AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a national college preparatory program designed for middle and high school students who are underachieving or underserved learners. The program assists students attain the academic skills, self-confidence, and motivation to attend and be successful at a four-year university. Students work on enhancing their study skills with the goal of successfully participating in college preparatory classes and eventually attending a four-year university. Students learn how to advocate for themselves in academic and non-academic situations – to help them gain access to the same educational opportunities that already-successful students receive. Teachers promote personal empowerment and encourage students to feel validated and recognized in school settings.