American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen

Every year, more than 1.3 million students drop out of high school. That's 7,000 students a day.[1]

Students have the will to graduate, but they do not always have the necessary support or resources. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), in partnership with America's Promise Alliance and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has launched American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen — an initiative to help combat the dropout crisis in this country.

American Graduate Day on Storify

American Graduate DayWUSF and WEDU are participating in American Graduate Day is a multi-platform event featuring a live television broadcast, radio playlist with premiere documentaries, and participation from over 20 national partner organizations to spotlight solutions to the nation’s dropout crisis. Viewers and listeners will be encouraged to become an “American Graduate Champion” by offering their time, donating resources, connecting with the organizations on social media or learning more about the crisis. Broadcast nationally from The Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center in New York City, American Graduate Day premieres Saturday, September 22, 1:00 to 8:00 PM (ET) on WUSF and WEDU.   Learn more...

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American Graduate Spotlight Project

Spotlight Project 4 Student Reporting LabsA special project of the WEDU/WUSF American Graduate initiative features videos produced by students at two Pinellas County schools, John Hopkins Middle School and Lakewood High School, in association with PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs. Each video deals with an issue affecting the dropout crisis in our community.

Students at John Hopkins Middle School take an in-depth look at chronic fighting at their school.

Johns Hopkins Middle SchoolJohn Hopkins Middle School Center for Journalism and Multimedia provides students the opportunity to contribute to the national-award-winning school newspaper, The J.Hop Times, and explore print, television and web-based media.

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Language Programs Provide Key Support to New Students

Lakewood High SchoolFlorida high school students look at how English as a Second Language (ESL) programs help new students integrate into their community and stay in school. Lakewood High School Center for Journalism and Media is a magnet program attracting students in journalism and the media arts.

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Student Reporting Labs connect students with a network of public broadcasting mentors, an innovative journalism curriculum and an online collaborative space to develop digital media, critical thinking and communication skills while producing original news reports for PBS NewsHour Extra.

The American Graduate Spotlight Project is ongoing throughout the school year. New student reports will be posted as they become available. Videos are produced through a grant awarded to WEDU by PBS NewsHour and with support from Kristine Kelly, program mentor, WEDU.

Featured Video: Mentor Ashley Pero

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