Bharat Lall has worked in the hotel industry for over two decades, currently serving as CEO of Pinnacle Hotels USA. In his free time, Bharat Lall engages in charitable causes including donating at Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID).
AVID is a non-profit college preparatory program that focuses not only on the success of students in school but to their success beyond graduation. To date, AVID has catered to about 5,000 schools per year across 44 states, or roughly 1.5 million students.
Sandy Husk, CEO of AVID, said in a recent interview that the program gives importance to building the confidence of its students in both their academic and personal lives. It is for this reason that the non-profit focuses on empowering its students in a well-rounded, holistic fashion, and not only through their grades in school.
To ensure the effective implementation of AVID strategies, the non-profit names National Demonstration Schools as exemplary models of the program, all of which undergo a meticulous process and are required to revalidate every few years.