White House named IDRA Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program a Hispanic Ed “Bright Spot”
Approved by the U.S. Department of Education’s Program Effectiveness Panel for inclusion in the National Diffusion Network, April 1991
Peter F. Drucker Foundation Award for Non-profit Management
“The program has made me more confident. I have new confidence and have more pride in myself. And people can see that in the way I dress and act around others.” – middle school tutor
Recognized by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, and President George Bush.
One of only 30 programs worldwide selected for initial inclusion in the International Youth Foundation data base
Identified as an effective program in Show Me the Evidence! Proven and Promising Programs for America’s Schools, by Dr. Robert E. Slavin and Dr. Olatokunbo S. Fashola. The authors report that the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program is one of only two programs designed to increase the high school graduation rates of at-risk students that meet the standards of their review for rigorous evaluation, active dissemination, evidence of effectiveness.
Featured as an educational model in books by:
American Council on Education
Committee for Economic Development
Hamilton Fish National Institute on School and Community Violence
Jobs for the Future
National Center for Service Learning in Early Adolescence
Featured as an educational model in many newsletters and journals, including:
Center for Corporate Community Relations
National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education
National Dropout Prevention Network
National Education Association
Points of Light Foundation
Project Literacy U.S.
Featured in Growing Up Down and Out – Survival Stories, a Barbara Walters’ ABC television special
Featured in Everybody’s Business: America’s Children, a NBC television special hosted by the Today Show’s Katie Couric (by Shapiro Productions)
A panel of experts brought together by Ladies’ Home Journal, selected the Coca-ColaValued Youth Program as one of the 10 best youth programs in the country
Featured in “Assignment America,” NBC Nightly News
Highlighted in the Education Writers Association publication, HighStrides, which focuses exclusively on middle schools
Extensive media coverage (in addition to the above) includes: American News Service, BBC, Caribbean Business, Christian Science Monitor, Education Daily, Fortune Magazine, Hispanic Business, Hispanic Outlook, Hope Magazine, Houston Chronicle, La Prensa, London Times Educational Supplement, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, PBS, Thrust for Educational Leadership, Trustee, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, and The Washington Post (front page).
Golden Star Award for Business Leadership in Education from the Association of Education Publishers, 1999
The Coca-Cola Brazil bottler’s Instituto Coca-Cola para a Educacao was one of 31 organizations to receive the “2000 Top Social ADVB” award by Mecado, an organization that recognized businesses nationally who have successful programs that positively impact Brazilian communities