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

AVID Summer Institutes

Student Speaker Contest

Speech Prompt: What makes AVID unique? How has AVID helped you discover your potential and succeed in school and life? What does AVID mean to you?

Contest Rules:

  • The deadline to submit your Student Speaker Application is Monday, January 22, 2018.

  • Student speakers can be current AVID Elective students, AVID Elementary students, students who attend a school where AVID is implemented across the campus, or AVID alums.

  • All speeches must be submitted as a Word document, uploaded along with the Student Speaker Application.
Attention Teachers:

If you use this as a writing assignment, do not require your students to enter the speech contest, as the best entries are the ones that are submitted voluntarily. Please do not submit class sets of speeches.

Writing Tips:

  • Speeches should be approximately 500–800 words and no more than 5–7 minutes long when presented.

  • Show what makes AVID unique – things like AVID’s focus on critical thinking skills, collaboration, equity, and raised expectations for educators and students.

  • We encourage you to incorporate the 2018 Summer Institute theme This is AVID, AVID’s mission statement, or our tagline (Proven Achievement. Lifelong Advantage.).

  • Before submitting, please use peer review as a means for feedback and editing. Remember your audience. Attendees are teachers, principals, counselors, school board members, and government officials. Many are new to AVID, and some are more experienced. Either way, they are looking to you to inspire them.


  • Student speakers are awarded $500, payable on the day of the speech, as well as all travel costs, including hotel accommodations for each speaker and one chaperone.

  • All speeches will be available online, and some will be featured in a special video that will be shared on AVID's social media and in other ways. Speakers and their districts/schools may use these professionally filmed speeches in communications as well.