American Graduate Day 2014
National and Local Partner Organizations
National Partner Organizations
4-H is the nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization. More than 6 million 4-H youth in urban neighborhoods, suburban schoolyards and rural farming communities stand out among their peers: building revolutionary opportunities and implementing community-wide change at an early age.
100K in 10 (New)
100Kin10 is a networked approach to providing America’s classrooms with 100,000 excellent STEM teachers by 2021 while supporting tens of thousands more. Through unique, ambitious commitments, our 150+ partners are together fueling the creation of the next generation of innovators and problem solvers
America SCORES Cleveland (New)
A national nonprofit, America SCORES serves 8,000 students at more than 150 public and charter schools in 14 major cities. Their mission is to inspire urban youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students, and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world. They achieve this mission through daily after school and summer programming which combines soccer, poetry and service-learning.
America’s Promise Alliance is devoted to helping to create the conditions for success for all young people, including the millions currently being left behind. Their work is powered by our belief that all children are capable of learning and thriving, and that every individual, institution and sector shares the responsibility to help young people succeed.
AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. Since the program’s founding in 1994, more than 900,000 AmeriCorps members have contributed more than 1.2 billion hours in service across America while tackling pressing problems and mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve.
Autism Speaks (New)
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a possible cure for autism. They strive to raise public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society, and work to bring hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder.
Best Buddies (New)
Founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant, international organization that has grown from one original chapter to almost 1,700 middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Best Buddies programs engage participants in each of the 50 United States, and in 50 countries around the world.
Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization’s 100-year history. With 340 agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves nearly 630,000 children, volunteers and families.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,100 Boys & Girls Clubs provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours.
Citizen Schools partners with middle schools to expand the school day for children in low-income communities, mobilizing a team of educators and volunteers to help children discover and achieve their dreams.
City Year is an education-focused, nonprofit organization that partners with public schools to provide full-time targeted intervention for students most at risk of dropping out. In 25 communities across the United States and through two international affiliates, our teams of young AmeriCorps leaders support students by focusing on attendance, behavior, and course performance through in-class tutoring, mentoring, and after school programs that keep kids in school and on track to graduate.
Communities In Schools (New)
Communities in Schools is a nationwide network of passionate professionals working in public schools. For more than 30 years, the organization has been helping students achieve in school, graduate and go on to bright futures. Their mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
Founded in 1999 by legendary American singer and painter, Tony Bennett, and his wife Susan Benedetto, a former public school teacher, Exploring the Arts is a nonprofit organization headquartered in New York City. ETA was initially created to support the NYC public high school, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, founded by Tony and Susan, which opened in 2001. After the success of the Sinatra School and seeing the impact firsthand of a quality arts education, Tony and Susan expanded ETA to work with existing public high schools.
Founded by inventor Dean Kamen, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) has designed accessible, innovative mentor-based programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering.
Gateway to College National Network (New)
Gateway to College National Network offers a second chance for high school dropouts (ages 16-21) and students on the verge of dropping out to earn a high school diploma while also earning college credits.
GEAR UP (New)
GEAR UP provides six-year grants to states and partnerships to provide services at high-poverty middle and high schools. GEAR UP grantees serve an entire cohort of students beginning no later than the seventh grade and follow the cohort through high school. GEAR UP funds are also used to provide college scholarships to low-income students.
Begun in 1964, Horizons National Summer Programs are a network of high-quality academic enrichment programs that provide long-term deep engagement to low-income public school students. The hands-on approach is designed to fuel a life-long passion for learning, using a blend of high-quality academics with arts, sports, cultural enrichment, and confidence-building challenges, particularly swimming. Given an opportunity to attend for nine consecutive summers, Horizons students grow in skills and confidence, returning to their own schools each fall better prepared.
Founded in 1919, Junior Achievement USA (JA) is the world’s largest and longest running nonprofit economic education organization for students in grades K through 12. We currently reach 4.5 million students in 116 communities across the United States, empowering them to own their economic success through the promotion of financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship.
My Brother’s Keeper (New)
President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. Through this initiative, the Administration is joining with cities and towns, businesses, and foundations who are taking important steps to connect young people to mentoring, support networks, and the skills they need to find a good job or go to college and work their way into the middle class.
The National Academy Foundation is a leader in the movement to prepare young people for college and career success. NAF has refined a proven educational model which includes industry-focused curricula, work-based learning experiences, and business partner expertise from five themes: Finance, Hospitality & Tourism, Information Technology, Engineering, and Health Sciences.
Through a multi-day, multi-year continuum of design-based programs that teach at-risk students how to think critically about their future and prepare for college and career, Publicolor is able to steer high-risk students from struggling to successful. Their philosophy is anchored in high expectations and the belief that, when students experience daily successes, they build the self-confidence necessary to achieve more in all areas of their life. 97% of Publicolor high school seniors graduated high school on time this year as compared with 55% of their peers, and 93% of these recent graduates matriculated to college versus 47% of students at their same schools.
