American Graduate Day 2013

National and Local Partner Organizations

Air date: 09/28/2013

American Graduate Day 2013

National and Local Partner Organizations



National Partner Organizations

America’s Promise Alliance

America’s Promise Alliance is the nation’s largest partnership dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth. We bring together hundreds of national organizations representing nonprofits, businesses, communities, educators and policymakers.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.


Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Boys & Girls Clubs programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. It is the place where great futures are started each and every day.


Citizen Schools

Citizen Schools partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for children in low-income communities across the country.


City Year

City Year is an education focused, nonprofit organization that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service to keep students in school and on track to graduation.


Coalition for Community Schools

The Coalition for Community Schools, housed at the Institute for Educational Leadership, is an alliance of national, state and local organizations in education K-16, youth development, community planning and development, family support, health and human services, government and philanthropy as well as national, state and local community school networks.


College For Every Student

College For Every Student (CFES) is a nonprofit organization committed to raising the academic aspirations and performance of underserved youth so that they can prepare for, gain access to, and succeed in college.



Computer Clubhouse

The Computer Clubhouse provides a creative and safe out-of-school learning environment where young people from underserved communities work with adult mentors to explore their own ideas, develop skills, and build confidence in themselves through the use of technology.


Corporation for National and & Community Service

CNCS is an online resource for finding volunteer and mentor opportunities in the community.


Excelencia in Education

Excelencia in Education aims to accelerate higher education success for Latino students by providing data-driven analysis of the educational status of Latino students and by promoting education policies and institutional practices that support their academic achievement.


Experience Corps

AARP Experience Corps, a national leader in engaging older adult tutors to improve K-3 student literacy in disadvantaged schools, has joined forces with AARP, the nation’s largest organization for 50+ Americans.



4-H is the nation’s largest youth development 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.


Horizons National

Horizons National is a network of high-quality academic enrichment programs serving low-income public school students on campuses of independent schools and colleges.  Across the country, Horizons affiliates challenge children academically, socially and physically, inspiring them to become life-long learners.


Jobs For the Future’s “Back on Track” Model

JFF works with our partners to design and drive the adoption of education and career pathways leading from college readiness to career advancement for those struggling to succeed in today’s economy.


Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement is a nonprofit organization that brings the real world to students through hands-on curriculum delivered by a trained classroom volunteer.



A national non-profit dedicated to saving play for America’s children by creating great playspaces through the participation and leadership of communities


National Center for Time and Learning

The National Center on Time & Learning (NCTL) is dedicated to expanding learning time to improve student achievement and enable a well-rounded education. Through research, public policy and technical assistance, we support national, state and local initiatives that add significantly more school time for academic and enrichment opportunities to help children meet the demands of the 21st century.

National College Access Network

NCAN’s mission is to build, strengthen, and empower communities committed to college access and success so that all students, especially those underrepresented in postsecondary education, can achieve their educational dreams.



Parent-Child Home Program

The ParentChild Home Program is an evidence-based and research validated early childhood and literary and school readiness program.



Play provides an unparalleled opportunity to foster the physical, social and emotional development of our kids. Since 1996, Playworks has worked on-site exclusively with low-income schools, engineering a powerful system of play that is making a daily difference where it is most needed


Posse Foundation

Posse is a college access and youth leadership development program that identifies, recruits and selects student leaders from public high schools and sends them in groups called Posses to some of the top colleges and universities in the country.


Reading is Fundamental

Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) is the largest children’s literacy nonprofit in the United States. We prepare and motivate children to read by delivering free books and literacy resources to those children and families who need them most.


Sesame Workshop

Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, providing educational learning resources through television, articles, and other media.


Skills USA

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. We help each student excel.


United Way

United Way is a national system of volunteers, contributors, and local charities helping people in their own communities.




Local Partner Organizations



WNET will feature local organizations including:


Broome Street Academy

Broome Street Academy is a New York City charter high school that prepares students through a rigorous curriculum that is grounded in the principles of positive youth development.


East Side House Settlement

East Side House is a community-based organization in the South Bronx.  We work with schools, community centers and other partners to bring quality education and resources to the residents of the South Bronx and surrounding communities.  Recognizing education as the key to economic and civic opportunity, we help approximately 8,000 individuals improve their lives each year with programs ranging from basic literacy to specialized technology training.


Friends of the Children

Friends of the Children NY is an early intervention program that screens and selects children in kindergarten who are the most at-risk of school failure, juvenile delinquency, and early parenting.   We pair each child with a full-time youth advocate, called a “Friend,” who exposes the Achievers to activities that foster positive social and emotional development.


GO Project!

The GO Project shapes the futures of low-income New York City public school children by providing critical academic, social and emotional support starting in the early elementary years.


Harlem RBI

Harlem RBI provides inner-city youth with opportunities to Play, Learn and Grow. We use the power of teams to Coach, Teach and Inspire youth to recognize their potential and realize their dreams.


Kingsborough Early College Secondary School

A high school paired with Kingsborough Community College – kids take college classes as early as ninth grade and often graduate high school with both a high school diploma and an associate’ degree.


Queens Public Library Discovery Center

The Children’s Library Discovery Center which is now open includes hands-on interactive exhibits and learning labs to enable children ages 3-12 to find information and to inspire interest in books, reading, and learning while discovering the joy of scientific exploration.



MOUSE empowers underserved youth to learn, lead and create with technology, preparing them with skills essential for their academic and career success. The MOUSE Squad program trains students to become digital media and technology experts in their schools, improving the use of technology to enhance learning, while also building confidence and developing skills for 21st century innovation.


New Victory Theater

The New Victory Theater is New York City’s first and only full-time performing arts theater for kids and their families and classmates.



Founded in 1995, PENCIL pioneered the idea of improving student achievement by developing and supporting long-term partnerships between businesses and public schools.


SEO Scholars

SEO Scholars is a rigorous, year-round, out-of-school academic program that prepares motivated low-income public high school students to get to and through America’s competitive colleges and universities, serving students in New York City and San Francisco.