American Graduate

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

YouthBuild will be featured on the 6th annual broadcast of American Graduate Day on PBS. Soledad O’Brien is to host the national broadcast which premiers Saturday, October 14 from 2pm-6pm ET.


American Graduate Day is a four-hour live, multiplatform broadcast produced annually by WNET New York Public Media in partnership with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Broadcast from Tisch WNET Students at Lincoln Center, this call-to-action campaign features more than 30 local and national community partners and tells the stories of Champions across the nation – those individuals working to keep kids on the path to graduation. Throughout the day, the broadcast showcases how these organizations and individuals provide support, advice, and prevention and intervention services to at-risk students, families, and schools. During the 2016 broadcast, American Graduate Day recognized 4,332,405 Champions working in partner organizations across the country to keep kids in school.

American Graduate Day is part of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, public media’s long-term commitment to supporting community-based solutions to help young people succeed in school and life. Supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), more than 100 public television and radio stations have joined forces with over 1,700 partners across 49 states to elevate the stories of youth and the supportive adults that help them succeed. Through American Graduate, public media, with its unique position as a trusted resources and important partner in local communities, provides a critical platform to shine a light on pathways to graduation and successful student outcomes. National and local reporting, both on air and online is helping communities understand the challenges and community-driven solutions associated with the dropout crises. Public forums, town halls, and community conversations are activating discussions between community leaders, educators, and more.