen in her own students through the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program. Ludi is interviewed by Frances Guzmán, M.Ed., an IDRA education associate. Send comments to
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Continuities – Lessons for the Future of Education from the IDRA Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program In 2009, IDRA celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program, an empirically-tested dropout prevention program implemented in 550 schools in the continental United States , Puerto Rico , Brazil and the
United Kingdom . Anchored in this transnational experience, Continuities – Lessons for the Future of Education from the IDRA Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program, vividly captures seven key lessons for improving the quality of education for all students. Hear the voices of youth, teachers, family members and program leaders and learn why valuing youth is at the heart of school transformation.
Radio Show: Lessons from the IDRA Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program
The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network Radio Webcast featured IDRA’s Dr. Linda Cantu. Listen to the archived show to learn about this assets-based approach to dropout prevention and discover key lessons learned in this award-winning cross-age tutoring program.
Show Notes * Ludi discusses how the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program works at her school, including how tutors and teachers are selected.
* Ludi talks about how the tutors grow from the beginning to the end of the program each year, becoming more responsible and mature, developing into role models for their tutees, and improving their own grades.
* Ludi shares specific success stories from some of the tutors she has worked with.
* Ludi explains how the program is helping to keep at-risk children from dropping out of school.
Frances talks about many of the lessons that IDRA and its partners have learned during the 27-plus years of the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program
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