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The IDRA Valued Youth Partnership is a research-based, internationally-recognized dropout prevention program that has kept 98% of its tutors in school.
The Valued Youth Partnership, created by the Intercultural Development Research Association, is an internationally-recognized, cross-age tutoring program with an unusual twist. This dropout prevention program works by identifying junior high and high school students in at-risk situations and enlisting them as tutors for elementary school youngsters who are also struggling in school. Given this role of personal and academic responsibility, the Valued Youth tutors learn self-discipline and develop self-esteem. Schools shift to the philosophy and practices of valuing students considered at-risk.
Results show that tutors stay in school, have increased academic performance, improved school attendance and advanced to higher education.
The IDRA Valued Youth Partnership has provided leadership experiences for students all over the country during the past 35 years. It increases student’s connectedness, academic achievement, self-efficacy and self-esteem by placing students in leadership positions. The program consistently improves socio-emotional skills through the cross-age tutoring component. During this time of uncertainty, social-distancing and economic adversity the Valued Youth Partnership’s key component of valuing youth’s gifts and burgeoning social skills can provide leadership experiences as schools adapt. Get details and see virtual learning objectives.
“The Valued Youth Partnership exemplifies IDRA’s asset-based approach. The program is based on the creed that all students are valuable, none is expendable,” stated Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel. “It has maintained a less than 2% dropout rate, which is an incredible legacy.”
Since its inception in 1984, the program has kept 35,000 students in school – young people who were previously considered at risk of dropping out. The lives of more than 725,000 children, families and educators have been positively impacted by the program. The program design is based on IDRA research on the dropout issue and school holding power. The program has grown across the United States and has been in Brazil, England and Puerto Rico.
*formerly named the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program
In 2009, IDRA celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Valued Youth Partnership program, (formerly called the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program)...Read More