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Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program

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Seminar Spotlighting Successful Dropout Prevention Practices

The Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program is an internationally-recognized dropout prevention cross-age tutoring program in schools across the United States and Brazil. Since its inception in San Antonio in 1984 until 2014, the program has kept 33,000 students in school, young people who were previously at risk of dropping out.

When: October 7, 2015
If you would like to be notified when the date is set, please send your contact information to contact@idra.org.

See how schools have been successfully implementing the program for more than two decades!

By attending our Spotlighting Successful Dropout Prevention Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program event, you can:

  • See the program in action by visiting a school that is successfully implementing the program.
  • Hear how cross-age tutoring can help your school prevent students from dropping out.
  • Meet staff from other schools that are using the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program.

This seminar is for people who are new or experienced in the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program and want to learn more about the program.

This program is funded through school districts’ and campuses’ own initiative. Learn how to use federal, state and other sources to fund the program.

“I was skipping, and now I’ve been going to class because I want to show the kids a good example.”
– Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program tutor

“I never wanted to come to school, but those kids made me come to school every day. They are also the reason my grades are up, so that they can look up to me and say ‘He is really smart.’”
– Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program tutor

Agenda

8:30 a.m.         Registration

9:00 a.m.         Welcome and recognition

9:30 a.m.         Program overview

10:00 a.m.       Bus departs district office

10:30 a.m.       School site visit

11:30 p.m.       Bus departs elementary school returns to district office

11:45 p.m.       Panel

12:30 p.m.       Lunch provided

1:30 p.m.         Close

 

Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program was recently named a national Hispanic Education “Bright Spot” by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (September 2015).

Award-Winning Dropout Prevention

The Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program is an internationally-recognized dropout prevention cross-age tutoring program in schools across the United States and Brazil. Since its inception in San Antonio in 1984 until 2014, the program has kept 33,000 students in school, young people who were previously at risk of dropping out.

According to the Valued Youth creed, all students are valuable, none is expendable.

This philosophy is helping schools across the United States and Brazil keep 98 percent of Valued Youth students in school. The program has made a visible difference in the lives of more than 654,000 children, families and educators.

In the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program, secondary school students who are considered at risk of dropping out of school are placed as tutors of elementary school students, enabling the older students to make a difference in the younger students’ lives. With a growing sense of responsibility and pride, the tutors stay and do better in school. The program supports them with positive recognition and instruction.

Note, this program is designed for students who are most at risk of dropping out and who may not be served by other programs.

In Texas, the State Board of Education approved the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program as an innovative course eligible for elective credit at the high school level. Students participating in the program can earn one state credit for their participation.

The Coca­-Cola Valued Youth Program’s primary goal is to reduce dropout rates. Other benefits include:

  • Enhanced students’ academic performance;
  • Strengthening students’ perceptions of self and school;
  • Reduced student disciplinary action referrals;
  • Increased attendance rates; and
  • Strengthened school-home-community partnerships to increase the level of support available to students at risk of dropping out of school.

For information about the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program, contact IDRA by:

Phone: 210-444-1710, Dr. Felix Montes
Mail: 5815 Callaghan Road, Suite 101, San Antonio, Texas 78228
Online: contact@idra.org or visit our web site at www.idra.org.