AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

Advancement Via Individual Determination

Previous Conferences

Urban Leaders Convening 2013


AVID Center, an established leader in preparing first-generation and underserved students for college, partnered with the Citi Foundation in 2009 to design and implement an equity initiative to improve educational opportunities and success for African American male students.

While the initiative focused on a targeted student group, the lessons learned, the teaching strategies developed, and the positive results for students can be applied to all underserved and culturally and ethnically diverse groups.

With support from the Citi Foundation, AVID Center convened key education leaders from urban centers across the country to learn about AVID’s Culturally Relevant Teaching strategies and how the consistency, support and rigor of programs such as AVID can be vital contributors to improving success for all students and turning schools around.

AVID National Conference


The AVID National Conference is our annual forum to discuss and share best practices on preparing all students for college and career readiness. Participants include superintendents, school board members, district and site administrators, and other educational and thought leaders.

View the programs from our last two conferences, or click on the years for additional resources.