As part of the American Graduate Initiative, PBS SoCaL convened community stakeholders including businesses, parents, students, and community organizations to identify the challenges students face beyond the classroom. These stakeholders talk about improving oLearn More >
A special American Graduate teacher town hall addresses the dropout crisis facing Southern California's students. Special guests include Patricia Harrison, President and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Hari Sreenivasan, PBS NewsHour correspondeLearn More >
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 with partners to bring dropout prevention resources to Southern California communities. Our approach to American Graduate includes:
- Direct service to youth
- Career exploration
- Teacher professional development
- Parent education
- Business/workforce connections
- Broadcast and interactive efforts
- Early childhood literacy 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 Nicole Bailey at 714-241-4189 or firstname.lastname@example.org.