1.3 million kids drop out of high school per year, costing our nation more than $100 billion annually in lost wages and taxes, plus the increased social costs due to crime and healthcare.
Experts estimate that American businesses are in need of 97 million middle- and high-skill workers, yet only 45 million Americans possess the necessary education and skills to qualify for these positions. The majority of job openings in the next decade will require at least some postsecondary education.
"American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen" is a public media initiative, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), to help students stay on the path to graduation and future success. Public broadcasting has a long history improving educational outcomes for high-need students and communities. The dropout crisis demands attention now, and we are rising to the challenge of doing our part to address this problem.
Check out the WFYI's NEW American Graduate Website to gather information, view previous broadcasts, and learn more about how you can help Central Indiana students stay on the path to graduation!
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American Graduate Day on WFYISeptember 18, 2014
To help a student stay on track to graduation, it can require a cadre of concerned adults, including parents, teachers, after-school providers, agency workers, and community members, working to support and encourage a student's success. On American Graduate Day, September 27, WFYI Public Television will broadcast a 14-hour telethon of stories and programs that highlight the daily herorics of individuals and groups who help improve graduation rates in Central Indiana and beyond. Tune in and join the conversation using #AmGradIndy. Read more.
WFYI's Education Mission Expands with New Funds
September 1, 2014
WFYI Public Media wants to reverse the dropout trend. And thanks to a recent grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), WFYI will extend its work over the next two years to help reduce student dropout rates through the public media initiative American Graduate: Let's Make it Happen. More specifically, the recent grant of $200,000 from CPB allows WFYI to work with our community to increase understanding about the challenges for at-risk youth and to develop long term solutions. Additionally, WFYI will celebrate everyday heroes as American Graduate Champions in ways that inspire others to make a difference in the life of a child. Read more.
Students at local school spent last semester studying NPRMay 14, 2014
For a small group of sophomores and juniors at Midwest Academy in Indianapolis, National Public Radio was their "text book" for an entire semester as they studies current events and explored the concepts of objectivity and subjectivity in journalism. "The goal of NPR 101 was really to get students to think more criticaly about what they hear in the news," said Tom Harrison, teacher of the NPR course. Read More.