The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), in partnership with America's Promise Alliance and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has launched American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen — an initiative to help combat the dropout crisis in this country. Local public radio and television stations, located in 20 "hub markets" where the dropout crisis is most acute, are at the core of the American Graduate initiative.
The three public media stations in Washington, D.C. — WAMU, WETA, and WHUT — are working closely with youth development and community organizations, business groups, the public schools, advocacy groups, and others to build awareness about the dropout crisis, bring people together, and start turning things around.
Here's what we're doing in our community in 2012:
- Hosting a D.C. Teacher Town Hall, where local teachers can discuss critical issues in their classrooms and schools
- Developing and broadcasting local stories about the dropout crisis and prevention programs
- Creating and broadcasting television spots and radio PSAs highlighting D.C. success stories
- Providing digital media training for high school students
- Showcasing youth voices from the WHUT Digital Media Arts Club, StoryCorpsU, and PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs
- Developing a Gap Analysis of dropout prevention services
- Building a searchable volunteer opportunities database for our community
- Developing a library of classroom resources for teachers, focused on digital media training and YA literature
- Providing professional development resources for teachers to help them better support struggling learners
- Building an archive of news stories, reports, research, and toolkits on the dropout crisis and dropout prevention