WHAT IS AMERICAN GRADUATE?
The WSKG American Graduate Project, funded by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, is an initiative to raise awareness about the dropout crisis in our community by engaging a wide range of stakeholders in a dialogue and by mobilizing the community through a multimedia campaign to share resources, best practices, and stories of challenge and success.
When students are asked if they will graduate from high school, about nine in 10 will answer 'yes.' However, statistics show about only seven in 10 students actually finish high school, and that statistic drops further for minority students and English Language Learners. Students have the will to graduate, but they do not always have the necessary support or resources.
HOW CAN I BECOME A STUDENT REPORTER FOR THIS PROJECT?
WSKG Education accepts American Graduate story submissions from students in Grade 8 through college freshmen and adult learners working toward their General Education Diploma (GED). Email the program coordinator to learn more about submitting. Annie Whitman, firstname.lastname@example.org
WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE?
To learn more about this national initiative and WSKG's regional efforts, follow WSKG American Graduate on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter (#WSKGAmGrad). Check out WSKG Youth Voice project's Tumblr site as student reporters will also be investigating dropout prevention issues.
Visit the archive page for information regarding our 2011 American Graduate Community Engagement project.
Connect to the national American Graduate Initiative.
Visit the WSKG YouthVoice Tumblr page to see what local teens have to say about the dropout crisis in our schools.
AMERICAN GRADUATE DAY 2012
WSKG participated in the First-Ever AMERICAN GRADUATE DAY on September 22, 2012 from 1:00PM to 8:00PM
WSKG was one of the dozens of public stations across the country that participated in American Graduate Day on Saturday, September 22, 2012.
9/22-9/28 was American Graduate Week on our WORLD channel!
Presented by WNET New York Public Media and Public Radio Exchange (PRX), American Graduate Day was a multi-platform event featuring a live television broadcast, radio playlist with premiere documentaries, and participation from more than 20 national partner organizations, celebrities and athletes to spotlight solutions to the nation’s dropout crisis in which one in four students do not finish high school. American Graduate Day is part of the public media initiative, American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).
“As part of American Graduate, public television and radio stations are working in their local communities to help people understand the impact of the dropout crisis and create champions from the community to help students stay on the path to a high school diploma. American Graduate Day will use all of public media’s platforms – on-air, online and in the community – to tell this story and focus on local organizations and community responses that are working through parents, teachers, students, and business and community leaders to make a difference in the lives of these young people.”
-Patricia Harrison, President & CEO of CPB