Student Voices

“Stereotypes about students are never true…the question is: how can we make our schools better?”

Mississippi high school student, IDRA
Community Blueprints for Action Initiative 

“[When we’re] not challenged by teachers and the curriculum… we enter college unprepared…Some may ask themselves why they should even be there…”

Oklahoma high school student, IDRA
Community Blueprints for Action Initiative 

“Since I have been a tutor, the most important thing I learned about myself was that there is someone everyday that helps me wake up in the morning and want to go to school. There’s someone waiting for me to arrive and walk through the classroom door, and those people are my three tutees that I take care of so much and help learn.”

Texas middle school tutor, IDRA
Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program

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