The Raise Up Project (New)
The Raise Up Project features an online hip hop and spoken word competition that awards educational scholarships to talented 15-22 year olds in an effort to reduce high school dropout rates.
Reach Out and Read (New)
Reach Out and Read builds on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers to develop critical early reading skills in children, beginning at 6 months of age. Reach Out and Read serves more than 4 million children and their families annually. Reach Out and Read families read together more often, and their children enter kindergarten better prepared to succeed, with larger vocabularies and stronger language skills.
Reading is Fundamental (New)
Reading is Fundamental motivates young children to read by working with them, their parents, and community members to make reading a fun and beneficial part of everyday life. RIF’s highest priority is reaching underserved children from birth to age 8.
Roadtrip Nation (New)
Roadtrip Nation is a public television series and grassroots movement that encourages young people to hit the road in search of interviews with leaders who have defined their own distinct routes through life.
To excite students about the possibilities of STEM education, Samsung started the Solve for Tomorrow education contest, giving schools across the U.S. the opportunity to raise interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects among students by awarding their schools with a share of over $2 million in technology products.
Special Olympics (New)
Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect worldwide.
Since 1992, the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens™ has enabled and inspired teens to graduate high school and reach their full potential through its programs, partnerships and direct financial assistance. They have provided educational and job training support to more than 1 million teens in communities across the country, awarding more than $42 million in grants and scholarships to more than 1,000 teen-serving organizations in the U.S.
United Way advances the common good by focusing on education, income and health – the building blocks for a good quality life. The United Way movement mobilizes millions to action and create lasting changes in communities around the world.
The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education programs in America’s public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child’s complete education.
Local Partner Organizations
WNET will feature local organizations including:
Blue Engine (New)
Blue Engine prepares students in low-income communities in New York City to succeed in postsecondary education through exposure to rigorous and personalized high school coursework. The organization recruits bright recent college graduates to work as teaching assistants in public high schools serving low-income communities.
Expeditionary Learning (New)
Expeditionary Learning (EL) is a leading K-12 education non-profit that is raising the bar on student achievement through its rigorous project-intensive curriculum and practical, inspiring professional development that engages students and energizes teachers. With two decades of success in hundreds of schools across the country, the EL model promotes habits of scholarship and character that enable students to succeed in college, career and life. EL students demonstrate critical thinking, academic courage and resilience, and possess the passion and ability to contribute to a better world. In New York City, the Expeditionary Learning schools are operated by NYC Outward Bound Schools.
Eye to Eye (New)
Eye to Eye pairs college students with learning disabilities with middle school students with similar learning disabilities as a way to show young kids that they are not alone in their disability and can be successful. Through weekly after school projects, mentors teach mentees how to advocate for themselves to get the tools they need in the classroom. The disabilities that Eye to Eye address are mainly dyslexia, ADHD and other language-based disabilities.
Girls Who Code (New)
Girls Who Code programs work to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. They aim to provide computer science education and exposure to 1 million young women by 2020.
Global Kids (New)
Founded in 1989, Global Kids, Inc. (GK) works to develop youth leaders for the global stage through dynamic global education and leadership development programs. GK inspires underserved youth to achieve academic excellence, self-actualization, and global competency, and empowers them to take action on critical issues facing their communities and our world.
“I Have A Dream” Foundation (New)
The “I Have A Dream” Foundation is working to ensure that all children have the opportunity to pursue higher education. We empower children in low-income communities to achieve higher education by providing them with guaranteed tuition support and equipping them with the skills, knowledge, and habits they need to gain entry to higher education and succeed in college and beyond.
iMentor is a school-based mentoring program that empowers high school students in low-income communities to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their ambitions.
The New York Foundling (New)
The New York Foundling is one of New York City’s oldest and largest children’s charities and produces tangible results in the lives of thousands of vulnerable children and troubled youth every year.
NYC Outward Bound Schools (New)
NYC Outward Bound Schools transforms New York City’s public schools and changes students lives. They operate a network of public schools that engage students through a codified curriculum of real-world, hands-on learning that is relevant in students’ lives and communities; their schools place an equal emphasis on character and academic development; and they also offer their signature Outward Bound programming to public schools that are not part of their school network.
New York Cares (New)
New York Cares was founded by a group of friends who wanted to take action against serious social issues that faced our city in the late 1980s. It is the city’s largest volunteer management organization, running volunteer programs for 1,300 nonprofits, city agencies, and public schools.
Rocking the Boat (New)
Rocking the Boat empowers young people challenged by severe economic, educational, and social conditions to develop the self-confidence to set ambitious goals and gain the skills necessary to achieve them. Students work together to build wooden boats, learn to row and sail, and restore local urban waterways, revitalizing their community while creating better lives for themselves.
Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, and their mission is to use the educational power of media to help children everywhere reach their highest potential.
VISIONS is an 88-year old nonprofit vision rehabilitation and social service agency serving people of all ages with blindness and severe vision loss and their families. VISIONS consumers are primarily low income, from communities of color, with multiple barriers to success, speaking many languages. VISIONS serves over 6,000 individuals each year utilizing hundreds of volunteers and community partners, and all services are free of charge.