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About American Graduate


American Graduate: Let's Make it Happen is a public media initiative supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to improve high school graduation rates. Public TV and radio stations in 36 states are working with community partners to create professional development opportunities for educators, offer outreach to young people, produce diverse television and radio content, and convene community dialogue with various stakeholders and community partners to generate understanding and action regarding the dropout crisis.


American Graduate is working with national and community-based partners to do two things--raise awareness by creating targeted, national and local content on all facets of the issue for broadcast, and engage and empower students at risk of dropping out through community collaborations and classroom resources.


The initiative puts faces on the numbers — the more than 1.3 million young people who fail to graduate each year — and generates understanding about the risk factors and what caring adults can do to help.


Success can't be achieved by any one group alone but public media can leverage its capacity, on-air, online, and on-the-ground, to increase understanding and dialogue around the issues facing today's students that cause them to drop out and mobilize local communities to develop and implement impactful solutions.



Local Impact


Public television and radio stations across the country are helping local communities find solutions to address the high school dropout crisis through American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen, a public media initiative supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). American Graduate demonstrates public media's commitment to education and its deep roots in every community it serves. Beyond providing programming that educates, informs and inspires, public radio and television stations — locally owned and operated — are an important resource in helping to address critical issues, such as the dropout rate.


Thanks to the federal investment in public broadcasting through CPB, 68 stations are working directly with more than 300 community partners to develop locally-based solutions and media content to engage parents, teachers, mentors, volunteers and business leaders, and help keep high school students on a path to college and career.


American Graduate content can be accessed for free by all Americans and, like so much of the content found across public television and radio — on air and online — directly benefits our civil society.


As the steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting, as well as the only entity that represents the breadth of the industry — public television, public radio, producers and local stations — CPB is pleased to share this summary of American Graduate activity to date. Please scroll down to find out more about what is happening in your state.