American Graduate Day 2013

American Graduate Day 2013 Media Advisory

Air date: 09/28/2013

WNET Kicks-off American Graduate Day 2013 with “What’s Next for America’s Kids?  A Solution Oriented Discussion on the Dropout Crisis”



What: What’s Next for America’s Kids? A Solution Oriented Discussion on the Dropout Crisis” – a panel discussion about the future of American education to mark the upcoming broadcast of American Graduate Day 2013, a live broadcast and community engagement event dedicated to helping all students stay on the path to high school graduation and future success in college and career.  The seven-hour “call to action” marathon will air Saturday, September 28 at 12 noon-7 pm on THIRTEEN.

When:  Friday, September 27, 10:30-11:45 am

(Doors open at 10:15 am; program begins at 10:30 am)



Where: The Paley Center for Media

Kissinger Global Conference Center – 10th Floor

25 West 52nd Street (between Fifth Avenue & Avenue of the Americas)


Who:  Hosts:

  • Neal Shapiro, President & CEO, WNET New York Public Media
  • Pat Harrison, President & CEO, Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


  • Susie Gharib, Nightly Business Reports produced by CNBC


  • Dr. John B. King, Jr., Commissioner of Education and President of the University of State of New York
  • Kathrine Mott, Executive Director, Citizen Schools New York
  • Joseph Patuleia, Executive Director, Madison Square Boys and Girls Club
  • Sanjiv Rao, Program Officer, Educational Opportunity & Scholarship, Ford Foundation
  • Kamar Samuels, Principal, Bronx Writing Academy


American Graduate Day 2013 is a multi-platform event broadcast and streamed nationally on Saturday, September 28 at 12 noon from the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center in New York City.  The seven-hour special highlights community partners, educators, youth, and celebrities involved in education and youth intervention programs to help keep at-risk students in school. Content strands include Early Learning, Career Readiness and College Completion, STEM,  More and Better Learning Time, Dropout Recovery and Prevention, Mentoring and Family Support.


Among the national organizations featured are: America’s Promise Alliance, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Citizen Schools, City Year, Coalition for Community Schools, College For Every Student, Computer Clubhouse, Corporation for National and & Community Service, Excelencia in Education, Experience Corps, 4-H, Horizons National, Jobs For the Future’s “Back on Track” Model, Junior Achievement, KaBOOM!, National Center for Time and Learning, National College Access Network, Parent-Child Home Program, Playworks, Posse Foundation, Reading is Fundamental, Sesame Workshop, Skills USA, and United Way. Local organizations featured include: Broome Street Academy, East Side House Settlement, Friends of the Children, GO Project!, Harlem RBI, Kingsborough Early College Secondary School, Queens Public Library Discovery Center, MOUSE, New Victory Theater, PENCIL, and  SEO Scholars.


American Graduate Day is part of the public media initiative, American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Additional funding has been provided by the Ford Foundation and Lumina Foundation. American Graduate Day 2013 is a production of THIRTEEN Productions LLC in association with WNET


Visit the American Graduate Day Web site for more details on participating PBS and NPR stations as well as other television and radio programs: