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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 POVITVS Frontline and more. In addition, more than 64 million listen to public radio each week.

Learn more about American Graduate in your community.

Education Resources

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PRX, or Public Radio Exchange, is an audio distributor and curator for public media.

Roadtrip Nation
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Roadtrip Nation

Roadtrip Nation takes youth to speak to professionals of various sectors about the future.

Student Reporting Labs
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Student Reporting Labs

PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs program connects students to local PBS stations in their community to produce original, youth voice content.

PBS LearningMedia
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PBS LearningMedia

PBS LearningMedia is a resource for educators across the country, including curriculum from various shows.


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PBS is a private, nonprofit corporation, founded in 1969, whose members are America’s public TV stations -- noncommercial, educational licensees that operate 354 PBS member stations and serve all 50 states, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa. Of the 162 licensees, 85 are community organizations, 52 are colleges/universities, 20 are state authorities and five are local educational or municipal authorities.



The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,400 locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services.



A thriving media organization at the forefront of digital innovation, NPR creates and distributes award-winning news, information, and music programming to a network of 975 independent stations. Through them, NPR programming reaches 26 million listeners every week.

PBS Kids

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In 2013, PBS KIDS series received eight Daytime Emmy Awards, as well as a combined 13 Parents' Choice Awards across television, mobile app and small screen categories. PBS KIDS also received six Kidscreen Awards, including being named Best Channel Website, and PBSKIDS.org was also honored with a Webby Award and a Webby People's Voice Award for Best Youth Website.