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

Every year, the speaker contest winners are the highlight of our Summer Institutes. Selected students and educators will speak in front of thousands of AVID staff and educators at one of our 2017 Summer Institutes.




New! This year, we hope to feature a broader AVID experience that includes both the AVID Elective student as well as students exposed to AVID as part of a schoolwide implementation. As you encourage participation in the contest, please consider inviting a larger group of students to enter. We also welcome school board members and superintendents, who have seen how AVID has made a positive change in their district, to apply.



Full contest details are linked below—and there are changes to this year's competition, so please read carefully. If you have questions or concerns, email us at speaker@avid.org. We look forward to hearing your AVID story!