AVID Looks Beyond Graduation

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)


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.


AVID’s Summer Institutes – Professional Development Training

Since the 1990s, Dr. Bharat Lall has served as the president and CEO of Pinnacle Hotels USA, a real estate company that owns and manages nine hotels. Bharat Lall, MD, also supports his community by contributing to numerous nonprofit organizations, including Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID).

A comprehensive education system that prepares students for college eligibility, AVID directs an annual three-day professional development training program called AVID Summer Institutes. The organization conducts the training seminars in nine cities across the country and hosts a wide range of educators from AVID’s 4,900 member schools and other institutions.

Designed for teachers, administrators, and counselors, the program reviews the latest AVID instructional strategies, as well as curricula focused on higher education readiness. Each AVID Summer Institute also includes presentations from students and educators who share examples of how AVID has impacted their lives. To become event speakers, the participants compete in a national writing contest along with thousands of contenders.