Dr. Linda Cantu

Student Voices on Being Valued – Podcast Episode 54 | Classnotes Podcast Episode 54

Classnotes Podcast 54 (May 14, 2009) It’s one thing to have evaluation data showing a school program is working, like the 98 percent success rate of IDRA’s Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program. But the success is even more dramatic when you hear the students in their own words describe how their lives have changed.

Following a national essay contest among tutors in the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program, Linda Cantú, Ph.D., director of this dropout prevention program, shares examples of student’s stories of how the program helped them do better in school and how they had helped their tutees to do better. In addition, the grand prize winner, Gabriella Guajardo, reads her own winning essay.

Linda is interviewed by Bradley Scott , Ph.D., director of the IDRA South Central Collaborative for Equity.

Show length: 22:46.

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Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program

Texas Students Win National Essay Contest Award
– “Since I became a tutor…,” U.S. Grande Prize Winning Essay, 
by Gabriella Marie Guajardo, 12th grade, San Antonio in English, Spanish, Portuguese
– “My Experience with Coca-Cola,” Brazil Grande Prize Winning Essay, 
by Alanna Alves Moraes, eighth grade, Uberlândia, Brazil in English/Portuguese

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Show Notes

  • Linda Cantú, Ph.D., describes how the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program helps schools value the tutors and the tutors value themselves.

  • Bradley Scott , Ph.D., introduces the essay contest and asks Linda why it was so important to have the tutors talk about the impact that the program has had on them.

  • Linda explains how parents feel about their children being part of the program.

  • Linda reads and discusses excerpts from three student essays.

  • The grand prize winner, Gabriella Guajardo, reads her essay at a ceremony in Brazil.

  • Linda Cantú talks about the role that the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program has played in Gabriella's life.