American Graduate Day
Let's Make It Happen!
PBS: American Graduate Day
PBS aired a special segment on Sept. 22, 2012, about the education crisis in America. It is time for us all to get involved.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting aired a live broadcast on September 22 to discuss the education crisis in America and what local organizations are doing to combat the dropout epidemic. The televised show, American Graduate Day, featured BGCA President and CEO Jim Clark, former National Youth of the Year Mona Dixon, and Club alumni ballerina Misty Copeland and actor Courtney B. Vance. Additionally, BGCA spokesperson actor Denzel Washington was highlighted in taped interviews discussing the dropout problem on PBS NewsHour. 

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 Ballerina Misty Copeland Actor Courtney B. Vance Actor Denzel Washinton

This nationwide multi-platform event was broadcast from WNET New York Public Media with 20 national partner organizations and a radio play list with premiere documentaries from PRX. 

Get Involved
How can we help students stay on track? Kids and teens who eventually drop out of school typically struggle with academics or issues outside of school over a period of time. Each of us can help to curb the drop-out crisis by supporting organizations who assist kids and teens during and after school. And that support can be expressed in a variety of ways. Volunteer to tutor or mentor a teen or child in need. Donate time or money to organizations which assist youth academically and socially. Learn about the issues and educate friends and family about the importance of acedemic success for our country.

Watch:  TV Content
Broadcast nationally from the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center in New York City, the seven-hour special highlighted community partners, educators and youth who help keep at-risk students in school. Hosts included PBS NewsHour's Ray Suarez, ABC News correspondent Juju Chang, and Need to Know anchor Maria Hinojosa. 

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.

Listen:  Radio Content
Public Radio Exchange (PRX) also aired a one-hour American Graduate special, Left Behind, Dropping Out, on Sept. 22, produced by Connecticut Public Radio - WNPR and hosted by former NPR Congressional correspondent Andrea Seabrook. The program featured a one-on-one interview with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. PRX also curated an
American Graduate playlist of radio content produced around the country for stations to broadcast or stream for free. The playlist included a new one-hour special from State of the Re:Union with Al Letson. Letson also served as the social media host of American Graduate Day.

About the Production
American Graduate Day is a production of THIRTEEN for WNET. Cathe Neukum is producer. Colleen Goodhue is associate producer. Judy Moy is production manager. American Graduate Day is part of “American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen,” a public media initiative made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to help students stay on the path to on-time high school graduation and future success.   


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