American Graduate Day 2014
American Graduate Day 2014 is a live, all-day multiplatform broadcast to premiere nationally on public media Saturday, September 27 from 11 am-6:00 pm EDT on public television stations around the country (check local listings).
American Graduate Day is part of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen – a public media initiative supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help more kids stay on the path to graduation. Hosted by bestselling author and education advocate Wes Moore, the third annual broadcast and online event celebrates the exceptional work of individuals and groups in the local community and around the country whose daily heroics help youth to stay on track to earn diplomas. A special goal for this year is to recognize one million American Graduate Champions: those individuals volunteering their time, talent, or other resources in their own communities.
This year’s broadcast event is the same format, with some exciting new elements. Divided into 14 half-hour blocks, it features a mix of live breaks and pre-taped partner segments highlighting how community organizations provide support, advice, and intervention services to at-risk students, families, and schools to promote higher graduation rates in communities across the country. The programming themes are Early Education, Caring Consistent Adults, More and Better Learning, Special Needs Communities, STEAM Programs, Dropout Prevention and Re-Engagement and College and Career Readiness. Within these programming blocks, local public media stations have the opportunity to customize the national feed with a locally-produced live or pre-taped six-minute segment. This year also features live entertainment and performances by The Raise Up Project and Trenton Public Schools Marching Band, and “Stories of Champions,” a new series of 14 profile pieces spotlighting individuals across the country who are taking an active role in helping kids earn high school diplomas.
Among the national organizations featured are: 4-H, 100K in 10, America SCORES Cleveland, America’s Promise Alliance, AmeriCorps, Autism Speaks, Banister Leadership Academy, Best Buddies, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Citizen Schools, City Year, Communities In Schools, Exploring the Arts, FIRST, Gateway to College National Network, GEAR UP, GRAD Cincinnati, Horizons National, Jobs for America’s Graduates, Junior Achievement, My Brother’s Keeper, National Academy Foundation, Omaha Empowerment Network, Project SEARCH, Publicolor, The Raise Up Project, Reach Out and Read, Reading is Fundamental, Roadtrip Nation, Special Olympics, Samsung Electronics North America, Taco Bell Foundation for Teens™, United Way and VH1 Save The Music Foundation.
Tony Bennett and Susan Benedetto, Juju Chang (ABC), Bianna Golodryga (Yahoo!), Rehema Ellis (NBC), Hari Sreenivasan (PBS NewsHour), Elmo (Sesame Street), Ingrid Michaelson, Gen. Colin Powell and Alma Powell, CC Sabathia, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Miral Kotb, Andy Grammer, Brian Williams (NBC), his wife Jane Williams and their children Allison Williams (Girls) and Doug Williams (YES Network) are among the guests scheduled to appear.