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American Graduate is a public media initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help local communities across America find solutions to address the dropout crisis. The initiative builds on public media’s long-standing commitment to education by convening conversations and strengthening partnerships between public radio and television stations and local schools, businesses and community organizations to help students stay on the path to a high school diploma.
For more information about the national project go to American Graduate, Let's Make It Happen.
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Story: Sarah Baker A couple of months ago, a tearful social worker showed me a letter that her eight-year-old client had written. She had helped him to write it as a way for him to talk about his recent loss. … Continue reading
Story by: Luz Elena Herndandez Listen here. I needed a job after high school to help my family and to be able to pay for college. I opened my computer to fill out job applications and questionnaires from Safeway, Old … Continue reading
Story by Barbara Grady “This is history y’all,” said software engineer Ayori Selassie from the platform at Startup Weekend/Black Male Achievement on Sunday night. “This is the first event that has happened like this in the entire world. So if … Continue reading
By Morgan Boeder I was sitting in my boyfriend’s room in my pajamas, picking out classes when I opened the email informing me that my school had lost its accreditation and might close its doors next year. It was definitely … Continue reading
By Femi Ajala His autism diagnosis devastated Youth Radio’s Femi Ajala. Then, he discovered his superpower. Listen to his story here. Listen to Perspectives on air at KQED Public Radio every weekday morning at 6:06am, 7:35am and 11:30pm and weekends … Continue reading
May 8, 2013 KQED Perspectives Written By: Gabriel Gangoso Busy high schooler Gabriel Gangoso is missing out on being a kid. “Always shoot for the stars,” they say. So many kids, some out of ambition, many out of fear, rocket … Continue reading
180 Days: A Year In An American School Following the day-to-day stories of students, parents, teachers and staff at the Washington Metropolitan High School (DC MET), “180 Days: Inside An American High School” is an intimate portrait of a public … Continue reading
November 8, 2012 By Matthew Williams On a beautiful fall Saturday in Oakland, students, educators and families filled the Kaiser Center’s 400-seat theater to watch 20 compelling youth-produced films that focused on social change and the high school dropout crisis. … Continue reading
By Nazshonnii Brown, youth representative of the Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational and Environmental Design (I-SEEED) Since the age of two, growing up in Oakland has given me a unique perspective into the experiences of my fellow students that have … Continue reading
On September 13, 2012 The Oakland Youth Friendly Business Awards(OYFBA) recognized and honored businesses that have gotten involved in helping our young people find jobs and internships in Oakland. KQED, Oakland’s America’s Promise Alliance, Inner City Advisors, the Jonas Family … Continue reading