On May 4th, 2016, The E. Desmond Lee Regional Institute of Tutorial Education (RITE) celebrated 16 years of community involvement during a well-attended banquet event! Saint Louis community partners gathered to enjoy dinner and hear former students, tutors and school officials speak to the transformative power of RITE programming. Featured speakers elaborated on the successes of RITE’s two main programs: AVID and Conscious Choice. AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) helps first generation college students adopt a strong work ethic and strengthen their critical thinking, literacy and math competency skills across all discipline areas. Conscious Choice is a student retention program that educates and rewards young men and women who decide to delay parenthood.