American Graduate is a public media initiative created to help local communities across America find solutions to address the dropout crisis. PBS SoCaL is proud to be the Southern California partner for American Graduate: Let's Make it Happen to help students stay on the path to graduation and future success.
In Southern California, the high school graduation rate is 80%. Together, we are working to raise this number to ensure that every child succeeds. Through our work with local partners, we are helping to guarantee that every child is receiving the education they deserve.
Local American Graduate partners
- Project Access
- YMCA Long Beach
- Los Angeles Drama Club
- Operation Clean Slate
- Boys and Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor
- Roadtrip Nation
PBS SoCaL is working to raise awareness of the dropout prevention resources available through our community partners. We provide:
- Career exploration opportunities in our studio and at community events
- Teacher professional development
- Parent education
- Early Childhood outreach through our Ready to Learn program.
American Graduate Video
An American Graduate Champion is an individual or group that has devoted time and resources to helping students achieve graduation. PBS SoCaL is collecting powerful stories about American Graduate Champions in our community. Whether you are a parent, teacher or community leader, we want to hear your story of supporting students. Make the commitment to help all young people succeed by becoming or recognizing an American Graduate Champion. Fill out the American Graduate form here.
If your school or organization wants to learn more about how to get involved with American Graduate, contact Alison Dorff at
714-241-4189 or firstname.lastname@example.org.