American Graduate Day 2014
Keeping students in school until they complete their education has become a national priority, but it’s clear there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Individual students face very personal challenges as they negotiate the system. In a seven-hour live broadcast on Saturday, September 27 (check local listings), the third annual American Graduate Day will highlight the people and organizations working to inspire students to commit to completing their education.
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 to help more kids stay on the path to graduation.
Bestselling author and U.S. Army veteran Wes Moore hosts the broadcast. Additional hosts include Juju Chang (ABC’s Nightline), Bianna Golodryga (Yahoo!), Hari Sreenivasan (PBS NewsHour Weekend), Lauren Wanko (NJTV News), and Sesame Street’s Elmo.
“I participate in American Graduate Day because I know the potential of rising students. These students will become powerful and effective leaders with the ability to change the world,” says Moore.
A notable component of American Graduate Day will be Stories of Champions segments profiling people across America who are working to help students graduate. More than 47 PBS stations will profile over 150 American Graduate Champions on-air, on station websites, and via social media.
Tune in September 27th for inspiring stories from Boys and Girls Clubs of America (bgca.org), Roadtrip Nation (roadtripnation.com), Autism Speaks (autismspeaks.org), The Raise Up Project (raiseupproject.org) and more.