More stations tackle the dropout crisis

September 17, 2012 by kksparks under American Graduate

Every year, more than 1 million kids nationwide drop out of high school – kids in every state and in every community.

That’s why NCME, in collaboration with CPB, is delighted to award American Graduate Engagement grants to 20 stations in communities across the nation. Over the next year, these stations will leverage the grants to raise awareness about the dropout crisis, partner with community organizations, and lead youth to resources for staying in school.

These 20 stations (red dots on map below) will complement the ongoing work being done by American Graduate Community Hub stations (blue dots) across the U.S.

We encourage you to follow the work of these 20 stations in the year ahead:

  • Colorado Public Television | Denver, Colorado
  • East Tennessee PBS | Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Houston PBS – KUHT | Houston, Texas
  • KBTC | Tacoma, Washington
  • KNPB | Reno, Nevada
  • KTOO-FM | Juneau, Alaska
  • Louisiana Public Broadcasting | Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Marfa Public Radio | Marfa, Texas
  • Maryland Public Television | Owings Mills, Maryland
  • Mississippi Public Broadcasting | Jackson, Mississippi
  • North Carolina Public Radio | Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • SCETV | Columbia, South Carolina
  • Spanish American Civic Association/WLCH-FM | Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Twin Cities Public Television | St. Paul, Minnesota
  • WGVU | Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • WKYU-PBS | Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • WMHT | Troy, New York
  • WSKG | Binghamton, New York
  • WTVI | Charlotte, North Carolina
  • WVAS-FM | Montgomery, Alabama

The initiative is designed to draw attention to the social and financial impact of the high school dropout crisis on local communities, and to support organizations that are working to keep kids in school. You too can play a role in this vital initiative.

On September 22, American Graduate Day, and the week that follows, your station has an opportunity to focus the community’s attention on the high school dropout crisis. This multi-platform event will feature live broadcasts and participation from 20 national partner organizations. This celebration is your chance to broadcast national programming, combine it with local initiatives, and engage citizens and community organizations around the dropout crisis.

For more information, learn more about the American Graduate initiative or read about all of the impressive American Graduate efforts already taking place.

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