WHY PUBLIC MEDIA?
American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen is public media’s long-term commitment to supporting community-based solutions to help keep youth on the track to a high school diploma and beyond. Supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), more than 128 public radio and television stations have joined forces with more than 1,700 partners and at-risk schools across 48 states and one territory.
What we’re doing
- National and local reporting, both on air and online is helping communities understand the challenges and community-driven solutions associated with the dropout crisis.
- Public forums, town halls, and community conversations are activating discussions between community leaders, educators, and more.
- Free, digital classroom resources such as PBS Kids and PBS Learning Media, are providing youth across the pre-k to postsecondary education/career spectrum with access to high-quality learning materials that engages them in classrooms and schools across America.
- Educational programs
- Convening diverse stakeholders in forums and providing access to free, digital classroom resources for teachers and parents.
Public media plays a significant role building individual activity, community capacity, and national awareness.
Since 2011, more than 17,751 hours of national and local content have been produced and broadcast on PBS stations across the country reaching more than 121 million Americans with quality programming from POV, ITVS Frontline and more. In addition, more than 64 million listen to public radio each week.
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PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs program connects students to local PBS stations in their community to produce original, youth voice content.
PBS LearningMedia is a resource for educators across the country, including curriculum from various shows.