Quincy Hunt, a recent Holmes High School graduate and alumnus of the AVID program, was a featured speaker at the AVID Summer Institute held in San Antonio in July. He spoke to thousands of educators about the impact the AVID program has had on his life.
AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination and is a program geared towards academically average students who would be the first in their family to go to college.
“I’ve done a lot of things I’m not proud of,” Quincy told the audience. “I once followed a very painful and destructive road of money, temptations and deceptions, but my strong AVID family is what helped me transform.”
“My AVID classmates, teachers, and tutors helped me find the light burning inside of me and I found the light that was in them.”
Watch Quincy’s entire speech here.
Quincy was one of two students selected to speak from more than 3,000 entries in an AVID essay contest.
“July marked a life-changing event for Quincy, who for the first time found himself sharing his life story with teachers who wanted to change students’ lives,” says Holmes High School AVID Coordinator Monica Yzaguirre. “After his speech, educators came to shake his hand and made him feel like he truly mattered beyond AVID and the classroom.”
Students attend AVID classes daily to help establish a college-going culture, and AVID teachers provide extra support for students and steer them toward rigorous courses that will prepare them for college. It is offered in Northside elementary, middle and high schools.
More information is available on the AVID website.