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Presidents Welcome 

The Quad City Minority Partnership (QCMP) was founded in February 2006 by current and retired college, high school and community representatives, seeking to address the high school and college achievement gap among minority and first-generation students.  This not for profit organization is committed to developing and delivering culturally responsive programming and opportunities for Quad City area minority youth to realize their full potential.  Since 2006, QCMP has served over 2,500 students in the area through our annual Youth Leadership Conference as well as our selective, Math & Science Program.  These programs have provided students the foundation to building a prosperous future.  

Valerie Garr, Founder and President 

Core Values 
  • Empower Iowa and Illinois Quad City area minority and first generation youth with effective tools to enhance academic achievement, leadership development, social networking, and college/career exploration.


  • Partner with Iowa and Illinois Quad City area community school districts, colleges/universities, youth organizations, business and industry in sharing community responsibility to increase student knowledge of college preparation, community service volunteerism, social/civic  leadership, and employment/ career opportunities.


  • Address educational, social development  and career transition needs and concerns that impact minority and first generation  youth via  proactive culturally responsive programming.


  • Acknowledge the contributions of Iowa and Illinois Quad City minority and first generation youth who are committed to promoting diversity,  leadership, and academic excellence and achievement.


  • Model successful behaviors and actions that help youth  improve human relations skills that build strategic paths for success. 

“The Quad City Minority Partnership showed me options I have for a better future and the steps to take me there. It gave me needed information I wasn’t receiving in school as well as advice from people who have been in my position and succeeded.“


-Briana Byrd College graduate and 2007 QCMP student participant

Executive Board 


Valerie Garr


Vice President

Ryan Saddler



Henry Brockington



Shirleen Martin

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