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American Graduate – About


High school graduation rates and student success is an issue that impacts our whole  community.  The vast majority of young students believe they will earn a diploma, but in reality, one in three of Juneau’s  freshman this year will not graduate on time. They will be robbed of promise, opportunity and a successful future. The decision to leave school will also impact their communities, resulting in higher crime, unemployment and homelessness.

 

That’s why 360 North, KTOO, KRNN and KXLL applied to be a part of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, a public media initiative to address the high school dropout crisis, made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

 

Our aim is twofold:

1)      raise community awareness around the issue of high school graduation rates

2)      directly impact the lives of youth who may be facing challenges getting their diploma

 

Using radio, TV, internet and public events, we are exploring what are impediments to success, what is helpful and what more is needed on both an individual and community wide level.

 

Our Community Partners:

Communities in Schools

Zach Gordon Youth Center

Alaska Native Sisterhood, Camp 70