|October 7, 2004
Media Contact: Kathy Hill
A National Teacher Coordinator Institute is scheduled today to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program for dropout prevention. The Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program works by identifying secondary school students in at-risk situations and enlisting them as tutors for elementary school students who are also struggling in school.
Participating educators and guests from around the country will convene today to celebrate the success of the?program and share ideas for continuing progress.
At Benavidez Elementary School this afternoon, participants will also have the opportunity to observe tutoring in progress and interact with current tutors active in the program. Overall, in several San Antonio school districts, the dropout rate among participants has fallen to less than 2 percent since the program was implemented.
Thurday, October 7, 2004
Crowne Plaza Hotel, 111 E. Pecan St.
Benavidez Elementary School , 8340 IH-35 S.
With a grant from The Coca-Cola Company and The
Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel , IDRA executive director; led in developing and expanding the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program
Dr. Nabor Cortez, Superintendent South San Antonio Independent School District, where the program began and continues today
Ms. Brenda Macias, former Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program tutor, San Antonio; current student at Palo Alto College
Mr. Pablo Lopez , former Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program tutor, Brownsville; current Police Officer, McAllen PD; recently honored with the “Life Saving Award” for heroic acts
Ms. Racquel White, Senior Manager, Media Relations, The Coca-Cola Company