The key component of the event is the participation of the community – based organizations. Nearly 30 national partner organizations, 14 local organizations, and celebrity guests involved in education and youth intervention programs will be featured.
The national outreach event employs the same television broadcast format as last fall with a seven hour “call to action” marathon around critical themes, including 2 Expanded Learning Time & After School Programs, Early Education, Mentoring, Career Readiness & College Completion, STEM Program s, Family Support, and Dropout Re-engagement & Prevention.
Hosted by on-air personalities from PBS, WNET, and other media organizations, the broadcast and online event will be divided into 14 half-hour blocks featuring a mix of live breaks and pre-taped partner segments showing how community organizations provide support, advice, and intervention services to at-risk students, families, and schools.
On AmericanGraduate.org, the event will include live viewer generated video content submitted in response to questions such as “How has your life changed, or been changed by the power of volunteering?”
Throughout the day viewers and online users in communities across the county will be invited to take an active role and become an “American Graduate Champion” for local youth by volunteering their time, talent, or other resources. Those interested in becoming an “American Graduate Champion” can also call the Toll free number on the day of broadcast.