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IDRA Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program Introductory Seminar on Dropout Prevention – Oct 7 in San Antonio


See how the award-winning IDRA Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program can help you keep students in school.

This cross-age tutoring program is research-based and has been recognized internationally for its high rates of success – keeping 98 percent of its tutors in school.

Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program Introductory Seminar

October 7, 2015 • 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

La Quinta Inns and Suites San Antonio Riverwalk – Downtown in San Antonio

Registration fee is only $50 and includes lunch and transportation to site visit

At this special event, designed for educators, administrators and community members, you will:

  • See the program in action by visiting a school that is successfully implementing the program
  • Hear how cross-age tutoring can help your school prevent students from dropping out
  • Meet staff from other schools that are using the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program

This program is funded through school districts’ and campuses’ own initiatives. Learn how to use federal, state and other sources to fund the program.

See the event brochure or visit IDRA's website to get details or register online now.

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Award-Winning Dropout Prevention Model


The Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program, created by IDRA, 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. Since its inception in San Antonio in 1984, the program has kept 33,000 students in school, young people who were previously at risk of dropping out. The lives of more than 646,000 children, families and educators have been positively impacted by the program.

Video: See an overview of how the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program impacts students and schools. [12 min]

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The Power of Possibility, How IDRA and its Partners are Changing Public Education, IDRA Annual Report 2014


IDRA’s 2014 Annual Report highlights seven defining moments in our work last year, from advancing educational and civil rights, to amplifying the voice of families and cross-generational leaders in securing educational quality and equity; to improving student success, graduation, and college preparedness; and preparing new teachers for increasingly diverse classrooms. We are grateful to funders and partners for their commitment to excellent and equitable education that made IDRA’s work possible.

National Conference on School Diversity Conference


21st Century School Integration: Building the Movement for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

September 24-25, 2015, Washington, D.C.

This 21st Century School Integration conference will feature an array of engaging and dynamic plenary sessions, workshops, and multiple networking opportunities. The voices of students, parents, and educators who aspire to create and sustain racial/ethnic, socioeconomic, and linguistic integration in their schools will take center stage during NCSD’s 2015 conference. For the first time, the program will convene and connect K-12 students participating in integration programs and/or doing racial justice organizing. NCSD also aims to engage key leaders of complementary reform efforts to help identify shared values; strengthen our practice; recommit ourselves to effecting positive, systemic change; and forge paths to future collaboration and collective action.

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