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Founders Welcome 

Valerie Garr, QCMP Founder, Past-President

Founded in February 2006, the Quad City Minority Partnership (QCMP) is a 501C3 not for profit educational organization comprised of 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. QCMP is committed to developing and delivering culturally responsive programming and opportunities for Quad City area minority and first generation youth to realize their full potential. QCMP has served over 3500 QC area students through the annual Youth Leadership Conference and our selective Math & Science Program. These programs have provided a foundation to build a prosperous future. 

Mission Statement

Core Values 

To provide access to culturally responsive educational and leadership programming that empowers the personal growth of Quad City area minority and first generation youth as they aspire to pursue academic and career goals. 

  • 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.



  • 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. 

Executive Board 

QCMP's Executive board consists of local leaders who believe in the importance of providing access and resources to first-generation and minority students in our community.  We are incredibly proud that QCMP's 2024 Executive Board members represents talented & passionate professionals who exemplify our core values.   

Community Members 

We are proud that our members & volunteers consist of minority professionals who are currently involved in education and/or retired from a local school district.  This brain trust of movers and shakers in our community dedicate their time and expertise throughout the year to ensure we are delivering impactful initiatives for our youth. 


A special thank you to the organizations and schools that have opened the door to QCMP and provided an invaluable level of representation and treasured partnership amongst our membership. 

Augustana College
Black Hawk College 
Eastern Iowa Community Colleges 
St. Ambrose University 
Western Illinois University 
Rock Island-Milan School district 
Central High School 
Moline High School 
University of Iowa 

Xi Eta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 

Rock Island NAACP

Retired Teacher's Association

Friends of MLK

Medicare Agents Hub

United Way Quad Cities Emerging Leaders 

Davenport Community School District

Palmer College of Chiropractic   

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